Rick Rodwell

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Rick’s business experience commenced from a telecommunications background building a start up company as one of the first entrants to compete with the government owned Telecom monopoly during deregulation of the industry in Australia. This led to establishing a partnership with the giant Hutchison Whampoa HK Group in 1990 as a founding Director, growing the business with 1500 employees into one of the top 3 mobile telecommunications carriers in the country which subsequently developed a national cellular telephone network under the ‘Orange’, ‘3’ and now Hutchison Vodafone brand.

Following the family move to their new home on the Gold Coast after exiting the telco business,​​​ ​​along with their 20m luxury motor yacht, ​Rick​ ​partnered with Princess Yachts Australia setting up the first national sales and service network ​for​​ ​luxury European yachts in the country. After successfully establishing​ ​Princess​ brand​​ market leadership during an​ ​8 year period, ​a​ ​Dealership ​opportunity ​accepted ​with rival UK manufacturer​ ​Sunseeker International​​ subsequently ​result​ed​ in Sunseeker’s dominance as the ‘must have’ brand in Australia​, and​ achievement of Global Best Distributor Awards ​for the business ​over 6 consecutive years​.

Rick also has extensive knowledge of the marina industry with personal management skills developed through investments and long-term operational experience in marinas and berths throughout Australia including the iconic Marina Mirage on the Gold Coast.​

​N​ow recognised as one of the most professional and skilled management and marketing experts in the Australian Marine Industr​y, Rick’s​ career spanning over 25 years has formed invaluable relationships worldwide with industry associations and colleagues, manufacturers and suppliers​. His latest world first initiative in establishing Ray White Marine as a founding partner with Australasia’s largest real estate company​, the $44bn Ray White Group​, raises the marine industry to a new level, introducing ​professional ​procedures and protocols ​i​ncluding the successful auction process​, along with the ‘icing on the cake’ in securing the coveted leading global ​luxury yacht brands of the Ferretti Group, and Technohull​,​ ​as ​exclusive distributorships for Australia and New Zealand​.