Freedom Boat Club hires Louis Chemi as chief operating officer

Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio has announced the appointment of marine industry veteran Louis Chemi to a new corporate position of chief operating officer for Freedom Franchise Systems and Freedom Outdoor Adventures.

Chemi, who presently serves on the boards of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Sportfishing Association, brings global marine expertise from more than two decades at senior management posts for leading industry manufacturers, most recently including a 10-year stint at Navico, Inc.

In his new capacity, Chemi will work closely with Giglio to lead Freedom Boat Club into international market expansion, while overseeing domestic franchise operations and launching a new recreational division that will replicate the proven Freedom Boat Club model into other industries.

“Freedom Boat Club has enjoyed stellar growth the past five years and we needed a strong operational leader to help navigate our global and new market expansion with a focused, long-term plan,” Giglio said. “Louis is an exceptional leader and has been highly successful in building and reinvigorating brands to achieve large scale distribution. We are very pleased to welcome him aboard and look forward to his contributions to the continued growth of Freedom Boat Club.”

Chemi said he’s been closely following the growth of Freedom Boat Club for the past five years and am is a “true believer” in both the sharing economy and the boat club business model.

“I’m very enthusiastic about joining the Freedom Boat Club team and being part of its major domestic and international franchise expansion as we grow the industry by bringing more newcomers into the boating lifestyle,” Chemi said.

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