Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Mark Richards was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Grand Banks Yachts in August 2014. Mr. Richards, a qualified shipwright and a passionate yacht designer, founded Palm Beach Motor Yachts in 1995. Under Mr. Richards' leadership, Palm Beach has developed a growing reputation for producing one of the highest quality and most fuel-efficient luxury motor yachts in the world.
Palm Beach's yachts have won multiple industry awards and are designed, built, and marketed out of its facility in Berkeley Vale, Australia, just 100 km north of Sydney.
In addition to Mr. Richard's accomplishments at Palm Beach, he is also a successful yachtsman. He is a two time world champion and record holding eight time winner of the prestigious Sydney to Hobart yacht race, led Australia to victory in the 2003 Admirals Cup and has represented Australia in dozens of international regattas including two Americas Cups.
Heng Huat Chiam
Chief Financial Officer
Chiam was previously the CFO of RF Networks Pte Ltd, a network infrastructure services provider based in the USA. From 2012 to 2014, Chiam was the Country Manager for BT Global Services Pte Ltd where he led the IT business for British Telecom in Singapore.
From 2003 to 2008, Chiam was the CFO of Frontline Technologies Corporation Ltd, an SGX listed company that was subsequently delisted in 2008 when it was acquired by British Telecom Group plc. He has some 25 years of financial management and public accounting experience in both large multinational corporations as well as public-listed organizations in Singapore.
Mr. Chiam holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.
Hank manages the daily
operations at Grand Banks, all sales and marketing outside
the U.S., and works closely on development projects.
Hank, a lifelong boater and experienced captain, has been
with Grand Banks since 2005, serving in several positions:
senior executive in the Malaysian shipyard, regional
sales manager, and director of international sales. He has
lived in both Singapore and Australia, and established the
company's first customer-direct facility in Queensland.
Hank holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA.
VP Sales and Marketing
Director Operations Americas
Dave had worked closely with CEO Mark Richards in
bringing recognition and success to the Palm Beach
brand in America. Dave is well known in the American
marine industry, with more than 30 years of senior leadership
experience in growing some of the most prestigious
U.S. and international yacht brands, as well as operating
a successful marina and retail dealership. Dave had a notable
career with the U.S. government before making his
avocation his occupation.
Director of Service & Training
Fran Morey joined Grand Banks in 1997 and has taken on multiple roles during this period. He was recently appointed the Director of Service and Training where he has various responsibilities which include being a factory liaison for customers and authorized dealers regarding after-sales and service support matters, introducing product improvements, and training both sales people and marine technicians.
In order to strengthen the Group's expanded sales efforts worldwide, Mr. Morey developed and maintains the Grand Banks Authorized Service Center network. He is also part of the Product Development Team where he introduces product improvements and innovations.
In his training role for the Group, he is responsible for developing and delivering new Grand Banks sales training curricular for the Grand Banks University program, as well as providing Grand Banks' factory certified training for over 200 marine technicians from all over the world.
Mr. Morey is a graduate of the USCG Training Center in Yorktown, VA where he studied shipboard engineering and Maritime law enforcement. He prepared for his career by spending 6 years in the United States Coast Guard serving as the duty boat coxswain for small boat search-and-rescue missions, shipboard engineer and maritime law enforcement officer.