Shake-A-Leg Miami kicked off the New Year by announcing a fresh vision that includes new executive leadership at a special event January 9 at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. that was attended by 70 supporters and partners from the community, including Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez.
Board member Mike Jones, senior vice president at RCCL and the evening’s host and emcee, introduced Shake-A-Leg Miami Chairman Brent Anderson, who announced the creation of the nonprofit organization’s first executive leadership team. Founder Harry Horgan will continue as chief executive office, Churé Gladwell will serve as president, and Jason Krieger as chief operating officer. Mr. Anderson said the board was pleased to create the strategic team with the intent to “move forward with the great vision of Harry Horgan.”
Mr. Horgan presented his vision to take Shake-A-Leg far into the future by upgrading facilities to expand services and programs, bolster infrastructure to be more resilient to sea level rise, and to upgrade the physical plant to be more energy efficient. In addition, he announced the New Marine Vocational Academy and the launch of the Freedom Fleet. As a result, three donors stepped forward to publicly announce their gifts totaling $100,000. We appreciate the support of the Miguel Fernandez Family Foundation, The Dan Marino Foundation, and Mayor Carlos Giménez.
“We are most grateful for their generosity and enthusiasm,” Mr. Horgan said.
Mayor Giménez spoke enthusiastically about his support of Shake-A-Leg Miami and its programs and ideas for the future. The new vocational program, designed for wounded veterans and young adults with autism and other disabilities, will offer courses for developing skills in marine-related trades. The goal is to enable them to work in the marine industry and elsewhere. Classes include boat maintenance, repair, restoration, operations, and crew positions; electronics; universal design; communications; hospitality; boat brokerage, and more.
In keeping with the mission of the Marine Vocational Academy and the maritime history of the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Hangar, Shake-A-Leg Miami will acquire vessels to be used in the program after they are restored and customized.
“We will continue to grow the fleet, which will serve as the platform for the Academy. The fleet will represent the evolution of boating in Miami,” Mr. Horgan said.
Shake-A-Leg’s heartfelt thanks go out to the team at Royal Caribbean who helped make the event possible.