Member Updates March 28, 2017

Show Management, the producer of five of Florida’s largest boat shows, has been purchased by a London-based company with a strategic plan to expand its Global Exhibitions business in the U.S. Informa, which currently delivers 200 industry events annually, including the Monaco Yacht Show, is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

Show Management was founded in 1976 and has produced the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center since then. In 2006, the company was purchased by Active Interest Media, publisher of more than 50 consumer enthusiast magazines, including Yoga Journal and Yachts International. AIM’s six groups, the Equine Network, the Home Group, the Healthy Living Group, the Marine Group, the Outdoor Group and the Creative Home Group reach more than 40 million readers in 85 countries.
“We can think of no better company than Informa to focus on the continued growth and success of the five Florida boat shows and other events currently produced by Show Management,” said Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, president of Show Management and chairman of AIM.

The acquisition of Show Management aligns with Informa’s strategic plan to expand its Global Exhibitions business in the U.S. A global business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events company, Informa completed the €1.2 billion acquisition of Penton Information Services, a leading U.S. exhibition services company, in November 2016.

“Informa’s acquisition of Show Management allows for an exciting international opportunity that extends to exhibitors and the marine industry in leading global markets,” said Phil Purcell, president and CEO of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, partner with Show Management in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world’s largest annual, in-water marine exhibition. “The MIASF looks forward to continued collaboration with our partners based on a relationship that has been built over decades.”

FB Marine Group has been appointed to represent the Iconic Marine Group brands in the South Florida region for Baja, Donzi Classic, and Fountain boat brands. The long-established dealership has been a major retailer in the South Florida market since 1994.

FB Marine Group is a family owned and operated business, founded by Randy and Kim Sweers. The Sweers have followed their vision to build FB Marine Group into one of America’s leading luxury, center console, and performance marine dealerships with dealer and marina locations in Pompano Beach, Ft Lauderdale, and Miami, Florida, offering a complete list of services including sales, service, financing, parts, transport, and a state of the art dry-storage facility.

“We were attracted to this new organization, not only because of the brands they represent, but the investments behind the brands to deliver on quality products our consumers desire,” said Randy Sweers, managing partner of FB Marine Group.

Iconic Marine Group has invested in experienced resources and investment capital to bring these brands into the marketplace with fresh designs, competitive wholesale buying programs as well as marketing and after-sales support.

“A key element of our overall rebuilding strategy for these iconic brands is to partner with premiere dealers such as FB Marine Group,” stated Joe Curran, COO, Iconic Marine Group.  “They have the expertise to represent our brands well, in addition to providing top-notch customer service before, during and after the sale.”
Iconic Marine Group has recently added new engineering and operations members to the management team to deliver the best quality products for these highly popular brands.  FB Marine Group is a key addition to the retail network in the strong Florida market.

Westrec Marinas is pleased to announce the new Haulover Marine Center, is now open. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway at Bakers-Haulover Inlet in North Miami Beach, Florida and nestled between Sunny Isles and Bal Harbor, the new building is opposite the existing open dry storage rack system.

The most popular inland sandbar and one of the nicest beaches in South Florida lie adjacent to the site of the new Haulover Marine Center. Westrec leases both the Marine Center on the north end of the Park where the new building is located and Haulover Point, which houses a retail store and fuel dock at the southernmost end. The appeal of the area for boaters and Westrec alike is an all-amenities approach enabling easy access to the water in an environment welcoming to water lovers visiting the park by water or land.

Haulover Marine Center is less than one mile from Baker’s Haulover Inlet and provides quick and easy ocean access. Between both, a boater’s ideal all-purpose location is represented with retail stores, a restaurant, fully stocked extensive bait and tackle, a gas and diesel fuel dock, a marine service department, restrooms, and a sanitary pump out.

Suntex Marinas chose MYMIC Training Technologies for the development and oversight of a corporate safety program. MYMIC will implement a program of consistent employee training and safety awareness across all Suntex Marina locations. The program will include MYMIC’s online marina safety training, instructor-led training to certify employees that operate forklifts and Travelifts, and site safety audits.

“Suntex strives to enhance the customer experience at [all] of their properties,” MYMIC director of marina safety programs Robert Smith said in a statement. “This agreement fully supports that vision. A well-trained staff and safe work environment is something the customers will notice very quickly. In addition, this program is designed to reduce the potential for workplace injuries and ensure regulatory compliance.”

Fairport Yacht Support is pleased to announce that they are now certified in the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC). The Passenger Yacht Code was derived from the desire for large vessels to carry more than the Large Yacht Code (LYC) mandatory limit of 12 passengers. PYC allows up to 36 passengers on board and in doing so, is more closely tied to the requirements of SOLAS passenger ships than to yachting.

Graeme Lord, Fairport Yacht Support’s President, says “In 2001, I was involved with one of the first ISM (International Safety Management) certified vessels and have watched the system mature over the last 16 years. As I delved into PYC, it became abundantly clear that this was a mountain to climb from yacht ISM certification. These additional regulations have been easily deciphered by Aksel Huus, our DPA (Designated Person Ashore) from his many years working in the cruise industry. I feel very fortunate to be working with colleagues with such in depth understanding of the needs of passenger ships.”

Graeme Lord and Aksel Huus have worked together for 12 years now and worked tirelessly to develop a working ISM system within yachting. When Fairport’s PYC manual needed to be developed Graeme knew there was no one better suited for the task. Aksel’s maritime career started as a teenager studying at the Bergen Maritime Academy in Norway and holds an Unlimited Master’s License. He has worked on board varying vessels from cargo ships to bulk carriers to finally working on board cruise ships where he worked his way up to Captain. Combined they have over 50 years’ experience both on board vessels and ashore in yacht management.

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