MIASF mourns loss of industry leader
MIASF Executive Director Frank Herhold, who served as the Marine Industries Association of South Florida’s executive director from 1990 – 2010, passed on Dec. 5, 2015. He was 76.
The marine industry wasn’t just a career for Herhold, it was his life. MIASF’s members weren’t just members, they were his friends, and the association is better today because of his efforts.
During Herhold’s tenure, MIASF’s membership more than doubled and the association became recognized nationally as one of the predominant marine trade organizations. It was Herhold’s unique ability to adapt to changing priorities that facilitated MIASF’s successes. His guidance saw the industry through a wide variety of challenges including the luxury tax, manatee and environmental regulation, development and growth of MIASF’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, removal of burdensome longshore insurance regulations, and many more.
Herhold was a strong advocate for family recreational boating, preserving our working waterfront and water access. He achieved gains in those areas by focusing on building strong relationships throughout the community.
Herhold belonged to several community organizations and sat on a number of boards, including the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Broward Alliance, and Winterfest, serving as commodore in the 2010 parade. He represented MIASF interests with such groups as the Coast Guard Harbor Safety Committee, Coast Guard Area Maritime Security Committee and the U.S. Superyacht Association.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, his daughter, Pam, and two grandchildren.