Interviews & Insights – Page 2

  • Luca Bassani onboard Wallynano- ph. Gilles Martin-Raget

    In conversation with: Luca Bassani

    By Francesca Goi,

    When it comes to colour, the boat industry had for many years appeared to have taken a leaf out of Henry Ford’s design notebook – prospective owners of a Model T Ford could have it in any colour ”as a long as it was black.” Generations of boaters would ...

  • Chad Lyon Wells Fargo Marine Head

    Wells Fargo Marine Group | Chad Lyon

    2021-11-05T20:40:00Z IBI , by Craig Ritchie

    Named commercial leader for Wells Fargo Distribution Finance Marine and RV group in May, Chad Lyon takes the reigns as head of the US bank’s significant leisure boating business following the retirement of Bruce Van Wagoner in April. IBI’s Craig Ritchie speaks with Lyon, coming into the leisure boat industry ...

  • Brian Hall, CFO, Lippert

    Lippert Components | Brian Hall on supply chain costs


    With annual sales approaching $3 billion, LCI Industries supplies highly engineered components to OEMs of RVs, boats and other segments, along with their related aftermarkets, and knows a thing or two about material costs. In 2020, steel and aluminium made up more than 50% of the company’s raw material ...

  • MaartenEndel3

    DLL Finance | Maarten Endel on boat finance


    A subsidiary of Rabobank Group, DLL enters the leisure marine sector with launch of worldwide delear finance programs, leveraging its finance know-how and infrastructure to take market share in the boat business – a potential win-win for the industry

  • Brett Dibkey

    Brunswick Corp | Brett Dibkey on technology advances for boatbuilders

    2021-08-17T09:41:00Z By Craig Ritchie,

    IBI speaks with the president of Brunswick’s Advanced Systems Group about rapidly changing consumer expectations, the evolving role of technology, and how boatbuilders stand to gain from enhanced data collection and analytics capabilities

  • Alberto Galassi_CEO Ferretti Group_Venice

    Ferretti Group | Alberto Galassi

    2021-06-22T14:17:00Z >>

    Record demand and the new normal; the Ferretti Group CEO talks to IBI about record sales, acquisition targets, selling boats on Instagram, and why Forrest Gump holds the key

  • Claudia D'arpizio_

    In conversation with: Claudia D’Arpizio

    2021-04-30T17:04:00Z IBI , by Francesca Goi

    IBI’s Francesca Goi talks to Claudia D’Arpizio, globally recognised expert on the trends that are shaping consumer spending patterns in luxury segments

  • Mohammed Hussein Alshaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft

    Gulf Craft | Mohammed Hussein Alshaali

    2021-04-30T16:53:00Z IBI , by Mike Derrett

    Chairman of the Middle East’s largest boatbuilder, Gulf Craft, Mohammed Hussein Alshaali outlines his plans for the future UAE-based builder, including development of its Gulf Craft small boat brands, the launch of the world’s largest all composite superyacht, and how the market has evolved since Covid. He talks to IBI’s ...

  • Brenna Preisser

    Brunswick Corp | Brenna Preisser

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

    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 – she ...

  • Quentin Lucet

    VPLP | Quentin Lucet


    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

    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

    IBI Interview with top execs at Fairline (trailer)


    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

    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

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

    2020-11-02T17:15:00Z >> , 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

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


    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

    IBI interview with Mercury’s Chris Drees (trailer)


    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, can ...

  • Nautor Swan CEO interview

    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

    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

    IBI Interview with Smoker Craft CEO Doug Smoker (trailer)


    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 topics ...

  • Richard Hadida interview

    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