IYBA President - Moderator
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.