CEO, Baltic Yachts
How did you get your start in the yachting industry?
After finishing university in the UK, I had an invitation to join a small motoryacht as crew from Cape Town to the Seychelles. The delivery fell through but by then I was already in Botswana. I took a Greyhound bus to Durban and ended up working for a small sail training school. A year later, I made a crossing to the Caribbean where I discovered you could get paid to sail!
Which project or accomplishment do you consider to be the most significant in your career?
The most significant accomplishment would have to be the construction and launch of Pink Gin VI —it was the culmination of many years of planning, and more importantly, learning and understanding what the client wanted.
What is your biggest challenge?
Encouraging the younger generations to come sailing.
If you could choose one location for your next travel adventure, where would you go?
I would love to go to Alaska, because of its sheer scale and the wildlife. Alaska has been on my bucket list as long as I can remember.
What is your favorite part of your job? Why?
I love when clients visit the yard in Finland. I enjoy seeing the interaction between our boat builders, engineers and our clients—challenges made, challenges met and always growing respect.
Who has influenced you the most?
Professor Nader has influenced me the most. ( Prof. Hans Georg Nader is the majority shareholder of Baltic Yachts). I have learned a lot from him from—from my early days of sailing for him as his captain to now, working within Baltic Yachts. With him, the next challenge is always just around the corner.
What is the most effective daily habit you possess?
I find having a plan before reading e-mails allows me to focus on important tasks of the day.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration on the shop floor when it comes to boat building. But then again, some of the best ideas come from the unlikeliest places.
What advice do you have for the next generation?
What do you see are upcoming trends in the industry?
Battery technology is changing the way we operate boats.
How do you manage life’s balance?
Not well, if you ask my family!
Where are you the happiest? Why?
At home with the family. I spend a lot of time on the road and going home never fails to excite me.
What is the greatest piece of advice you’ve gotten? If you decide to do something, do it properly. What does it mean to you to be an ISS judge? It’s an honour to be invited to join the panel.