Interviews & Insights

  • Brenna Preisser
    Article

    Brunswick Corp | Brenna Preisser

    2021-02-23T00:48:00Z IBI

    As president of Business Acceleration at the boating industry’s biggest company, Brenna Preisser has a dizzying number of responsibilities including oversight for Freedom Boat Club, the Tech Nexus Incubator, seven Finance Insurance brands, a new boater training venture, human resources – and if that is not enough – ...

  • Quentin Lucet
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    VPLP | Quentin Lucet

    2021-01-11T16:16:00Z

    IBI speaks with Quentin Lucet, naval architect at France-based naval architecture and design firm VPLP, specialising in the application of foil technology to the design of racing mono and multihulls.

  • Frank Hugelmeyer_interview
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    IBI Interview with head of US boating association (trailer)

    2020-12-07T15:06:00Z By Craig Ritchie,

    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview series, IBI Contributor Craig Ritchie speaks with NMMA President Fred Hugelmeyer about the state of the US boating market and the prospects for the association’s boat shows in 2021.  IBI plus subscribers, can watch the full video by clicking here.

  • Fairline interview
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    IBI Interview with top execs at Fairline (trailer)

    2020-11-30T15:43:00Z

    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview series, Ed Slack speaks with Fairline’s Chief Operating Officer Peter McNulty and Chairman Jason Carley. IBI plus subscribers, can watch the full video by clicking here .

  • Chris Baird 2
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    Propspeed | Chris Baird

    2020-11-13T09:49:00Z IBI

    With a product representing a win-win for OEMs, service yards, their boat owners and the environment, Propspeed is on a mission to quadruple turnover within five years. IBI talks to CEO Chris Baird and the team driving the rapid expansion.

  • IBI Interview with Wells Fargo
    News

    Wells Fargo Marine Group President on boat finance in the US - The 15-minute read

    2020-11-02T17:15:00Z IBI , by Craig Ritchie

    Not watched the video yet? Check out the edited transcript highlights of IBI’s recent interview with Bruce Van Wagoner on current trends in the North American leisure marine industry, inventory pipeline levels, forecasting in the age of Covid-19 and whether boat dealerships can become too big to fail.

  • IBI Interview with Wells Fargo
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    IBI Interview with America’s largest marine finance group (trailer)

    2020-10-27T15:13:00Z

    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview series, IBI North America correspondent Craig Ritchie speaks with Bruce Van Wagoner President of Wells Fargo Marine Group, the largest marine finance provider in the US market about market conditions, inventory levels and how boat manufacturers and dealers have been managing through ...

  • Mercury interview Chris Drees
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    IBI interview with Mercury’s Chris Drees (trailer)

    2020-09-18T12:45:00Z

    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview series, IBI North America correspondent Craig Ritchie speaks with Chris Drees, President of Brunswick’s Mercury Marine business about market conditions, new product introductions and the challenges of managing a global manufacturing and supply footprint through the Covid-19 crisis. IBI plus subscribers, ...

  • Nautor Swan CEO interview
    News

    Nautor’s Swan CEO Giovanni Pomati - The 15-minute read

    2020-09-15T09:12:00Z IBI

    Not watched the video  yet? Check out the edited transcript highlights of IBI editor, Ed Slack’s recent interview with Giovanni Pomati on the impact of Covid, new model launches and why the sailing fraternity needs to work together to promote the sailing experience 

  • Doug Smoker Interview
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    Smoker Craft CEO Doug Smoker - The 15-minute read

    2020-09-02T14:57:00Z IBI , by Craig Ritchie

    Not watched the video yet? Check out the edited transcript highlights of IBI North America correspondent Craig Ritchie’s recent interview with Doug Smoker on keeping up with surging boat sales in the US market, US tariffs on aluminium, keeping boating affordable and the growth of first-time buyers.

