PHIL FRIEDMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR

PLF_head shot_120201Phil Friedman has more than 30 years hands-on professional experience in the recreational marine industry.

Phil’s most recent consulting work includes the start-up planning and construction management for a new line of 65-foot high performance catamaran motor yachts that incorporates patented active air-lift technology, and the start-up planning and operations management of AeroLite Marine Interiors, a marine joinery firm that specializes in the pre-fabrication and installation of high-quality, ultra-light yacht cabinetry and furniture.

As president and CEO of Palmer Johnson Yachts, Phil was responsible for executive management of a group of companies with annual gross revenues in excess of $50 million and nearly 600 employees across the country. Under Phil’s direction, PJ developed and sold several hundred million dollars in new yacht construction and major refit work, and built and delivered a dozen luxury megayachts in the 30- to 60-meter range utilizing Critical Path Planning and Management techniques introduced by him to the company.

With Port Royal Marine, Inc. from 1984 to 2000, Phil provided a broad range of marine-related technical, marketing, and business consulting services to a wide array of clients that included yacht owners, boatbuilders, marine manufacturers, and aerospace companies, as well as advertising and public relations firms.

Prior to that, Phil was VP-Operations and CFO for a yacht dealership and chain of boatyards employing 150 craftsmen and trades people in the maintenance and refit of luxury yachts.Phil has also operated his own custom boatbuilding shops, and through the years maintained an active design, survey, and marine consulting practice. Numerous yachts have been built to his designs in various parts of the world. Several of these have made successful trans-oceanic passages.

As Senior Editor for Power & Motoryacht magazine, Phil tested and evaluated hundreds of yachts worldwide. Phil has published more than 600 articles on yacht design, construction, repair, and maintenance; and he is the author of the electrics and electronics chapters of later editions of Chapman’s Piloting, Seamanship, & Small Boat Handling, considered by many to be the bible of recreational boating. His articles have also appeared in Professional Boatbuilder, Boatbuilding, Boating, Motorboating & Sailing, Yachting, Sail, Marlin, Boating World, Motorboat, Canadian Yachting, Pacific Yachting, Canadian Power Illustrated, Sailing Canada, Small Boat Journal, Motoryacht International, and other marine publications.

Working on a more theoretical plane, Phil created the curriculum for, and directed the Marine Industry Management Program at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology (Toronto), where he also taught boatbuilding and design. He was among the first people in the industry to apply computerized P.E.R.T. Analysis and Critical Path Management (CPM) to the construction of yachts. In 1981, he was awarded a grant by the Canadian National Research Council for his work in developing computerized specification programs for building small commercial fishing craft.

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