MIASF names new officers and board members

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The Marine Industries Association of South Florida introduced its new board of directors June 3 at its annual dinner.

The MIASF said the 2017-18 officers will assume their roles July 1. They are chairperson David Reed, owner of The Triton publication; vice chairperson Jim Naugle, former mayor of Fort Lauderdale and principal of Jim Naugle & Co.; secretary and treasurer Doug West, president of the Lauderdale Marine Center; and immediate past chairperson Danielle Butler of the Luxury Law Group.

Association members re-elected Jimmie Harrison, of Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller Shop, and James Brewer, of Derecktor Shipyard.

They elected new board members Megan Lagasse, marina manager at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center; and Marieke van Peer, Suntex Marinas’ regional manager for the east coast of Florida.

Retiring board members Kristina Hebert, of Ward’s Marine Electric, and Paul Engle, of Bradford Marine, were thanked for their years of service.

Joe Rubano, of RPM Diesel, was honored with the Golden Anchor Award for a lifetime of industry contribution and achievement.

Project Awards of Excellence went to the Florida Inland Navigation District for the dredge of the Intracoastal Waterway from 10 to 17 feet and the eight sponsor companies that collaborated with the MIASF to build a Habitat for Humanity home — High Seas Yacht Service; Denison Yacht Sales; Ward’s Marine Electric; National Marine Suppliers; Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller Shop; Advanced Mechanical Enterprise; Maritime Professional Training; and Neptune Boat Lifts.

Individual Awards of Excellence were given to Christine Battles, of Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, for years of dedicated volunteerism, and John Mann, of Bluewater Books and Charts, for his service to the association and industry.

The Frank Herhold Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the MIASF’s previous long-serving executive director, was awarded to Nova Southeastern University graduate student Allan Anderson for his work with coral populations.

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