  • Doug Smoker Interview
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    IBI Interview with Smoker Craft CEO Doug Smoker (trailer)

    2020-08-28T14:39:00Z

    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview series, IBI correspondent Craig Ritchie speaks with American boatbuilder Doug Smoker, President CEO of Smoker Craft, a line of fishing and deck boats with wide appeal among among America’s extensive angling and fishing market – about a wide range of ...

  • Richard Hadida interview
    News

    Oyster CEO & Owner, Richard Hadida - The 15-minute read

    2020-08-26T14:26:00Z IBI

    Not watched the video  yet? Read the transcript of IBI’s recent Oyster interview, where owner and CEO Richard Hadida explains why business is booming; plans for new models; and how he’s revolutionising production 

  • Richard Hadida interview
    Interview

    IBI Interview with Oyster’s Richard Hadida (trailer)

    2020-08-21T13:02:00Z

    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview series, Ed Slack speaks with Richard Hadida, Owner and CEO of Oyster Yachts about the company’s direction since he came onboard and the outlook for demand and new products over the near term. In this excerpt, Hadida shares his thoughts on coming ...

  • David Foulkes
    Article

    Brunswick Corporation | David Foulkes

    2020-08-16T08:00:00Z IBI

    David Foulkes’ career to date has been underscored by one great passion: design. IBI contributor Francesca Goi speaks with Brunswick’s chief executive officer about his roots in the Mercury Division responsible for development all of the company’s engine products since 2007, including the recent successful line of more powerful outboards. ...

  • Finnmaster interview
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    IBI Interview with Finnmaster’s Kjell Björklund (trailer)

    2020-08-14T07:48:00Z

    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview series, Ed Slack speaks with Kjell Björklund, Managing Director of Finnmaster Boats, Scandinavia’s biggest boatbuilder with three ranges – Finnmaster, Grandezza and Husky. In this excerpt, Björklund discusses the builder’s plans for continued growth. IBI plus subscribers, can watch the full ...

  • IBI Interview with Jerome de Metz
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    Beneteau Group CEO, Jérôme de Metz - The 15-minute read

    2020-08-12T11:00:00Z IBI

    Not watched the video  yet? Read the transcript of IBI’s recent interview with Beneteau Group CEO where is explains the thinking behind the French builder’s ambitious new strategy to cope with a fast changing market

  • IBI Interview with Jerome de Metz
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    IBI interview with Beneteau CEO Jérôme de Metz (trailer)

    2020-08-07T13:38:00Z

    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview, Ed Slack speaks with Jérôme de Metz, Chariman and CEO of France-based Groupe Beneteau, the global leader in sailboat and multihull production, and second largest boatbuilder worldwide. In this excerpt, De Metz discusses aspects of the company’s new five-year strategic plan ...

  • Brett McGill IBI Interview
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    IBI interview with MarineMax CEO Brett McGill (trailer)

    2020-07-27T09:27:00Z

    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview, IBI contributor Craig Ritchie speaks with Brett McGill, CEO of mega boat retailer MarineMax about significant shifts emerging out of the Covid-19 crisis and the role technology and digital investments are playing in the company’s business model. In this excerpt, McGill ...

  • Bavaria interview_ Michael Muller
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    Bavaria Yachts Group CEO Michael Müller - The 10-minute read

    2020-07-24T13:56:00Z IBI

    Not watched the video yet? Read the transcript of IBI’s recent interview with Michael Müller, Bavaria’s CEO as he outlines the builder’s strategy for new launches, new work practises and ambitions for the German brand post Covid.

  • Bavaria interview_ Michael Muller
    Interview

    IBI interview with Bavaria CEO Michael Müller (trailer)

    2020-07-21T14:56:00Z

    In the latest installment of the IBI Interview, Editor Ed Slack speaks with Michael Müller, CEO of the Bavaria Yachts Group In this excerpt, Müller discusses the importance of new product development and having a full range of boat lines for the marketplace. IBI plus subscribers, can watch ...