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Bertram Yacht on drive to secure top talent for Merritt Island facility

Brooks Marine Group
August 1, 2012
Filed under News

Press Release

Merritt Island FL. August 1, 2012- Bertram Yacht announced today a formal human resources partnership with Brooks Marine Group. The Newport-based recruiting firm will act as a strategic supplier of human capital as Bertram ramps up staff for their new Merritt Island, FL facility.

According to the terms of the partnership, Brooks Marine Group (BMG) will work closely with Bertram’s executive team to identify hiring needs for Merritt Island, and recruit talent as the new plant comes on line late this fall. The agreement also calls on BMG to support in the relocation of key Bertram talent and skills from Miami to Merritt Island, to help Bertram in securing new talent to develop best manufacturing practices and to secure outstanding and high caliber workforce candidates that are available in the Space Coast area.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Bertram to fulfill its mission of being market leader in the production of American built, luxury sport fishing yachts. BMG and Bertram are convinced this mission begins with people first, so we’ve developed a human capital strategy for Merritt Island that we believe will attract the best and brightest talent from across the marine industry”, said Neal Harrell, President of Brooks Marine Group. “The Merritt Island facility offers an outstanding venue to build large yachts. This plant, combined with boatbuilding talent already in Merritt Island and the team that will transfer from Miami, will be an absolute asset for Bertram.”

“We are tremendously excited about the opportunity to attract new high caliber talent to ramp up our operations in Merritt Island. Combined with the key Bertram employees we are relocating from Miami we are developing an all star team at the new plant”, said Alton Herndon, President of Bertram. “The response and reception to our relocation has been overwhelmingly positive and we have asked Neal and his team at Brooks Marine Group to step in and help screen and shortlist key applicants as well as searching out new talent for key management positions. With his broad industry experience, Neal has also been able to provide benchmarks for best in class talent and practices to ensure we are attracting the best people the industry has to offer. We believe our organization starts with our people and we are determined to be the employer of choice in the yachting industry.”

Brooks Marine Group

Based in Newport, RI, Brooks Marine Group’s core competency is the search, recruitment and placement of marine industry personnel for OEM recreational boat builders, shipyards, service & refit facilities, marinas, boat dealerships and marine industry suppliers. BMG also assists recreational marine companies in ‘the trades’ workforce initiatives to include training & development, internships, apprenticeships, workforce retention and the establishment of career ladders.

Searches are conducted for talent in marine industry disciplines such as design & engineering, manufacturing management, sales & marketing, operations management, QA, service management, project management, human resources, purchasing and finance. Marine ‘trades’ recruitment includes carpenters, electricians, diesel technicians, painters, welders, riggers, fiberglass repair technicians and marina/dock staff.

Clients served include Azimut/Benetti, Bertram, Beneteau, Charleston City Marina, Chris-Craft, Cobalt, Correct-Craft, EdgeWater, Fraser Yachts, Grady-White, Grand Banks, Hinckley, Hunt Yachts, The International Yacht Restoration School, The Landing School, Lazzara Yachts, MacDougalls’Cape Cod Marine, Malibu Boats, The New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor Corporation, Newport Shipyard, Oyster Yachts, RibCraft USA, Riviera, Rybovich, Southport Marina and Viking Yachts. BMG owns and operates the foremost marine industry on-line job board, www.careerboat.com.

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