Australian boatbuilder Riviera appointed marine industry veteran Doug Nelson as offshore business manager for Belize motoryacht production.
The company said that Nelson, as a veteran large project marine executive, has a passion for high-quality fit out and finishes. Coupled with his extensive international experience, he brings with him a wealth of manufacturing, design and marine knowledge, Riviera said.
He will take responsibility for the design and manufacturing of the Belize brand.
“Doug has more than 30 years industry experience and has achieved very successful outcomes on high-end luxury vessels, and we are pleased to have him join our talented team,” Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said in a statement.
“It has certainly been a productive year for Riviera, with the purchase of the factory by the Longhurst family, the world launch of the 50 Enclosed Flybridge and 565 SUV, and more than AUD $58 million (about $56.1 million) in retail value in new-boat sales over the past five months,” Moxey said. “As production begins to grow, we believe Doug’s skills will be invaluable and our team looks forward to working with him on the design and manufacture of the Belize motoryacht range.”
Nelson began his career as an apprentice carpenter and joiner in 1982, and upon graduating in 1986 he moved into architectural interiors. In 1994, he was appointed project manager, interior fit-out manager and floor supervisor for Warren Yachts. In 2003 he was promoted to production manager before moving to Azzura Marine as project manager in 2010. From 2011 to 2012, Doug oversaw the exterior installation of custom furniture at Oceanco, Holland, on a 288-foot vessel from January to March, 2012.
“I am proud to be working with Riviera and Belize, as they are definitely industry leaders in this country and have a real international focus,” Nelson said. “I aim to use my skills and experience to achieve the maximum outcome of quality and efficiency in construction and fit out. We have some exciting new models that we are currently developing for Belize, so the next few years are really going to be very busy and fulfilling.”