Joining the MIASF will provide access to the largest marine industry network in the Southeast and to boating industry associations in the U.S. and worldwide. With over 400 members within the region, across the state and beyond, MIASF is one of the most active marine advocacy groups in the industry, with a professional staff to serve members needs in the areas of policy, advocacy, communications and marketing through ownership of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
MIASF is dedicated to members’ growth and prosperity, focused on growing the marine businesses, boating lifestyle, connecting leaders, communicating with regional development organizations, informing legislators, and providing valuable savings on benefits and services. Examine the membership opportunities and discover the many advantages of belonging to this influential organization.
If news and developments are important to the regional marine community, MIASF delivers them to members in Newsletters, Social Media, Alerts and on its Website. And when MIASF and members are making news, regional media will be provided the details. Drawing on wide participation with marine sources and groups, information is provided on awards, community events, board & committee work, boat shows, fishing tournaments, marine charities, market information, industry data, local and national marine trends and issues.
The networking and camaraderie that takes place among MIASF members is a benefit focused on the diverse product and service offerings of the regional marine community. Member mixers, informative meetings and other events offer a chance to stay in touch with colleagues on industry developments. For those seeking active involvement, opportunities exist to become engaged in and learn from Committee service and/or elected leadership roles in the Association.
MIASF has long held a reputation for strong leadership and for successes in local, state, and federal issues which impact the recreational marine industry. Members receive regular alerts and updates on targeted legislative issues. Working closely with regional planners, elected officials and regulatory agencies to help the marine industry do business is a core value of membership. Members have the opportunity to request an invitation to join, become involved in, and guide Advocacy efforts through Committee service and carry the leverage of the Association when legislative or regulatory opportunities or burdens directly affect their businesses.
Professional Development & Identification
Identification with and use of the MIASF logo and signage in business locations, publications and websites shows involvement with a professional organization known for focusing on the interests of the marine community and boating public. Participation in meetings and conferences help businesses keep abreast of important industry issues, programs and developments.
MIASF produces roughly 4,000 printed membership directories annually in addition to maintaining the online directory which helps marine customers find members by name, product, or service, and projects a positive image of businesses to current and prospective clients. These listings underscore business initiative, engagement in the marine trade and a commitment to staying abreast of current developments in the boating market.
Working with Show Management, production of the Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Program is a carry-home and online resource for the thousands of visitors to the event and showcases the vitality and importance of the industry and member exhibitors.
Liaison & Access to Related Industry Groups
MIASF maintains membership and/or is actively engaged with other marine trade organizations representing the retail, brokerage, manufacturing, insurance, legal, lending and others, providing access to their resources and assistance.
Job Search & Recruitment
An electronic Job Board on the MIASF website helps member companies find qualified workers and individuals find marine positions. The annual MIASF Job Fair is held during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and drives candidates to the MIASF website for a listing of South Florida marine job openings.