About Derecktor

Paul Derecktor

PAUL DERECKTOR

President and Chairman of the Board

Paul has been apprenticed in every trade involved in the construction and repair of wood, aluminum, steel and fiberglass vessels. He has extensive experience in boat design and boat building, as well as fabrication methods and curing techniques.

Paul was instrumental in the design and development of lighter, stiffer hull construction – development that went into the design of racing sailboats such as BOOMERANG, a maxi-racer with unprecedented winnings, and STARS AND STRIPES, the 12-meter winner of the 1987 America’s Cup race.

He has managed projects from patrol boats to large commercial vessels and yachts. He was a founding partner of New York Fast Ferries, enabling Derecktor Shipyards to build their first two high-speed catamaran ferries, laying the groundwork for developing Derecktor’s strong presence in the fast ferry market.

His attention to yard operations, emphasis on loyalty to his employees and continual improvement in the utilization of technology has positioned Derecktor Shipyards for growth.

Richard Steady

RICHARD STEADY

Chief Operating Officer

Richard has held many executive maritime positions and brings impressive credentials to Derecktor.

He began his career at Maritrans, the global shipping and transportation company, where he rose to the position of Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs. He has also held key roles at Weeks Marine, a prominent marine construction and dredging operator, where he was Director of Marine Services, as well as American Marine Corporation, a marine construction, transportation and salvage business, where he was Executive Vice President and instrumental in the development of sectors of the business. He has extensive executive experience in business planning and analysis as well as operations, project management and governmental and regulatory affairs.

Richard is based out of Derecktor Dania and is responsible for overall operations and development at Derecktor’s Florida and New York shipyards, encompassing new vessel construction along with yacht and commercial refit and service. A native of New Hampshire, he holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Temple University.

John Koenig

JOHN KOENIG

Chief Marketing and Sales Officer

John Koenig serves as Derecktor Shipyards Chief Marketing and Sales Officer and brings extensive experience in both the maritime industry and the communications field to the role.

Currently a partner in Derecktor Robinhood, a preeminent destination marina and boatyard on the Maine coast, he previously was owner of a marina, boatyard and  restaurant complex in Sandy Hook NJ. He was co-founder and President of New York Fast Ferry Services, a pioneering high-speed commuter ferry operator in New York harbor. He has been professionally involved in a wide variety of aspects of the marine industry ranging from yacht marketing to commercial vessel construction to marina acquisition and management.

John was a recipient of a “Hero of the Harbor” award as a result of New York Fast Ferry’s role in evacuating passengers from Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks.

Prior to his work in the maritime world, he was a Creative Director at Ogilvy and Mather, a leading international advertising agency where he was responsible for creating campaigns for clients such as Cessna Aircraft and Waste Management.

John is a graduate of Northwestern University. He lives on a small farm in central NJ along with his wife and an ever-fluctuating number of animals.

Peter Smykowski

PETER SMYKOWSKI

Chief Financial Officer

Peter was named Chief Financial Officer of Derecktor Holdings in 2016. He has full responsibility for financial, accounting and administrative functions of Derecktor Holdings which includes Robert E. Derecktor, Inc, Derecktor Florida, 229 Union Avenue Corp, and Derecktor Maine. Prior to working at Derecktor, he worked at Saati Americas where he was the Chief Financial Officer for twelve years reporting to the CEO and Owner.

He was a member of the executive management team of a $40 million division of a multinational company that develops, manufactures and sells precision technical fabrics and chemicals. He was responsible for all financial and accounting functions of the U.S. division. He directed 12 managers with 100 indirect and dotted line reports. In addition, orchestrated a $15,000,000 capital project search for a new manufacturing location and subsequent relocation of existing Midwest site to South Carolina.

Peter previously worked for Majestech Corporation as the Controller where he directed all accounting activities including managing an internal team of direct reports in addition to external accountants. His tasks included financial statement preparation, monthly close, development and documentation of accounting policies and controls, credit, audits, and general ledger transactions.

Lori Gage

LORI S. GAGE

Chief Administrative Officer

Lori specializes in helping Derecktor and its employees achieve overall efficiency and effectiveness to maximize business results.

Prior to joining Derecktor, Lori operated her own human resources firm, offering companies her expertise in talent recruitment, organizational review/reorganizations, career coaching, learning & development, mergers & acquisitions and change management.

Prior to starting her own consulting firm, Lori worked at Pernod Ricard NA & USA where she was the Chief HR Officer for seven years reporting to the CEO. She successfully integrated 3 major acquisitions, Seagram, Allied Domecq & Absolut. She also led several company restructurings in Sales, Marketing, Support Staff & Manufacturing which involved redefining the organization structure, developing job roles & pay structures, identifying talent for each position and developing a communication plan.

Lori also worked for PepsiCo Inc. (eleven years) where she held positions in employee benefits (design, administration and cost containment of benefits plans), she then moved into an Employee Relations & Staffing role where she supported the corporate headquarters on talent acquisition, development and succession.

Cliff DeFrietas

CLIFF DEFREITAS

General Manager, Derecktor Dania

Cliff DeFreitas, brings nearly 30 years of marine industry experience to Derecktor. A former project manager at Derecktor Dania, Cliff is highly respected within the marine industry for his professional candor and ability to see projects through.

Cliff’s resume includes time at Jones Boat Yard and Merrill-Stevens. Known for his ability to negotiate contracts and manage complex refit projects, Cliff’s primary objective it to ensure Derecktor Dania remains South Florida’s most complete superyacht repair and refit facility while continuing to deliver superior craftsmanship and customer service.

Robert Mac Keen

ROBERT MAC KEEN

General Manager, Derecktor Ft. Pierce

Boat focused since birth, Robert’s experience in the marine industry spans nearly 30 decades and includes time at Apex Marine, Jones Boat Yard and Bahamas Marine International.

Specializing in shipyard operations, Robert is responsible for overseeing the development of Derecktor Ft. Pierce, Derecktor’s newest refit facility. Built specifically to accommodate the global fleet of megayachts and large sailing yachts, Derecktor Ft. Pierce aims to deliver the same superior craftsmanship and customer service Derecktor clients have come to expect.

Mike Wight

MIKE WIGHT

General Manager, Derecktor New York

Mike Wight is a veteran of the Royal Dutch Navy and an experienced Marine Electrical Engineer. Mike was a member of Derecktor’s Engineering and Production Management team who delivered M/Y Cakewalk, the largest yacht ever built in the U.S.

After launching Cakewalk, Mike joined McKay Electric as General Manager of Operations, then worked as Director of Operations for Two Roads Brewing. Now back at Derecktor, Mike is charged with overseeing all yard activities at Derecktor New York, as well as production of Derecktor’s hybrid catamaran fleet.