About 125 people attended the Marine Industries Association of South Florida's 5th Annual Global Business Luncheon on Oct. 31, which kicked off the 59th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The boat show runs Oct. 31-Nov. 4. It features superyachts, sports fishing boats, kayaks, jet skis, marine products and accessories. The annual event, which typically draws attendees from more than 50 countries, is considered the largest boat show in the world.
Sponsored by MIASF, the South Florida Business Journal, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, Water Taxi and Starmark, the luncheon is an invitation-only affair attended by many of Broward County's business and civic leaders.
"The number of [marine] businesses flourishing here and boosting our economy is truly significant," Alliance President and CEO Bob Swindell said when he addressed attendees. "Be our ambassadors and brag about it."
The luncheon also features a panel with top business leaders reviewing topics that are top of mind to South Florida businesses.
This year's panel, moderated by Howard Greenberg, founder of The Media Guy and former publisher of the Sun Sentinel, featured Rafael Jaramillo, president of Emerson Latin America; Jason Liberty, executive VP and CFO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines; and Per-Olof Loof, CEO of KEMET Corp.
For more information on the boat show, visit www.flibs.com.