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Member News - Informa U.S. Boat Shows

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Apr 28, 2020 Tue

Richard “Richie” Sturm - In Memoriam

May 7, 1952 - April 25, 2020


Richard “Richie” Sturm passed away peacefully on April 25th after a battle with gliobastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.  A beloved member of the Informa U.S. Boat Shows organization for over 24 years, Richie began his career in 1995 as a consultant with the boat show’s previous ownership, Show Management/YPI. Turning his passion for boating into a fulfilling career, Richie was central to the success of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Palm Beach International Boat Show and the Miami Yacht Show.  Working as a business advisor after receiving a degree in accounting from Ithaca, College, Richie also loved the open water and had a curious mind. 

Informa U.S. Boat Shows President, Andrew Doole remembers Richie saying, “Richard was the key guy for in-water boat sales and marina design for more than 20 years and was instrumental in helping us grow our top shows.  An avid diver, fisherman and reader, he and I followed a lot of the same Florida authors - I will miss his help in building my collection. All of us at Informa will miss him a great deal.”

Richie will always be remembered for his wry sense of humor, storytelling and his beloved pet bichon frise, Stella.  Richie is survived by a large circle of friends as well as his loving sister Merry Sturm, brother-in-law Daniel O’Connor, niece Jaime O’Connor and nephew Tyler O’Connor.