From The Captain's Chair

From the Captain's Chair: Moving the Needle Forward

I hope all who celebrate Easter or Passover (or in some cases, both) were able to spend time with family and friends enjoying the holidays and likely the last of the cooler weather in South Florida.

In its ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity Broward, MIASF broke ground this month on its third home build for a deserving family in our community. As a legacy industry in South Florida, the marine industry plays an important role in the region’s economic health and vitality and it is essential that we continue to find ways to positively impact our local communities. The home will be built as part of the 77-acre Rick Case Habitat Community in  Pompano Beach, and MIASF, its board of directors, and the sponsors of this year’s build are looking forward to contributing in a meaningful way and watching this new community come to life.

One of the other ways we impact our communities is by introducing youth to the many exciting and well-paying job opportunities and career paths available in the marine industry. MIASF’s Plywood Regatta, which was held on April 6th and 7th, is an excellent example of how we engage area middle and high  schools, clubs, and organizations to teach nearly 300 students a year about the value of the marine industry over a weekend of teamwork, camaraderie, building skills, and fun. I encourage all MIASF members to learn more about this fantastic event and get involved in volunteering and mentoring a team next year.

Most marine business owners are aware of the challenge in finding skilled trades workers and know that they are competing against the construction and aviation industries for the limited workforce that is available. That is why the MIASF Education/Workforce Committee is actively involved in numerous  opportunities to grow the workforce and make more and more people aware of the opportunities our industry has to offer. Between the Salty Jobs video
series, the Elevator Pitch Competition, the Career Days, the new apprenticeship and dual enrollment programs, summer intern placements, and the multiple scholarships we award, we are methodically changing the course for our future workforce.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation annual tribute dinner to honor the 7th District. MIASF members came out in force to show their collective appreciation and respect for the safety and security that our Coast Guard members provide on a daily basis. Our ongoing communication is critical to the working relationship we have built with the local and national leadership of the Coast Guard, as it relates to many areas of the industry; most importantly protecting the continued navigability of the New River. Many thanks to those who attended and made a contribution.

MIASF Business Spotlight: Interlux

MIASF Business Spotlight: Interlux

A division of Netherland-based AkzoNobel, Interlux® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-performance boat paint, yacht coatings, and  marine protection. Formed in  1881, the Interlux® brand has become synonymous with the highest standard of care for all kinds of vessels and is an  integral part of boat building and maintenance.

For over a century, Interlux® has been creating the most innovative coating solutions to protect, beautify, and improve the performance of all types of boats with yacht coatings for both above and below the waterline including antifouling, undercoats, yacht varnish, and many more solutions. The success of the business has been built on two things: an ongoing commitment to understanding the needs of its customers, and, in turn, providing quality product and service solutions that consistently perform for the boat owner, boatyard professional, or boat builder anywhere in the world.

Scientific expertise is at the heart of the business, which dedicates more people, technology, and investment to research and development programs than any other yacht paint manufacturer in the world. With its dedicated yacht laboratories and customer-integrated testing programs, Interlux® has become the first-choice partner for the world’s most demanding customers.

Interlux® is devoted to providing proven solutions that protect, beautify, and reduce boat maintenance. It strives to ensure that its work not only makes a difference – it becomes a critical element of support for its customers. Whether in the lab researching and developing new products, or at sea putting its products to the test, getting the chemistry right is critical, as is knowing the subtle differences between people and water all over the world. Wherever there are boats, Interlux® is right at the heart of the matter, making connections, solving problems, and sharing knowledge.

Since the inception of MIASF’s Plywood Regatta 23 years ago, Interlux has generously donated all the paint used by tens of thousands of students to decorate their plywood creations. MIASF is extraordinarily grateful to the leadership team at Interlux® for their continued support and dedication to “building boating’s future today!”

Faces in the Industry: Danny James, Compass Logistics & Marine, LLC

Faces in the Industry: Danny James, Compass Logistics & Marine, LLC

Tell us how long you’ve lived here.
I was born and raised on the waterways of Fort Lauderdale, went to Cardinal Gibbons High School (Class of '99), and then received my congressional appointment to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY). I left S. Florida in 1999 to attend the Merchant Marine Academy and serve in The United States Marine Corp. In 2007, I was fortunate to get orders back to Fort Lauderdale with the Marine Corps, met my wife Justine in 2008,
and we are happy to call Fort Lauderdale home.

