A packed house feted Frank Herhold to a retirement party and celebration of his 20 years as executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida at a dinner June 5 at the International Fishing Hall of Fame.
MIASF president John Stephens, of Lewis Marine Supply, introduced the man that will replace Herhold, who - while working under 11 association presidents - built MIASF into one of the pre-eminent marine associations in the country.
The new executive director, effective July 1, is Carlos Vidueira, vice president of Huizenga Holdings and Rybovich Superyacht Marina & Refit, Wayne Huizenga Jr.'s Palm Beach marina and boatyard. Vidueira said that during the next 12 months he will work on a vision for MIASF in the new economic climate and a plan for executing it.
"In a nutshell, the future is bright because of the members in this room," he said. "I believe we can once again make South Florida the unquestionable Yachting Capital of the World."
Herhold, who came to MIASF after a stint in the insurance industry and 13 years owning and running his own marine business, Anchorage Marina in Melbourne, is credited with overseeing MIASF as it doubled its membership from 400 to 800 and built the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show into the world's biggest.
He also was a tireless advocate for the industry in Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., helping lead the charge to beat back the luxury tax, exempt recreational marine businesses from the longshoreman's act, adopt a manatee protection plan that allows new marinas in Boward County, and enact a state law allowing yacht buyers to keep their boats in the state for up to 180 days for repair and refit without being subject to the state's sales and use tax.
Fort Lauderdale and Broward County both declared June 5 Frank Herhold Day to recognize his contributions to the region's boating and boating businesses.
U.S. Rep. Ron Klein (D-Boca Raton) said the first constituent who came to visit him in Washington, D.C. after his election three years ago was Herhold, who he praised for educating him in the importance of the industry to South Florida and its needs from the start of his political career in the Florida legislature in 1990.
In a proclamation he read before the Congress, Klein described Herhold as a hardworking, dedicated professional who provided an "outstanding and valuable service."
Herhold told the 300 dinner guests that whatever MIASF accomplished during his tenure was with the help of its presidents, committees and members.
- Jim Flannery
In other news, the 2010-11 board of directors for the 800-member association was also introduced. Directors are elected by the membership annually and serve for two year terms, while executive officers serve one-year terms.
— Jim Flannery