President’s Letter: Membership drives association’s successes June 19, 2015
It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as president for the last three years. In this time, I had the opportunity to witness first-hand the integrity, strength and resilience of our industry. Your association is one of, if not the, leading marine trade associations in the country, and that is because of you – the membership. Without your vote, without your dues and without your time the staff and Board of Directors would not be able to do their job. And they do a tremendous job!
Below are just a few of the accomplishments over the last couple of years:
- MIASF rebranded itself with new messaging, website and newsletter.
- Increased media presence in nontraditional forums such as the Wall Street Journal and the South Florida Business Journal.
- Community connections both within and outside of the industry including Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Broward Workshop and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation.
- Strengthened relationships with local municipalities, the Broward County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
- Held successful events, including the 38th Annual Waterway Cleanup and 19th Annual Plywood Regatta.
- Development of Marine Industry Day to celebrate all of those directly and indirectly connected to our industry and our collective impact on the community.
- Legislative presence and leadership in Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee on issues including longshore reform and a sales tax cap on refit work performed in Florida boatyards.
- Established ourselves as a credible source with developments such as AAF, etc.
- Formed a solid relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard.
- Creation of the Aqua Lounge during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
- Played a leading role in the future development, growth and vision as owners of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
I promise the list is long and above are merely the highlights. There is so much more to tell. We are experiencing one of those moments in time that future generations will look back on and be proud of our efforts and that we as an industry united our voices, created a vision for the future and bravely took the steps to make a lasting difference.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your president and be a part of the team.
Here is an amazing quote by Theodore Roosevelt:
It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
— “Citizenship in a Republic,” speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910