Megayacht News Leadership Series: Mauro Micheli, Officina Italiana Design

A design competition hosted by Riva in 1984 changed Mauro Micheli’s life forever. Micheli (above left) had a strong design background, having attended art school in his teen years and then the prestigious arts-oriented Brera Academy in Milan, Italy. But yacht design wasn’t a career consideration until he won the Riva contest, joining its technical Continue reading

Megayacht News Leadership Series: Klaas Hakvoort, Hakvoort Shipyard

Closing in on its 100th anniversary, Hakvoort Shipyard remains a family affair. Based in Monnickendam, a traditional Dutch seafaring town, the yard is currently operated by the fourth generation of Hakvoorts. Hakvoort’s director, Klaas Hakvoort, carefully observed as his father, Albert, steered the company into bigger megayacht territory. Klaas himself has overseen a physical expansion Continue reading

Elena Patriarca Joins

Elena Patriarca, a well-known marine-industry professional, has joined in the newly created position of European and International Sales Manager. Elena will manage relationships with non-U.S. megayacht builders, designers, and other industry firms targeting the American market. This will ensure the ongoing strategic expansion of both and its variety of marketing services, which have Continue reading