MIASF names new vice president

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James Maitland

James Maitland

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida has named James Maitland, formerly of Oceanmax International, to a newly created vice president role beginning tomorrow.

“James brings a vitality and thorough business acumen to MIASF and is an important addition to the existing team,” Phil Purcell, MIASF CEO/president, said in a statement. “His background, knowledge and perspective will help to ensure the association’s continued success in protecting and promoting the marine industry’s $12 billion regional economic impact and its 111,000 jobs.”

As national sales director for Oceanmax, a worldwide distributor of Propspeed, Maitland supported distributors throughout the Americas, increasing brand awareness, growing markets and building the U.S.-based technical sales team. Originally from Annapolis, he worked for West Marine for nine years as the Port Supply territory manager for Maryland and Northern Virginia. He moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2013 to become the Port Supply territory manager for Southeast Florida.

“I’m anxious to join the dynamic group at MIASF and use the skills I’ve attained to grow the association and continue advancing its progressive initiatives and unparalleled advocacy on behalf of the marine industry, Maitland said in the statement. “My lifelong love of boating, which began on the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay, was easily transferred to the ocean and waterways of South Florida and I am thrilled to be in this new position to advance the work of the association.”

Maitland was president of the Young Professionals in Yachting from 2015 to 2018, a member of the U.S. Superyacht Association Board of Directors and MIASF’s Marine Industry Day Committee and a volunteer with the Freedom Waters Foundation.

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