Greg Haines, the son of legendary Queensland boat manufacturer, the late John Haines AM has joined Maritimo as head of Sales and Marketing.
Greg Haines had, until recently, worked in the family owned Haines Group where he was heavily involved in expanding the Suzuki Marine dealer network and he retains an interest in the company along with his brother John.
“Dad started the Haines Hunter company in 1959, after a fierce legal battle restarted with the Signature brand in 1984 and my brother John and I have been part of the boat world since we were young kids,” he said. “We have come up through the ranks from the factory floor working on plugs right through to developing dealer networks and expanding our product offerings.
“I had reached a stage where I wanted to try something different, wanted new challenges and wanted to be part of the larger luxury cruiser market, so when the opportunity arose to join Bill Barry-Cotter and the Maritimo team I jumped at it.
“My father and Bill knew and respected each other and both achieved significant goals in their respective areas. “I have also had a long association with several of the long term Maritimo people, including some who we raced against over the years, so it seemed like a natural progression to take this role”
Maritimo CEO Garth Corbitt said the Haines family was synonymous with boating in Queensland and Australia. “Greg has boating as part of his DNA and we believe he will bring considerable strengths to the role particularly in dealer relations and marketing.
“His late father John had a similar reputation in the trailer boat sector to what Bill Barry-Cotter has in the larger luxury cruiser segment of the market and Greg is part of the Haines dynasty. “He will be a valuable member of our team as we roll out a significant number of new models and seek to strengthen our network of dealers”
Greg lives on the northern Gold Coast and owns a Maritimo M48. “We’ve done 350 hours in the boat in less than two years and I’ve caught a 300 pound blue marlin off Cape Moreton on her so I know the product and I know how well it works”, he said. “I’ll have no troubles singing the praises of the Maritimo and Mustang ranges.