Fort Lauderdale, FL – November 3, 2017 – The energy at this year’s U.S. Superyacht Association’s (USSA) Annual Meeting was palpable as a sold-out crowd of more than 200 members gathered to honor the leaders in the industry and to learn how the USSA is succeeding at being the Voice of the Superyacht Industry, as well as to hear about the amazing strides the organization has made since its inception 11 years ago.
The meeting focused on the progress made this year by highlighting our accomplishments in the various tenats of the association: advocacy, marketing and education. “The USSA continues to grow and try new things to provide additional benefits to our members,” said USSA President Kitty McGowan. “However, it is through strong partnerships and membership involvement that allows us to continue to offer more value.”
Also featured during the meeting was the introduction of the new Board of Directors. “The strength and the talent of this new board is absolutely incredible,” said new chairman Kate Pearson, Safe Harbor Marinas. “We’ve increased the size of our Board this year to better represent our growing membership base and to focus on those areas that will continue to be our major focus in the coming year, and this group is going to be fantatsic.”
In 2014, the USSA created several awards to recognize those USSA members and industry professionals who have gone above and beyond to serve both the yachting industry and/or the community. Many talented and extraordinary people have been recognized over the past several years and this year was no exception.
The Golden Compass Award was created to honor the company or individual that is focusing the efforts of the USSA and the superyacht industry in the “true” direction. This year’s Golden Compass was presented to Phil Purcell, President of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. Phil has provided an integral leadership role in developing a Free Trade Zone for South Florida, Sales Tax cap for refit projects, and continues to preserve, protect and develop the marine industry in South Florida.