Where do you work, what is your job title, and what does your job entail?
After transitioning from active duty, I started working as an international forwarder in the logistics industry, got my customs broker license, and started  Compass Logistics & Marine LLC at the end of 2017. My official title is owner, president, licensed customs broker, but those who are familiar with starting a
company and building a team know we all wear many hats. Some days I am accounting, other days I am the cleaning person, sales, operations or a  combination of all. Our company, Compass Logistics & Marine LLC, is a service-disabled veteran owned logistics company based in S. Florida and specializing in the marine, cruise, government industries, customs brokerage, international shipping (air and ocean), domestic, and total supply chain solutions. We use our people and service first approach along with our worldwide network to tailor solutions to meet and exceed our clients’ and partners’ needs.

How did you initially become interested in the marine industry?
Growing up in the Venice of America, “Fort Lauderdale”, and spending a lot of time on boats and around the water, I was immediately connected with the  marine industry. My second job in high school was working at Sunny Isle Marina as a dock hand, which I loved. I then attended the Merchant Marine Academy, where I turned this passion into a profession as a mariner, studying celestial, terrestrial navigation, rules of the road, maritime law, ship stability, among many other marine focused courses and eventually obtained my US Coast Guard 3rd Mate Unlimited tonnage license in 2003. While at the Academy,
I also spent one year at sea as a cadet, working on (7) different ships and sailing all over the world. When we started Compass Logistics & Marine LLC, I was already doing some marine and cruise business, but it was important for me that it be not only a focus of ours, but also in the company name. It is who we are, both as a US Marine & the Marine Industry.

What is your favorite or most valuable benefit of membership in MIASF?
The leadership and the people. I put such a huge value on these two things and MIASF is doing exceptional on both. It is this that allows them to do so much for the members, the community, and the Marine Industry. So many great projects and initiatives, with good people, and sound leadership driving them and making a difference. I love being a part of it and around it. Describe some of the other community organizations or events that you are involved with or participate in. In the last year or so, it has been a bit challenging on time due to our second child, new company growing, and still serving in the
Marine Corps Reserves, but every chance I get I try to serve. For obvious and many reasons, I have a passion of serving veterans and have loved being a part of and supporting Mission United (United Way Organization which focuses on Veterans). I also have been trying to take opportunities to volunteer for MIASF when they need help and plan to continue to build on both. Over the past two years, I also had the pleasure of working with some exceptional Veterans in hurricane relief/support trips after some of the recent and devastating hurricanes. Serving is a greater calling and tremendously fulfilling. I am currently a Major in the Marine Corps, nearly 16 years, and my current US Marine Corps Command is Recruit Station Fort Lauderdale.

Tell us about your hobbies and what kinds of things do you do for fun.
I love spending time with my fam: Justine (Wife), Preston (2), Piper (6 months) and Thatcher (dog). I also love to spend time on boats, fishing, surfing and travelling.

Marine Industry Elevatory Pitch Competition

Marine Industry Elevatory Pitch Competition

For the past few months MIASF’S Education and Workforce Committee has been working with Broward Schools to organize the second Marine Industry Elevator Pitch Competition for students from South Broward High School’s Marine Magnet Program. 80 junior and senior students entered the competition and were tasked with creating a one minute “elevator pitch” in which they attempt to sell themselves for a career in the marine industry.

The competition kicked off in January with a special presentation by Bluewater Training and Toastmasters. The students gave their first presentations in the classroom, where their teachers and peers identified the top 40 students to advance to the next round of the competition. These 40 students then presented their pitch to a panel of MIASF Education and Workforce Committee judges and the top 20 students were chosen to compete in the semifinal round at the Refit International Exhibition and Conference at the Broward County/Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on April 11th.

During the semifinal round, students again presented their pitch to a panel of marine industry judges, most of whom are looking for qualified employees for their businesses. The judges helped narrow the field to five finalists and stayed afterward to give the students feedback about career opportunities.  Students were then given an hour to walk the show and speak to exhibitors before meeting at the demo stage on the show floor for the final round, where MIASF members and Refit Show exhibitors were invited to watch as each of the five finalists gave their last pitch, this time to a panel of guest judges, including Matt Rocco, president of South Florida Manufacturers Association, Lisa Morley, executive vice president of Maritime Professional Training, Vicki Abernathy, chief operations officer of AERÉ Marine Group, Bill Walker, owner/CEO of Water Taxi Fort Lauderdale, and Phil Purcell, CEO/president of MIASF.

