Faces in the Industry: Jennifer Lang
By: MIASF Staff
Date posted: Aug 27, 2019 Tue
Tell us where you are from, what brought you to Florida, and how long you’ve lived here.
I was born and raised in West Deptford, New Jersey and I spent most of my childhood playing competitive softball. My family and I moved down here in 2001 when my dad accepted a job opportunity that relocated us here to South Florida. I consider myself to be a very family-oriented person, I have two amazing children who push me to be a better person every day.
Where do you work, what is your job title, and what does your job entail?
I am the Operations Director for Lauderdale Marine Center and I have been here since June of 2015. I oversee all the leasing, office administrative and human resource activities. I have a passion for my people. The greatest feeling as a manager is watching those you have taught, succeed. How you treat people is everything.
How did you initially become interested in the marine industry?
As a kid I spent my summers in North Wildwood. We would be at 2nd Avenue beach from 7am-3pm searching for hermit crabs and in the water. Our house on 7th Avenue was only a block away from the water where we could catch blue crabs and fish from the seawall. Every night we would go to the boardwalk and ride the rides at Morey and Mariner’s Pier.
What is your favorite or most valuable benefit of membership in MIASF?
The people, connections, opportunities, ideas and feedback that I receive from the organization and members. They always challenge me to want to be a better leader, employer, partner, mentor and neighbor. I am very focused on educating the youth and their parents about the endless possibilities available to them in the Marine Industry right here in South Florida.
Describe any other community organizations or events with which you are involved.
I am currently on the MIASF Education and Workforce Committee and Junior Achievement Marine Industry Storefront Founding Members Board. I am also a member of the HRABC, Human Resource Association of Broward County and a SHRM Certified Professional, Society for Human Resource Management.
Tell us about your hobbies and what kinds of things you do for fun.
I love being outdoors, anything water related and in nature. My children and I have recently planted a butterfly garden so that keeps us very busy. I am a very involved dance mom to my daughter and coach for my son’s soccer team. We love doing mini vacations to Key Largo and long weekend trips to the parks in Orlando. It’s all about making memories and being the change you want to see in others.