Freedom Boat Club has named industry veteran Louis Chemi chief operating officer for the Freedom Franchise Systems and Freedom Outdoor Adventures.
Chemi, who serves on the boards of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Sportfishing Association, most recently spent 10 years at Navico, Inc.
“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,” said Freedom Boat Club president and CEO John Giglio in a statement.
In the newly-created position, Chemi will work with Giglio to lead Freedom Boat Club into an international market expansion while overseeing domestic franchise operations.
“Louis is an exceptional leader and has been highly successful in building and reinvigorating brands to achieve large scale distribution,” Giglio said. “We are very pleased to welcome him aboard and look forward to his contributions to the continued growth of Freedom Boat Club.”
“Like others in the industry, I’ve been closely following the impressive growth of Freedom Boat Club for the past five years and am a true believer in both the Sharing Economy and the boat club business model,” said Chemi. “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.”
“It’s a very exciting time to be involved in the boat club business,” Giglio said. “We’re all very excited about what the future holds for Freedom Boat Club.”