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Seafarers’ House Lesley Warrick Named ICMA Trustee

September 28, 2017


Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades is pleased to announce that Executive Director Lesley Warrick was appointed a trustee of the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA). Warrick, who also is vice president of the board of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA), will represent North American concerns within the international organization.


ICMA is an ecumenical association of 28 Christian organizations, representing different churches and Christian communities. The members are all non-profit organizations actively engaged in welfare work for people who work at sea, including seafarers, fishers and the families of both. NAMMA is an ecumenical, Christian association of individuals and organizations involved in maritime ministry throughout North America.


"Lesley brings deep experience in seafarers' welfare to her service with ICMA. She has the full confidence of NAMMA's board and membership and will represent the association well at the international level,” said NAMMA President Rev. Marsh L. Drege. “She is rightfully recognized as a leader in the South Florida nonprofit community and NAMMA is grateful for her service to our own organization and proud of her contribution to ICMA moving forward."


Warrick will serve alongside seven other trustees whose job is to conduct the governance of ICMA. She joins Dr. Jason Zuidema, Executive Director of NAMMA.  Zuidema, as part of a newly announced collaboration between ICMA and NAMMA, will take on the role of General Secretary of ICMA.


“I am pleased to be of service to this special group and look forward to this new role as another means to extend the hand of encouragement and support to sister missions around the globe who, like Seafarers' House, seek to be of service to the seafarers of the world,” said Warrick, who has served as executive director of Seafarers’ House since 2006.


Under Warrick’s stewardship, Seafarers’ House has been honored numerous times. In 2015, Warrick was honored as Seafarer Advocate of the Year during Lloyd’s List North American Maritime Awards and was selected by the Leadership Broward Foundation for the 2015 Special Recognition Award.







Bob Swindell Named Seafarers’ House Business Leader of the Year

August 7, 2017


Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, has been selected as 2017 South Florida Business Leader of the Year


Seafarers’ House is pleased to announce that Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, has been selected as 2017 South Florida Business Leader of the Year.

Swindell will be honored at the 22nd Annual South Florida Business Leaders’ Luncheon hosted by Holland America Line to benefit Seafarers’ House. The luncheon will take place Nov. 17 at 11:00 a.m. aboard the ms Oosterdam at Port Everglades. Check-in and boarding begin at 10:45 a.m. This year’s event co-chairs are Jonathan Hines, South Florida Area Manager, Cliff Berry, Inc., and Maggie Gunther, Director – Communications and Programs, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

“Who better to honor as Business Leader of the Year than the leader of Broward County’s private-public partnership for economic development,” said Seafarers’ House Executive Director Lesley Warrick. “Bob has been at the forefront of many of the county’s economic growth initiatives to create jobs and attract capital investment.”

Honorees for the South Florida Business Leaders Award are selected by their peers. Acknowledged leadership, entrepreneurial background, philanthropic contributions to the communities where they live and work, as well as long-term contributions to the success, diversity and breadth of the South Florida business community, are all considerations for this award. 

“As the Number One container port in Florida and the third busiest cruise port in the world, Port Everglades is one of Broward County’s most powerful economic engines. Seafarers’ House plays a critical role by serving a wide range of mariners and port employees every day of the year,” said Swindell. “The Alliance highly values our partnership with Seafarers’ House and I am honored that the organization has selected me to receive this recognition.”

A lifelong Broward resident, Swindell has served in several business and community leadership roles. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was President of Champion Manufacturing for 18 years; a Pompano Beach- and Fort Lauderdale-based industrial supply company serving the Southeastern United States. In 1992, following Hurricane Andrew, Swindell chaired the local Board of the American Red Cross for two years. 

In 1989, Florida Governor Bob Martinez appointed Swindell as a Commissioner for the Florida Board of Harbor Pilot Commissioners. He was, and continues to be, the youngest member to ever serve as a Pilot Commissioner. Governors Lawton Chiles and Jeb Bush re-appointed Swindell and he served as the Board Chairman and Vice-Chairman during his terms. In November 2012, Swindell was appointed to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for a two-year term by Governor Rick Scott. 

He serves on several professional and community boards including CareerSource Broward, United Way of Broward County, Junior Achievement of South Florida, Winterfest and the Broward Education Foundation. He is a past-Chairman of the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC). Since October of 2005, he has served on the Florida Atlantic Research & Development Park Authority as an appointee of the Broward County Commission. Swindell also served on the Board of Directors for NAIOP and Enterprise Florida. 

Swindell joins the ranks of distinguished previous honorees such as: Bob Moss, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Moss & Associates; J. David Armstrong Jr., President, Broward College; Nicki Englander Grossman, Past President Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; Denise Johnston, Resolve Maritime Academy/RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc.; Betty Ann Rogacki, International Warehouse Services, Inc.; Lynn Shatas, Florida Power & Light; Phil Allen, Past Port Director, Port Everglades; Cliff Berry, Sr. of Cliff Berry & Associates; William J. Burke, Paradise Bank; Joseph Farrell, Jr., RESOLVE Marine Group; Robert Toney of National Maritime Services; and Joseph J. “Joe” Rubano of RPM Diesel Engine Company and Diesel Services of America.

The annual luncheon is a fundraiser for the mission of Seafarers' House. Various levels of event sponsorship, individual seating and congratulatory ads are available by visiting or by calling 954-734-1580.


November 17, 2017

22nd Annual South Florida Business Leaders Luncheon

Join us for our 22nd Annual South Florida Business Leaders' Luncheon Benefiting Seafarers’ House Hosted by Holland America...

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