Once again, the judges asked questions and scored the contestants, and after two months of competition, SBHS junior, Elizabeth Delgado, was declared the winner! She received a $500 scholarship for post high school education and the four runners-up received Amazon gift cards. MIASF’s Education and  Workforce Committee members considered this project an overwhelming success, and everyone involved expressed appreciation for the professionalism and dedication of the South Broward students!

Thank you to everyone involved!
Vicki Abernathy, AERE Fenders; Todd Barnes, RPM Diesel; Christine Battles, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises; Jennifer Cognet, Pier 66 Hotel and Marina; Chris Coleman, Oversea Insurance; John Flanagan, Maritime Professional Training; Debra Hixon, South Broward High School; Lisa Morley, Maritime Professional Training; Jim Payne, Broward Schools/CTASE; Phil Purcell, MIASF; Matt Rocco, South Florida Manufacturers Association; David Rose, Bennett Marine; Lisa  Samuels, T. Spencer Samuels; Serge Treyger, Broward Schools/CTASE; Bill Walker, Water Taxi; Shalom Weiss, Bluewater Training; Lori Wheeler, MIASF; Paul Wohlrab, Jerry’s Marine; and Andrew Zullo, Leadership Broward.

23rd Annual Plywood Regatta Scholarship Recipients

23rd Annual Plywood Regatta Scholarship Recipients

MIASF awarded $7,000 in scholarships to seven students on April 7th at the 23rd Annual Plywood Regatta. Most of the winners are bound for amazing careers in the marine industry:

• Arlettys Espindola of South Plantation High will begin her goal of earning an optometry degree at Broward College

• Cameron Henthorn of Inlet Grove Community High School will attend Palm Beach State College on his path to become a marine mechanic/mechanical engineer

• Ashleigh Lucas of South Plantation High School will major in biology at Georgetown University with hopes of becoming a doctor in the U.S. Navy

• Mackenzie Malloy of South Broward High School will focus on marine engineering at Broward College

• Ricardo Perez will continue at Florida State University working toward a biology degree

• Jessica VanWinkle of South Plantation High School plans to attend Broward College for two years and transfer to Florida Atlantic University in pursuit of a degree in environmental science

• Megan VanWinkle will be joining the U.S. Coast Guard and studying marine and environmental science

Congratulations to all our outstanding scholarships winners and best wishes for continued academic success!

Habitat for Humanity Ground Breaking

Habitat for Humanity Ground Breaking

MIASF board members, sponsors, and staff were on hand to break ground for the third time on a new Habit for Humanity home build, this time at A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach. MIASF member companies, High Seas Yacht Service, Boat Owners Warehouse, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, Neptune Boat Lifts, Ward’s Marine Electric, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, and Centennial Bank are participating sponsors of this year’s home and will have planned teambuilding construction days for employees and others who want to lend a hand up to a deserving family. Located on nine acres at the corner of 11th Street and Sixth Avenue, A Rick Case Habitat Community is a development of 77 homes and is the largest project Habitat has built in Broward County. Watch the WSVN Channel 7 News story here.

Multiple Pathways to the American Dream Expo

Multiple Pathways to the American Dream Expo

On Saturday, April 13th, Sean Smith, MIASF director of development and host of Salty Jobs, spoke to hundreds of parents of Broward County students who
were invited to attend “Multiple Pathways to the American Dream,” a free expo at Atlantic Technical College Arthur Ashe Campus, where they learned from industry experts about post-secondary educational and career opportunities in industries such as aviation, construction, healthcare, hospitality, information technology, and marine. Sean spoke to the attendees about career opportunities in the marine industry and introduced them to the Salty Jobs video series. Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie welcomed the attendees and NFL Hall of Famer Dwight Stephenson delivered the keynote speech about career opportunities in the skilled trades.

