The Marine Industries Association of South Florida held its annual meeting and awards ceremony last Saturday at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. More than 200 members of the marine industry and guests were in attendance.
Steve Shapiro, a local media celebrity, was the master of ceremonies. Outgoing board of directors chairman David Reed announced newly elected and re-elected board members plus the executive officers. Graeme Lord of Fairport, Inc., is a new addition to the board.
MIASF CEO Phil Purcell reviewed the last year for the assembled guests and introduced the new vice president James Maitland.
The winners of its annual awards were also presented. The winner of the Frank Herhold Memorial Scholarship, Morgan Short from Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanology, was recognized for her work on coral.
In its Golden Anchor Award and Awards of Excellence program, MIASF recognized individuals and businesses from the industry or in the community whose contributions have had positive impacts on the South Florida recreational marine industry.
John Fiore from the Fort Lauderdale marine Advisory Committee, Mike Busacca, chief operating officer of Fraser Yachts and Jim Payne, Broward County Schools curriculum advisor, received the award of excellence. The annual Golden Anchor Award was posthumously given to Frank and Gertrude Denison in recognition of their lifetime of industry contributions. The award was accepted by the Denison family after a video tribute honoring the history of Broward Marine.
The project of excellence went to Seahaven Superyacht Marina and the community project of the year was presented to the MIASF Habitat for Humanity sponsors.