Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS – Asia Pacific Regions and beyond) directors shared corporate and region news at the annual APS / AGM business meeting held at the Millennium Resort in Phuket, Thailand.
The exciting news of “Made Gerip” joining APS (Indonesia) was a highlight of the meeting and he was warmly welcomed by all. Joining APS Borneo at an earlier date, Alvin Teh Wei Loong and Shirley Lye were also introduced and enthusiastically welcomed by APS directors.
Many APS directors at the meeting reported an increase of superyacht visits in their respective region(s) over the previous year. All regions were represented at the meeting including: Andaman & Nicobar Islands and India – R. Rathman; Maldives – Mohamed Hameed; Thailand – Gordon Fernandes and Captain Charles Dwyer; Bali & Indonesia – Richard Lofthouse, Jimmy Blee, Made Gerip; Borneo – Alvin The Wei Loong & Shirley Lye; Singapore – Scott Walker; Malaysia, Myanmar, Seychelles – Captain Nick Coombes; Hong Kong – Bart Kimman.
Richard Lofthouse, General Manager of Asia Pacific Superyachts (Indonesia) introduced Made Gerip, joining Richard and Jimmy Blee at APS Indonesia as an “Exclusive Partner”. Richard told the group, “APS Indonesia is thrilled to officially bring on board Made Gerip as part of the team. After working in conjunction with Made for the last two years, resulting in many happy clients, it was the logical next step.”
Richard further enthused, “The APS Indonesia team now offers the perfect mix of experienced Western management with the very best Indonesian marine professional in Made Gerip. His honesty, integrity and hard-work have endeared him to many skippers over the years. This continues to be the case as he flies the APS flag. As Indonesia’s star rises in superyacht circles, APS Indonesia’s professional team rises with it as the all-round industry leader and a name you can trust.”
APS Captain Charles Dwyer of the superyacht Yanneke Too, responded from a captain’s perspective, stating, “Made Gerip joining APS has a huge impact. This is the #1 ‘go to guy’ in Bali and Indonesia – all the captains that have visited the area know and respect Made. We all appreciate his consummate skills in dealing with our needs. We are all fortunate to have Made join the APS family of superyacht services.”
During the AGM the remaining new members from Asia Pacific Superyachts in Borneo were introduced, Alvin Teh Wei Loong and Shirley Lye. They are on board at the APS offices in Kota Kinabulu, Borneo, reporting to Richard Lofthouse (Indonesia). The highly experienced representatives provide new management to APS and superyachts visiting Borneo.
Alvin shared many new features and attractions of the Borneo area along with APS plans in an excellent presentation. The new management structure has been in place for several months and enhances a wondrous venue for the global yachting community, including helicopter services to unique attractions and 5-star resorts on Borneo.
In reviewing the year Chairman Gordon, along with Captain Nick Coombs and Captain Charlie Dwyer, highlighted area marketing and support activities. This included the organization as a whole and area performances in continuing a strong growth pattern with new strategic and corporate partnering and projects.
In ending the meeting, the Chairman stated, “Highly experienced managers with progressive thinking, innovative ideas, aggressive client strategies and partnerships were the key to our success this year. With the support of the superyacht industry and our yachting and strategic partners, we are committed to bringing continued growth and success in attracting and providing services to superyachts in Asia.”
The annual meeting presented an opportunity for APS to recognize a number of outstanding contributions to the yachting industry. Area directors were recognized for their unwavering dedication to producing the best in superyacht services and supplies, bringing new and returning superyachts to South East Asia and the Pacific.
The Asia Pacific Superyachts Company is the major superyacht service and support organization for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The collective regions represented generate economic benefits through the visiting and returning superyachts, leisure visitors and yachting residents.