Joseph Moretti CEO Moretti Yachts, Inc
Owned and operated a landmark family restaurant established in 1917 for 22 years. Diversified individual with many years of business experience having multi task capabilities. Versatile individual with extensive knowledge of the food service industry. Qualified and experienced in the areas of food preparation, service, restaurant operations, catering services, consumer trend analysis / menu development, new product research, development and marketing, franchise development and growth coordination. Multi unit finance and development. High energy level enhanced by creative abilities and entrepreneurship attitude has resulted in a successful career servicing independent and chain operation development. Having spent a childhood exposed to the family restaurant business he purchased the 400 seat landmark in 1976. Owned and operated for 22 years while developing Corporate Catering.
Trackside catering, buffets to white linen affairs, diversified fare from casual to upscale events on location. IMSA, Formula One, CART /INDY and Nascar. Events weekly. All track locations throughout the United States. Functions up to 3000 people. Exclusive accounts, Kodak, Ford Motors, Mobil Oil, Brumos Racing, Jaguar Group 44, MOMO, Martini & Rossi, Lancia and Fiat, British Broadcasting Company. Grand American Racing, Nascar, Formula One, CART
Yacht and Ship Broker:
Having operated several successful businesses Mr. Moretti moved to South Florida in 1996 and started a successful Yacht Brokerage called Moretti Yachts, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida having clients world wide. Entering the Yachting industry approximately 17 years ago and the beginning of Moretti Yachts, Inc. a brokerage and charter business. Moretti had the opportunity to travel Europe and visit many of the shipyards to study the integrity of their products. An exciting learning curve that accelerated into the shaping of Moretti Yachts today. Today Moretti Yachts controls over $56 Million in exclusive listings for sale worldwide. Moretti Yachts has an outstanding relationship with all builders.
Combined experience through many years staging events in motor racing, concert events, large corporate catering at sporting venues has been influential in the vision of what can be done for the Mega – Super yacht events. The level of attention necessary to accommodate the elite in their vessels is instilled in the ability of Mr. Moretti. A spin off company Waterline Suites, Inc. was formed in 2003 to facilitate a Motor Yacht 5 star accommodation as an alternative to a hotel suite. As demonstrated at the 2004 MTV VMA Awards in Miami, it was a big success. Moretti Yachts has been awarded the contract again for 2005. Moretti Yachts and Waterline Suites are poised today to offer these exciting alternatives wherever there is water front and an event such as the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and others. Moreover, catering to the clientele in the manner and fashion they are accustomed too.
Training, Education and experience in the hospitality business plays a strong roll in the level of service recognized by Mr. Moretti and has truly put him on the playing field dealing with the owners and operators of these magnificent vessels.
As a native Floridian, Sam started at the age of 12 in Pompano Beach working his way up in the restaurant business until the age of 23 where he was then approached with a life changing opportunity to combine both of his passions of cooking and boating to a Chef/1st Mate on a Yacht and Sportfish for a private family in Hillsboro Beach Florida. Shortly after accepting, it was off to traveling the Bahamas and most of South Florida for the next 7 years chartering for their family, friends and business associates. Within the 7 years he learned much more about yachting from maintaining the exterior, interior, engine room maintenance to provisioning but most importantly he learned about people and their expectations of yachting.
After taking some time off the water Sam then was back into the foodservice business as a fresh produce consultant where he again utilized his passion for food and the ability to communicate with chef’s and restaurant owners to help build one of the largest fresh produce and dairy distribution companies in South Florida.
Sam retired from the foodservice distribution business then returned to his love for boating and joined the Moretti Yachts Team. He is now a charter broker for the Bahamas as well as your broker to purchasing or sell your yacht.
Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale , Florida , Ryan attended Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and studied Business Administration. Today Ryan is a licensed Yacht & Ship Broker with Moretti Yachts. His first boat was a 17 FT Inflatable which he received at the age of 6 and was allowed to go bridge to bridge with a walk talkie. Now Ryan is a United States Coast Guard certified boat builder with Atomix Boats USA with 2 current models, the Atomix 27 and the Atomix 17. Ryan has always had a strong passion for boating and fishing in South Florida, where he helped establish the line of SeaFox boats. Ryan attended American Heritage & Cardinal Gibbons High School where he was President of the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club. Ryan belongs to St. John's church in Fort Lauderdale and is an active member. He will certainly get your boat sold, help you find your new vessel or arrange an incredible charter trip for you. Ryan is extremely proud and excited to be apart of the team here at Moretti Yachts.
