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Phil Purcell, a former shareholder and senior manager of Westport Shipyard, gave notice in mid-December that he will step down as executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) next year.

As leader of the 500-member trade organization, which owns the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Purcell oversaw execution of a new contract with Show Management, which produces the show, and recognition by regional business leaders of the marine industry’s significance, evidenced by its inclusion in the South Florida Business Journal’s annual industry list.

“We are truly fortunate to have had Phil’s leadership for the past few years,” said Danielle Butler, chairman of the MIASF Board of Directors. “His vision and guidance have ideally positioned the association to leverage exciting opportunities in 2017 and beyond.”

Purcell took over as executive director in February 2014 and will resign in January 2018. The timing of the announcement gives the board time to interview and select a new executive director and allows for a time of transition.

“I have loved working in this capacity with an amazing team of people, and I am proud of what MIASF has achieved,” Purcell said. “We have created a culture of high integrity, and a success-driven, highly adaptive, forward thinking mindset. With an $11.5 billion economic impact, the marine industry has a seat at the table to help address important issues, such as transportation, infrastructure, job creation, trade, and philanthropy.”

The MIASF board has appointed an executive search committee to begin the process. Prospective candidates may submit a resume to executivesearch@miasf.org.

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