Volunteer Profile: Megan Lagasse, General Manager at Bahia Mar June 27, 2016

How long have you been the General Manager at Bahia Mar, and how did you begin working in the marine industry?

I have been working as general manager here for two years. I began by working at a young age on a charter fishing boat out of the Merrimac River in Newburyport Massachusetts. I have always loved being on the water and being around people who share that same love.

Do you have any family members who are involved in the marine industry?

My parents are involved with a couple marinas in Massachusetts and are new owners of a 60-slip marina in Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod.

What prompted your involvement as Chairperson of Safe Boating Day and what did you enjoy most from the experience?

Education is a key part of safety. Being on the water is a luxury that many people don’t have the chance to experience, but it is also a big responsibility. Throughout my years in the industry I have encountered many frightening situations on the water that could have been avoided if proper safety precautions had been taken. I have been able to help in some circumstances because of training I received in the past, but sadly, I’ve also witnessed loss of life. Safe Boating Day was created because everyone needs to be reminded that safety is a huge component of boating. It was a great experience to be able to work with some groups that I may not have had the chance to meet otherwise, and people who are involved in all different aspects of safety.

Are you involved in any other community organizations or events?

I serve on the host committee of the Children’s Diagnostic Treatment Center (CDTC) annual Waterway Soiree at Bahia Mar Marina. It is an amazing event that merges the marine industry with a remarkable non-profit hospital. I also participate in the Basket Brigade with CDTC, which is an event that is held a week before Thanksgiving where we create and deliver full Thanksgiving dinner baskets for the less fortunate families of CDTC. Everyone should enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and CDTC makes sure that happens! I am also a member of the Transformers Group, which is a group of business professionals who work together to raise money and bring awareness to Children’s Diagnostic Treatment Center.

I work with KIDS in distress on their annual Inlet Family Festival, which is in its 14th year. This year we are adding a “Spin” section to the race, so if someone doesn’t feel comfortable riding a bike along A1A, a teammate can choose to spin. It will be held this year on Saturday, December 3rd starting at Bahia Mar Resort. Check it out online!

I am also involved in the Spin-A-Thon, Marine Industry Day, many fishing tournaments, and the Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament.

Why is volunteering important to you?

I’ve been very fortunate to grow up with a family that cares a great deal about me and my safety, and I realize that not everyone has that luxury. Volunteering gives me an opportunity to give back to people who may not have the same opportunities I have had, to get people involved, and to help create amazing memories for everyone. I love getting others involved and creating positive experiences for people, creating a memory, and possibly an opportunity!

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I am originally from Newburyport Massachusetts, and now live in Fort Lauderdale Florida. I have had many great opportunities to work with some incredible companies and live in some wonderful places, like Nantucket Boat Basin/Nantucket, Miami Beach Marina/South Beach, Yacht Haven Grande/St. Thomas, and Boston Yacht Haven/Boston.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy going to the beach, fishing, boating, and renovating our new home – mainly anything outdoors!

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