The Marine Industries Association of South Florida held an in-person annual meeting and awards luncheon last Thursday at the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Florida.
Board chairman Doug West announced the newly elected and re-elected board members. “On behalf of the entire MIASF board, we are delighted to welcome aboard Chuck Cashman of MarineMax, Bob Denison of Denison Yachting and Danny James of Compass Logistics and Marine as our newest board members,” he said. “We also extend a hearty congratulations to Megan Washington of Pier Sixty-Six Marina on her re-election.”
MIASF CEO and president Phil Purcell discussed the year in review and praised the marine industry for its fortitude and resilience during the pandemic.
“The marine industry quickly took action to become adept at thriving in very trying times,” Purcell said. “This is a testament to the creativity and commitment of industry leaders; government officials at the local, state and national levels; investors; and all the workers who banded together to not only keep the industry afloat but move it forward to unprecedented levels of growth.”
The Golden Anchor Award was presented to Andrew Doole of Informa Markets. Informa was the driving force behind maintaining the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as an in-person event.
West received the Award of Excellence for his work at Lauderdale Marine Center throughout the past year. Broward County Mayor Steve Geller, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis and Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Steve Glassman received Marine Industry Advocate awards.
The Frank Herhold Memorial Scholarship was presented to Megan McGrath, a graduate student at Nova Southeastern University.
The annual meeting was emceed for the second year by former Denver Bronco’s running back, broadcaster and author Reggie Rivers. Attendance was limited, and social-distancing protocols were in place.