MIAMI — The woman who spearheaded the Miami International Boat Show’s grueling move from its home at the Miami-Dade Convention Center to the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin is retiring.
After spending the last 13 months building a new show from the ground up, Cathy Rick-Joule, vice president of boat shows for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, is stepping down.
An emotional NMMA president Thom Dammrich announced her pending departure at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show industry breakfast this morning.
“Cathy has been manager of this show for 21 years,” Dammrich said. “She has built this show, as well as many other NMMA shows, into the successful marine marketplaces they are today. She worked tirelessly on this move to the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin.”
“Cathy has decided to retire after this show … ,” Dammrich said, his voice breaking off. “I’m sorry because this is really exciting news for Cathy and her husband, Pete, who have planned for early retirement. If we hadn’t been moving this show in the past year, Cathy would’ve retired already.”
Rick-Joule will remain as a consultant for the next 12 to 18 months and NMMA executive vice president Ben Wold will step into her role while seeking a full-time replacement.
“As I said before, it’s really my honor and privilege to be part of this industry,” Rick-Joule said, accepting a bouquet from Dammrich. “I won’t be far away. It was my goal to make sure this lady we call the Miami International Boat Show found a great new home. I couldn’t be more grateful for being with all of you and working for all of you.”