Past Events January 31, 2018
MIASF Education and Workforce Committee Elevator Pitch Competition
The MIASF Education and Workforce Committee spent two months working with South Broward High School’s Marine Magnet Program to organize a Marine Industry Elevator Pitch Competition for students. 80 11th- and 12th-grade students entered the competition and were tasked with creating a one-minute “elevator pitch” to sell themselves for a career in the marine industry.
The competition kicked-off in November with a special presentation from John Flanagan, Vice Principal of Maritime Professional Training, and David Esposito of Toastmasters. John spoke to the students about different career options in the marine industry and helped explain how their individual interests could match up with various marine careers. David spoke on how to develop an elevator pitch and how students should present themselves to potential employers. The students were engaged from the start and asked thoughtful questions to prepare themselves for the project.
The students gave their first presentations in the classroom, where their teachers and peers identified the top 40 students to advance to the next round of the competition. Next, those 40 students presented their pitch to a panel of MIASF Education and Workforce Committee judges, who narrowed the field to the top 20 students to compete in the semifinal round, which took place at the Refit International Exhibition and Conference on January 10th.
During the semifinal round, students again presented their pitch to a panel of marine industry judges, most of whom were looking for qualified employees for their businesses. The judges selected five finalists, and the students were given an hour to walk the show and speak to exhibitors before returning to the room for the final round.
MIASF members and Refit Show exhibitors were invited to watch as each of the five finalists gave their last pitch. Once again, the judges asked questions, scored the contestants, and chose the winner. The student in first place received a $500 scholarship for post-high school education, while the four runners-up received Visa gift cards. Overall this project was a great success, and everyone was blown away by the professionalism and dedication of the South Broward students!
Thank you to everyone involved!
Jim Payne – Broward Schools/CTASE
Debra Hixon – South Broward High School
Brian King – Broward Schools/ CTASE
Jean Mason – Broward Schools/CTASE
James Brewer – Derecktor Shipyard
Alvaro Lopez – Broward College
Todd Barnes – RPM Diesel
John Flanagan – Maritime Professional Training
David Esposito – Toastmasters
Lori Wheeler – MIASF
Phil Purcell – MIASF
Christine Battles – Advanced Mechanical Enterprises
Bruce Evangelista – High Seas Hydraulics
Jamie Callaghan – TowBoatU.S.
Megan Lagasse – Bahia Mar
Don MacRae – Frank & Jimmies Propeller
Dr. Lisa Knowles – St. Thomas University
Rae Whitt – The Yacht Broker Institute
Patrick Burns – Tradesmen International
Lisa Samuels – Evershore Financial
Gordon Connell – Marine Industry Cares Foundation
Andrew Zullo – Leadership Broward
Ken Juede – Mission United
Vicki Abernathy – AERE Fenders
Steve Baum – Boat Owners Warehouse