Florida native, Jake McGowan was born in Jupiter Fl, and has been boating and fishing the Florida waters since he was three years old. With years of customer service and sales experience Jake is a great broker and will make sure your boat doesn’t just get listed, but he makes sure that it sells. USCG licensed captain and works as a fishing guide part time. With extensive knowledge of all kinds of boats from bay boats, center consoles, all the way up to the world’s most luxurious yachts. Never taking a day off, you can count on Jake to be there at any time to make your experience with Moretti Yachts a pleasurable experience.
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and educated on Cape Cod at Massachusetts Maritime Academy where I studied International Maritime Business. At the Academy, I studied major maritime course, stood watch on our Academy vessel and campus along with long man-hours of maintenance. I achieved awards such as Honor Company, Cadet of Sea Term, Good Conduct Award and Varsity Captain (football). As captain of the football team my senior year, I received New England Conference Honor Roll, MVP Lee Harrington Award, 2nd Team All Star and Kevin Doherty Award (offensive player of the year).
I’ve always had a passion for the maritime side of life, growing up with a beach house and center console boat, our family would go fishing every weekend catching striped bass, bluefish and tuna. After graduating from the Academy I moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to pursue a career at the Port of Miami as an Assistant Marine Operations Manager. At the Port, I was able to successfully complete the Regional Management Program, Six Sigma Green Belt, Hazmat Certified and Crane Tech II. With time on the side, I decided to pick up my broker’s license and work for one of the best brokerage companies in South Florida, Moretti Yachts. The best is yet to come!
Broker, Maritime & Security Consulting for Maritime Emergencies
Managing Maritime Emergencies Master Mariner; Marine Superintendent and Maritime Security Expert with a wide range of experience in Ship-Management, ISM, Security, Maritime Incident and Accident Investigations, towage, salvage, cost effective Incident Management, Ransom negotiations and delivery, release of Ships from drug related detention, and similar.
10 years of experience in the salvage, deep sea and coastal towing Industry from AB to Master and Superintendent both with renown German Companies and Companies in the Middle East and Latin America. 4 years of Command experience on different types of Dry cargo vessels. 10 years of shore experience with a very large and reputable ship management company in leading functions – managing numerous marine casualties and incidents like collisions, groundings, fires, allisions, hijacks, drug related detention etc. worldwide both on site and from the office. Ample experience of working with P&I Correspondents; Insurers and Maritime Law firms. In Charge of Supervision of Maritime Security and Maritime Incident Investigation for over 300 Vessels
Record time resolutions of piracy cases off Somalia and drug detention case in Venezuela. Ample firsthand experience in Incident management and investigations world wide - Including Latin America, Africa and Middle East. Ample firsthand experience inside the International Maritime Security Industry.
“Water is my element” explains Carrie Caignet when asked about her unique professional experience. “My first job was at the historic Don César Hotel on the island of Saint Pete Beach, Florida. "I developed and conducted sunrise and sunset tours; identifying wildlife and cultivating an appreciation for the sea in people from around the world". In 1989, Carrie was recruited by one of the largest, state-of-the-art dolphin habitats in the world as a member of the animal care team for the Mirage Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas. She worked with marine mammals for a decade.
When she returned to Florida, Carrie partnered with diving charter operations in the Tampa Bay area and the Florida Keys scouting for photographers, leading spearfishing expeditions and introducing hundreds of people to SCUBA diving. Additionally, she has been involved in a number of movie and television productions including “U-571″ (1999), “NAUI Worldwide Instructional Video” (2000), “Treasure Divers"(2007), “The Diver Alert Network Educational Video” (2009), “Spring Breakers” (2012) and "Dolphin Tale 2″ (2014).
Her experience above and below the waterline combined with her direct, no nonsense approach and ebullient manner make her an asset to our team and our clients.
I was born and raised in Westchester County, New York and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the age of thirteen to a waterfront home. I purchased my first boat when I was sixteen and currently I am on boat number twenty-four. As a teenager, I worked with my dad who founded one of the first marine elevator and davit company in South Florida. My brother holds over 50 technical marine certifications, You could say yachting is a family tradition. I obtained a USCG boat captains license in 1995 and in 1993 acquired private pilot's license. Additionally, I am accomplished in sailing and well practiced deep sea fisherman and diver.
Born in New Jersey, educated in Massachusets, and re-educated in New York, I have been boating since I could walk, my boating started throughout the NorthEast waters at the age of 5. As a child my parents would send me to stay with freinds on this little island that had 1 hotel on its "7 Mile Beach" little did I realize that this piece of paradise influenced and reinforced my love and passion for the water. My frequent visits to the Cayman Islands ultimately drew me closer to the water and where I am today.
I have owned, built, and manufactured boats here and abroad throughout my tenure in the marine industry. I owned a water sports business in St Lucia, then relocated to South Flordia to continue my pursuit of happiness which is boat building and fabrication. My strong technology background has empowered me to assist with business development, and project management to assist Moretti Yachts articulate its global service offerings.