MarineMax expanding into yacht management, crew placement and charter

MarineMax announced Friday at the Palm Beach International Boat Show that it is expanding into yacht management, crew placement and charter of luxury megayachts.

Bob Saxon Associates, has joined MarineMax as part of the new endeavor that will be headquartered at the MarineMax Yacht Center in Pompano Beach, Fla.

“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 Mega Yacht affiliate will be seen as an instant worldwide industry leader in this sector.”

Saxon has more than 35 years of experience and began his career as vice president of Whittemore & Williams, the forerunner and pioneer of yacht management services. In 1984, working with Ed Sacks, he established and served as president of the Sacks Group. Following his five-year stint with the Sacks Group, Saxon owned and operated Bob Saxon Associates for 15 years before selling it to Camper & Nicholson USA, making it the world’s largest full service yacht brokerage, charter, management and new build specialists. Most recently he was president of IYC with a half billion dollars in listings and offices in strategic ports of call throughout the world.

Saxon is also the founding president of the International Superyacht Society and was recently the recipient of that organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a licensed broker-manager and a member of the executive committee of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association and a leading industry spokesman and advocate.

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