The National Marine Manufacturers Association said today that it promoted Larry Berryman to show manager of the Progressive Miami International Boat Show.
Berryman moves up from assistant show manager, replacing interim show manager and NMMA executive vice president Ben Wold.
“Larry brings his extensive knowledge of the show’s sales and operations, as well as his passion for recreational boating and the industry, to his new role as show manager,” Wold said in a statement.
“After 17 years with NMMA, where he’s managed our Tampa and Atlanta shows and helped move the Miami show to Virginia Key in 2016, Larry is respected by our exhibitors, vendors and partners and will help the show continue to grow and thrive in the years to come.”
Wold will remain in the NMMA’s Miami office through the spring of 2018 to fully transition Berryman to his new role.
After a position in the athletic department at the University of Miami and seeking a career in the marine industry, Berryman joined the NMMA as sales coordinator for its Progressive Tampa Boat Show and Progressive Atlanta Boat Show in the summer of 2000. He ultimately was promoted to show manager for both shows.
For many years Berryman also provided management support for the Miami International Boat Show’s former Sea Isle Marina site.
In 2015 he was promoted to assistant show manager for the Miami show, overseeing exhibitor space sales and the transition of exhibitors from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin.
Berryman and his team also oversaw the design and construction of the show’s marina — the largest fully temporary marina in the world.
Berryman has a bachelor's degree from Florida State University in history and political science and a master's degree from the University of Miami in sports administration.
Born and raised in Miami, Berryman’s parents were avid boaters and instilled in him a love of boating and fishing at a very young age. He spent hours doing both off Miami and the Florida Keys with friends and family.
He lives in Miami with his wife, Venus, and children Aly and James.
“I truly live and love the Miami International Boat Show and look forward to continuing to serve our valued exhibitors, partners, visitors and the community in this new role,” Berryman said. “We have an outstanding team working year-round to produce the greatest boat show in the world, and I couldn’t be more proud of the world-class event we produce every year.”
This year was the show’s second at Miami Marine Stadium. Nearly 100,000 people from about 35 countries across attended the 2017 show, where more than 1,300 new boats were on display, including a 35 percent expansion of in-water boats and yachts.