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Job Summary 

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (Association) is responsible for providing strategic planning, administrative leadership, and fiscal control in the implementation of stated marine industry objectives of the Association as established by the Board of Directors (Board).

Duties and Responsibilities 

Serve as the global spokesperson for the Association, communicating the strategic objectives of the Association through a coordinated and cost-effective promotional program that utilizes trade shows, print, digital, social, and other media, and online opportunities.

Serve as the primary representative of the Board to elected officials at the local, state, and federal level, governmental agencies, and authorized staff in the defense and furtherance of the interests of the Association, its membership, and the broader marine industry.

Embody professionalism in the execution of the functions of the Association and identify opportunities for increased professionalism within the conduct of the membership.

Collaborate with the promoter (Yachting Promotions, Inc./Show Management) of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and protect its value as an asset of the Association and the marine industry and maintain its status as a globally leading event. Monitor and evaluate the performance of the promoter in the execution of its contractual obligations.

Motivate and guide the Association’s annual event member committees and chairpersons in the fulfillment of their duties and functions consistent with the objective of the Board, including, but not limited to, the Broward County Waterway Cleanup, the Plywood Regatta, Marine Industry Day, the MIASF Annual Dinner, Annual Election, and Annual Report, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the recreational marine Foreign Trade Zone designation, Education/Workforce and grants and scholarships, and other internal events.

Communicate and interact with individual members and their organizations.

Recommend an Annual Budget for consideration and approval by the Board. Operate the Association within the approved budget through an adequate system of fiscal control in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Recruit, train, promote, assess, compensate and discharge staff through the administration of an effective and consistent personnel program.

Inform the Chairperson, Executive Committee, and Board as to the operations, general condition, and significant issues of the Association on a timely basis.

Ensure that all funds, physical assets, and other property of the Association are appropriately administered, maintained, and safeguarded.

Ensure the legal integrity of the Association and security for all its files, legal documents, historical information, membership lists, and electronic data. Execute contracts and make commitments as authorized by the Board.

Coordinate the Board Election process and Annual Meeting of the Association in compliance with its By-laws. Attend and facilitate all meetings of the Board.

Perform any other duties as required for the administration of the Association as may be deemed necessary by the Chairperson and/or the Board.

Be receptive to new ideas and opportunities to improve the Association’s operations and services, referring information to other staff, committees, Board members, and the Chairperson for consideration and proper response.

Perform any other duties as required for the administration of the Association or deemed necessary by the Chairperson and the Board.


A minimum of five years of Association Management or 10 years management experience in another field, preferably within the marine industry, is required. A Bachelor’s Degree in Management or Governmental Relations is suggested.


General knowledge of Association Law, accounting principles, business administration, computer literacy, and the Florida legislative process and elected officials is preferred. Knowledge of the marine industry is essential.


Communicate and work effectively and professionally with the public, including the membership, Board, media, staff, committees, and others

Organize and motivate volunteers

Possess excellent written, verbal and oral communication, including public speaking, presentations, and effective listening

Maintain confidentiality

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Marine Industries Association of South Florida. 221 SW 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Phone: 954.524.2733