NMMA Names New Miami International Boat Show Manager


The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has promoted Larry Berryman to Show Manager for the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. He moves up from his role as the show’s assistant manager, replacing interim show manager and NMMA Executive Vice President, Ben Wold.

“Larry brings his extensive knowledge of the show’s sales and operations, as well as his passion for recreational boating and the industry, to his new role as show manager,” says Wold. “After 17 years with NMMA, where he’s managed our Tampa and Atlanta shows and helped move the Miami show to Virginia Key in 2016, Larry is respected by our exhibitors, vendors and partners and will help the show continue to grow and thrive in the years to come.”

Wold will remain in NMMA’s Miami office through the spring of 2018 to fully transition Berryman to his new role.

Following a position within the athletic department at the University of Miami and seeking a career in the marine industry, Berryman joined NMMA as sales coordinator for its Tampa Boat Show and Atlanta Boat Show in the summer of 2000, ultimately being promoted to show manager for both shows. For many years, Berryman also provided management support for the Miami International Boat Show’s former Sea Isle Marina site.

Miami Boat Show 2017 Crowds

In 2015, Berryman was promoted to assistant show manager for the Miami show, overseeing exhibitor space sales and the transition of exhibitors from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. In addition, Berryman and his team oversaw the design and construction of the show’s marina, which NMMA claims is the largest, completely temporary marina in the world.

Berryman holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in History and Political Science and a master’s degree from the University of Miami in Sports Administration.

Born and raised in Miami, Berryman’s parents were avid boaters and instilled a love of boating and fishing at a very young age. He spent countless hours boating and fishing off Miami and the Florida Keys with his friends and family. Berryman resides in Miami with his wife, Venus Berryman, and two children, Aly and James. Berryman is an avid boater, free diver and fisherman. He also holds a captain’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard.

“I truly live and love the Miami International Boat Show and look forward to continuing to serve our valued exhibitors, partners, visitors, and the community in this new role,” said Berryman. “We have an outstanding team working year-round to produce the greatest boat show in the world and I couldn’t be more proud of the world-class event we produce every year.”

This year marked the Miami International Boat Show’s 76th anniversary and its second year at the iconic Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. Each year, the show delivers a substantial economic impact, estimated at US $597 million in 2017. NMMA reports that nearly 100,000 attendees from approximately 35 countries across attended the show in 2017. The show directly employs 6,592 people full-time while supporting an estimated 55,000 jobs created by the Florida boating industry.

More than 1,300 new boats were on display in 2017 with more new model debuts than ever before, including a 35 percent expansion of in-water boats and yachts.

From February 15 to 19, 2018, Strictly Sail Miami will join the Miami International Boat Show on Virginia Key, creating an even larger boating event in Miami. The 2018 Miami International Boat Show will be held at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin, from February 15 to 19, 2018.