VIP Boat Show

Get to Know Susan Phipps: Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show Concierge, Pt. 1

Carolynn Wilcox

By Carolynn Wilcox

October 27, 2015

Part 1: Her Lifestyle

11133685_10202735325424517_7937613837619941203_nMeet Susan Phipps, our designated concierge for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, owner of Freedom Events Management and lover of all things related to the marine industry!  Let’s take a look into the years of industry experience she’ll be contributing to the VIP Boat Show hospitality offered inside the Windward Club throughout the course of the Boat Show.  Bonus:  Be sure to check out more insider news in parts two and three of this interview!

Born and raised in Miami, Susan isn’t a stranger to the water or the tropical weather in southern Florida.  The marine industry came calling 14 years ago when an ad in a local newspaper caught her eye.  MarineMax had posted an ad for an executive assistant to the president of their yachting division, and after a months-long process involving 550 candidates, Susan was the only one left standing.  She had found her career path.  It didn’t take long for Susan to establish herself at MarineMax, and she eventually moved into the Events and Marketing division.  It was at MarineMax that she developed her passion for the marine and boating industry community.

One of Susan’s favorite memories of being on the water stems from back when she was running an annual summer cruise for MarineMax clients.  The purpose of the trip was to provide clients the opportunity to meet fellow boaters, show them what they could do with their boats and take them to new boating spots.  One year, as they crossed over from Fort Lauderdale to their first stop in the Bahamas, a school of dolphins appeared as they crossed the first strait where the water is very shallow and the bottom can be seen.  The dolphins surrounded the boat and rode with them for nearly twenty minutes!  Susan recollects that it can only be described as “a magical experience.”

Ft-Lauderdale-International-Boat-Show-Overhead-Views-01-1Now a Fort Lauderdale resident, magnetized by the beachy downtown scene, Susan has an ear to the ground when it comes to the live music there and loves that so many venues there support local and live bands.  Susan also maintains a deep respect and appreciation for the arts, visiting museums and plays frequently. 

So when you live in a destination location, where do you go to unwind?  The Bahamas, of course!  Susan’s daughter took up residence in the Abacos after Susan set up a photo shoot at a resort there to promote the resort’s wedding and events offerings.  Susan booked her daughter as the mock bride and one of the resort’s owners as the mock groom – the two have been a real-life couple ever since!  This is a prime example of what Susan loves most about her job: learning who people are, what their goals and aspirations are, and connecting them with others.

Be on the lookout for more about Susan’s experience in the marine industry and what she’s looking forward to at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!

Don’t Miss the VIP Experience at FLIBS 2015!

Booking through QuintEvents ensures valet parking and all-day admission to the all-inclusive hospitality at the Windward Club, which is conveniently located at the Swimming Hall of Fame right in the heart of the Boat Show.  Not only will you be able to escape the sun in an exclusive climate-controlled venue, you’ll also have access to a premium open bar, gourmet food buffets and private dining areas.  And – we saved the best for last – Susan Phipps will be available as VIP guests’ personal on-site concierge for reserving intimate yacht tours!  If you haven’t reserved your spot at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, now is the time! 

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