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Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast names new Executive Director

by MIATC 1 Mar 21:24 GMT

As one of the largest voices in the region advocating for the rights and interests of the boating public and marine profession, the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast has decided its efforts require a full-time executive director. The association is proud to announce that Justin Beard will be taking the helm during this "dynamic time."

"There's a lot of opportunity and challenge across the marine industry and our entire region so we're elevating our game to meet the needs of our growing membership," says Tom Whittington, president of the MIATC board of directors.

"Justin Beard is precisely the caliber of professional we need to help us better demonstrate our value, raise our level of service and anticipate and respond to the priorities of the industry and the boating community as a whole."

Beard brings diverse industry experience and deep local knowledge to the organization. The time is right, says Beard, to expand the organization's prominence and effectiveness in the realms of advocacy and policy, strategic partnerships and inspiring and shaping the next generation of industry professionals.

"MIATC is the perfect position right now," says Beard. "We can continue building on our unique role as a powerful ally for marine-related businesses, demonstrate our value to the general public—which is widely unified in its love, enjoyment and sense of protection for our waterways—and prepare for the opportunities that are coming our way with the overwhelming amount of interest going on right now about the Treasure Coast."

Beard has a strong grasp of the issues impacting some of the largest marine companies in the world. He spent more than three years at Derecktor Shipyards introducing the City of Fort Pierce and the surrounding communities to the global yachting industry as manager of marketing and sales development.

His previous extended experience with the United Way sharpened his skills organizing and executing large-scale information, influence and fund-raising campaigns. He also once worked as a reporter for, even authoring a column on his beloved pastime of surfing.

A not-for-profit trade association with members based in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties, MIATC represents commercial and residential marinas, boatyards, boat manufacturers, boat dealers and a variety of marine-related businesses as well as the interests of recreation boaters.

?A consistent voice for clean water policies, MIATC also advocates for timely and consistent management of local inlets to ensure safe ocean access, boating safety, anchoring and mooring rights, derelict vessels and water quality.

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