Interviews & Insights

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    Thom Dammrich on 20 years at the NMMA and his biggest regret

    2019-09-27T13:08:00Z IBI , by Craig Ritchie

    The marine industry has gone through a lot of changes in the 20 years that Thom Dammrich has headed the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Through boom times and global recessions, labour challenges and tariff wars, Dammrich has been front and centre as our industry experienced some of its highest ...

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    Chris-Craft | Stephen Heese

    2019-08-15T14:26:00Z IBI , by Craig Ritchie

    Chris-Craft’s president and CEO speaks with IBI about sales trends, working with Winnebago and what the future holds as the iconic US boat builder celebrates 145 years in business.

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    Sunreef Yachts | Francis Lapp

    2019-08-02T19:13:00Z IBI , by Jaroslaw Adamowski

    Polish luxury catamaran builder expands abroad, adds new models to its portfolio and selects Cannes 2019 to serve up the 80-footer powerboat design which won over new owner Rafeal Nadal

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    Rising Star | Dan Bloice Smith

    2019-07-04T14:17:00Z

    Williams Jet Tenders’ Design Engineering manager, Dan Bloice Smith, was named the inaugural winner of the Rising Star award at last year’s Boat Builder Awards in association with Raymarine. He talks to IBI about his involvement in Williams’ new EvoJet project and how the industry can attract young talent ...

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    Freedom Boat Club, Brunswick | John Giglio, Cecil Cohn, Brenna Preisser

    2019-07-04T10:45:00Z

    Following Brunswick’s acquisition of Freedom Boat Club, IBI talks with FBC president John Giglio, president of Brunswick Boating Services, Cecil Cohn, and Brenna Preisser, president – Brunswick Business Acceleration about the business strategy and the future of boating

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    Wettoncraft | Eric Divry

    2019-06-27T08:30:00Z

    A former director in logistics, Eric Divry had a dream four years ago of developing a boat that would take the stress out of boating

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    Benetti | Paolo Vitelli & Franco Fusignani

    2019-04-30T10:57:00Z

    Benetti recently launched three gigayachts in 100 days, a feat that pushed the builder to its limits. Benetti’s new CEO, Franco Fusignani, and group president Paolo Vitelli reveal just how they came to terms with the mammoth task and the builder’s plans for the gigayacht sector going forward

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    Sleipner | Marius Torjusen

    2019-04-26T15:54:00Z

    Norwegian stabiliser manufacturer’s new Chief Commercial Officer on market prospects and investments for 2019

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    Caymas Boats | Earl Bentz

    2019-03-08T12:01:00Z

    Earl Bentz entered the boat business working for his uncle’s dealership at age 14. Now, at 66, he’s decided to start his third boat company, Caymas Boats, from part of the facilities – and with many employees – of his former Triton Boats in Tennessee

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    SVP Yachts | Vladimir Zinchenko

    2019-02-20T17:30:00Z

    The owner of SVP Yachts, builders of Shipman sailboats, OceanClass and the Greenline range of hybrid motoryachts, looks back on the fateful day he took over the Slovenian builder in 2015, and outlines plans for future growth

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    Bavaria | Ralph Kudla

    2019-01-16T15:30:00Z

    Bavaria MD Ralph Kudla discusses the German yard’s new direction, new boats and plans for growth

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    Brunswick | Mark Schwabero

    2019-01-07T15:59:00Z

    Mark Schwabero, chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corporation in the US, retired at year’s end with the industry enjoying eight straight years of growth and Brunswick’s stock having recorded several 12-month highs.

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    Correct Craft | Bill Yeargin

    2018-12-12T15:24:00Z

    The Correct Craft CEO on tariffs, going global and how to solve one of the industry’s most pressing challenges

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    Feadship | Tom de Vries

    2018-10-24T11:55:00Z

    Feadship MD on the need to connect with a new generation

  • Fulvio Dodich
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    Rossetti Superyachts | Fulvio Dodich

    Fulvio Dodich sets off on a new adventure in the boating world, this time as the chairman and partner of Rosetti Superyacht

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    Volvo Penta | Stefan Carlsson

    2018-02-22T12:03:00Z

    Head of Marine Diesel | Volvo Penta

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    Bavaria | Lutz Henkel

    2017-12-15T10:40:00Z

    Renowned and respected, but unloved, Bavaria is undergoing a transformation. CEO Lutz Henkel reveals plans to build not just bigger boats, but to inject passion back into the brand

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    Volvo Penta | Göran Gummeson

    2012-02-29T15:29:00Z

    In April Göran Gummeson will retire from being the head of Volvo Penta to make way for Björn Ingemanson, previously president of Volvo Trucks International Division. In this interview IBI’s publisher Nick Hopkinson talks Göran through his tenure at the helm of one of the leisure marine industry’s most significant ...