The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced several changes in its staff for the 75th Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, which is set to take place Feb. 11-15, 2016, at a new location in the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin.
“The move to Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin is an exciting and significant endeavor for us and we are expanding the Miami team as we create a whole new show for the industry and attendees while maintaining the Miami International Boat Show’s reputation as a world premier boating event,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement. “We feel confident in the changes we’ve made to expand our dedicated team leading and managing the Miami show.”
In the South Florida office, Melissa Gaffney was named Miami assistant show manager-director of operations. She will be responsible for the on-land portion of the show at the new site.
Larry Berryman is taking on a new role as Miami assistant show manager-director of sales, leading the sales effort on Miami and the construction of the temporary marina in the basin.
Cathy Rick-Joule remains manager of the show, overseeing the entire event and staffing for it.
In the Chicago office, Sarah Salvatori was named director of marketing and communications for the show, overseeing marketing and communications efforts and managing relevant partners. The NMMA said Salvatori has nearly nine years of experience overseeing the NMMA’s boat and sport show PR and industry communications.
“These changes create an incredibly strong team focused on Miami 2016,” Dammrich said. “This will ensure that all of the NMMA’s critical needs are met with a significant focus from strong professionals, and we look forward to presenting a spectacular event.”
Related to these changes for Miami, Kevin Murphy assumed the show manager role for the Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show and the Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show, a role Berryman previously held.
Murphy will retain his role as show manager for Strictly Sail Miami, which will continue at Miamarina at Bayside in conjunction with the Miami show.