MIASF 2014 Annual Meeting July 3, 2014
The MIASF annual meeting on June 28th took on a new twist this year as the 200 members and their guests were treated to dinner and a cruise aboard Floridian Princess. The cruise took an appropriate turn south through Port Everglades and up the Dania Canal, highlighting to of the evening’s award recipients, Mayor Walter Duke and Derecktor Shipyard. The third award recipient, Marine Industry Cares Foundation was the beneficiary of the evening’s silent auction.
President Kristina Hebert began the evening’s program, welcoming the new board and thanking the retiring board for their service. She then provided the group with a snapshot of what had been accomplished over the past year including the negotiations with All Aboard FL, an update on Longshore reform, steps to improve our boat show with our partner, Show Management and the search for a full time executive director. It has been a busy and productive year. After her report she introduced the new MIASF executive director, Phil Purcell.
Phil shared with the membership his enthusiasm for the industry and his commitment to improve communication as we move forward. Looking to the future Phil indicated a need for our industry to put down the brick phone and look for innovation to keep South Florida as the global hub of the service industry. This was the perfect introduction for the awards portion of the program where the association recognizes those whose outstanding action benefits of the industry.
Vice President Danielle Butler had the honor of introducing the Keynote Speaker, Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming. Mr. Allen gave an inspiring and sometime humorous talk on the challenges and rewards he has experienced while building Seminole Gaming into a global corporation. He concluded by telling the audience he was committed to purchasing a marina. Many found insight from unrelated industry stimulating and provided a new perspective to their own business.
After dinner, casino play and a silent auction provided entertainment inside and live music was the available on the top deck for those who opted to enjoy the star filled night as Floridian Princess cruised back to the dock to end the evening.