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MIASF chief executive to step down in 2018

Phil Purcell gave the board of the MIASF notice that he will step down as CEO and executive director in January 2018.
Phil Purcell

Phil Purcell

Phil Purcell gave the board of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida notice that he will step down as CEO and executive director in January 2018.

“Phil joined MIASF in February 2014, and he and the board have collaborated on a long list of successes, including execution of a 30-year agreement with the producers of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Show Management; completion of the dredge of the Intracoastal Waterway; institution of standard operating procedures for the FEC bridge; passage of state legislation that caps the sales tax on refits and repairs; inclusion of marine industry companies in the annual South Florida Business Journal Book of Lists; the first Foreign Trade Zone recreational boating designation in the United States; and enhanced community engagement with a Habitat for Humanity partnership to build the first-ever two-story duplex in Fort Lauderdale, to name a few,” MIASF board chairwoman Danielle Butler said in a statement.

“We are truly fortunate to have had Phil’s leadership for the past few years. His vision and guidance have ideally positioned the association to leverage exciting opportunities in 2017 and beyond,” she said.

“I have loved working in this capacity with an amazing team of people, and I am proud of what MIASF has achieved,” Purcell said. “We have created a culture of high integrity and a success-driven, highly adaptive, forward-thinking mindset. With an $11.5 billion economic impact, the marine industry has a seat at the table to help address important issues such as transportation, infrastructure, job creation, trade and philanthropy.”

The MIASF said the announcement will allow for a leadership pursuit and seamless transition during the next 12 months. The board has appointed an executive search committee to begin the process.

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