Palm Beach trade group names new executive director

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Chuck Collins, who headed a 10-county region for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a decade, became the new executive director of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County on Monday.

The 222-member association, best known for the annual Palm Beach International Boat Show in downtown West Palm Beach in March, selected Collins after screening nearly 75 candidates during a four-month period.

“We narrowed it to three and we felt he was the best fit because of his maritime enthusiasm, his relationships with many local governments and his proven leadership skills in both the public and private sectors,” Doug West of West Palm Beach-based Rybovich, who headed the three-member executive search committee, said in a statement.

Collins, a licensed captain, also brings 19 years in law enforcement — investigating major conservation violations, boating crashes, vessel theft and title fraud. He specializes in boating crash reconstruction and accident investigation.

“My family and I have the privilege to call South Florida home,” Collins said. “It is critical to Florida's economy and our way of life to ensure our local marine businesses continue to provide all of us the services we have come to enjoy. As executive director of MIA I look forward to working to advocate for these issues.”

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