Frank Herhold, former executive director of the Marine Industry Association of South Florida (MIASF), died Saturday. He was 76.

Herhold was widely respected across the marine industry for his friendly, diplomatic approach to business. He had been MIASF executive director from 1990 to 2010. Prior to that, he had owned Anchorage Yacht Basin in Melbourne, Florida, for eight years.

Herhold’s tenure at MIASF was defined by huge growth in the marine industry in Broward County as well as a willingness to partner with the city in collaborative ways to expand the industry. Herhold was named Citizen of the Year by the city of Ft. Lauderdale in 2007.

“The marine industry lost a revered patriarch,” Julie Fisher-Berry, a marina broker in Fort Lauderdale, told the Sun-Sentinel. Fisher-Berry had recently recruited Herhold to her team at Stiles Realty. She regarded him as a mentor.

Michael Joyce, chief executive at Hargrave Custom Yachts in Ft. Lauderdale, echoed what others have said in boating industry chat-rooms. Joyce said Herhold “could handle difficult problems” without polarizing people. “His leadership was really effective,” he added.

Herhold is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, and daughter, Pam.