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Remembering Kaye Pearson

Kaye Pearson was a unique marine industry visionary who constantly strived to make the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show bigger, better and a global marketplace second to none.

As Kaye grew the show from a few boats on Fort Lauderdale's New River to the world's largest boat show covering almost 3 million square feet of exhibits at six locations, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida likewise gained stature and prominence due to the revenues provided by the show. We are grateful for the relationship and support we have had from Kaye over the years.

Kaye also brought the megayacht market to our South Florida boating community with the growth of the boat show, and today more than 1,500 megayachts visit the "Yachting Capital of the World" annually, bringing huge economic benefits and global recognition to the area.

I can tell you from almost 20 years of personal experiences, he was an exciting guy to work with and will be sorely missed by everyone in the marine community.

— Frank Herhold
Executive director
Marine Industries Association of South Florida

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