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MIASF names board of directors, annual award winners

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida elected its 2018-19 board of directors. The membership re-elected Dean DuToit of National Marine Suppliers and Walter Duke of Walter Duke and Partners for the term that began July 1. New members who will serve a two-year term include Andrew Doole of Informa and Aaron Leatherwood of RMK Merrill-Stevens.

Garnett Byrd of Marquipt, Bert Fowles of IGY Marinas and Gail Ellis of Land N Sea retired from the board.

“The MIASF Board is critical to the planning of annual events and activities, like the Plywood Regatta, the Broward County Waterway Cleanup, and of course, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,” said Phil Purcell, MIASF CEO and president, in a statement. “But beyond that, they help us protect and promote the marine industry’s regional $11.5 billion economic impact and its 136,000 employees.”

The annual Golden Anchor Award was presented to Andrew Cilla of Luke Brown Yachts for his more than 45 years of service in the marine industry as both a yacht broker and owner of a brokerage firm.

Karen Reese, business outreach and FTZ Administrator for the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, received an Award of Excellence for partnering with MIASF to secure the first recreational marine foreign trade zone in the country.

Bill Walker of the Water Taxi also received an Award of Excellence, for his community and industry support and for sharing his knowledge expertise to educate the next generation.

Member companies joined MIASF in sponsoring a second home build with Habitat for Humanity Broward and were awarded with the Project of Excellence. The companies are High Seas Yacht Services, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, Ward’s Marine Electric, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, Maritime Professional Training and Neptune Boat Lifts.

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