At a special press event held at the Palm Beach International Boat Show on 19 March, MarineMax announced that it is expanding into yacht management, crew placement and charter. Bob Saxon Associates has joined MarineMax as part of the new endeavour that will be headquartered at the MarineMax Yacht Centre in Popmano Beach, Florida.
“We are excited to announce this strategic initiative”, said Bill McGill, MarineMax President and CEO. “Bob Saxon Associates is a natural fit for MarineMax, expanding the breadth of our offerings into the rarefied sector of yacht management. With the business acumen of MarineMax propelling it, and Bob Saxon at the helm, MarineMax’s new superyacht affiliate will be seen as an instant worldwide industry leader in this sector.”
Chuck Cashman (left) and Bob Saxon (right)
“I think I fit in perfectly with what they’re trying to achieve", commented Saxon. "It’s rare to have an alignment of goals like this. If you’re leading a charge, you need a team of experts behind you and that is what MarineMax can offer. I’m very comfortable taking them into the large yacht market”.
Saxon’s 35 years of experience in the industry is unrivalled. He began his career as vice president of Whittemore & Williams before moving to Sacks Group where he served as president of the group.
Saxon then owned and operated Bob Saxon Associates for 15 years before selling his business to, and becoming president of, Camper & Nicholsons USA. Most recently, Saxon was president of IYC with half a billion dollars of listings.
Saxon is also founding president of the International Superyacht Society and was recently the recipient of the organisation’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”.