By: MIASF Staff
Date posted: Sep 25, 2019 Wed
Hurricane Dorian Response
There has been a tremendous outpouring of local, state, and national support for our friends and neighbors in the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian devastated its islands. MIASF joined Commissioner Ben Sorenson, Rio Vista Church, Informa U.S. Markets, USSA, IYBA, and Hope for Hopetown to communicate, coordinate, and leverage efforts, raising more than $200,000 in two days to deploy True North, Mission of Hope’s 110’ vessel designed for disaster response teams. 40 tons of supplies were loaded onto the ship and its staff worked closely with authorities to deliver the needed supplies to Marsh Harbour, Hopetown, and the surrounding islands. True North will serve as a home base for the distribution of supplies and volunteers for approximately 60 days.
The Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) recently announced the winners of its annual SUNsational Awards during its 25th annual convention and tradeshow. The Program recognizes members' innovation, individuality, and creative collaboration. MIASF took home three first place awards for our Waterway Cleanup promotional poster, flyer, and t-shirt! Many thanks to artist, Steve Diossy, for once again creating this year’s award-winning artwork! Nominations were judged by a blue-ribbon panel representing media outlets, printing companies, website designers, photographers, promotional marketing professionals, and social media experts.
South Florida Business and Wealth CEO Connect
It was standing room only when MIASF hosted a panel discussion for South Florida Business and Wealth’s CEO Connect. Moderated by Phil Purcell, MIASF CEO/president, the panel included Dean DuToit/National Marine Suppliers, Jacqueline Baumgarten/Boatsetter, and John Kelly/Bradford Marine, who discussed their respective backgrounds, starting out in business, building a company culture, and embracing disruption in the industry.
Leadership Broward Class 38
Congratulations to James Maitland, MIASF VP, for being accepted into Leadership Broward’s Class 38! Leadership Broward is an educational program focused on enhancing leadership skills, providing practical community action experience, and facilitating interaction with established community leaders. We know James will learn a lot about Broward County’s unique community issues over the next eight months, but as a natural leader he also has a lot to offer. Best of luck, James!
From Summer Intern to Employee
Mackenzie Malloy has been involved in the marine industry since middle school and started with Plywood Regatta in 8th grade. Her focus was originally marine biology, however, once she was exposed to the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) program as part of South Broward’s Marine Magnet Program, she was inspired to pursue a STEM career. With further exposure to the marine industry through South Broward’s ROV Club, MIASF, and engaging programs such as the Marine Industry Elevator Pitch Competition, she was able to narrow down her career choice to the field of Marine Engineering.
As an intern at Advanced Mechanical Engineering, Mackenzie oversaw facilities maintenance and began to implement the 5S system within AME’s machine shops. Now, Mackenzie still handles facilities maintenance but also oversees consumable inventory control, as well. Mackenzie is working toward her Associates Degree at Broward College, where she is studying engineering with a focus in marine engineering and hopes to become an onboard engineer for vessels.