MIASF Board of Directors Elections

MIASF Board of Directors Elections

Reminder – don’t forget to vote in the MIASF Board elections! It’s that time of year again, when you have the opportunity to choose the association’s leadership on the board of directors. All voting members should have received a ballot with candidate information and voting instructions. Regular and Anchor members receive one vote each and ballots must be returned by noon on May 3, 2019. Winners will be announced at the Annual Dinner Meeting and Awards Ceremony.

Marine Industry Storefront at Junior Achievement

Marine Industry Storefront at Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of South Florida will unveil the marine industry storefront, Sea the World, in the Patten Family Finance Park located at JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Well Pavilion in May.

Each year more than 20,000 eighth grade students from Broward and south Palm Beach Counties learn how financial decisions will impact their lives. Prior to visiting JA Finance Park, students engage in a comprehensive classroom curriculum that teaches them about finances, careers, income, expenses, savings and
credit. At the end of the classroom instruction, students visit JA Finance Park and put what they learned into action by managing a real world inspired personal budget based on local careers in a simulated city. Students are guided by trained volunteers.

Sea the World is composed of nine walls representing engine room specialists, yachting professionals, shipyard trade workers and other areas like marina management, boat sales, boat building to name a few. The following companies contributed to the buildout and curriculum development: Advanced Mechanical
Enterprises, Maritime Professional Training, Pier 66 Marina, The Triton (newspaper), IGY Marinas, Marine Industries Association of South Florida, Palladium Technologies LLC, Aere Marine Group, FB Marine Group, Derecktor Shipyards, Global Marine Travel, Lauderdale Marine Center, Luxury Home Consultants,
AdvantageServices.Net, MHG Insurance Brokers, Palmdale Oil Company, RPM Diesel Engines Co., Viking Crew, Ward’s Marine Electric, Water Taxi, Wright Maritime Group, Roscioli Yachting Center, Elite Marine AC and Universal Marine Center.

Phase 2 of the process will possibly involve custom boat tables, piling with rope, a fighting chair, and other marine themed elements to complete the look and feel of the marine industry storefront.

Annual My Next Move College and Career Readiness Fair

Annual My Next Move College and Career Readiness Fair

Approximately 750 high school seniors from throughout Broward County attended the 2019 Annual My Next Move College and Career Readiness Fair/Career
and Work Readiness Program at Plantation High School, sponsored by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Broward County, CareerSource Broward, Hispanic Unity of Florida, OIC of South Florida, Broward College, and Broward County Public Schools, to speak with different employers and industry representatives about career opportunities after high school. The program also allows participating employers and industry representatives the opportunity to help shape  Broward County’s future workforce by presenting viable career pathways that can ultimately lead to high-paying jobs. MIASF was pleased to host a booth at this event and introduce countless students to the variety of career opportunities available in the marine industry. View event photos by clicking here.

Boys & Girls Club of Broward County Annual Career Day

Boys & Girls Club of Broward County Annual Career Day

Teen club members from Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Broward County recently participated in the Annual Career Day at American Heritage High School. MIASF hosted the event’s marine comprehensive breakout sessions where students rotated through three different stations: knot tying with the Pompano Beach Power Squadron, line tossing with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and fire extinguisher use and safety with Fire Ranger. Many thanks to FB Marine  Group, who brought an eye-catching boat and spent the entire day discussing boat sales and other career opportunities with the students. Other industries represented included automotive, law, medicine, broadcasting, yoga, and the U.S. Army.

Member News

Member News

At the 34th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, which was held from March 28th through March 31st, attendance increased by more than 6.7
percent over last year, continuing an upward trend. Through a charitable campaign in collaboration with Bennett Auto Supply, Informa Exhibitions, and the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County raised more than $22,000 for local charities. Fans who purchased a $28 boat show ticket during the month of March at any local Bennett Auto Supply received a second ticket free, with proceeds donated equally to Loggerhead Marine Center and Sheridan House.

On April 7th about 144 captains, crew, and industry representatives took to the greens for the annual Yachty Nationals Invitational Golf Tournament hosted by National Marine Suppliers. Thirty-six teams took over the Orangebrook Golf & Country Club in Hollywood, Florida to raise money for the Broward County Waterway Cleanup. Chef Neil Ashley of M/Y Black Sheep, Bosun James Mercer of M/Y Mucho Mas and Captain Dudley Salt of M/Y Elysian won The Triton swing speed contest using jumbo marshmallows. Southern Yacht Industries and Virgin Yachts teamed up to donate a 2019 Chevy to the player who was ‘closest to the pin without going in.’

