Would you consider having two logins, one for your "professional" side, and one for your "personal" side? The pro login would have your full footer, and you'd mostly use it in the Vendor section. The personal one would be for use on the rest of the site.
The problem is that it's not possible to separate my business life from my cruising life. I'm in a thread right now about paper charts. So when the discussion moves from navigation technology to electronics to products that I'm involved with do I say, "wait a sec - let me log in as my other persona"?
I just think it's remarkable that members here would like industry involvement but don't realize the slaps and hits-for-money that result when it actually happens.