Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC), a 20ha refit and repair facility in Florida, has appointed marine industry veteran George Whitehouse as director of business development and William Alejandro as controller.

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George Whitehouse has taken on the role of director of business development

Yacht repair facility Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC) in the US has appointed marine industry veteran George Whitehouse as its new director of business development. The company has also appointed William Alejandro to the role of controller.

Whitehouse will be responsible for developing and executing comprehensive and targeted business development practices.

He will also oversee strategic marketing plans including defining target customers and developing sales strategies.

Superyacht industry veteran

Whitehouse brings with him many years of industry experience and knowledge of various aspects of yachting.

Most recently, Whitehouse was director of business development with MTN Satellite Communications in Miramar and vice president of business development and sales for Rybovich in West Palm Beach.

In addition, Whitehouse has captained multiple superyachts including the 70m (230ft) Oceanfast Floridian. He has also managed several complex yacht builds and refits and marina and harbour construction projects.

William Alejandro

New recruit: William Alejandro

Whitehouse currently maintains both USCG 1600 and MCA 3000 GRT licenses and is a graduate of State University College at Cortland, New York.

Taking on the role of controller, William Alejandro joins LMC from Amzak Capital Management and Brightstar Corporation of Miami where he served as chief financial officer.

Commenting on the appointments, Doug West, president of LMC says: “George and William are respected professionals in their fields and bring with them the knowledge of our customers and their expectations which will help us mould the organization for the future. Both have great reputations and we look forward to the contributions they will bring to LMC.”

Refit and repair services

Located in Fort Lauderdale on the New River, LMC is a 50-acre (20ha) facility consisting of a boatyard, marina and marine service centre providing a complete offering of marine-related repair and services.

It accommodates boats up to 60m (200ft) with 27 covered sheds and 130 wet slips.

The company also operates three marine travel lifts with haul-out capacity up to 300 tonnes and features 10,000 linear feet of dockage.

LMC’s business model includes leasing work space and commercial office space to approximately 60 on-site contractors providing various marine-related services such as fibreglass repair, electrical, painting, engine service, hydraulics, navigation and electronics, carpentry, mechanical, metal fabrication and welding.