Friday, January 9, 2009

Lepisto Named President of SeaDream Yacht Club

Consistent with prior announcements (Oh, how I love that word, "consistent"), it was announced today that Bob Lepisto is the new president of SeaDream Yacht Club.  Mr. Lepisto has been with SeaDream from its 2001 outset.

“I was part of the original team that put the whole program together and built the product alongside Atle, Larry and other team members,” Lepisto told Travel Pulse. “We have a strong team here in Miami and in Oslo, which will remain intact. Business will move on and remains very good. We completed 2008 with record-breaking numbers. Not surprisingly, 2009 is down a little, but still looks to be a very good year for us.”


No major changes are planned, he said. “We will retain the focus on the yachts we have and continue our extraordinary service and a focus on our very important past guests” . “We will continue the ‘it’s yachting, not cruising’ focus, because that constantly has to be reinforced so people can tell the difference. There are not a lot of major changes other than this announcement. I've hired most of the people here who have been part of the team since the start.”

While Larry Pimental stated his departure was caused by “fundamental disagreements with the principals of the organization”, Mr. Lepisto would not comment further noting that both Pimental and Atle Brynestad are friends of his.