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Remembering Kaye Pearson

Kaye Pearson was a unique marine industry visionary who constantly strived to make the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show bigger, better and a global marketplace second to none.

As Kaye grew the show from a few boats on Fort Lauderdale’s New River to the world’s largest boat show covering almost 3 million square feet of exhibits at six locations, the Marine Industries Association of South Florida likewise gained stature and prominence due to the revenues provided by the show. We are grateful for the relationship and support we have had from Kaye over the years.

Kaye also brought the megayacht market to our South Florida boating community with the growth of the boat show, and today more than 1,500 megayachts visit the “Yachting Capital of the World” annually, bringing huge economic benefits and global recognition to the area.

I can tell you from almost 20 years of personal experiences, he was an exciting guy to work with and will be sorely missed by everyone in the marine community.

— Frank Herhold
Executive director
Marine Industries Association of South Florida


2 comments on “Remembering Kaye Pearson

  1. David Wollard

    Kaye was a visionary of the marine industry in Florida and its evolutionary development over the past thirty plus years. One must respect his contribution, determination and dedication to the boating community. To my knowledge, he always conducted business in an honorable manner. His boat shows always delivered as advertised, through thick and thin and even hurricanes. What I respect most about him is that he was a smart businessman, when strong armed by major marine companies and competitors alike he stood his ground, stayed true to himself and didn’t fold!
    Rest in peace Kaye-Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show will never be the same without you.

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