From the Captain’s Chair: MIASF Gets a New Home June 28, 2017
For the past few months, we have spent significant time getting acquainted with the leadership team of our new FLIBS partner, Informa Global Exhibitions, and are excited about the many technology advances and infrastructure improvements they have announced that will enhance both the exhibitor experience and the visitor experience before, during, and after the show dates.
MIASF’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Awards Ceremony took place at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Riverview Ballroom on June 3rd, and we enjoyed hearing from our keynote speaker, Charlie McCurdy, Informa’s Chief Executive, and took time to honor long-time MIASF member Joe Rubano of RPM Diesel with the 2017 Golden Anchor Award.
You may have heard that the MIASF Board of Directors approved the recent purchase of a 10,000-square foot, two-story building in Fort Lauderdale’s Arts District, overlooking the New River, adjacent to the Fort Lauderdale Historic District and the FEC bridge, and near the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and IMAX Theater. This is a strategic location in Fort Lauderdale for our industry.
The Leiser Opera Center, a special occasion and event venue that also housed the offices of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Grand Opera, has become the new headquarters for MIASF.
MIASF will use the majority of the downstairs office space, and is considering several different revenue-generating options for the additional offices and evaluating the potential of hosting a variety of community meetings in the 5,000 square-foot banquet hall on the second floor. We are looking forward to welcoming the marine industry and community at-large to an open house in the coming months. The current MIASF office building is available for purchase.
The 4th Annual Marine Industry Day, held on Saturday, June 17th at Esplanade Park, was a tremendous opportunity for the marine industry to tell its story to the public and share in a free, fun-filled day of education, camaraderie, games, prizes, music, and food.
Lastly, working with Habitat for Humanity and Mission United, we have secured a home site and identified a disabled veteran as the recipient of the next MIASF and marine industry sponsored home-build, and anticipate a ground-breaking event to occur in July. If your company can become a sponsor, I promise you it will be an incredibly rewarding experience to provide this veteran and his family a hand-up – not a hand-out, along with the keys to their very own home next year.