Newsletter April 2021

From The Captain's Chair

From The Captain's Chair

April 2021

From the Captain's Chair: Reflecting on Our Past Accomplishments

With our annual meeting just a few weeks away, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida team has been reflecting on all that has transpired in the past 12 months. Of course, the pandemic and its impact on our region’s citizens and economy is front of mind. Yet once you get past the unsettling nature of shelter in place orders, masking mandates, and the “should I or shouldn’t I” vaccination questions now being asked, there is a lot to celebrate.

MIASF worked tirelessly to find solutions to overcome the hurdles brought by COVID-19. From partnering with Informa to create a safe and secure in-person Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to redesigning annual events like the 44th Broward County Waterway Cleanup and the Plywood (now Cardboard) Regatta, we ensured none of MIASF’s important events were cancelled. While the events looked different from past years, the essence remained unchanged – to support and promote the marine industry.

Our approach to this year’s annual meeting is no different. Although ongoing health and safety concerns required us to rethink the usual format of a dinner meeting and awards ceremony, the show will go on. This year’s MIASF Annual Meeting will be a luncheon at the newly refurbished Lauderdale Yacht Club on May 20th.  Attendance will be limited to maintain comfortable social distancing standards.

What won’t change is that we will use this opportunity to announce the results of our association elections. Likewise, local, state, and federal lobbyists will be on hand to give legislative updates. The luncheon will also be our opportunity to share important milestones and shine a light on upcoming events in our vibrant South Florida marine industry.

One such event is the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation’s Gold Star event. This private sailing camp provides an opportunity for 12 children who lost a parent in military combat to learn to sail. These children will learn the basics of sailing during the week-long camp to be held in June.

And, of course, our annual meeting would not be complete without the presentation of our Golden Anchor award. As is tradition, this year’s recipient is someone who has demonstrated service to the community and lifetime dedication, excellence, and advocacy to the marine industry.

This year’s annual meeting will be hosted by Reggie Rivers, retired Denver Broncos running back, professional broadcaster, and motivational speaker. Distinguished invited guests include several elected officials. These government officials have been steadfast supporters of the marine industry. They were also instrumental in getting the industry designated an essential business at the start of the pandemic, thus keeping our workers employed.

On behalf of the entire MIASF team, I want to thank you for your ongoing membership and support of the marine industry. We look back on the past year with appreciation for what we accomplished and look forward to the coming 12 months with anticipation and excitement about what we will achieve together.


Phil Purcell


Advocacy Report

Advocacy Report

In Tallahassee, Covid-19 Lawsuit Protection was the first bill to reach the Governor’s desk in this year’s legislative session. Florida businesses, governments and healthcare providers will be protected from coronavirus lawsuits if they have made a good effort to follow safety guidelines. The law will apply retroactively to the beginning of the pandemic, giving businesses one less thing to worry about.

Many bills are still in the deal stages and have not reached the Governor’s desk. Among those are time restrictions on anchoring, locations of no discharge zones, and how better to manage or prevent derelict vessels. Also being watched closely by our partners at IYBA is a bill that reviews and determines continued need for state licensing of certain occupations.

Last week, Broward County passed an ordinance adding additional management requirements to the slips allocated to the manatee protection. The new ordinance gives 2 years plus a 1-year extension to build permitted slips, or they return to the pool to accommodate the next project on the waiting list.

MIASF’s Foreign Trade Zone currently consists of 5 active marine facilities, Lauderdale Marine Center, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Pier 66 Marina, Taylor Lane Yacht and Ship, and Seahaven Superyacht Marina, as well as Fassmer, which is a land-based operation that manufactures and services small/medium boats like rescue boats and RIBS. We are currently refining the guidelines and will be coordinating with the facilities and MIASF member customs brokers to assure consistency throughout the zone.  MIASF was the first marine zone of this structure to be approved so there was no model to follow and its benefits with review and improvement as we grow.

MIASF continues to participate as part of the committee in a NOAA funded project to capture stakeholder input on Coral Reef preservation. Last month a public meeting attended virtually by over 100 people identified many concerns ranging from septic tanks and sewage to no fishing zones. Everyone agrees protecting the reef is critical. The path on how to accomplish it is the source of most discussion.

