MIASF mourns loss of industry leader December 9, 2015

MIASF Executive Director Frank Herhold, who served as the Marine Industries Association of South Florida’s executive director from 1990-2010, regretfully passed away on Dec. 5. He was 76.

Frank was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend, as well as champion of the marine industry. The marine industry wasn’t just a career for Frank, it was his life. MIASF’s members weren’t just members, they were his friends, and the association is better today because of his efforts.

During Frank’s tenure, MIASF’s membership more than doubled and the association became recognized nationally as one of the predominant marine trade organizations, and it was his unique ability to adapt to changing priorities that facilitated MIASF’s successes. His guidance saw the industry through a wide variety of challenges including the luxury tax, manatee and environmental regulation and the development and growth of MIASF’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Frank was a strong advocate for family recreational boating, preserving our working waterfront and water access, and achieved gains in those areas by focusing on building strong relationships throughout the community.

“I can’t think of a single significant moment in my career both through the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Ward’s Marine Electric, that Frank wasn’t a part of. He introduced and inspired me to participate in the legislative process locally, statewide and federally,” said Kristina Hebert, COO of Ward’s Marine Electric and past president of MIASF. “Frank was my mentor as a Board of Director and even as the president, always making sure I was listening and leading to the best of my abilities. That said, family always came first for Frank. His family and especially grandkids were everything. I feel very lucky to have worked with him for so many years and will cherish every minute.”

In 2007, Frank was nominated “Citizen of the Year” by the city of Fort Lauderdale, and he served as commodore in the 2010 Winterfest Boat Parade.

He remained a devoted advocate of the marine industry in his retirement and never lost touch with his passion. His involvement included attending this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, serving on the city of Fort Lauderdale’s marine advisory board, and providing counsel to various businesses.

He was a great ambassador of our community and stewarded the marine industry through recessions, hurricanes and legislative achievements. Please honor Frank’s example of service with loyalty, passion and leadership.

A reception celebrating his life was held on Dec. 11 at the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

In lieu of flowers, Frank’s family has requested that donations be made to the MIASF education fund, which is dedicating a scholarship in Frank’s name. Donations may be sent to MIASF, 2312 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33316. On behalf of Frank’s family, we would like to express our appreciation to everyone who has made generous contributions to date.

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