Marine Industry and Tourism Set the Stage for Local Economic Recovery

Better-than-expected sales at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show have created cautious optimism in both the South Florida marine and tourism industries. Experts believe that the largest boat show in the world serves as a bellwether, and that an economic upswing in 2010 could be expected. Concurrently, the Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced a $1 million media blitz to help recover from the tourism slump, just as the holiday and tourist seasons are about to begin.Can we expect an economic upswing in 2010, or will our marine and tourism industries continue to be flat? Join the Tower Forum to hear the opinions from four of Broward County’s industry leaders.

Moderator: Bob Saxon is regarded by many as the patriarch of yacht management and charter, bringing a professional and rigorous approach to the management and operation of mega-yachts around the world.

Speakers:

Frank Herhold is in his 20th year as Executive Director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), a trade association representing more than 800 marine businesses in South Florida for nearly a half century.

Kristina Hebert is a third generation owner/operator of Ward’s Marine Electric. As COO, she is responsible for the network and IT infrastructure, as well as the operations in every department. In 2001, she was elected to the Marine Industries Association of South Florida Peter J. Henn is Managing Director of BRE/Bahia Mar Development, LLC. He is currently responsible for the redevelopment of the Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Carlos Vidueira is Senior Vice President of the Rybovich Superyacht Service Center and Marina in West Palm Beach, Florida, and also currently serves as Vice President of Huizenga Holdings, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale. In addition, repositioning the company to cater to the growing superyacht market, the Company completed a redevelopment of its service operations, facilities and marina in October of 2008.

Sponsor: The Stone Law Group