During that period, under Phil's direction, PJ developed and operated two yacht joinery shops, 70,000 sq. ft. in Sturgeon Bay, WI, and 40,000 sq. ft. in Pooler, GA near PJ's Savannah megayacht refit operation. These shops specialized in the prefabrication and installation of high quality yacht cabinetry and furniture. The Pooler shop was also certified by the FAA and produced furniture for the executive jet market.
With Port Royal Group Consulting 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.
AeroLite Shop Superintendent Sigfried Horn has 20-plus years experience as a boatwright, electrician, and industrial operations manager.
Sig handles operations management, including work scheduling, materials acquisition, and safety. He brings to the table many years experience not only in the construction and installation of yacht interior joinery, but in mechanical and electrical design and installation as well.
Dave is responsible for interpretation of shop drawings, work layout, and cabinet design. He also applies his considerable talents hands-on in the construction of much of the cabinet work that we do at AeroLite, including veneering and supervision of our other woodworking staff.
Head Finisher Andrea Kapalin brings artistic talents and many years experience in yacht finishing work to AeroLite.
Andy is an artist and sculptor in her own right, and combines many years parallel experience working with yacht cabinetry and furniture. She displays an exceptionally high level of patience and dedication to perfection, matched only by her expert skills in toning and the application of finishes.
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