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MIASF Holds Annual Meeting

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The Marine Industries Association of South Florida hosted its annual meeting and awards luncheon at the Lauderdale Yacht Club for members, elected officials and community business leaders.

The meeting opened with remarks from Doug West, chairman of the MIASF board of directors and president and general manager of Willis Custom Yachts, who announced new and reelected members.

“On behalf of the MIASF board of directors, I am excited to welcome our newly elected board members, Katie Hagan of FHG Marine Engineering and Bill Walker of Water Taxi Fort Lauderdale, as well as Graeme Lord of Fairport Yacht Support, who will return to the board and serve on the executive committee as secretary and treasurer,” West said in a statement.

“Additionally, I congratulate Julie Berry of CBRE Marina Group, Andrew Doole of Informa Markets and Michael Kelly of Bradford Marine on being reelected to the board. It has been my honor to serve as your chairman for the past two years, but I am more honored to be passing the torch to Jimmie Harrison as he steps in to serve as chairman.”

Award of Excellence recipients included:

• Bob Crawford, principal and director of Atlantic Technical College

• Roger Moore, CEO and chairman of Nautical Ventures Marine Superstore and

• Katie O’Fallon, marine magnet coordinator at New River Middle School

The Frank Herhold Memorial Scholarship recipient was Shaman Patel, who is conducting research into corals that are critical to ecosystem stability in the Caribbean.

Jimmie Harrison, owner of Frank and Jimmie’s Propeller, received the Golden Anchor Award, which recognizes an individual for their achievements in the marine industry.

The meeting concluded with presentations from Shane Strum, president and CEO of Broward Health, and Brooks Smith, CEO of InComm Payments.

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