Be sure to attend MIASF’s annual meeting on May 20th and meet our Federal, State and Local lobbyists. Duncan Smith, Teye Reeves, and Matt Sacco will give you a firsthand report of the legislative climate from their point of view.

Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program Report

Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program Report

Apprentices in the Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program (YSTAP) had a busy March.  Our class of 2021 spent the month learning new material in the Pumps, Plumbing, and Pipe Fitter Module.  Classes focused first on pump types and characteristics as well as advantages and disadvantages of different pump types.  Several pump types were included so the class had a clear understanding of common pumps used on yachts like impeller, diaphragm, gear, piston, vane, and more.  PTO vs electrical motor pumps were also discussed in this module.  Next on the agenda is marine piping types and regulations regarding the installation of piping including supporting, protecting, and choosing the proper material.

March was the third month of classes for MIASF’s new class of 2022!  The apprentices completed the Safety Module strong and tested out on three topics - Scaffolding, Common Shipyard Terms, and Yacht Systems & Parts.  The 2022 class has now moved into the Employability Module where the classes offer a refresher on the personal and professional skills required to survive in today’s working environment. Once this section is completed they get into the more technical topics starting with the Heavy Lifting Module first.

Great News!!! Our next class for YSTAP begins in January and we are looking to add more sponsoring businesses and apprentices for our upcoming class.  For more information on how to become a participating employer or an apprentice, please contact program coordinator & instructor Jon Lowell at

Business Highlight: Bradford Marine

Business Highlight: Bradford Marine

Since 1966, Bradford Marine has been a cornerstone of Fort Lauderdale’s boating industry, welcoming guests from around the world to its convenient marina on the New River. So, when an industry legend like Bradford changes hands, all eyes are on the new owners to see what changes might be in store.

John and Michael Kelly have hit the ground running since taking the helm on January 1, 2019. The father-son team have continuously built upon the Bradford name with a series of strategic acquisitions and improvements over the past two years.

The duo started by purchasing Billfish Marina in May 2020, just as the pandemic roared to life. Despite the logistics of expanding a business during a global economic shutdown, their vision was unwavering. The Kellys knew the acquisition of Billfish, conveniently located just across the canal from the Bradford facility, would allow Bradford to expand its dockage and haul-out capacity. New floating concrete docks, capable of housing mega yachts of up to 180 feet are also in permitting for construction at Billfish. Today, the two locations offer 27 combined acres on the New River.

John and Michael also had a goal of creating a single point-of-service for full yacht refits. Along with Billfish Marina, they acquired PipeWelders Marine, High Seas Technology, and P&R Canvas. Together with their skilled in-house teams and hand-picked sub-contractors, Bradford is able to offer start-to-finish refitting under one roof. Their most recent project was the extensive exterior and interior refit of No Bad Ideas, a Westport 130. Completed in less than one year, a year marked by the supply chain challenges of the global pandemic, this is Bradford’s largest refit project to date.

“Having the in-house capabilities to tackle everything from superstructure expansion to interior design renovations, really allows us to showcase the capabilities of the entire spectrum of Fort Lauderdale’s marine industry,” noted Michael Kelly. “As local business owners, we feel a responsibility to promote our industry and its highly-skilled workforce through innovative, high profile projects like this one.”

While this is their first foray into owning a marine business, the Kellys are no strangers to the boating industry. Their experience began decades ago with various sizes of boats including a Viking Sport Cruisers 70, and later a custom-built Hatteras 75. Over the years, they regularly spent part of every year in Fort Lauderdale, bringing their boats south each winter for annual service. Today, they’re taking what they learned as yacht owners and applying it to the Bradford customer experience. Their goal, according to Michael, “is to exceed expectations in every transaction.”

To learn more about Bradford Marine, visit their website.

Faces in the Industry: Julie Berry

Faces in the Industry: Julie Berry

Tell us where you are from, what brought you to Florida, and how long you’ve lived here.

I was born in Fort Lauderdale, moved to Massachusetts as a kid and spent summers at the Cape, then moved to Long Island, New York for Junior High and High School.  I have always been around the ocean and came to Florida to attend college to be near family and a warm ocean.

