About Derecktor


President and Chairman of the Board

Paul is the oldest son of Robert E. Derecktor, founder of Derecktor Shipyards.  Paul studied engineering at New York Maritime College and the University of Rhode Island. 

He 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 (2) high-speed catamaran ferries, laying the groundwork for developing Derecktor’s strong presence in the fast ferry market.  Paul has managed the Mamaroneck facility since 1978.

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.


Chief Operating Officer

Ken Imondi was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2018 after being General Manager of Derecktor of Florida since 2001. He began his shipbuilding career after serving as a decorated Marine in Vietnam. His more than 43 years in shipbuilding includes a period at General Dynamics/Electric Boat building and outfitting nuclear submarines. During Ken’s first stint with Derecktor he worked on the new construction of U. S. Coast Guard WMEC Famous Class cutters.

His next career stops included more than a decade in repair of commercial ships, barges, tugs, yachts, Navy maintenance and modernization in the capacity of V/P Operations as well as the successful startup of a commercial steel fabrication unit and a stevedoring division. Additional prior experience includes construction of Glass Reinforced Plastic mine countermeasure vessels and yacht repair.

Ken’s background of construction, manufacturing and repair experience is coupled with extensive knowledge in the areas of operations, quality, safety, finance, project management, risk management, labor relations and strategic planning. He holds two college degrees i.e. Business Management and Manufacturing Engineering.

Ken has and continues to be active in various business, community and charitable organizations including the Marine Association of South Florida, the Chamber of Commerce and the United Way.


Director of Business Development (FL)

James Brewer is a 40-year veteran of the South Florida marine industry as general manager of profitable shipyards with direct project management experience. He has conducted multi-million dollar mega-yacht refit projects and new construction, most recently as leader of the project management team for construction of the super-yacht Cakewalk V which, at 281 feet and 2998 GT, is the largest private yacht ever built in the USA.

James has served as principal liaison between customer and shipyard at Derecktor, Rybovich and Broward Marine, with direct responsibility for budgeting, scheduling and the performance of in-house personnel and subcontractors with proven on-time and on-budget outcomes.

James is presently the Director of Business Development for Derecktor Shipyards, based in Dania Beach, Florida. In addition to a business development role he is also responsible for all estimating and scheduling within the shipyard, while mentoring project managers and supervisory personnel. He recently celebrated 27 years with Derecktor and serves on the board of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.