Florida trade group honors owner of TowBoatUS Palm Beach

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Capt. Chris Shaffner, (right), owner of TowBoatUS Palm Beach, received the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County’s Member of the Year Award. Also shown are MIAPBC president Michael Kennedy (left) and vice president Mike Samuels.

Capt. Chris Shaffner, (right), owner of TowBoatUS Palm Beach, received the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County’s Member of the Year Award. Also shown are MIAPBC president Michael Kennedy (left) and vice president Mike Samuels.

The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County recently honored Capt. Chris Shaffner, owner of TowBoatUS Palm Beach, with its Member of the Year Award.

The award was given at a ceremony at Sandpipers Cove in North Palm Beach on Sept. 26. Shaffner was surprised by the award, which he received after he discussed the Hurricane Irma cleanup effort and salvage operations.

“Capt. Shaffner has been nominated for this award for a couple of years running now, but every time he got wind of it he insisted we award it to another nominee,” MIAPBC operations director Alyssa Freeman said in a statement. “This year is the first time we have kept our decision a secret until the night of the ceremony, and it paid off.”

“Some of Capt. Shaffner’s ideas from serving on our membership committee have directly resulted in an increase in our membership numbers,” MIAPBC executive director Chuck Collins said. “For more than 10 years he’s also been a big part of our Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade, in charge of all of the volunteer vessels on the night of the event that collect thousands of toys dockside. He also coordinates with law enforcement to ensure a safe event.”

Collins said Shaffner serves on committees that include the governor’s Boating Advisory Council.

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