News: Speakers announced for American Superyacht Forum, Las Vegas

April 19, 2013 by BelindaL
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With under a month to go before the American Superyacht Forum opens its door in Las Vegas on 14 May, the programme has been finalised and the speakers have signed on to show their support for reinvigorating the American market.

Opening the Forum this year will Shipyard CEOs, Presidents and Directors discussing the lack of movement in the American market in Session One’s “Plotting a New Course for Yachting”. Using the session as a platform to air their grievances, voice their concerns and share their plans for getting America excited about yachting again, our panelists will offer a critical and inspirational start to the Forum. Speakers for this powerful session include Billy Smith III of Trinity Yachts, James Fwu of Horizon Group, Carlos Vidueira from Rybovich, Jeffery Ferguson of Ocean Alexander USA, Todd Roberts of Marine Group Boat Works, and Guillaume Roche from Sunrise Yachts.

This mixed panel will be able to provide insight from both those within the US market, and those acting as outsiders as to what America can do better.

In Session Five’s “Report from the Front Lines”, Captains and Project Managers will be given the opportunity to offer candid opinions on doing business with the USA. Following the great success of the Superyacht Captains’ Forum earlier this month in Viareggio, Captains shared strong opinions on why they choose not to or choose to do business with Italy. This session aims to achieve the same outcome with Captains discussing their current opinions ofAmerica. Captain David Clarke of M/Y Laurel, Mike Hein of M/Y Mea Culpa, and Teddy Garsva of M/Y Freddy have already signed on to speak up about what needs to change for the future.

Closing Day One of the Forum this year are a selection of innovative and pioneering designers to share their views on why the American design world is lagging so far behind the rest of the world. Luiz De Basto of De Basto Designs, Bill Blount of Donald L. Blount & Associates, and Greg Marshall of Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect Ltd. will take to the stage for Session Six’s “The Future of Design & Technology in America”.

With reports from the USSA, ISS, and a session on drawing in new blood in for the future, day one offers back to back powerful sessions to wake up America and make plans to change the future. Day two will see delegates taking morecontrol in the sessions they sit in on, which speakers they want to hear from, and what topics are most important to them with a choice of different breakout rooms available.

To register attendance at the 2013 American Superyacht Forum, contactSuzie on, or call +44 (0)207 924 2004

Visit for updates on additional speakers and the complete American Superyacht Forum programme.

ASF 2013 is sponsored by:

AWLGRIP North America
MTN Satellite Communications

ASF 2013 is supported by:
The Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA)
United States Superyacht Association (USSA)

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