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International Superyacht Society Annual Forum in Palm Beach County

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Date(s) - Mar 25, 2015
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Superyachts in Palm Beach County

The 2nd Annual Forum discussing the future growth of superyachts in Palm Beach County is scheduled for March 25th, 2015 with a focus this year on Italian Design. The goal of the meeting is to bring centers of influence together with the superyacht industry to discuss the opportunities present today and in the next decade and to leverage key business people, local government officials and the international yachting community.

Robert Silvani of Morgan Stanley, Palm Beach Gardens, coordinated and emceed last year’s Italian Yacht Builders (and will again this year). It featured West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio; Kelly Smallridge the CEO of the Palm Beach County Business Development Board; Dr. Giancarlo Albano from the Italian Trade Commission; Marco Mazzu, FINCANTIERI S.p.A., Head of Origination Strategies and Market Development; James Henderson, the President of Ferretti Group USA, and Don Hoyt Gorman, Business & Features Editor, The Superyacht Group. All shared their views of the growth opportunity in this segment of the marine industry.

Attendees included past, current and future superyacht owners; members of the Business Development Board; Ray
Celedinas, CEO Celedinas Insurance; Dennis Grady, CEO Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches; Joe Vittoria, Chairman Puradyn; Anthony LaCavalla and Francois van Well from Rybovich; Carey O’Donnell, O’Donnell Agency, and many key figures in the community.

This year’s meeting will focus on Italian Design and the impact the Italians have had in the industry. Fincantieri’s Marco Mazzu will discuss the design, build and launch of the 9th largest yacht in the world, Ocean Victory, a 140m motor yacht, custom built in 2014 by Fincantieri Yachts in Muggiano, Italy. This year, we expect to have a hands-on view of the marine industry from those intimately involved including executives from the International Superyacht Society
(ISS) and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA). Other speakers may include a view from the legal side of the business and how maritime law and ownership has changed.

By bringing together this mix of highly successful individuals, corporations and yachting specialists, we should have a much clearer view of growth potential in Palm Beach County, the commitment from the county and local governments and the financial wherewithal to get it done.

International Superyacht Society
757 SE 17th Street # 744
Fort Lauderdale, FL
33316, USA Tel # +1 954-525-6625
Fax # +1 954-525-5325

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