(NEW ORLEANS) — William (Billy) S. Smith III has been named chief operating officer (COO) of Trinity Yachts effective immediately. The announcement was made by Shane Guidry, president and CEO of Harvey Gulf International Marine.
Smith previously served as vice president of sales and marketing at Trinity Yachts and Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG), a position which was eliminated upon the purchase of the companies by Harvey Gulf on June 25. In hiring Smith, Guidry said, “One of the most respected professionals in the maritime industry, Billy brings not just an institutional knowledge of Trinity and Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, but also deep relationships with national and international contacts in the boat building community. Billy is a valuable asset to Trinity Yachts, and we are confident that he will help take Trinity Yachts to the next level.”
Smith is a founding member and current board member of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss), and a member and former vice chairman of the United States Superyacht Association (USSA). He is also a founding board member of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association of Louisiana.
“With the purchase of Trinity Yachts and Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Harvey Gulf is well positioned to grow, and I look forward to bringing my skills, interests and relationships to help the company further define and strengthen its luxury yacht division,” said Smith. “Working with Harvey Gulf allows me to offer the most environmentally-friendly vessels in the industry, especially the most recent delivery of the country’s first dual-fueled LNG-powered offshore supply vessel.”
About Trinity Yachts LLC
Trinity Yachts LLC is the superyacht division of Harvey Gulf International Marine. The company is the world-renowned builder of custom steel and aluminum super yachts up to 330 feet and was founded in 1988 with historical roots dating back to the famous World War II Higgins Shipyard. Trinity Yachts feature the flexibility of incorporating both client-generated and in-house naval architecture and design.
About Harvey Gulf International Marine
Harvey Gulf International Marine is a marine transportation company that specializes in providing offshore supply and multipurpose support vessels for deepwater operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Harvey Gulf is founded on the premise that superior performance and safer operations provide its customers value and satisfaction.