Tony Hambrook, former managing director of Alloy Yachts, died peacefully at Mercy Hospice on February 1, surrounded by his family in Auckland, New Zealand.
Tony was one of the great leaders of the superyacht Industry, taking the helm of Alloy Yachts in 1989 and guiding the company through more than 30 years of building award-winning yachts.
A natural born leader, Tony earned the respect and admiration of his employees, colleagues, customers and the industry alike. He had a reputation for being a ‘no holds barred’ leader who would deliver nothing less than a perfect superyacht to his customers.
Alloy Yachts would build 44 superyachts and be awarded 38 international superyacht awards under his leadership. Many of his customers would return again and again for a yacht built by Tony and his team. The last yacht to be built at Alloy Yachts was the 43.89m Hey Jude in December 2014.
In 2006, Tony was inducted into the Waitakere Business Hall of Fame. In recognition of his honesty, hard work and outstanding contribution to the worldwide community of superyachts, Tony was awarded the International Superyacht Society – Leadership Award in 2009.
His country recognised him when, in 2007, he was awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for distinguished service in the New Zealand marine export sector.
In 1986 he was appointed Alloy Yachts’ production manager and when the company was sold to New Zealand owners, he was asked to manage the entire business. That was 1989 and Tony was managing director until Alloy Yachts closed its doors in 2015.
Tony was the president of the NZ Marine Export Group (Marex) for 10 years and was one of the visionaries who launched the first NZ Millennium Cup in 2000 with 28 superyachts competing.