Where do you work, what is your job title, and what does your job entail?
I am heading up the Marina Group at CBRE. My job title is Senior Vice President | CBRE Capital Markets | The Marina Group.  I exclusively represent buyers and sellers of marinas and boatyard/yacht repair facilities. Our goal is to bring buyers to sellers who are dedicated to the marine industry and will bring the marine property to the next level.   This is important as a foundation to support the huge economic impact that the marine industry has in South Florida and to support the marine businesses and employees who live off these facilities.

How did you initially become interested in the marine industry? 

I come from a corporate office leasing and investment sales background. While working on a portfolio of properties that included a marina, I was attracted to the marina and all of aspects of knowledge required to complete a transaction and dealing with people in the marine industry, there is a lot of passion.  It wasn’t like that working with owners of office buildings.  I have developed incredible friendships in the marine industry and I love what I do.

What is your favorite or most valuable benefit of membership in MIASF?

FLIBS is number one.  The impact on the marine industry and hospitality as well as exposure for our area is second to none.  The fact that we own it is incredible. A close second is the advocacy efforts. MIASF battles to advocate for the businesses, yacht and boat owners, waterway access, and more.  Also important is the effort related to educating our youth and seeking internships to build a skilled trade base for our businesses. 

Describe any other community organizations or events with which you are involved.

·    Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County Board member:  serving on the Yacht Rendezvous committee which raises over $1 million to help fund the 12,000 kids attending clubs in Broward County.

·    MIASF Board member: currently on the board membership support team and the long term vision team. 

·    Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Board member: serving on the Governor’s Council and the International Action Team

·    Port Everglades Action Team: Advocacy group to support growth and expansion at Port Everglades

·    Seafarer’s House Board Member– providing support to the seafarers - the men and women who serve on cargo, cruise and other ships and are out to sea for months at a time

·    Children’s Diagnostic Treatment Center Transformer: Committee to raise funds to support the efforts of this organization in providing services to youth with special health care needs.

Tell us about your hobbies and the kinds of things you do for fun. 

I recently traveled to Paris, Germany and Italy with my son and brother and I want to travel much more. Closer to home, spending time in the Bahamas is a source of relaxation and a great getaway.  For hobbies, I love boating, wakeboarding, scuba diving, anything that involves the ocean and water and playing with my Golden Retrievers!

Bee Healthy Food Drive to Support CDTC

Bee Healthy Food Drive to Support CDTC

This month MIASF hosted a Bee Healthy Food Drive to help stock the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center’s new Bee Healthy Pantry initiative which helps teach and support CDTC served families on better nutritional choices. Several hundred pounds of food items from their Wishlist were collected and delivered to CDTC. Many thanks to all those who donated!

MIASF Board of Directors Election

MIASF Board of Directors Election

Voting opened for this year’s MIASF Board of Directors election on April 23rd and will remain open until 12:00pm on Monday, May 10th. Only the Bundle Administrator of Regular and Anchor level membership levels can vote; membership dues must also be current in order to vote. The four candidates who receive the most votes will be elected to serve for a 2-year term. The 2021-2022 Board of Directors will be officially announced at the MIASF Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 20th.

Membership Dues Renewal Reminder

Membership Dues Renewal Reminder

Reminder that membership dues for the 2021-2022 year were due on April 1st. Invoices were originally sent electronically to Bundle Administrator and Billing Email contacts back in February and paper invoices were mailed out to all outstanding renewals this month. You can confirm the status of your membership account by logging in to the MIASF Member Portal at If you have any questions you can call the office at (954) 524-2733 or email

US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation Rule Change

US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation Rule Change

A recent rule change extends the validity of a US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation to every 5 years instead of just one. The move was the result of Coast Guard cost-saving efforts and requirements set forth in the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018. Formerly, documentation was $26 per year and boaters could select the number of years, from one to five. The new five-year documentation cost for is fixed at $130. Additional fees apply for initial documentation as well as exchanges. The Coast Guard will not issue refunds if an owner chooses to cancel documentation before its five-year expiration or if a vessel is sold during the renewal period. Documented vessels must also be a minimum of 5 net tons, which is about the size of a 26-foot boat.

