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Meet Your Workforce Where They Are: A New Way to Recruit

Megan Piggott, Director of Marketing & Workforce Development of MIASF and Wendy Mackie, Director of Workforce & Foundation Development at MRAA share their insights and experiences of new and effective ways to recruit workers to fill job openings in the marine industry. Training programs are a proven tactic, but less considered options are tapping into alternative populations and thinking about recruitment in creative ways. Learn how MIASF and MRAA have implemented new hiring strategies to recruit and retain quality workers. Attendees will take away real world examples and actionable tactics on how to find new workers in a highly competitive labor market.

Wendy Mackie
Wendy Mackie
Director of Workforce & Foundation Development
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA)

Megan Piggott
Megan Piggott
Director of Marketing & Workforce Development
Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF)


Brought to you as part of the IBEX Education Conference and in cooperation with our partners:

Marine Industries Association of South Florida
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas



Wendy Mackie
With professional roots in youth and workforce development, non-profit leadership, alternative education and entrepreneurship, Wendy’s lifelong career has been driven by her dedication to helping people get and keep jobs that provide livable wages and upward mobility. In 2006, Wendy aligned her work with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association developing youth career pathway programming for the industry and later becoming the organization’s CEO in 2011. Since then, Wendy has helped to create and implement best practice industry training programs for youth and new workers locally and across the nation. In 2014, Wendy spearheaded the development of the Composites Alliance of RI to respond to the needs of the industry’s manufacturing sector. In 2018, she authored the industry’s national workforce plan, the 10+1 Strategy: Marine Industry Guide to Growing the Workforce, endorsed by 21 industry associations and educational partners. From 2019-2021, Wendy chaired the National Marine Trades Council and acted as Secretary of the New England Marine Trades Association. Her workforce development role leveled up when she joined MRAA in 2021 to build out the MRAA Educational Foundation and implement the 10+1 strategic plan. Wendy is passionate about community development, philanthropy, civic engagement and being on the water. She is a lifetime New England resident currently living in Jamestown, RI.
Megan Piggott
Megan Piggott has lived in South Florida for 7 years, originally moving here to attend Nova Southeastern University and play on the women’s college basketball team. Prior to this, Megan lived most recently in St. Augustine, FL but moved around the country many times from growing up in a military family. Megan joined the MIASF team as an intern in 2018 after being introduced to the industry and association when she volunteers at one of MIASF’s signature events, the Plywood Regatta. In November 2019, Megan joined the team full-time and has integrated her passion for creativity, marketing, and helping the next generation into her current role as Director of Marketing & Workforce Development. Additionally, what began as a role behind the scenes, Megan now also serves as co-host of the Telly award-winning video series, Salty Jobs. Salty Jobs is an initiative MIASF began with the purpose of introducing the next generation workforce to the more than 149,000 job opportunities available in our industry in South Florida.In the community, Megan is a member of. Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY), Emerge Broward, and Florida Festivals & Events Association (FFEA) When she’s not working, Megan enjoys spending her time outside and being active or trying out new donut shops.


Additional resources related to Workforce Recruitment & Development

10+1 Strategy: Marine Industry Guide to Growing the Workforce

10+1 Strategy: Marine Industry Guide to Growing the Workforce

Latest Episode of Salty Jobs

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