On Tuesday, January 19th, students in FIU Interior Architecture’s Cruise Ship and Super Yacht certificate program visited the Ferretti Group in Fort Lauderdale for the first time. Students were able to tour the Ferretti Group offices, as well as some of the yachts in the covered, in-water showroom, which is the largest of its kind in the Americas.
Giuseppina Arena, the interior design manager at Ferretti Group in the USA, welcomed the students and talked about her experience working with the company for the past 8 years. Arena gave the students a tour of four yachts of three different brands: Pershing 62, Pershing 70, Ferretti 650, and Riva 86 Domino. Through these tours, the FIU students learned more about the spaces they have to work with in yacht design. After the tour, the students presented to Arena and to Caryn Blum (Human Resources Director at Ferretti Group) their first assignment, which was to identify the Ferretti Group and brand and propose a new or potential market where the Ferretti Group could expand.
The Ferretti Group is a world leader in designing, building and marketing luxury motoryachts, with a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive and prestigious brands in the world including: Ferretti Yachts, Custom Line, Pershing, Itama, Riva, Mochi Craft, and CRN. The Ferretti Group has a global presence with six production facilities in Italy, one in North America and one in Latin America. This is supported by a global sales and distribution organization with an exclusive network of 60 carefully selected dealers who market the Group’s yachts in over 80 countries. Ferretti Group America is the factory direct sales and distribution organization serving the American market from Canada to South America with nine different sales centers in North America, including five locations in Florida with sales centers in Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Naples, Stuart, and Palm Beach; Newport Beach, CA; two seasonal locations in Sag Harbor, NY, and Newport, RI; and one dealer location in Quebec, Canada. In South and Central America, the Group has a dealer presence in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Panama, Argentina, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica and a manufacturer direct operation in Mexico. Allied Marine Brokerage and Charter, is a specialty division of the Ferretti Group, positioned to be one of the largest and most prominent yacht brokerage houses in the world, offering complete service to clients looking to sell, purchase, trade, or charter their yachts as one of the largest yacht listing services in the country with more than 300 + yachts for sale at any given time. Allied Marine specializes in the pre-owned market ranging from 50 to 220 foot yachts utilizing its client and marine partnerships relationships to correspond and share their listings with over 1500 corresponding yacht sales companies in the United States and Canada and over 2500 worldwide. (Source)