Group Health Insurance for MIASF Members

Group Health Insurance for MIASF Members

In case you missed it, MIASF now offers current members group health insurance for their employees. Interested members should contact Jim Hopgood at the John Galt Insurance Agency for a quote at or call (954) 440-2853. Several members have already begun taking advantage of this latest benefit of membership and have offered the following testimonial:

"Gillen Yacht Services is happy to announce that we are one of the first companies to provide health insurance to our employees as a part of the MIASF newest member benefit.  Founded in 1991 our company had always provided paid health insurance to our employees.  However, 10 years ago we found that it no longer feasible to offer health insurance which subsequently forced our employees into the marketplace model.  We discovered that most of our employees opted to forgo these expensive policies and were therefore left without coverage.  Each year our company evaluated options and found that affordable plans that met both the companies and employees’ needs were just not available to us. 

When we heard about MIASF’s efforts to utilize the buying power of the membership to provide a better and more affordable health insurance option to its membership - we wanted to be first in line!  Our evaluation demonstrated that not only could we provide a viable option for our employees, but with some education provided by The John Galt Insurance Agency we could work together to better manage our health insurance cost.  Our agent Jim Hopgood performed an educational seminar to train employees on how to be informed consumers who are actively involved in selecting healthcare both on cost and quality.   As a company we were able to provide a basic level of health care at no cost to our employees, while giving them the option with a small contribution to upgrade their service to a lower deductible plan.   

Providing quality health care to our industry will only help us as an industry to continue to attract the talent that is needed to provide much needed services to the marine industry.  Thank you MIASF for this new member benefit."

Save the Date: MIASF Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

Save the Date: MIASF Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

Mark your calendars for this year’s MIASF Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon which will take place at the beautiful, newly renovated Lauderdale Yacht Club on Thursday, May 20th. Check-in will begin at 11:30am with our meeting and presentations starting at 12:00pm. This year’s in-person meeting will once again feature host and emcee Reggie Rivers (former Denver Broncos running back and host of the USCG Foundation Dinners) and a legislative update from our lobbyists at the federal, state, and local levels. The annual Golden Anchor and Awards of Excellence will also be presented in addition to the announcement of the 2021-2022 MIASF Board of Directors. Seating is limited. Tickets for Members are $50 each or a table of 6 for $400. Tickets will go on sale next week.

1st Annual Cardboard Regatta Results

1st Annual Cardboard Regatta Results

The 1st Annual Cardboard Regatta took place on Sunday, April 18th at the pool at South Broward High School in Hollywood. 33 teams of students ranging from 6th grade to 12th grade participated in this first-of-its-kind event in lieu of our traditional Plywood Regatta event. Students had just over one week to build a boat out of (1) sheet of 6’ x 4’ Coroplast; (1) roll of duct tape; (20) zip ties; (2) 4’ pool noodles; and as much cardboard as they could source at home or school. Students then raced their boats in a series of races on April 18th for the fastest time in their respective divisions. Awards were given out in a virtual awards ceremony for the top 3 fastest times in each division; the top fastest time overall; and 6 Spirit Awards for Best Decorated Boat, Most Innovative Design; Future Yacht Broker Award; Courage & Perseverance; Most Creative Presentation; and Best Technical Presentation.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Beginner Division:

1st Place – Griffinn DeShields “The Mako” (New River Middle School)

2nd Place – Keira & Logan Fahy “Octopus Invasion” (New River Middle School)

3rd Place – Javed King & Max Katz “MJ Boomerang” (NSU University School)

Intermediate Division:

1st Place – Daniel O’Neil “Sea Emperor” (Inlet Grove High School)

2nd Place – Francesca Smith “Water Woggle” (Palm Beach Maritime Academy)

3rd Place – Dominick Loffredo-Smith “Fuhgedabowdit” (Palm Beach Maritime Academy)

Advanced Division:

1st Place – Xain Lawracy “Xain’s World” (Inlet Grove High School)

2nd Place – Jake Henderson “Valiant” (Nova High School)

3rd Place – Viranda Walters & Raelin Kuhn “The Leviathan” (South Broward High School)


Overall Fastest Time: Xain Lawracy “Xain’s World” (Inlet Grove High School) with a time of 19.26 seconds!


