Dec 10, 2012

Riviera Drives Into 2013 with Strong Forward Orders and an Expanded Senior Management Team

Riviera, Australia's largest and most awarded luxury boat builder is looking forward to 2013 as their forward orders continue to grow and the company welcomes three new seasoned professionals to its senior lead team.

The last nine months have been both hectic and productive for Riviera as the company has undergone an extensive re-structuring since the business returned to private ownership in March of this year.

Riviera's popular and proven current models including the 43 and 53 Flybridges and the 5000 and 5800 Sport Yachts have continued to excite boating enthusiasts around Australia and around the world resulting in forward orders stretching into mid 2013.

The launching of several key new models in 2012 has been a strong contributor to the growth of the company's forward order book. These models have included the 63 and 75 Flybridges resulting in 6 sales and the launching of a whole new range of boats in the SUV series achieving 6 sales to date. The acquisition of the Belize Motoryachts line in April has certainly been welcomed by the Riviera global dealer network and has resulted in 8 sales to date.

The announcement of further new models for release in 2013 including the 50 Flybridge and a larger SUV model have further contributed to the forward order bank placing Riviera in a strong position.

As 2012 draws to a close, Riviera is firmly focused on 2013 and the opportunities that lie ahead. To help steer the growing company forward, the lead team has been further strengthened with the appointment of several key personnel.

New head of design, Stephen Ford, new chief financial officer Richard Appleby and new general manager, Scott Cumming all have a wealth of experience, have previously worked at Riviera and have recently returned to the company.

Stephen, Scott and Richard will join the highly experienced and skilled lead team at Riviera. This team comprises long serving International Sales Director Chris McCafferty who is based in Florida USA, general counsel Cherriee Ludemann, IT, supply and warehouse manager Kirk Starr and director of brand and communications Stephen Milne.

Returning to Riviera was a very easy decision for me having watched from the outside how conclusively the Riviera brand retained its integrity and support globally during the last four turbulent years. For this I thank Stephen Milne and Chris McCafferty for their unending passion to retain the core values of Riviera against insurmountable odds. This great level of commitment and belief typifies the calibre of our entire new lead team said CEO Wes Moxey

English born Stephen Ford, brings a wealth of knowledge to Riviera's award-winning design team studied marine engineering at Southampton University and has more than 15 years' boat design experience.

Stephen was the senior designer for Sunseeker for 10 years before relocating to Australia in 2007 to manage and develop the acclaimed Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht.

His love of the Australian culture and outdoors lifestyle gave Stephen the motivation to further his skills in marine design and he seized the chance in 2011 to work on the Belize Motoryacht project with Wes Moxey before returning to Riviera earlier this month to take up the role of head of design.

Stephen said he felt honoured to be leading such a talented and well-respected design team.

During my career with Sunseeker, I was mentored by design director John Braithwaite and naval architect Ewen Foster and the knowledge and experience I gained during this time has proven invaluable, he said.

Working on the Belize project with Wes Moxey gave me a thorough understanding of all aspects of boat design and I am now honoured to be leading the Riviera design team. I look forward to creating some exciting new designs with Riviera Australia under the new ownership of Rodney Longhurst.

I have been working towards an opportunity such as this for the past 15 years and I am extremely proud to continue my working relationship with Wes. Our team of talented designers are busy using the latest technology to design the next generation of Riviera boats, which we look forward to releasing in 2013.

Chief financial officer Richard Appleby is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked with KPMG and Coopers & Lybrand before embarking on a career in commerce working with a diverse range of multi-national and privately held company's in the wholesale, retail, hospitality, technology and manufacturing sectors. Richard wanted to return to Riviera and to Queensland when he learned of the business being purchased by Rodney Longhurst.

I think one of the real strengths of Riviera in 2012 is the calibre of the senior leadership team. Having worked with several members of the team before, I must say that I really enjoy their professionalism, commitment and passion. This team really wants to make a difference in the boating world by creating and delivering a very unique experience for their boat owners. That excites me and I am proud to be back on the team .

General manager Scott Cumming also recently returned to Riviera following a stellar career in Malaysia, where he oversaw the development and design of new Grand Banks models.

Scott began his boat building career with Riviera as an apprentice in 1990 and went on to complete his Masters in Business Administration in 2001. During his time at Riviera, Scott worked in various roles within the organisation including, boat building, lamination, stainless steel, engineering, electrical, and new product development.

Scott said he was pleased to be back in Australia and felt honoured to have the opportunity to return to Riviera as general manager.

Riviera is where I began my career and as Australia's largest and most respected pleasure boat builder, I feel privileged to be a part of this thriving business, he said.

I also have a strong focus on creating a winning team and driving efficient production, so I look forward to the challenges my new position will offer.

Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said Stephen, Richard and Scott were all strong leaders in their own right and given their international experience, they have the drive and determination to take their teams to an even higher level.

Stephen, Richard and Scott have each worked for Riviera in the past and therefore have a thorough understanding of our systems, our stringent build standards, our expectations and above all, our integrity, said Mr Moxey.

These gentlemen return to Riviera refreshed and inspired with new skills, experience and a great positive attitude. They share an ambition to be successful in their respective fields of expertise and I know this additional skill and experience will immeasurably strengthen our senior team. I look forward to 2013 and Riviera's continued growth.

I am excited to be leading such a formidable team of people who have each excelled in their respective fields of expertise. With our lead team now in place and a growing forward order schedule, I look forward to the future with great anticipation, said Mr Moxey.

75 Enclosed Flybridge - Shaft Drive

The Brief was simple: create the largest, most luxurious and technically advanced Riviera ever. For our designers, engineers and craftspeople, it was an invitation to express their talent and creativity like never before - and they responded magnificently.

New 63 Enclosed Flybridge

Riviera is proud to announce the launch of its new 63 Flybridge with a raft of engineering and design enhancements based on its predecessor, the superb 61 Flybridge.

63 Open Flybridge

Riviera is proud to announce the launch of its new 63 Flybridge with a raft of engineering and design enhancements based on its predecessor, the superb 61 Flybridge.

New 53 Enclosed Flybridge with IPS

Designed from the keel up, using Riviera’s Uni-Graphics NX three dimensional CAD software system, the new 53 has been developed in-house after nearly two years of detailed consultation with boat owners across the globe.

New 53 Open Flybridge - IPS

Designed from the keel up, using Riviera’s Uni-Graphics NX three dimensional CAD software system, the new 53 has been developed in-house after nearly two years of detailed consultation with boat owners across the globe. The result is a fresh approach, signalling a new generation of Riviera prowess and efficiency. The 53 is a vessel of considerable internal volume, allowing Riviera’s designers to create unprecedented living spaces, elegant amenities and unrivalled performance.

New 50 Enclosed Flybridge

The stunning new 50 Enclosed Flybridge is expected to prove equally enticing as her big sister, the 53 Enclosed Flybridge. The new model is currently under construction and will make her world debut in 2013.

45 Open Flybridge - Shaft Drive

Anyone investing in a luxury pleasure boat has developed certain lifestyle standards and an aversion to compromise. If you relate to this, welcome to the world of Riviera… and in particular welcome aboard the 45 Open Flybridge.

43 Open Flybridge - IPS

The new Riviera 43 Open Flybridge, is the latest in flybridge design from Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder.

5800 Sport Yacht - IPS

It is a luxury boat beyond anything previously developed by Riviera, Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder. The exciting Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht, is the latest and most dramatic of the company’s European-style Sport Yacht series.

5000 Sport Yacht - Zeus

Embarking on the development of an entirely new style of boat is one of the most challenging and exciting projects we have undertaken in recent times. The inspiration for our Sport Yacht series, came from recognising the changing values and lifestyles not just of boat owners, but people everywhere – changes that are reflected in such domains as contemporary architecture, interior design and the styling of prestige cars.

4400 Sport Yacht Series II - IPS

In our long history we have produced many new vessels, but none has challenged traditions or questioned the assumptions on which boats are generally built quite like our Sport Yacht series.

3600 Sport Yacht Series II - IPS

It is a luxury boat beyond anything previously developed by Riviera, Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder. The exciting Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht, is the latest and most dramatic of the company’s European-style Sport Yacht series.

New 565 SUV

From the immediate acceptance and success of the 445SUV, the 565 will be a great all round entertainer. Lockable sliding rear door, 3 sided enclosed hardtop with sliding side windows as standard makes for a comfortable boat in all types of weather.

New 445 SUV

Bearing Riviera’s classic hallmark design, the new 445 SUV has been crafted with Riviera’s rich-heritage in mind. Combining the high performance, blue water cruising abilities and large open cockpit of the classic Flybridge with the fish raising abilities of the Offshore Express, and the single-level leisurely, entertaining features of the popular Sport Yacht series, has created a vessel like no other, a true bridge between all of them.

Belize 54 Daybridge

All the amenities of the Sedan but with extra benefits on top. For those who relish open-air boating, or live where the warm season is short and want to make the most of it. Arcing deep-tread stairs lead up to saloon-like amenities including large L-shaped lounge, hi-lo table, wet bar with sink and fridge, and a second day helm.

Belize 54 Sedan

One continuous level of luxury with everything to hand - helm. galley, saloon, dining, bar - in a comfy, roomy weather-proof space. The Sedan is all Sport Yacht style; less about catching fish as catching up. Rear hopper window and sliding door extends entertaining to the open air. As does the giant sliding sunroof, either at anchor or under way.