Founder’s Background

How FGI’s Chairman and Founder Made Waves in the World of Yachting

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Tenacity and commitment

Frank Grzeszczak Sr.’s backstory is one of tenacity, commitment and passion – resulting in the fulfilment of the American Dream.

Grzeszczak Sr. has been an entrepreneur from a young age. When he returned from university, he opened a successful nightclub in Elon. But the call of the sea eventually lured him back down to Florida, where he started his first job in the yachting industry, working for Bowman Yachts. He was a natural and possessed a unique charm for working with people.

“My very first week, I sold a boat,” he says.

It was the first in what would become a long record of success in selling yachts. He soon became interested in new construction, and future roles would expand his knowledge from sales to new builds and beyond. Early in his career, Grzeszczak Sr. worked with some of the most well-known yacht builders such as Burger, Hatteras, and Westship.

“At the time, I sold more new Westships than anyone in the world,” he says.

Founders Background
Founders Background

A Turning Point

Grzeszczak Sr. went on to work for the Italian Yacht Collection, now known as IYC, where he served as the exclusive representative for Cantieri di Pisa Yachts. He next worked for Palmer Johnson in the new construction arm of the business, then later went to join the brokerage firm Camper & Nicholsons. This blend of working in yacht brokerage sales and for yacht builders has served Grzeszczak Sr. well, giving him immense expertise in yacht sales, new builds, and the brokerage market. His experience has also provided him with some of the most sought-after contacts in the yacht industry.

In 2008, he returned to work with IYC, where he remained until 2020. Over the years at IYC, he was named top broker at least seven times and always ranked in the top three brokers in the company. Grzeszczak Sr. was also named one of the top brokers in the world by Yachts International magazine. A turning point for Grzeszczak Sr. was getting involved with Admiral – The Italian Sea Group, exclusively representing their yachts for sale in the Americas (including North, Central and South America).

“One of their newest yachts, Life Saga, completely blew me away,” he says. Life Saga shows off a new, incredibly high standard for this Italian builder, which is also renowned for its impressive yard. “The yard itself is second to none in terms of cleanliness, the modern crew facility, and the office, which is like an art museum – they have also proven to be extremely stable as a business,” says Grzeszczak Sr.

In 2020, Frank Grzeszczak Sr. founded FGI Yacht Group with a vision to create tailored yacht experiences by building long-term relationships with his clients and providing the aftercare that they deserve. He sought to employ the top talent in the industry to deliver exceptional quality held to superior standards. Perhaps most importantly, he wanted his clients to share in his excitement and passion for the yachting world.

“After a deal is done, clients always call me when they are ready to sell their boat,” he says, a fact which is proof of Grzeszczak Sr.’s ability to build long-lasting, trusting relationships with all his clients. “The key to this business is being honest, being there for the client when things go wrong, helping make their yachting experience as seamless as possible – and, of course, building long-term relationships.”

– Frank Grzeszczak Sr

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