HMY Yacht Sales, Inc.
Bob Saxon is an iconic figure in the global yachting community. With over 35 years of experience he has been in pioneer in yacht management, crew management, yacht build projects and yacht charter specializing in the luxury yacht space. He is regarded by many as the patriarch of yacht management and charter, bringing a highly professional and rigorous approach to the effective management and operation mega-yachts around the world.
He has held a series of senior executive and leadership positions in the industry working with prestigious brands. Most recently Bob was VP of Yacht Mgt, Charter and Crew Placement with MarineMax, a billion dollar publicly-traded company, a role he recently assumed more recently with HMY Yachts. Bob was also President of IYC with a half billion dollars in listings and offices in strategic ports of call: Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, Florida, Newport, Rhode Island, Nassau, Bahamas, St. Maarten and Monaco. Further to his resume’ he was formerly President of Camper & Nicholson’s USA, the largest full service yacht brokerage, charter, management and new build specialists in the world. He held the position from 2002-2008 after selling his own business Bob Saxon Associates to Camper & Nicholsons. Prior to his role with Camper & Nicholsons he had owned and operated Bob Saxon Associates for 15 years a leader in professional yacht management services. Earlier in his career Bob was President of the Sacks Group and Vice President of Whittemore & Williams, the forerunner and pioneer of yacht management services.
Throughout his career he has worked with some 3,000 yacht owners on a broad number of yachts and types and a diverse array of projects. He is well known among yacht owners, crew and industry peers as having the highest standards of integrity, fastidious attention to detail and relentless tenacity.
Bob is also the Founding President of the International Superyacht Society, an industry trade group that supports the global superyacht industry and serves to facilitate best practices and networking across the industry at large. He is a licensed broker-manager with Florida Yacht Brokers Association and a leading industry spokesman and advocate. As an accomplished public-speaker he has addressed a variety of groups and associations on matters related to the industry, served as master of ceremonies at yachting affiliated events and been interviewed quoted by a range of leading media including the New York Times, Yachting, Showboats, The Economist, CNBC, National Public Radio, and a number of other trade publications and media outlets.
Bob graduated with a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University and has lived in Fort Lauderdale most of his life. In his leisure time he enjoys coaching his grandchildren’s junior league baseball team.
2018 HMY YACHTS
VP Of Yacht Management, Charter Management, Retail Charter and Crew Placement
2016-2018 MARINE MAX
VP of Yacht Management, Charter and Crew Placement
2011-2015: INTERNATIONAL YACHT COLLECTION (IYC), PRESIDENT
The International Yacht Collection is a portfolio which represents a half billion dollars in central brokerage listings and more than 40 superyachts available for charter.
2011: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Florida Yacht Brokers Association
Retained to provide CEO level executive management for the largest association
yacht brokers in the world.
2008-2011: BOB SAXON CONSULTANCY, PRESIDENT
Working on a consulting basis to companies and yacht owners on any of various matters associated with ownership or business development in the global yachting sector.
2002-2008: CAMPER & NICHOLSONS USA, PRESIDENT
Camper & Nicholsons USA is the largest full service brokerage, charter, charter management, full management, and new build firm in the world. Bob Saxon Associates was acquired by Camper & Nicholsons in 2002.
1987-2002: BOB SAXON ASSOCIATES, OWNER-PRESIDENT
Departed The Sacks Group as the owner intended to get into the brokerage sales business and I wanted to maintain the integrity of the proven yacht management business model. Bob Saxon Associates soon became the largest yacht management company in the world.
1982-1987: THE SACKS GROUP, PRESIDENT
Started this company for a yacht owner-investor and develop the company into then the largest yacht management group in the world.
1979-1982: WHITTEMORE & WILLIAMS, VICE PRESIDENT
Whittemore & Williams was the originator of yacht management and a forerunner for what we know of as yacht management today.
1978-1979: CITY OF FT. LAUDERDALE, SUPERINTENDENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
Reporting directly to the City Commission and Mayor, oversaw the work activities of 1,000 employees with responsibility for parks, waterways, city docks, beaches, and recreational facilities.
1970-1978: CARDINAL GIBBONS HIGH SCHOOL FT. LAUDERDALE, ENGLISH TEACHER & BASEBALL COACH
Associations: President of the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA), former Vice-President of LYBRA (Large Yacht Brokers Association), former board member of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, founding president of the International Superyacht Society, and recipient of the International Superyacht Society “Lifetime Achievement” award. Elected to the Charter Yacht Brokers Association “Hall of Fame.”
Speaking engagements (partial list):
• IBEX Miami: “The World of Superyacht Management”
• Mariners’ Club Keynote Address: “Yacht Management & Current Market Status”
• Winterfest Boat Parade: Past seven years as live announcer for the Parade
• USSA conference: Panel moderator on “Cuba: An Emerging Market”
• International Superyacht Society Annual Awards emcee & production manager for five years
• Florida Yacht Brokers Association Seminar Chairman with emcee duties for over 30 symposiums, seminars, and conferences
• Florida Yacht Brokers Association Annual Awards Dinner emcee
• Young Professionals of Yachting keynote address speaker and also conducted goal setting seminars for this group
• FYBA East Coast Sales Summit moderator
• FYBA West Coast Sales Summit moderator
• Superyacht Report: Keynote speaker at the Seattle Superyacht Conference
• Several emcee assignments for friends’ weddings, scores of eulogies at friends’ requests, many sales training sessions for yacht and charter broker firms
• Charter Yacht Brokers’ Association “Selling to the Nouveau Riche” seminar presentation
• Charter Yacht Brokers’ Association: emcee for their Newport, RI annual conference and training seminar
• Member of the National Speakers Association
• Board member of the American Yacht Charter Association