Best Decorated Boat: "The Mako" Griffinn DeShields (New River Middle School)

Most Innovative Design: "The Leviathan" Viranda Walters & Raelin Kuhn (South Broward High School)

Future Yacht Broker: "TLBTC" Rebecca Shaw & Alex Valdes (Nova High School)

Courage and Perseverance: "ABWCS" Caleb Vickers & Hazel Burnside (Blanche Ely High School)

Most Creative Presentation: "Megalodinho" Brandon Barillas & Jesus Roncal-Gonzales (South Broward High School)

Best Technical Presentation: "MJ Boomerang" Max Katz & Javed King (NSU University School)


The recipients of the annual Plywood Regatta Scholarship were also announced for those seniors who participated in the event and demonstrated not only their academic achievement, but their desire to pursue a career in the marine industry. This year’s scholarship recipients are: Jetty Porter (South Broward High School), Catalin Olortegui (South Broward High School), Tiffany Graddy (Blanche Ely High School), and Xain Lawracy (Inlet Grove High School).


Thank you to our sponsors Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club, Seafarer Marine, Gold Coast Marine Distributors, 3M, Denison Yachting, Headhunter, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, MarineMax, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, High Seas Yacht Service and High Seas Hydraulics, Hall of Fame Marina, Boat Owners Warehouse, Harbour Towne Marina, Stanley Yacht Services, RPM Diesel, Diesel Services of America, Kelly’s Landing, Centennial Bank, MarQuipt, TDW Marine, Derecktor, Teak Decking Systems, TGL Environmental, Nancy Olson Water Fitness, FHG Marine Engineering, and ACE: Alonso, Campbell, & Engels!

Member News: Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

Member News: Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

The Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SEC-AAAE) named Rufus A. James, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) Manager, as the 2021 Airport Professional of the Year. The announcement was made during the closing ceremony of the SEC-AAAE’s Annual Southeast Chapter Conference held in Savannah, GA on March 28-30, 2021. The SEC-AAAE selects the Airport Professional of the Year based on professional accomplishments and contributions to the aviation industry.

James started his career with City of Fort Lauderdale in 1999 as an Airport Operations Aide. After being promoted to Airport Operations Supervisor and Assistant Airport Manager, James was appointed Acting Airport Manager in November 2014. In October 2015, James was named Airport Manager.

As Airport Manager, James is responsible for the operations and management of the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, which has an economic impact of nearly $2.1 billion and is the fourth busiest general aviation airport in the country for itinerant traffic, the 200-acre Industrial Airpark, John Fuhrer Downtown Helistop, and Foreign Trade Zone #241.

Congratulations, Rufus!

Member News: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Member News: Kadey-Krogen Yachts

Kadey-Krogen Yachts President & CEO Tucker West announced that the company has accessed additional growth-equity capital to allow for structural changes that are part of an overall long-term strategic plan. Kadey-Krogen former partner and president Tom Button has announced his retirement after 20 years at the builder, where he led design and production. He oversaw the development of some of the builder’s most popular models, such as the Krogen 44, 52, 55 Expedition, 50 Open, and the new Summit 54. Tom’s dedication not only to the brand, but also to the entire customer experience earned him respect and admiration throughout the yachting community.

As a result of these changes, Kadey-Krogen partner Tucker West was appointed as President & CEO and currently operates out of the company’s Portsmouth, RI office with a marketing, production, and sales team. The company’s headquarters remains in Stuart with the same dedicated team of design, sales, project management, and operations professionals that Kadey-Krogen owners have worked with for years.

Member News: West Marine

Member News: West Marine

West Marine announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by L Catterton. L Catterton is the largest global consumer-focused private equity firm and has extensive experience building enthusiast brands. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1968, West Marine operates 237 physical locations across 38 states and Puerto Rico and two eCommerce platforms reaching domestic, international and professional customers. In partnership with L Catterton, West Marine plans to continue to expand its industry leading consumer marine centers, fast track the advancement of its digital content, commerce and community capabilities for customers, and over deliver value with product, knowledgeable advice and an exceptional and differentiated consumer experience.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with L Catterton in the next phase of growth for West Marine,” said Ken Seipel, CEO of West Marine. “The L Catterton team brings invaluable consumer, brand building and digital expansion expertise to help us accelerate our growth plans. In partnership, we look forward to enhancing our digital capabilities and elevating our consumer experience to not only provide the broadest product offering in the industry, but to deliver the most comprehensive and rewarding consumer experience no matter where or how our boaters choose to engage with us. We look forward to our new partnership with L Catterton.”

