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Claudia Potamkin, Global Oceans: Leadership Series

Claudia Potamkin (at right in photo) is a lot of things: a yacht owner, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, an ocean advocate, a mother, and more. She doesn’t switch her proverbial hats according to the crowd she’s in, however. Rather, each aspect of Potamkin’s life dovetails with the others. A childhood spent canoeing with her father […]

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Billy Smith, Trinity Yachts: Leadership Series

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It makes sense that Billy Smith and John Dane, who raced sailboats together as kids, lead one of North America’s most highly regarded shipyards, Trinity Yachts. Smith’s family owned several successful marine businesses in New Orleans. His father was an avid sportfisherman and co-founder of the Louisiana Sportfishing Club. Smith divided his early summers between […]

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Buddy Darby, Christophe Harbour: Megayacht News Leadership Series

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Charles Pinckney “Buddy” Darby III is a superyacht owner with a super vision. He has a 154-foot (47-meter) Perini Navi, Andromeda la Dea. He’s further Christophe Harbour’s developer. Christophe Harbour, in St. Kitts, is a marina meant for megayachts. The first 24 berths will open in December, for yachts to 213 feet (65 meters). Ultimately, […]

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John Lu, Horizon Yachts: Megayacht News Leadership Series

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In less than 30 years, Horizon Yachts has grown to become an international powerhouse. It has yacht and megayacht buyers in the United States, Australia, Russia, and more. It offers seven different series, comprised of yachts from 46 to 163 feet. John Lu may not have envisioned all of these exact details back when he […]

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Vincenzo Poerio, Benetti: Megayacht News Leadership Series

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Benetti CEO Vincenzo Poerio joined the Italian shipyard as general manager in 1993. He brought with him a rich academic and professional experience in naval engineering and technical construction. Promoted to a managerial role, he first became managing director, then CEO in January 2011. He is ultimately responsible for the Megayachts Business Line at the […]

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