Westrec Marinas’ announced that founder and CEO, Michael Sachs, died in his home in California on April 11th. Mr. Sachs was a CPA and an attorney who served as executive vice president and general counsel of Public Storage from 1982 to 1990. He conceived the idea of storing boats in the same manner as
people’s goods in 1987 and formed Westrec Financial, Inc. Cards and remembrances may be sent to Westrec, 16633 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 600, Encino, California, 91436.

Pier 66 Hotel and Marina has announced that beginning on June 10, 2019 the hotel will be temporarily closed and room and event reservations will cease as of June 9, 2019, as well as all hotel amenities including the pool and spa. Tavistock Development Company’s plans to revitalize the property are moving through the approval process at the City of Fort Lauderdale with construction projected to take approximately two years to complete once it begins. It’s important to note the Marina, Pelican Landing Restaurant, and Grille 66 will remain open throughout the approval and construction phases. Members are invited to attend an Open House meeting in the Crystal Ballroom on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., featuring project consultants who will be on hand to answer questions on the proposed redevelopment plans, known as the DRC North Project. Parking will be complimentary.

Shawn Berg, vice president of information technology has been promoted to Chief Digital Officer of MarineMax. Berg joined the company in 2017 and previously worked for JM Family Enterprises for 24 years, a multi-billion-dollar company focused on the automotive industry.

Congratulations to Bob Roscioli, who was honored with the Town of Davie Humanities Heritage Award on Sunday, April 28th during the historic Inaugural Davie Jazz, Arts, and Humanities Festival for his legacy of setting the benchmark for the highest quality craftmanship, and being a mentor and an inspiration to many businesses within the Town of Davie, the state of Florida and around the world.

After several months of negotiating, Derecktor Shipyard has signed a 30-year lease agreement, with three 15-year renewal options, to develop a yacht refit and repair facility on a 12-acre parcel of property in the port of Ft. Pierce. Derecktor Ft. Pierce (DFP), as it will be called, will accommodate yachts of about 200 feet or more. DFP is expected to include a 1,500-ton lift and a drydock, as well as over 1,000 linear feet of deep-water dockage and a drydock for vessels up to 4,000 tons by the fall of 2020. DFP also has plans to work with Indian River State College to start a yacht repair training program.

Derecktor is now certified to install press connections and pipe runs using Viego ProPress and MegaPress fittings, valves and flanges in approved yacht systems. The Viega Group is a global manufacturer of pipe fitting installation technology. Products include Viega ProPress for copper and stainless, Viega also specializes in the design, production and installation of ProRadiant heating and cooling systems and offers in-wall flushing technology, including carriers and flush plates.

MIASF extends its sincere congratulations to The Triton on its 15th Anniversary and 180th issue of Nautical News for Captains and Crews. As publisher Lucy Chabot Reed wrote in her recent column, in the age of the 24/7/365 news cycle, it’s a testament to the value of the content and ongoing readership of The Triton that it continues to be a meaningful publication in the marine industry.

Do you have news you want to share? Send updates to to be considered for publication in upcoming issues of the newsletter.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

National Marine Manufacturers Association will host its annual American Boating Congress conference from May 13th through 15th in Washington, D.C. MIASF’s director of operations, Lori Wheeler and industry liaison, Patience Cohn, will attend the three-day advocacy and education sessions to speak with national agency leaders, as well as elected officials and staff on the importance of the marine industry at its economic impact and influence on the nation’s GDP. For more information or to register to attend, visit

Feeling blue? Join MIASF for the monthly Maritime Monday networking event on May 6th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Boathouse at the Riverside, where we will be supporting the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE and kicking off National Women’s Lung Health Week and Turquoise Takeover May 12th through 18th. As always, MIASF will buy your first drink and provide some tasty appetizers, BUT, if you’re wearing turquoise, you’re second drink is also free! You can also show your support and help spread lung cancer awareness throughout National Women’s Lung Health week by wearing turquoise, decorating your office, illuminating your building, turning your social media turquoise, and encouraging others to join in.

