Yacht management company expands to USA


JMS Yachting, an independent yacht management company with offices in Monaco, Brighton, UK and Mallorca, Spain, is opening a new office in Fort Lauderdale, USA.

Under the leadership of Rick Thomas, the Fort Lauderdale office will cater to the expanding JMS fleet and will deliver independent yacht management to superyachts and owners in the USA.

JMS focuses on operational management, new build and refit supervision and is not involved in charter and brokerage.

Commenting on the opening of the USA office, Franc Jansen the company founder and managing director says: “During the past seven years we have seen tremendous growth in the number of yachts we manage. Our team has expanded accordingly and we were lucky to be able to hire the most knowledgeable and respected yacht managers in the business. Setting up the office in the USA was the obvious next step for us as a business. We are delighted to have Rick on board. Rick has a tremendous network and is well respected in the USA superyacht industry and beyond. Not only does Rick have a wealth of technical knowledge that we were looking for but his personality was a perfect match for the JMS team.  We’re really looking forward to this next chapter in the USA.”

Thomas says: “I was looking for my next adventure within the superyacht industry and have known the JMS team for some time now. I’ve admired their approach to yacht management and when the opportunity came to work with Franc and the team in developing the state-side business, I jumped at it.”

Thomas founded Nautical Structures in 1986 and the business grew into a global provider for quality lift and boarding equipment in the luxury yacht industry as well as supplying the commercial and military sectors.

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