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David Reed, owner of Triton Publishing Group, was elected chairperson of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, a trade organization based in Fort Lauderdale with more than 400 members. He will assume the role July 1.
Other officers elected to the 2017-2018 board of directors are: Vice Chairperson Jim Naugle, former mayor of Fort Lauderdale and principal of Jim Naugle & Co.; Secretary/Treasurer Doug West, president at Lauderdale Marine Center; and Immediate Past Chairperson Danielle Butler of Luxury Law Group.
Newly elected board members are: Megan Lagasse, marina manager at Bahia Mar Yachting Center; and Marieke van Peer, Suntex Marinas’ regional manager for Florida’s east coast. Re-elected were: Jimmie Harrison of Frank & Jimmie’s Propellers and James Brewer of Derecktor Shipyard. Board members Kristina Hebert of Ward’s Marine Electric and Paul Engle of Bradford Marine retired off the board.
Joseph “Joe” Rubano of RPM Diesel was honored with MIASF’s prestigious Golden Anchor Award for a lifetime of industry contribution and achievement during the association’s annual dinner meeting in June. (Read more about Rubano’s career here.) Project Awards of Excellence went to the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) for the dredge of the Intracoastal Waterway from 10 feet to 17 feet, and to the eight sponsor companies that collaborated with MIASF to build a Habitat for Humanity home: High Seas Yacht Service, Denison Yacht Sales, Ward’s Marine Electric, National Marine Suppliers, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, Advanced Mechanical Enterprise, Maritime Professional Training and Neptune Boat Lifts.
Individual Awards of Excellence also were given to Christine Battles of Advanced Mechanical Enterprises for her years of dedicated volunteerism, and John Mann of Bluewater Books and Charts for his service to the association and industry.
The Frank Herhold Memorial Scholarship, in honor of MIASF’s previous long-serving executive director, was awarded to Nova Southeastern University graduate student Allan Anderson for his extraordinary work with coral populations.