Selling, Exporting, Recruiting & Training Merge at FLIBS August 28, 2014
Our world class boat show is a magnet, and crucible, for a myriad of marine activities, chief among them the selling and marketing of paddle boards to megayachts and everything included in making them or keeping them going. As we’ve been reflecting in these columns, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is another reflection of our industry, products, jobs, and importance to the region – and indeed the global marine economy.
So, FLIBS is an ideal venue to showcase and remind boating enthusiasts, visitors, our workforce already engaged in the industry, and those that support us, what a significant economic engine we are. It delivers a hands-on stage to experience the opportunities of working and selling here, and benefits that flow including wages, environmental stewardship, international trade, educational opportunities, a flair for the arts and support for charitable works, among others.
For the first time, FLIBS will be staging a Job Fair on Thursday, October 30 at the Convention Center (Room 221 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The message will be patterned after the successful inaugural of “Marine Industry Day” earlier this year of the importance to marine industry jobs in the community. We are anticipating 15-20 Marine Industry company employers, schools and other marine related employment services including Career Source Broward. The current number of available positions is approximately 50 – 75. That number will fluctuate between now and the actual event and the number of participating companies. MIASF is excited about adding this to the shows event list and the availability to harness and continue building a skilled and professional work force. Those looking for employment will be offered the opportunity to pre-register and receive a ticket to the show after attending the job fair.
Marine Industry employers may inquire about participating in the Fair at the MIASF office. There is no charge to MIASF members. More details on the numbers and participants will be provided as the show approaches.
Coincidentally, assertions that job seekers can find good wages in the marine industry have been supported by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s latest Census of Employment and Wages. Figures show that the average annual wage in the Marine Cluster in South Florida is $59,986 compared to average wages in all industries of $46,566. Top average marine wages in South Florida are paid to Ship Engineers ($82,857), Technical Sales Reps ($79,978), Captains and Mates ($65,882), Non-technical Sales Reps ($57,261) and Motorboat Mechanics ($36,479).
Also new this year, to draw attention to the international scope of FLIBS, international VIPs from over a dozen countries will be hosted at a special event to network with business leaders, and Broward County elected officials on the show’s first day, October 30. The boat show has always attracted many exhibitors and visitors from foreign shores, but this year we are leveraging their numbers FLIBS with a gathering of Ambassadors from our global trading partners and introducing them to the global entrepreneurs who attend the event.
Earlier in the morning at the FLIBS opening press conference MIASF will be unveiling the newest “Economic Impact of the Recreational Marine Industry – Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach Counties” undertaken by Thomas J. Murray and Associates, Inc. The figures now being used to describe the county’s marine industry – 90,000 jobs driving an economic output of $7 billion – were gathered in 2010, and it’s expected that sales and related activity and jobs have increased since then.
To highlight Fort Lauderdale and surroundings as a top boating and fishing travel spot, and to mark the 100th Anniversary of the City and Broward County, FLIBS will add a Destination Pavilion. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Port Everglades, the International Airport and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance are hosts providing literature and concierge type assistance to the many out-of-town visitors and businesses.
All of the new events and other show improvements serve to enhance Fort Lauderdale’s and South Florida’s standing as “Yachting Capital of the World.” Stated another way, it’s “Marine Hub to the World!”