Member News: William F. Miller & Associates

Member News: William F. Miller & Associates

William F. Miller & Associates recently announced their newest partnership with QMI-Multiflex, a North American OEM supplier with offerings in multiple marine product categories.  The newly appointed agency will be responsible for representing their marine products to customers in the greater South and Midwest US territories.   

“Our agency is honored to be partnered with QMI-Multiflex.  Their mechanical and hydraulic steering products provide a new opportunity for our agency and our customers, as well as QMI’s many other product offerings.  We are thrilled to be a part of this forward-thinking company, and are committed to a long, mutually beneficial relationship,” said Hill Lenderman, Owner / President of William F. Miller & Associates.

William F. Miller & Associates has represented premium marine products for over 67 years, with a long history of extraordinary salesmanship and customer service. The agency's sales territory encompasses the greater South and Midwest, with their corporate office located in Nashville, TN.

Member News: Videosworks of Americas

Member News: Videosworks of Americas

Videoworks recently unveiled its new "Lighting Engineering" system, which is revolutionizing the design of the yachting lighting solutions.

Engineer Leo Megna, Head of Lighting and Comfort Projects at Videoworks, explains. "A new design method has been developed specifically for lighting technology, a new software created ad hoc, in collaboration with Eon Reality, which allows us to offer a highly innovative tool for the integration and control of lighting points inside the yacht with the fundamental support of virtual reality. In this way, together with the architect and the shipyard, the different lighting scenarios are optimized and then proposed to the owner, who will have an incredibly realistic view of the various rooms thanks to a 3D viewer. This will allow for all the details to be worked out before they are actually built.”

In addition to the usual design documentation detailing all aspects of lighting, virtual reality will bring the illuminated rooms to life exactly as they will be once they have been built. It will also be possible to intervene in real time to evaluate and verify changes in the diameter of the light cones, the color temperature and other variables that are always important in the definition of a lighting system. Videoworks' partner in the development of the new "Lighting Engineering" system is Eon Reality, a world leader in knowledge transfer through "Augmented and Virtual Reality" (AVR).

Upcoming Event: MIASF Annual Meeting

Upcoming Event: MIASF Annual Meeting

The MIASF Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon will be on Thursday, May 20th at Lauderdale Yacht Club. The Golden Anchor and Awards of Excellence recipients will be announced along with the new 2021-2022 MIASF Board of Directors.  A legislative update will also be presented by our federal, state, and local lobbyists. Seating is limited. Tickets for Members are $50 each or a table of 6 for $400. Tickets will go on sale next week.

Past Events

Past Events

The 1st Annual Cardboard Regatta took place on Sunday, April 18th at the pool at South Broward High School in Hollywood. 34 teams of students ranging from 6th grade to 12th grade participated in this first-of-its-kind event in lieu of our traditional Plywood Regatta event. Students had just over one week to build a boat out of (1) sheet of 6’ x 4’ Coroplast; (1) roll of duct tape; (20) zip ties; (2) 4’ pool noodles; and as much cardboard as they could source at home or school. Students then raced their boats in a series of races on April 18th for the fastest time in their respective divisions. Awards were given out in a virtual awards ceremony for the top 3 fastest times in each division; the top fastest time overall; and 5 Spirit Awards for Best Decorated Boat, Most Innovative Design; Future Yacht Broker Award; Courage & Perseverance; and Best Presentation. Scholarships were also presented to graduating seniors who participated.

Thank you to our sponsors Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club, Seafarer Marine, Gold Coast Marine Distributors, 3M, Denison Yachting, Headhunter, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, MarineMax, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, High Seas Yacht Service and High Seas Hydraulics, Hall of Fame Marina, Boat Owners Warehouse, Harbour Towne Marina, Stanley Yacht Services, RPM Diesel, Diesel Services of America, Kelly’s Landing, Centennial Bank, MarQuipt, TDW Marine, Derecktor, Teak Decking Systems, TGL Environmental, Nancy Olson Water Fitness, FHG Marine Engineering, and ACE: Alonso, Campbell, & Engels!


