South Florida Intercoastal

Faces in the Industry: Marieke van Peer, Seahaven Superyacht Marina

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: May 31, 2019 Fri

Tell us where you are from, what brought you to Florida, and how long you’ve lived here*
I have been fortunate and lived in quite a few countries, New Zealand, Australia, England and Singapore, as well as Holland where I was born. I still speak Dutch fluently albeit with a strong American accent. My accent when I speak English is a mixture of New Zealand, Australia, and a tiny bit of Dutch and confuses a lot of people

Where do you work, what is your job title, and what does your job entail?
I am Harbormaster at the newly built Seahaven Superyacht Marina in Dania. I’m a certified Marina Manager. I love managing marinas, having had the privilege of managing Island Gardens Deep Harbour (also a new build at the time) as well as stellar marinas like Miami Beach Marina and Bahia Mar. I oversee all the facility operations focusing on guest relations, marine safety, and maximizing the revenue of the marina.

How did you get initially become interested in the marine industry?
When I first moved to the United States from Holland I was living on a sailboat and after a stint in Fort Lauderdale on a canal, I ended up living aboard at Miami Beach Marina, where they offered me a job working front desk and the rest is history.

What is your favorite or most valuable benefit of membership in MIASF?
I really believe it is the backbone of the Marine Industry and is a great source of information for all. I also find the networking events to be very beneficial.

Describe some of the other community organizations or events that you are involved with or participate in.
I’m on the Board of MIASF as well as the Miami Marine Council, Global Marina Institute, and Association of Marina Industries where I received my CMM (Certified Marina Manager) certification.

Tell us about your hobbies and what kinds of things do you do for fun.
I’m not really someone who has hobbies, but I’ve got two fabulous dogs and I really love food, so any new restaurants or festivals generally get visited. I love short trips and try to travel whenever there is down time.