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Board Members




 Ed Swakon


Ed Swakon did his undergraduate studies at Purdue University where he received his BS in Engineering in 1975.  He received his MS in Ocean Engineering in 1977 from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS).  He has been a Florida Registered Professional Engineer since 1981. 

Upon graduation from the Rosenstiel School, he took a position with Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM).  He was the project engineer for the Restoration of Miami Beach's beach more than 10.5 miles of beach were created by placing over 50 million cubic yards of sand taken from 2 miles offshore in 40 to 60 feet of water.  The construction took 5 years to complete.


During his last two years with DERM, Ed was the Chief of the Water Management Division and responsible for all coastal and freshwater wetland permitting programs, Dade County's canal systems, local and federal flood criteria programs, Dade County Artificial Reef program and the efforts to restore and enhance the water quality and biological quality of Biscayne Bay.  In 1984 he left for the private sector and worked for a local engineering firm as Director of Environmental Permitting. 

In June of 1987 he established EAS Engineering, Inc.  EAS Engineering, Inc. an environmental engineering firm located in South Florida specializing in Wetland Permitting (Marine and Freshwater), GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and Image Processing. We also provide helicopter aerial photography services.

Ed is married to his wife Cookie and has 3 sons, Matthew, 28, Ryan 25 and Eric, 22.  His hobbies include Flying, Boating, Snow Skiing and computers.

 Past President

 Phil Everingham


Mr. Philip Everingham has over 35 years of business development and  management experience in the marine field.  He served as Senior Vice President, general manager, and principal at Merrill-Stevens Dry Dock Co. until his interest was sold two years ago, and continues to work in the marine industry as a management consultant.  He is the managing partner of The Marine Advisory Group, LLC, a marine consulting firm recently formed with his associate of many years, Tony Chapman.  Mr. Everingham is also the Chief Operating Officer and a Managing Member of Trinity Management Group, LLC.  His extensive business and management background, coupled with his vision for the future of the marine industry in South Florida, make Mr. Everingham an important advocate for marine interests, locally as well as internationally.  Mr. Everingham remains involved in numerous marine industry organizations and Boards. 

He is the Immediate Past President of the Marine Council, and has served several terms as President.  He just completed a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, and as the Designee of the Marine Council has served as Vice Chair of the Miami River Commission since its inception almost ten years ago.  Mr. Everingham currently serves as a member and Immediate Past Chair of the City of Miami Waterfront Advisory Board, and represents the Marine Council on the Biscayne Bay Regional Restoration Coordination Team.  

He has served as President and/or Chairman of numerous industrial, trade, and civic organizations, including the Rotary Club of Coconut Grove, the  Rotary Club of Coral Gables, the Executives’ Association of Greater Miami and the International Executives’ Association.  Mr. Everingham received his BA   and his MBA from Florida State University.


 Michael Karcher


Michael R. Karcher is a member of the South Florida law firm of  
Karcher, Canning & Karcher.  He practices in the area of admiralty and maritime law, specializing in recreational yachts, marine environmental law and insurance issues. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Florida Department   of Natural Resources.  He is an adjunct professor at the University of   Miami School of Law teaching the Marine Pollution Seminar and Marine   Ecology and the Law and has been a regular contributor to the Marine Business Journal and Southern Boating magazines.


He is the current chairman of the Miami Marine Arbitration Council, the past President of the Marine Council, and continues has the Program and Seminar Chairman. He has lectured at seminars for the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, the Florida Yacht Brokers Association and various boating groups in South Florida.


 Joe Kolisch




Joe Kolisch has over 30 years experience as a Yacht Insurance Broker in Miami.

Started carrier with family business in 1979,then 12 years as V.P. with USI Insurance Services Coral Gables, FL.  2010 founder and of President  Kolisch Marine Insurance.  Kolisch Marine is a broker for  the major Yacht Insurance Underwriters worldwide. 

A Miami native grew up sailing in Biscayne Bay, with extensive experience in local and offshore sailboat racing. Active in many other actives competitive kayaking, Triathlons, and long distance running. Active member of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, and former licensed USCG Captain.


 Alina Larraz


Alina has been in the insurance industry for over thirty years, hold the 

highest designation which is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter,

because she enjoys boating and the water so much, she has a very special

interest in Marine Insurance including Longshore workers compensation

insurance, Hull, P&I and Marine Liabilities.  

She's been a member of the Marine Council for the past three years and is an avid promoter of safeguarding the working Miami River.

 Paul Turcotte


Paul is the General Manager of Grove Key Marina in Coconut Grove, a full service dry storage marine with 350 boats, fuel, repairs, owner's work area, and Scotty's Landing and Chart House restaurants.  He joined the company in 1973, when it took over the existing dilapidated Pan Am hangers and he has been an integral part of the growth and development of the present facility. 

When Hurricane Andrew seriously damaged the other marinas in the Grove area, Grove Key lost no boats and suffered no serious damage, because of its Hurricane Preparation plan.  Over the years he worked with DERM and has initiated operations to reduce or eliminate pollution related to marine activities. 

Paul's experience has been "hand on," and that has been the real reason for the marina's success. He has a long experience with boating from childhood in Massachusetts, served in the U.S. Navy, has captained yachts and many years ago lived on a boat in the Dinner Key Marina. Today, his main concern for the Marine Council is to preserve the waterfront for future generations, and that plans for the development of marine facilities be practical and consider all the factors involved.