The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX), the peak body for the marine export and superyacht sectors of Australia held its Annual General Meeting at Sydney’s Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Friday 6 December where the board of directors for 2014 were elected.

Mr Richard Chapman, director of coursemaster autopilots and hydrive engineering will continue in his position as president of AIMEX, Matthew Johnston general manager Muirs was elected as vice president and Stephen Vincent global sales manager VEEM Ltd will again hold the position of honorary treasurer.

Murray Owen, director of marine engineering consultants was also welcomed as a director on the board. Murray was elected by the Superyacht Australia Committee as their representative on the AIMEX board. Murray was an integral part of the previous SYBA board and brings with him a wealth of knowledge both in the marine export, commercial and superyacht sectors.

Other Board members include Carl Amor – Aqualuma LED Lighting, Jeremy Spear – Spear Green Design, Alan Steber – Steber International, Brett Vorhauer – Marine Tech Industries Australia, Barry Jenkins – Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and Alistair Murray – Ronstan International. Peter Hancock of the Department of Industry also sits on the board as an observer.

Richard Chapman commented “It is important for the future of AIMEX & Superyacht Australia that we have a strong, stable and experienced board of directors.  There is a lot to achieve in the coming financial year as AIMEX drives key initiatives designed to profile industry capability and increase export sales.  Many AIMEX and Superyacht Australia members have diversified their businesses over the past three years with a lot of focus now also coming on opportunities within the commercial sector. This will be a key focus for AIMEX over the next 12 months with a good contingent exhibiting at Asia Pacific Maritime 2014 and the AIMEX team investigating more commercially targeted trade shows and conferences”