Past Events June 27, 2018

MIASF hosted a Better Business Breakfast on Fraud as it Pertains to the Marine Industry on Wednesday, May 23rd with panelists, Keith Perfect – Director of Technology and Intelligence at Northrop and Johnson, John Tobon – Special Agent in Charge and Financial Crimes Expert for Homeland Security, and Daniel Dean – Chief Technology Officer at First Green Bank. The panel, moderated by Graeme Lord – owner/CEO of Fairport Yacht Support, focused on wire fraud and cyber security risks and recommended second layer of protection.

Many thanks to everyone who came out to join us at the Member Mingle generously hosted by West Marine Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, May 24th. Cold beer and hot pizza were served up under tents in case the weather turned rainy, but our luck held out and the evening was a great networking event for people in the business – and may also have proved to be a successful shopping spree for some! Contact if your company is interested in hosting a Member Mingle this year.

The MIASF Annual Dinner Meeting and Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday, June 2nd at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. Bill Yeargin, president and CEO of Correct Craft, a 93-year-old marine industry company with manufacturing plants across the U.S. and distribution into 70 countries, was the keynote speaker.

Under Bill’s leadership, Correct Craft has developed a unique culture of “Making Life Better.” Focused on people, performance, and philanthropy, the company has won its industry’s major awards, including Boat of the Year and Most Innovative Product.

Guests also had the opportunity to meet and hear from Erika Reineke, the 24-year-old Fort Lauderdale native who started her sailing career at the Lauderdale Yacht Club and is striving to represent the U.S. in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The annual Golden Anchor Award was presented to Andrew Cilla of Luke Brown Yachts for his more than 45 years of dedicated experience in the marine industry as both a yacht broker and owner of a major yacht brokerage firm.

Karen Reese, Business Outreach and FTZ Administrator for the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, was a recipient of an Award of Excellence for her diligence in partnering with MIASF to secure the first recreational marine Foreign Trade Zone in the country.

An Award of Excellence was also presented to Bill Walker of the Water Taxi for his community and industry support and sharing his vast knowledge and expertise to educate the next generation.

The member companies that joined MIASF in sponsoring a second home build with Habitat for Humanity Broward were each recognized and awarded with the Project of Excellence. They are: High Seas Yacht Services, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, Ward’s Marine Electric, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, Maritime Professional Training, and Neptune Boat Lifts.

The beautiful venue, fantastic food, and warm camaraderie were rounded about by the musical stylings of Good Company, who inspired lively and impressive dancing by many in attendance.

On May 16-18, MIASF staff attended the National Marine Trades Council hosted by Rhode Island Marine Trades Association in Newport, Rhode Island. The three-day annual meeting covered important topics, including boat show production and management, workforce development, and association management. In attendance were representatives from 11 states and 4 national/international organizations. Guest speakers included Scott Jensen, director for the Rhode Island department of labor and Freya Olsen from Discover Boating. The National Marine Trades Council is an informal group of marine trade associations from across the country that meet each year. The council has been meeting since 1972.

Last month’s Maritime Monday, held on May 8th at Boathouse at the Riverside, also celebrated the kick-off of Turquoise Takeover, an American Lung Association initiative that helps spread awareness of Women’s Lung Health Week. Everyone wearing turquoise received an extra free drink!

MIASF congratulates our own Lori Wheeler, director of operations, for being honored at the 10th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County 100 Outstanding Women of Distinction dinner held on May 10th at the Signature Grand in Davie. Along with 99 of her cohorts, Lori was recognized and celebrated for her leadership role in the business, community, and philanthropic fields. Well done, Lori!

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