Worldwide advisory service for marine businesses formed

Worldwide advisory service for marine businesses formed

There is a vast amount of knowledge and expertise currently available within the marine industry, both in Australia and overseas and the value of this knowledge to new and current marine industry businesses cannot be over-estimated. This knowledge and expertise needs to be harnessed to support the industry ensuring that the marine industry remains a strong player on the world stage.

A new organisation, Global Marine Business Advisors, has been formed to do just that. Global Marine Business Advisors is a group of well-credentialed, senior marine industry professionals, from 12 different countries, across all continents that have come together to offer their knowledge, expertise and services, separately or collectively, to individual boating businesses, irrespective of where those businesses are located.

For any business to survive, let alone expand in today’s business environment, they need to be fully aware of their market, or, if looking to expand, locally or overseas, then the market they are looking at entering into. They need to be agile, with the ability to make sound and timely decisions based on quality data, backed up by informed intel.

Global Marine Business Advisors currently has members in 12 countries across the globe including; Australia, UAE, Finland, France, Holland, Italy, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA. All of these advisors have held long-term senior positions in business and all are well known in marine industry circles within their sphere of influence.

The group offers advice on business development, marketing, export promotion, internal and external relations with governments and agencies, marinas and marina management, OEM manufacturing, after-market sales, as well as general management advice to help drive business success.

MaryAnne Edwards, well known marine industry identity from Australia (and one of the 12 advisors) stated; “I have always felt it can be a tough road for businesses entering and surviving in the marine industry nationally and globally whether in the recreational boating or superyacht sector. For businesses to be able to have access to the level of professional knowledge and expertise this group can offer is a plus for the industry and it is exciting to be part of it”.

Whether starting a new business in the leisure marine sector, deciding whether to export, or wishing to expand, some of the most knowledgeable and influential people in the boating industry are now available to assist.

Thom Dammrich (USA) says; ”Through my years at NMMA, I often received calls asking if I knew someone who could help a marine business with a question, challenge, or other.  This is why I have joined the Global Marine Business Advisors. I am proud to be associated with this group of professional advisors and their extensive networks that is unparalleled in its diversity of knowledge and geographical reach”

Alongside their considerable knowledge, these world-wide advisors also bring a cultural dimension to their approach with an in depth appraisal of the markets in which they live and work as many countries may speak a similar language but the social mores can be very different!

Jouko Huju (Finland) stated; “After 25 years of service in the marine industry I felt somehow obliged to share my experiences and knowledge from that time. I took the idea up with Thom Dammrich (USA) and YP Loke (Singapore) and it all started developing fast. I am more than convinced that our group has a lot to give”.

With this acumen and background doors can be opened and opportunities identified that only years in the sector can initiate. All those involved in Global Marine Business Advisors have worked together at various times in their careers and each has access to a worldwide network of contacts and knowledge.

The advisors can work independently or in teams and the key advantage of a group like this is that they have a network of significant contacts and expertise at their fingertips.

“There isn’t another group in recreational boating that is as knowledgeable and geographically diverse. It’s an honour and privilege to be associated with these respected and highly regarded industry colleagues whose world recognised longevity and connectivity in the marketplace is unmatched” said YP Loke (Singapore).

For more information and full list of advisors visit or contact the group’s spokesman Jouko Huju at or phone +358 40 5509310.

Pictured: MaryAnne Edwards, well known marine industry identity from Australia and one of the 12 Global Marine Business Advisors.