Phil Friedman Joins Seattle Northwest Yachts as Director of Manufacturing

Phil Friedman Joins Seattle Northwest Yachts as Director of Manufacturing

Long-time boat builder and marine industry consultant, Phil Friedman, has joined Seattle Northwest Yachts LLC and will assume additional duties as Director of Manufacturing for all Seattle Yachts boat building operations, both domestic and offshore.

As president and CEO of Palmer Johnson Yachts, Phil Friedman was responsible for executive management of a group of companies with annual gross revenues in excess of $100 million and 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 more than a dozen luxury megayachts in the 30- to 60-metre range.

According to Peter Whiting, Seattle Yachts Managing Partner, Friedman, who has been acting as General Manager for MMG East in Ohio, builders primarily of Tartan sailing yachts and AMP carbon fibre masts and other parts, will now also be overseeing boatbuilding production and business activities for the company’s Northwest, Alaskan, Bullfrog, Northern Marine, Legacy, and SeaPiper brands.

SY General Manager, Patrick Harrigan, added that Friedman, who has several decades of experience in marine manufacturing, has recruited two other highly experienced boat builders for his management team, Tim Jackett and Bill Macnab. Harrigan noted that Jackett has been involved with the design and production of Tartan Yachts for nearly 45 years.

Said Harrigan, “Tim is the foremost expert on the brand, has been the face of Tartan for many years, and is well respected in the sailing community.”

Harrigan also pointed out that Macnab brings more than 30 years experience in boat building to the table. As Manufacturing Operations Managers, Jackett and Macnab will report to Friedman who, in turn, will report directly to Managing Director, Peter Whiting.

Said Harrigan, “These changes will enable Seattle Yachts to continue to expand our in-house boat brand lines, offering additional high quality options for our customers and opportunities for our company to continue to grow.”

Asked about the future of Seattle Yachts, Friedman said, “This move toward increased vertical integration of the company is all about being better able to delivery a high quality, value-laden product to the retail boat buyer.”

With offices based in Seattle and Anacortes, WA, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Alameda, CA, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Annapolis, MD, as well as in the Philippines; Seattle Yachts’ highly experienced team can meet all of your yachting-related needs; not only in the Americas, but as well in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.