Mac Keen joins Marine Industries Association of TC board of directors

Derecktor Ft. Pierce is proud to announce yard manager Robert Mac Keen’s appointment to the Marine Industry Association of the Treasure Coast’s board of directors.

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, Inc. is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of members in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties who are dedicated to the promotion of pleasure boating and its related industries through education of our members and the boating public.

Mac Keen’s marine industry career began at a very young age, where he cleaned up welding rods and nails left on the ground at his father’s shipyard in the Bahamas. Once he left university, he worked as a technical manager, project manager and purchasing agent for the Bahamian cargo fleet, high-speed ferry industry and a host of private yachts. After 25 years of working in the marine industry, Mac Keen returned to his shipyard roots by joining Jones Boatyard and then Apex Marine Repair in Miami, before ultimately becoming part of the Derecktor team at the Dania Beach shipyard.

Mac Keen’s experience has given him a rare perspective in the marine industry; that of a shipowner’s representative, an intermediary between owner and shipyard, and a shipyard employee. He understands the supply chain of materials, the workflow of repairs and the importance in delivering what the customer needs when the customer wants it.

Mac Keen said, “As a member of a number of local, regional and national industry groups, I’m proud to be a new board member of the Marine Industry Association of the Treasure Coast. I look forward to listening to – and learning more about – the local marine industry from like-minded stakeholders.”

MIATC’s board of directors includes: president John Yudin (Guy, Yudin & Foster); vice president Tom Whittington (Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales); secretary Artie Olson (Vero Marine Center); treasurer Dan Dietz (Dietz Electric); Scott Watson (Indiantown Marina); Don Green (Don Green Electric); Sean Collins (Vero Beach City Marina); Chris Dempsey (Sailfish Point Marina); Gary Guertin (Coastal Angler Magazine); Bruce Grout (Sovereign Yacht Sales); Robert Mac Keen (Derecktor Ft. Pierce); Jill Marasa (St. Lucie County EDC), Tom O’Brien (Chapman Marine Supply); Mark Palazzo (MetCo) and Jim Truslow (Boat Owners Warehouse).

Mac Keen is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the largest mobile boat hoist in the world. With a lifting capacity of 1,500 tons, the custom engineered machine built by Cimolai Technology is capable of hauling, moving and launching superyacht and mega yachts up to 76.2 metres (250 feet) LOA.

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