MarineMax is expanding into yacht management, crew placement and charter of luxury megayachts with the addition of Bob Saxon Associates, which is based in Pompano Beach, Fla.
“We are excited to announce this strategic initiative,” MarineMax founder and CEO Bill McGill said during a press event at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.
“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 megayacht affiliate will be seen as an instant worldwide industry leader in this sector.
With more than 35 years of experience, Saxon is considered by many to be the patriarch of the yacht management industry.
He began his career as vice president of Whittemore & Williams, the forerunner and pioneer of yacht management services. In 1984, working with Ed Sacks, Saxon established and served as president of the Sacks Group.
After a five-year stint with the Sacks Group, he owned and operated professional yacht management services company Bob Saxon Associates for 15 years. Saxon sold his business to, and became president of, Camper & Nicholson USA. Most recently, he was president of IYC, with a half billion dollars in listings and offices in strategic ports of call throughout the world.
Throughout his career, Saxon has worked with 3,000 yacht owners on a broad number of yachts and a diverse array of projects.
Saxon is 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.