MARINE INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION OF PALM BEACH COUNTY PICKS FORMER FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION OFFICIAL AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Chuck Collins, who headed a 10-county region for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a decade, will take over as the new executive director for the MIAPBC on Dec. 1, 2014.
The 222-member association, which is best known for the annual Palm Beach International Boat Show at downtown West Palm Beach every March, selected Collins after screening nearly 75 candidates over a four-month period.
“We narrowed it to three and we felt he was the best fit because of his maritime enthusiasm, his relationships with many local governments and his proven leadership skills in both the public and private sectors,” said Doug West, with West Palm Beach-based Rybovich, who headed the three-member executive search committee.
Collins, a licensed captain, not only brings management experience from his years as South Regional Director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, but 19 years in law enforcement investigating major conservation violations, boating crashes, vessel theft and title fraud.
He is also a recognized expert in boating crash reconstruction and accident investigation.
Collins, of Loxahatchee, said, “My family and I have the privilege to call South Florida home. We have a passion for boating, fishing and enjoying our unique marine environment.
“It is critical to Florida’s economy and our way of life to ensure our local marine businesses continue to provide all of us the services we have come to enjoy. As executive director of MIA I look forward working to advocate for these issues.”
Collins received his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Barry University and his Masters of Business in Crisis Management from Florida Atlantic University.
The Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, incorporated in 1985, represents the $2 billion marine industry in the county.