Southwest Florida trade group closes office


The Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association closed its office and eliminated staff positions to cut costs, while engaging Good Event Management to help the association develop and expand upon member services.

"Like most of our businesses, the association has faced challenges," said Tom Hansen, president of SFMIA, in a statement. "It was clear we had to make changes both to ensure SWFMIA's survival and to improve the level of service being offered to members.

"Ken Stead has served as our executive director for over 15 years and has done a great job in developing the association and leading us through many political and legislatives issues," Hansen continued.

Stead will continue to serve the association as a government affairs consultant on a contract basis. Meanwhile, Laura and John Good from Good Event Management, which has managed the association's boat shows since 1987, will take over member services for the SWFMIA.

"They have a very close working relationship with most of our members and are approaching their commitment to our association with the same enthusiasm they bring to managing our shows," said Hansen. "As our board has worked through this process, we have come to view this reorganization in a very positive way.  We are looking forward to working with all of our members to make our association even stronger."

While the association office has closed, the phone number, mailing address, e-mail and Web address all remain the same.

E-mail John Good or call (954) 570-7785.

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