Member News January 30, 2019

Informa Global Exhibitions has promoted Andrew Doole to head up its US Boat Shows division, which includes the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Miami Yacht Show, Palm Beach International Boat Show, and St. Petersburg and Sarasota Suncoast shows. Andrew is an active member of Florida’s marine industry as a member of the board of directors for the International Super Yacht Society, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, and has previously served on the board of Fort Lauderdale’s Winterfest Boat Parade.

For the third consecutive year, South Florida-based Nautical Ventures was named one of the Top 100 Dealers in North America by Boating Industry magazine. The Boating Industry Top 100 has recognized the top dealers in North America every year since 2005. Business operations, professionalism, marketing tactics, and customer service are among the criteria considered. The award ceremony took place following the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, where Nautical Ventures also contracted with the Beneteau Group to carry its new Antares Boat line.

Bradford Marine, a prominent mega yacht repair facility, marina, and yacht brokerage with locations in Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama, announced that it has agreed to terms to be acquired by Fort Lauderdale Yacht Harbor for an undisclosed price. The acquisition of all assets of the Fort Lauderdale property closed on January 1, 2019, while the acquisition of Bradford Marine Bahamas is pending customary governmental approval from The Bahamas. Both properties will continue operations as normal and will retain the “Bradford Marine” and “Bradford Marine Bahamas” names under FLYH ownership. Julie Fisher Berry, Principal of Marina Investments Group, Stiles Realty, brokered the transaction.

Luxury Financial Group has announced the addition of three key people to its group. Joining the team are Kelly Armstrong as Junior Underwriter, Dana Endicott as Luxury Financial Specialist, and Lindsay Way as Luxury Financial Specialist. Kelly, Dana and Lindsay bring decades of experience in underwriting and financing sales with them.

Registration is open for NMMA’s ‘Trade Talks’ seminar, taking place ahead of the Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show on Wednesday, February 13th from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. The 2nd annual panel-style seminar will provide participants insight into the recent changes in trade policy.

‘Trade Talks’ 2019 is split into two parts. The first, an interactive Q & A panel session, will focus on the State of Trade and highlight what’s happening globally with evolving trade policies and free trade agreements, including the new United States–Canada–Mexico Agreement (USCMA) and those currently under negotiation with the EU, Japan and UK. Kellie Meiman Hock, managing partner at McLarty Associates, who works with major multinational companies as they navigate trade issues and previously worked for the US Trade Representative where she handled trade negotiations with numerous South American countries, will be part of the panel.

For the second panel, attendees will hear from industry leaders on the Triple Threat on Trade—the impact of the trade war on the recreational boating industry. Industry insiders will discuss the rising raw material and component costs and lost export markets. NMMA recently added Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft, and John Hoge, vice president and partner of Sea Eagle Boats, to this panel. Both Yeargin and Hoge have navigated the recent trade war and will provide insights on the experience from their perspectives.

Click here to register. $25.00/member–$35/non-member. Refreshments will be served, sponsored by Crowe LLP. The seminar will be followed by a networking cocktail hour, sponsored by Robert Allen Law. For more information, please contact NMMA Sr. Director for Export Development,

Nova Southeastern University’s Huizinga College of Business & Entrepreneurship and the College of Engineering and Computing will offer MIASF members a 20% discount off published tuition rates when enrolling in a Graduate Business or Engineering and Computing degree program. The tuition award is applied over the duration of the program, which is designed for the working professional with evening and online courses available. Eligibility is contingent on employment verification, which must be completed prior to registration at the beginning of each term. For more information, contact Michael Covili at

Cherry Bekaert is hosting a happy hour at the Rusty Pelican on Friday, February 15th, from 6pm-8pm and all MIASF members are invited to attend and network and relax after day two of the Miami boat shows. Register online by clicking here.

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