MIASF members joined members of Young Professionals in Yachting for a Night with the Florida Panthers to watch the Cats take on the Carolina Hurricanes at the BB&T Center on Thursday, April 22nd. Although the Panthers didn’t win, it was a great game and the BB&T Center did an excellent job of enforcing COVID-19 safety measures throughout the duration of the game.

Salty Jobs

Salty Jobs

The Salty Jobs video series is at the midway point of its 4th season. You can catch up on all of the episodes you may have missed by visiting

Taking part in an episode of Salty Jobs is an exclusive benefit for MIASF members. If you’re interested in showcasing a marine industry job from your business in an episode, contact Megan Piggott via email at to learn more!


Featured Job: Lewis Marine - Warehouse/Driver 1

The Warehouse/Driver 1 position is responsible for performing an array of duties in a distribution warehouse, such as receiving and processing incoming product, picking and filling orders from stock, packing and shipping orders, scheduling and performing cycle inventory counts, and driving company delivery van as needed.  The Warehouse/Driver 1 may interact with customers as they arrive to pick up Will Call orders or while making scheduled deliveries in the company van.   Computer equipment will be used during daily tasks.  Other related duties may be assigned.


-Familiar with UPS, FedEx, USPS and other shipping companies
-Familiar with e-mail and internet operations, as well as basic computer knowledge
-Exhibits excellent communication skills with strong work ethic
-Exhibits initiative by identifying areas for improvement and presenting solutions to management
-Exhibits strong attention to detail and strong organizational skills
-Exhibits ability to maintain a clean and safe warehouse working environment, in accordance with safety regulations
-Valid driver’s license and good driving record.


-Pick, Pack, and Ship product using common carrier services (UPS, FedEx, etc.).
-Count and record inventory on cycle counts.
-Stage customer will call orders and delivery shipments.
-Schedule and complete daily cycle counts
-Operate warehouse equipment as needed, including forklift; must be able to pass related testing for required licensing or certification.
-Conduct regular checks and maintenance of warehouse equipment, including forklift if applicable, and complete necessary inspection forms.
-Inspect incoming product for receiving.
-Receive product into the computer system
-Put away product that has been received into assigned zone location
-Deliver packages using company van to assign accounts as needed
-Perform facilities maintenance as assigned.
-Perform other duties as assigned.


-High school diploma or general education degree (GED); 3+ Related shipping-receiving experience.
-Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals written in English.


-The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
-Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
-While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk/ hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Job Type: Full-time



-Dental insurance

-Health insurance

-Life insurance
-Vision Insurance
-Paid time off


Monday to Friday

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

-Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous
-People-oriented -- enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
-Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
-Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture
-Achievement-oriented -- enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail
-Autonomous/Independent -- enjoys working with little direction
-Innovative -- prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity
-High stress tolerance -- thrives in a high-pressure environment

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

-Personal protective equipment provided or required
-Temperature screenings
-Social distancing guidelines in place
-Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Membership dues for the 2021-2022 membership year were due on April 1st. You can pay your dues online at   

Welcome Aboard New Members!

Welcome Aboard New Members!



F3 Marina

Alain Giudice



252 E. Highland Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: (414) 271-1111

Company Description Professional Marina Management by F3

F3 Marina is a leader in professional marina management and consulting services to marina owners anywhere. Our services include all aspects of waterfront development and management, including; marinas and adjacent upland property, such as multi-family and retail. We provide the expertise, experience and attention to detail to delight our boaters, clients and communities while maximizing occupancy and revenue.

Business Category: Marinas / Boatyard Services


National Marina Sales

Rick Roughen



2424 N. Federal Hwy. #150

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone: (954) 734-3160

Company Description: The most knowledgeable Marina Brokers in the Business

Our deep understanding of the marina sales and acquisitions process begins with having worn your boots and having fought your daily battles. As career owners and operators of some of the largest maritime facilities in the world, our highly educated team of professionals understands your business well.

When you are ready for a serious and insightful talk – Call us.

Business Category: Real Estate / Developers, Marine Consultants, Marinas / Boatyard Services, Boatyards / Shipyards