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A Year of Growth With Hill Robinson Group

The corona-virus crises has caused destabilisation in almost every area of our lives, but perhaps nowhere has this been more profound than that of travel. This week it is heartening to hear news of strength amongst some of the world leading yacht management & brokerage firms, as testament to the unerring durability of the yachting industry in a time of crises. We shine a spotlight onto global yacht management firm Hill Robinson, as the company builds its senior management team and its HRCrew division reports the first quarter of 2020 to be its busiest ever.

To say Hill Robinson possesses a global reach would be something of an understatement. With a worldwide presence spanning from Florida to Monaco and even Australia, Hill Robinson’s admirable portfolio services and impressive superyacht fleet make this firm a truly all-inclusive solution to every charter requirement imaginable.

Hill Robinson has firmly established itself as a reliable and prestigious charter management group, boasting an expansive fleet which includes the likes of 85.3m Bold, a show-stopper at the Monaco Yacht Show last year, and Abeking & Rasmussen 78.5m Amaryllis. Now Hill Robinson group has successfully turned its hand to both the charter and brokerage spheres, acquiring Monegasque brand Moravia Yachting in 2016 to provide a seamless operation across the board.

In line with ongoing expansion, Hill Robinson has naturally announced it is strengthening its management team by welcoming Tim Leese on board to the position of COO, while Kurt Fraser joins the group as Sales and Marketing Director.

Tim Leese brings with him a wealth of experience, spending years working for automotive companies Jaguar, Land Rover and Rolls Royce Motors before moving over to the yachting industry. After establishing his success in yacht dealership in the Middle East and South East Asia, Tim Leese comments, “Joining Hill Robinson as the COO is a great opportunity to use my combined experience in the luxury automobile industry… Hill Robinson is an exciting multifaceted business challenge for me going forward with fresh opportunities in vertical client sectors they have been so successful in as they grow.”

Joining Tim Leese as new recruit and heading up the Sales and Marketing for Hill Robinson Group will be Kurt Fraser. A familiar name to many in yachting, Kurt has spent the last five years as Marketing and Commercial director with leading yacht charter and sales businesses, bringing with him years of expertise to direct the strategic positioning of Moravia Yachting as an emerging boutique brokerage.

Kurt comments, ” With the solid foundations built by the Partners and Directors of Hill Robinson, across practically all key areas in the superyacht client support arena, Hill Robinson and Moravia Yachting offer an exciting launch pad to reach out to our clients in new and refreshing ways. We want to focus on the way we make a difference when supporting our clients, especially in these changing and challenging times.”

Meanwhile, Hill Robinson Group has reported ongoing success across its breadth of services, as the HRCrew division saw its busiest ever quarter in the beginning of this year. Fully operational and continuing to place staff in positions ranging from 25m to 130m yachts – as well as some land-based – HRCrew plays an important role in engaging young people across the world and helping the industry grow more accessible.

From top level management to Captains and crew, Hill Robinson Group has defied the challenges of the current climate with perseverance and skill. As Nick Hill, founding partner, comments, ” Even with the new challenges of the ‘new-normal’ world with the Covid-19 epidemic we are firmly following our strategy of recruiting the best people to drive our business objectives forward.”

By Jenna Mehdi, published in Superyachts on the 29th of May 2020