Judges named for new METS awards

International Boating Industry and METSTrade announced the panel of seven people who will judge the inaugural IBI-METS Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement.
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International Boating Industry and METSTrade announced the panel of seven people who will judge the inaugural IBI-METS Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement.

The awards will be presented Nov. 18 at a gala dinner during METS at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

John Maxey, a senior partner in Deloitte, an audit, consultancy and M&A services firm based in London, will chair the international panel.

Maxey has advised the acquirers of yacht builders in several buyout transactions. Apart from building boats himself, during the last few years he has commissioned two semicustom 24-meter motoryachts and been intimately involved with their build and specification. His current motoryacht is moored in the south of France.

The panel will include Michel Luizet, editor-in-chief of Neptune Yachting Moteur, a French boating magazine published by Editions Larivière, and Marta Gasparini, editor-in-chief of Vela e Motore, Barche da Sogno and La Barca per Tutti, three yachting magazines published by Edisport Editoriale in Milan, where she has worked since 1990.

They will be joined by IBI magazine U.S. editor Michael Verdon, who has been writing about boats since 1983. Verdon was a senior editor at Motor Boating & Sailing and Boating World magazines, as well as editor-in-chief at Boating Industry magazine. He has lived in the United States, Ireland and France and has visited many shipyards in North America and Europe.

Bringing his design and engineering experience to the jury will be Klaus Roeder, of Carpe Diem Yacht Design. Roeder has experience in the design of sailing and motor yachts, as well as mechanical systems, such as lifting keels and rudders. Since 2003 he has been presenting the annual symposium Yacht Design & Yacht Building, which runs during the Hamburg boat show (Hanseboot).

Completing the panel are Barry Jenkins, who has managed the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show for 23 years and is a director of the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX); and former Avon Inflatables managing director Alan Morgan. Morgan was chairman of National Boat Shows Ltd., (organizers of the Southampton and London boat shows) from 2006 to 2008. He was elected president of the British Marine Federation from 2011 to 2012 and remains chairman of BMF Wales.

Since his retirement from Avon Inflatables and the Zodiac group in 2011, he has formed a personal consultancy, AM Projects, and is linked as partner in the MP Solution marine consultancy and Mariteam Associates and continues to play an active role in the recreational marine sector.

Nominations from the industry for the six categories of awards will be sought from June to August. The 18 short-listed candidates will be reviewed by the judging panel to select a winner in each category.

The categories involved include: retail marketing initiatives; international distributor/dealer development; boatbuilder and equipment manufacturer collaborative solutions; innovative on-board design solution; advancement in a production process; and an individual lifetime achievement award.

Headline sponsor for the event is Raymarine. Category sponsors include Ultraflex, Fusion, Whale, Saltwater, Lumishore and Side-Power.

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