Trinity Yachts, the superyacht division of Harvey Gulf International Marine, has announced that William S. Smith III (Billy) has been named chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately.

Smith previously served as vice president of sales and marketing at Trinity Yachts and Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG), a position that was eliminated upon the purchase of the companies by Harvey Gulf on June 25, 2015.

Shane Guidry, president and CEO of Harvey Gulf International Marine, comments: “Billy brings not just an institutional knowledge of Trinity and Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, but also deep relationships with national and international contacts in the boat building community. Billy is a valuable asset to Trinity Yachts, and we are confident that he will help take Trinity Yachts to the next level.”

Smith is a founding member and current board member of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss), a member and former vice chairman of United States Superyacht Association (USSA). He is also a founding board member of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association of Louisiana.

Commenting on his appointment, Smith says: “With the purchase of Trinity Yachts and Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Harvey Gulf is well positioned to grow, and I look forward to bringing my skills, interests and relationships to help the company further define and strengthen its luxury yacht division.”

Smith’s main office will be at the Trinity Yachts location in New Orleans.