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MIASF director to step down in July

Frank Herhold is retiring as executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, effective July 1.

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Herhold has been at the helm of the approximately 800-member recreational marine trade association since 1990. Following his retirement, he will assume an emeritus role with the organization and serve as a consultant.

Under his tenure, MIASF has more than doubled the size of its membership and has grown to be nationally recognized as one of the pre-eminent marine trade organizations. He led the association through a variety of industry challenges, including the luxury tax issue of the early 1990s, manatee and environmental regulations, longshore insurance reform, the evolutionary growth of the MIASF-owned Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and a long list of accomplishments.

"I am proud to have been a part of a period of tremendous MIASF growth and advocacy and I retire satisfied that MIASF is well-positioned for future changes and growth," Herhold said in a statement. "I have discussed my retirement strategy with the last three MIASF presidents and a plan has evolved for a seamless transition set for this July 1, which represents the year in which MIASF will celebrate its 50th anniversary and my 20th year as executive director. I am looking forward to my continued involvement with MIASF."

Association president John Stephens, of Lewis Marine Supply, is steering the executive director transition process. A new executive director is expected to be announced June 5 at the association's annual meeting and awards reception.

"The board and I, along with the members of the association, would like to thank Frank for his contributions to MIASF over the last 20 years," Stephens said in a statement. "His commitment to this organization and our industry cannot really be measured, and his willingness to stay involved with major projects, even into retirement, speaks volumes about his passion for the business of boating and for MIASF."

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