Program 2019

More details of the presentations, panels, workshops, demonstrations and tour will be progressively updated on this site.

An informal dinner will be held on the Sunday with a networking evening on Monday and Tuesday night will be the Marinas19 Awards Dinner. A Technical tour will be held on the Wednesday, concluding by 1:30pm for participants wanting to catch flights.

The program will include future economic, social and leisure trends, design and options for maximising marina assets, maintenance and marketing, standards, accreditation and benchmarking; risk mitigation, workshop sessions, waterways issues and opportunities, environmental leadership.

Keynote Speakers

Simon Kuestenmacher, Director of Research, The Demographics Group

Simon Kuestenmacher is the Director of Research at The Demographics Group based in Melbourne, Australia.
Simon is a rising star in data animation and interpretation. In just two years he has amassed 100,000 followers globally who enjoy his insights and his quirky observational style.
Simon holds degrees in geography from leading universities in Berlin and Melbourne and worked for several years as a business consultant with KPMG Australia. Simon is now a contributing writer to The Australian newspaper; he is one of the two co-founders of The Demographics Group; he is an emerging media commentator on demographic and data matters; and he has spoken to numerous corporate audiences across Australia.

In May Simon Kuestenmacher was named one of the world’s Top 50 influencers in data science by, he reaches over 25 million people every month through his Twitter account.

Simon speaks on demographic trends, consumer insights and cultural change in Australia.

His work is appreciated by groups from the financial services, property, government, education, technology, retail and professional services industries.


John Giglio, President and CEO, Freedom Boat Club

John Giglio is President and CEO of Freedom Boat Club, the world’s largest and oldest private boating club in the nation now celebrating its 28th anniversary. With 30,000 members in 170 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and sporting a fleet of more than 2000 boats. Freedom Boat Club offers an attractive alternative to boat ownership and delivers memories that last a lifetime.

A business graduate of Florida Southern College with an MBA from the University of South Florida, Mr. Giglio was part owner of a 20-chain auto body repair firm prior to joining Freedom Boat Club in 2004 as operations manager for its corporate-owned stores, a post he held for three years. He was promoted to sales manager, and within six months, was named director of sales and operations. He and his former partner purchased the company in 2011 and Mr. Giglio was named president of Freedom Boat Club LLC. Just a little more than a year later, in May 2012, he bought out his partner and became president and CEO, with direct responsibility for all franchise and corporate operations.

Freedom Boat Club is an ongoing, All-American success story. Since Giglio assumed the helm, the company has enjoyed a 60 percent growth in franchise development and has continued to receive multiple recognitions both within and outside the marine industry. It has been named to the Entrepreneur’s Magazine “Top 500 Franchisees” for the past five years; the Gulf Coast Business Review’s “Top 500 Companies;” and Inc. Magazine’s “Top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.” Boating Industry Magazine named Mr. Giglio to its roster of “Top 16 Movers and Shakers” in 2013. On a regional basis, the Venice Gondolier and Sun named Mr. Giglio to its “Top 40 Under 40 Business Professionals,” while Freedom Boat Club is a multi-year winner of its “Best Boating Club” award. Leading boat manufacturer Nautic Global Group has named Freedom Boating Club to its Silver, Gold and Platinum Circle for outstanding sales performance.

Mr. Giglio resides in Nokomis, Fl with his wife Lisa and two daughters, Brianne and Kaitlyn. When he’s not on the job, you can likely find Mr. Giglio enjoying outdoor sports and recreation with his family, golfing, or volunteering at Epiphany Cathedral Catholic Church where he serves on the school board.

Mark Sanders, President, Westpoint Harbor LLC

Mark is President of Westpoint Harbor LLC, a full-service harbor located in Redwood City, and the first new marina in San Francisco Bay in decades.  He is a former US Naval Officer and has been active in recreational boating for forty years.  Mark is a member of the Bay Planning Coalition, California Boating Congress, past president of the Marine Recreation Association, and former director of the Marine Science Institute. He founded the Cheoy Lee Cruising Club, and spent twenty years planning, building and operating Westpoint Harbor.  Marina Dock Age named Westpoint Harbor 2018 “Marina of the Year”.

Sanders’ primary career was in technology, most recently as President and CEO of Pinnacle Systems Inc.  Serving the television industry, Pinnacle grew from a startup to 1,700 employees, and after an IPO and two dozen acquisitions revenues exceeded $400M/year with facilities in a dozen countries.  Pinnacle was among the “Fast Fifty” (fifty fastest growing companies) for eight years and received eleven Emmy’s for technical excellence in the video, Television, and cinema industries.  Sanders is a Fellow in the Society of Television and Motion Picture Engineers and was named entrepreneur of the year.

Prior to Pinnacle Mark held various executive positions at Ampex Corporation, and director for public and private companies including Bell Microproducts, LookSmart Inc, Pinnacle Systems, and Accom.  He holds an engineering degree from California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University.

Craig Malloy, CEO, Shared Marketing

Raised on the coastlines of New Zealand, Craig has always been torn between a life on the water and one of creativity and marketing. Luckily, today these two lives are very much intertwined.

Apart from a few years of insanity, spent becoming a qualified boat builder, Craig has been helping clients to build their brands, reputation and reach for almost two decades.

Now a family man living on the Gold Coast, Craig is the CEO of creative and digital marketing agency Shared Marketing. Craig spends the majority of his time helping clients take advantage of the near-endless opportunities that the ever-evolving digital age presents.

Shared Marketing was established almost ten years ago and operates from the Runaway Bay Marina complex.

Phillip Pitt, Managing Director, Pacific Boating

Phil has been involved in and had a passion for the boating industry for 50 years. He started as a young sailor and an apprentice sail maker with Miller and Whitworth when he first came to Sydney from Tasmania in his late teens. Phil has strong and entrepreneurial business skills having held senior Sales and General Management roles in large multi national companies over the past 25 years. Today he is a Shareholder and Managing Director of Pacific Boating a leading lifestyle business (boating club) in Sydney.

Phil developed the business from start up and equates Pacific Boating to a Golf Club where providing the ultimate customer service to members, highest quality facilities and constantly exceeding expectations is paramount for growth.  He set up Pacific Boating 12 years ago and is proud to say that it is now the largest and fastest growing business of its type in Australia. Phil’s focus on safety has seen him work closely with RMS (NSW) and AMSA over the past 2 years further adding to his expertise in the boating industry. His vision is to give more people the opportunity to enjoy a boating lifestyle…and when we are surrounded by such beautiful waterways who wouldn’t want to experience them in the best possible way!

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