New officers, goals for MIAF

STUART, Fla. — The Marine Industries Association of Florida has elected new executive committee officers. The new officers started their jobs as of Jan. 1.

In a letter to members, new president Brett Hinely said, “We have struggled through tough economic times from the nationwide recession as well as been challenged by natural disasters and man-made disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. During this time our association has been through a reorganization to help us not only survive but to prepare for the good economic times which will inevitably return.”

He said that a number of matters were discussed at the Jan. 19 board meeting, including administrative matters; the establishment of committee roles and leadership; and the identification of association issues and goals.

“The main issue facing our association is one of fiscal concerns. Our current income stream from membership does not cover our existing operational and legislative expenditures,” Hinely wrote in his letter, adding that changes toward an expanded membership policy may help increase the revenue stream.

“This is our main goal – providing a value to our membership,” Hinely wrote. “We have had many success stories and we as a state organization need to tell our story so as to better identify the value of our organization to our members.”

The new officers are:

  • President: Brett Hinely
  • Vice President: Frank Donohue
  • Secretary: Hans Wilson
  • Treasurer: April Price
  • Past President: John Yudin
  • Director of Operations: Michele Miller
  • Governmental Affairs Committee chair: John Sprague
  • Regulatory Committee chair: Mike Kiefer
  • Finance Committee: Scott Burt
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