GREG Haines, the son of legendary Queensland boat builder, the late John Haines AM, has joined Maritimo as head of sales and marketing.
Haines had, until recently, worked in the family owned Haines Group where he was heavily involved in expanding the Suzuki Marine dealer network and he retains an interest in the company along with his brother, John.
“Dad started the Haines Hunter company in 1959 ... my brother John and I have been part of the boat world since we were young kids,” Haines said.
“We have come up through the ranks from the factory floor working on plugs right through to developing dealer networks and expanding our product offerings.
“I had reached a stage where I wanted to try something different, wanted new challenges and wanted to be part of the larger luxury cruiser market, so when the opportunity arose to join Bill Barry-Cotter and the Maritimo team I jumped at it.
“My father and Bill knew and respected each other and both achieved significant goals in their respective areas.
“I have also had a long association with several of the long term Maritimo people, including some who we raced against over the years, so it seemed like a natural progression to take this role.”
John Haines chairman and CEO of The Haines Group, and Greg’s older brother, said he is still a shareholder with an office and will continue to do important work for the company.
“Greg and I have both worked in this business since we were teenagers. I think anyone can understand the desire for a fresh focus,” said John Haines.
“Working with Maritimo is perfect fit for both Greg and The Haines Group. Maritimo make a great product, and represents no conflict to either The Haines Group business or to Greg’s ongoing role and responsibility with it.”
Maritimo CEO Garth Corbitt said the Haines family was synonymous with boating in Queensland and Australia.
“Greg has boating as part of his DNA and we believe he will bring considerable strengths to the role particularly in dealer relations and marketing," said Corbitt.
“His late father John had a similar reputation in the trailer boat sector to what Bill Barry-Cotter has in the larger luxury cruiser segment of the market and Greg is part of the Haines dynasty.
“He will be a valuable member of our team as we roll out a significant number of new models and seek to strengthen our network of dealers.”
Greg lives on the northern Gold Coast and owns a Maritimo M48.
“We’ve done 350 hours in the boat in less than two years and I’ve caught a 300 pound blue marlin off Cape Moreton on her so I know the product and I know how well it works”, he said.
“I’ll have no troubles singing the praises of the Maritimo and Mustang ranges."