“YPY NZ has been established to help young New Zealand marine professionals extend their network, influence and skill within the New Zealand and global yachting and marine industries.”
Chris Gibbs – YPY New Zeland President
Young Professionals in Yachting was originally founded in South Florida to create a platform for young professionals in the marine and yachting industries to meet regularly, network with their peers and build skill sets to support their growth within the industry.
The goal of the New Zealand charter is to up-skill its members through facilitating networking events, meeting, up-skilling seminars and to be seen as a strong representative group representing young professionals in the New Zealand marine industry.
New Zealand members will be invited to participate in international YPY events, take advantage of their networking opportunities and be part of the global YPY family.
Meet the board of YPY New Zealand
In 2014 Chris moved to Auckland and answered his calling to work in the marine industry, starting as national account manager for Oceanmax. In the past four years he has not only used his existing passion for the marine industry to grow Oceanmax’ sales internationally but found a new drive to help grow New Zealand marine business and drive young people in the marine industry to success. As well as being the international sales manager for Oceanmax, Chris sits on the boards of NZ Marine and the NZ Marine and Composites Industry Training Organisation, and is chairman of the NZ Marine Commercial Vessels and Big Engine Group, and founder and chairman of YPY NZ.
Andrew sees a YPY as a huge opportunity to connect the talented pool of people involved in the sport to successful leadership careers in the marine industry.