Joe Schwab joins the US seating specialist from Viking Yachts

Marine seating specialist BlueWater Chairs has named Joe Schwab as its new president. Schwab will be responsible for expanding BlueWater’s growth and success as one of the largest US-based manufacturers of fighting chairs, rocket launchers, helm seats and custom high-end furniture for fishing, cruising and mega yachts.

“Joe’s extraordinary career and emphasis on customer service excellence is a perfect fit for BlueWater,” says Tom Ackel, founder and CEO. “I have known Tom for over 25 years and have watched him build BlueWater’s reputation for well designed, high-quality, customer focused custom teak chairs and furniture. I’m excited to lead the company in its next phase of growth.”

Schwab previously spent 28 years with Viking Yachts in New Gretna, New Jersey, where he held various positions and most recently as vice president of sales.

“I understand the needs, desires and expectations of yachting and sportfishing owners and crew when it comes to the product,” he says. “Equally important, I also recognise the level of service that must be provided once the product is delivered. This insight coupled with my OEM and diverse manufacturing experience will allow me and BlueWater to equally service clients and address the day-to-day operations of the BlueWater team.”

BlueWater Chairs has been building wood products and marine accessories for over 30 years. The company is located on the ‘Marina Mile’ in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.