We’re racing toward the date of the MIASF Annual Dinner Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 18th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. You won’t want to miss the winner’s circle announcement of MIASF’s board of directors’ election results, the Awards of Excellence, and the Golden Anchor Award. We’re raising the stakes on the dining and dancing experience and betting there will be Derby Chic fascinators and Black-Eyed Susans galore. Tickets are $125 per person and a reserved table of 10 is $1,500, complimentary valet parking included. RSVP to by May 10th or you may be left jockeying for a seat!

Past Events

Past Events

The 23rd Annual Plywood Regatta organized by MIASF took place at the Dania Beach City Marina on April 6th and 7th. During the two-day boat-building and racing event students were introduced to the excitement and career opportunities associated with recreational boating. 33 teams of South Florida middle school, high school, technical school, and college students built, painted, and decorated their uniquely designed vessels using only simple hand-tools, three sheets of plywood, 3M 5200 fast-cure caulk, and zip ties. On Sunday teams competed in a series of spirited heats to determine an overall winner.

1st Place winners: Beginner’s Division -Moto Moto from Kid’s Unplugged and sponsored by Seafarer Marine;

Intermediate Division – Knotty from Inlet Grove Community High School and sponsored by Wright Maritime;

Advanced Division – Under the Sea from South Broward High School sponsored by Dockside Corporate Services.

The winner of the Lauderdale Marine Center Overall Best Team Cup was Knotty.

Generous support from the community includes, 3M, AME Solutions, Atlantic Marine Power Systems, Boat Owners Warehouse, Complete Marine, Dania Beach, Derecktor, Diesel Service of America, Dockside Corporate Services, Engineered Yacht Solution, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club, Gold Coast Marine Distributor, Hall of Fame Marina, Headhunter Integrated Marine Systems, High Seas Hydraulics, High Seas Yacht Service, Informa, Interlux, International Yacht Brokers Association, Kelly’s Landing, Land N Sea, Lauderdale Marine Center, Marine Industries Association of South Florida, MarineMax, Nancy Olson Water Fitness, Neptune Boat Lifts, Outer Reef Yachts, Port Everglades Pilots Association, Resolve Marine Group, RPM Diesel Engine Co, Seafarer Marine of Fort Lauderdale, Stanley Yacht Services, Teak Decking Systems, TGL Environmental, Troy Industries, West Marine, WMG, and Yachtsmyth.

The 2019 Refit International Exhibition & Conference was held at the Broward County/Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on April 10th and 11th. MIASF was pleased to participate with an MIASF/Salty Jobs booth on the show floor and in a number of plenary sessions, including Phil Purcell’s keynote
speech on Materials and Industry Drivers Over the Decades, Kelly Skidmore’s participation on the Superyacht Summit Advocacy Panel, and Sean Smith’s presentation of the finalists of the South Broward High School Elevator Pitch Competition. As the refit and repair capital of the world, Fort Lauderdale is
fortunate to host this important conference.

April’s Maritime Monday was held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on April 1st at Bar Rita, where there was a great turnout and a fun rooftop atmosphere, along with specialty margaritas and light bites. Several members also took the opportunity to sign up as volunteers for upcoming MIASF events.

The U.S. Coast Guard Foundation tribute dinner to honor members of the 7th district was held on April 18th at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina, where MIASF and its members filled five tables. The annual fundraiser to support guardsmen and women and their families in need was a huge success with, master of ceremonies, JJ Raterink, keynote speaker USCG Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz, and honoree, Thomas B. Crowley, Jr. chairman and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Attendees were also entertained by the USCG Band Brass Quintet.

Welcome Aboard New Members!

Welcome Aboard New Members!


Seakeeper, Inc.
Kelsey Albina
45310 Abell House Lane, Suite 350
California, MD 20619
Phone: 410-326-1590
Company Description: Seakeeper, the leader in marine stabilization, changes the boating experience by eliminating up to 95% of boat roll which causes seasickness, fatigue and anxiety. Seakeeper has developed a catalog of models for an expanding range of boat sizes.

Yachts360 Group
Justin Goins
1515 SE 17th St., Suite 129A
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: 865-740-6938
Company Description: Yachts360 is a professional yacht brokerage with offices throughout the southeast. We also offer wholesale services to other brokers and dealers.

For information on joining MIASF, email Sean Smith at