Interviews & Insights – Page 4

  • Hatteras CEO Gary Smith

    Hatteras Yachts | Gary Smith

    2020-03-02T15:30:00Z >> , by Tony Esposito

    New Hatteras CEO talks to IBI about his objectives and plans for the business going forward

  • Knut Frostad Sailing with B&G

    Navico | Knut Frostad

    2020-02-18T15:30:00Z IBI , by Craig Ritchie

    Navico’s new CEO Knut Frostad shares his views on the shape of the industry to come, from auto docking and increasing levels of automation to why we should be looking to the smart home market, rather than the automotive sector, for inspiration. He says a movement to take the ...

  • Jonathan Timianko

    Jonathan Timianko | PierShare


    Market Disrupter: US start-up PierShare is bringing the Airbnb concept to boat docks. An empty dock at the end of his parent’s new Floridian home got city worker Jonathan Timianko thinking there had to be a smart way of making the asset pay for dock owner and boater alike… ...

  • AXOPAR's Jan-Erik Viitala at Boot 2020

    Jan-Erik Viitala | Axopar


    Finnish brand Axopar is revolutionising the boat business by adopting a ‘platform’ approach to model development. Debuting five new models at Düsseldorf in January, the builder has sold over 2,200 boats to date in more than 70 countries with another 500-plus on order. Its co-founder Jan-Erik Viitala talks to the ...

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    Vanemar | Mevlüt Şahin


    Turkey has earned a reputation for heavy industry and quality manufacturing but new consumer electronics firm Vanemar is evidence of a new generation of Turkish entrepreneurs rewriting the playbook, and setting its sights on the competitive boat monitoring sector

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    EBI | Jean-Pierre Goudant


    The European Boating Industry association (EBI) is set to tackle boating’s toughest challenges.  IBI Chairman Nick Hopkinson interviews Jean-Pierre Goudant, the group’s new president and formerly part of the senior management teams at some of industry’s largest companies

  • Frank Hugelmeyer

    Interview | Frank Hugelmeyer, NMMA


    New NMMA president on the major challenges and key priorities that the industry needs to tackle

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    CEO Insights | Growth in 2020?

    2019-11-19T09:21:00Z >> , by Nick Hopkinson

    As a 50-year veteran of the industry, IBI Publishing Director Nick Hopkinson has the ear of CEOs and key managers across the industry and is also a keen observer of the long-term trends driving the market. Here he shares observations from a recent discussion with two prominent CEOs about the ...

  • Rose Damen

    Damen & Amels | Rose Damen

    2019-10-29T11:39:00Z IBI

    Exploiting the unmatched synergy between the Damen and Amels brands, Rose Damen markets crossovers that are rocking the global yachting sector

  • Jason Lippert

    More acquisitions on the cards as Lippert reveals hand

    2019-10-24T10:00:00Z >> , by Craig Ritchie

    With seven major acquisitions in the past five years, Lippert Components Inc has become a major player in the leisure boat industry. IBI recently caught up with CEO Jason Lippert, who spoke candidly about what lies next as it builds its marine portfolio

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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 ...

  • Stephen Heese

    Chris-Craft | Stephen Heese

    2019-08-15T14:26:00Z >> , 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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

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    Caymas Boats | Earl Bentz


    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

  • Vladimir Zinchenko

    SVP Yachts | Vladimir Zinchenko


    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