Palm Beach proudly uses a customer-direct sales model. This approach has proven to be a great benefit for customers, with commission traditionally lost to the dealer sales process getting reinvested into better product, better service, better value and better ownership experiences.

Palm Beach directly employs the best product specialists in the industry. These highly professional consultants have years of experience that have made them experts on the marketplace and, most importantly, in the design and build of Palm Beach yachts, down to every detail. They’ll use this expertise to find the perfect yacht for you, keeping you well-informed and making the searching and buying process a true pleasure.

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

MARK RICHARDS
CEO

After a decade as a professional yachtsman, Mark launched Palm Beach in 1995. His passion for the water, years of expertise and innovative approach have made Palm Beach a smashing success.

HANK COMPTON
MANAGING DIRECTOR

A lifelong boater and experienced captain, Hank manages the daily operations at Palm Beach, working closely on development projects.

DAVE NORTHROP
VP OF SALES/MARKETING, NORTH AMERICA

Dave has more than 30 years of experience growing some of the most prestigious U.S. and international yacht brands, and he’s brought recognition and success to the Palm Beach brand in America.

MEET OUR YACHT CONSULTANTS

Palm Beach professionals are based in strategic regions around the world to accommodate you wherever you live and boat. We have representation in Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe and across the U.S., and our yacht consultants are more than willing to travel anywhere to meet you.

New Zealand/Australia
United States
Europe

Australia & New Zealand

TODD HOLZAPFEL
YACHT CONSULTANT, AUSTRALIA

Todd joined Grand Banks Ltd. in 2014, since securing new Palm Beach sales and many brokerage transactions. When not selling, you’ll find him cruising along the east coast of Australia.

DAVID ROWELL
YACHT CONSULTANT, AUSTRALIA

David Rowell (Skeet) comes from a boating family with over 70 years experience in all things marine. The family business thrives in Sydney’s beautiful Newport, with both Skeet’s sons following in his footsteps, having worked at both the family marina and Palm Beach Motor Yachts’ shipyard.

United States

BRIAN DEKKINGA
YACHT CONSULTANT, U.S.

Brian, a Certified Professional Yacht Broker and licensed captain, has served in yacht sales and management in the Great Lakes region and Florida since 1976.

CLUTE ELY
YACHT CONSULTANT, U.S.

Clute is proficient in the handling of yachts of all sizes, and has maintained a top rating in customer satisfaction. His office is based in Rowayton, Connecticut.

STEVE FITHIAN
YACHT CONSULTANT, U.S.

Steve, a 40-year veteran of the marine industry, has developed a clear understanding of every part of the yacht-building process, from design to delivery.

CARVEY IANNUZZI
YACHT CONSULTANT, U.S.

Carvey’s passion for yachts and care for clients have earned the respect of Palm Beach owners. He operates out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

JULEE JACKSON
YACHT CONSULTANT, U.S.

Julee has been selling yachts in the U.S. and abroad for nearly two decades. Her customer loyalty is a testament to her individualized time and attention.

Europe

GERT VAN BARNEVELD
YACHT CONSULTANT, EUROPE

Gert, a lifelong boater, joined the Grand Banks community in 2004. He is responsible for the general management and after-sales service, dedicating his focus to customer satisfaction.

ALBERT GERRITSMA
YACHT CONSULTANT, EUROPE

Albert has more than 20 years of dedicated experience selling yachts. He has developed a deep appreciation for Palm Beach, handling all sales and service demands throughout Europe.

HENRIK PETERSEN
YACHT CONSULTANT, EUROPE

Henrik is trained in mechanics and holds a Yachtskipper Diploma. He manages sales and business development for DBC Marine.

PER THRANE
YACHT CONSULTANT, EUROPE

Per is a maritime engineer and a skilled navigator. As a co-owner of DBC Marine, he leads engineering services and business development.

COLIN WATTS
YACHT CONSULTANT, EUROPE

Colin was recently awarded “Expert Status” for yacht brokerage from the Academy of Experts in London. He delivers yachts for Grand Banks Ltd in the UK and mainland Europe.

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