About

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) is the largest marine trade organization in the Southeast United States dedicated to promoting, protecting, and growing the 110,000 middle class jobs in Broward County and 136,000 jobs regionally in marine businesses promoting 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.

Created in 1961, the not-for-profit trade group is focused on the sound growth of the marine industry in the South Florida Region to benefit its members, their customers, communities and the environment. The Association has over 500 members in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties and is the owner of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Through the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, advocacy efforts, programs and services of MIASF have combined to raise the professionalism of the industry and awareness of its impact and contributions by the public, elected, and regulatory officials at the local, state, and federal levels. Members have fostered a reputation for the region to be known as the goods and service center of the world for the yachting and marine community.

Executive Officers

  • David Reed
    Chairperson
    The Triton
  • Jim Naugle
    Vice Chairperson
    Lauderdale Boatyard
  • Doug West
    Secretary/Treasurer
    Lauderdale Marine Center
  • Danielle Butler 
    Immediate Past Chairperson
    Luxury Law Group

Board Members

  • Larry Acheson
    TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale
  • James Brewer
    Derecktor Shipyards
  • Dean Du Toit
    National Marine Suppliers
  • Walter B. Duke III
    Walter Duke + Partners
  • Gail Ellis
    Land ‘n’ Sea Distributing, Inc.
  • Bert Fowles
    IGY Marinas
  • Jimmie Harrison
    Frank & Jimmies Propeller Shop
  • Megan Lagasse
    Bahia Mar Marina
  • Marieke Van Peer
    Suntex Marinas

MIASF team

  • Phil Purcell
    CEO/President
  • Lori Wheeler
    Director of Operations
  • Sean Smith
    Director of Development
  • Patience Cohn
    Industry Liaison
  • Kelly Skidmore
    Public Relations
  • Nicole Hoekstra
    Administrative/Events Coordinator
© MIASF 2017 | All rights reserved | Photo credit: Scott Pearson Photography

Marine Industries Association of South Florida. 221 SW 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Phone: 954.524.2733