The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) has hired Kelly Skidmore to manage and direct its public relations efforts.
Skidmore has lived in coastal South Florida since 1972 and has extensive knowledge of the area and the marine industry, as well as strong relationships with state and local business and community leaders. She also serves as the Executive Director of Broward Days and is a former State Representative.
The MIASF is the largest trade organization in the Southeast United States and Executive Director Phil Purcell said Skidmore took on the position on June 6.
“Kelly brings a high level of professionalism and experience to the public relations position,” he said. “Her energy and enthusiasm will help the association continue to grow the marine industry, advocate for our members, and build awareness of our economic impact and jobs.”
Skidmore, who considers herself a boating and fishing enthusiast, has worked on public policy issues affecting the marine industry in the past.
MIASF is the largest trade organization in the Southeast U. S. dedicated to promoting, protecting, and growing the 110,000 middle class jobs in Broward County and 136,000 jobs regionally in marine businesses. The organization promotes boating lifestyles from family cruising and fishing to yachts and the goods and services that sustain them, driving the economic output to $8.8 billion in Broward County and $11.5 billion regionally.
“I’m thrilled to be working with an organization that leads our community in protecting precious water assets, stimulating job creation, and supporting businesses, and in collaboration with our regulatory agencies and local partners,” she said.
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