Dania Beach, FL (June 5, 2010) – Following the retirement announcement of Frank Herhold from Marine Industries Association of South Florida after 20 years of stewardship, the organization’s Board of Directors has named Carlos Vidueira as the new Executive Director effective July 1, 2010. The official introduction and announcement were made on Saturday June 5, 2010 at the MIASF Annual Meeting & Awards Reception held at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach.
Vidueira is currently Vice President of Rybovich Superyacht Marina & Refit, which is owned by Wayne Huizenga Jr. and since 1992, Vice President of Huizenga Holdings, Inc. He has been working with Rybovich from 1995 and was instrumental in the original concept plan for the facility and held responsibility for the day to day management of the business, including the its $60 million construction budget. Vidueira has been primarily responsible for the expansion of the marine facility into Riviera Beach, elevating the brand’s international recognition and has lead government relations efforts for the company making numerous valuable local, state and federal contacts.
MIASF president John Stephens of Lewis Marine Supply, when making the announcement before 300 Association members and guests said, “Like the two MIASF presidents before me, I was aware that Frank was thinking about his retirement and the
Executive Director transition process. And, upon his official announcement earlier this year, the Board initiated a process that carefully considered the critical needs of our Association, evaluated the state of our industry, looked at several very qualified candidates and received input from several core members of our group, particularly our new Anchor Members.” He added, “Through our comprehensive process we have selected Carlos Vidueira who brings a wealth of local, national and international business experience along with bold and visionary leadership that we believe will help grow and shape a brighter future both for MIASF and the South Florida recreational marine industry as a whole.”
Members of the 800 strong group and guests at the Annual Meeting, who also included federal, state and local elected officials, along with partners from other marine trade associations and agencies such as United States Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, warmly welcomed the appointment of Vidueira as the new Chief Executive Officer. In his comments to the attendees Vidueira said, “???????????”
Herhold, who will continue to serve the Association in an emeritus capacity on major projects said, “On this my 20th year, the time is right for me to turn the helm over to someone else and the MIASF Board has made an excellent choice in naming Carlos to be my successor.” Adding that he was proud of his accomplishments with the Association and particularly thrilled to be leaving with yet another significant achievement in the passage and enactment of legislation for a sales-use tax cap on boats occurring during his tenure Herhold stated, “I know that Carlos will be a bold and visionary Executive Director who will work for the greater good of our Association and industry. I wish him my sincerest congratulation and best wishes.”
Vidueira indicated that while July 1st may be his official start date, he was already busy meeting with Association members to better gauge the concerns, challenges and opportunities. He urged members to share their ideas, opinions on matters of critical importance to our industry and time to help MIASF as we formulate a strong plan for the future.
About MIASF The MIASF is a not-for-profit trade organization created in 1961 to promote and protect the sound growth of the marine industry in South Florida for the benefit and education of its members, the community and the environment. The Association has 800 members in Broward, Miami- Dade, and Palm Beach Counties and is the owner of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.