Richard Roberts and Simon White – People Behind the Face

Richard Roberts and Simon White are joint CEO and co-founders of TheYachtMarket.com Richard Roberts and Simon White are joint CEO and co-founders of TheYachtMarket.com
Industry Database

How I got into this industry…. RR:  I wasn’t happy in the world of commercial architecture. It was either a property or boats portal and my passion for sailing and love of the ocean won. SW: Richard had the idea of building an online boating marketplace. With my background in web development, I was able to build the website, so we just cracked on and started the business.

Best advice I've ever received....
RR:  Never stop building meaningful relationships with your customers.
SW:  Take your time. Everyone wants everything yesterday. But if you take your time, you can do a proper job and whatever you’re trying to accomplish will be far better as a result.

You should really read....
RR: The E-Myth Revisited, an absolute must for entrepreneurs.
SW:  Online content. In IT, if you wait for the book to be published, it’s already out of date.

One thing the industry needs less of is....
RR:  Pretentiousness - boating is for everyone and can be so inspiring and life-changing for everyone in all walks of life.
SW:  Bad customer service

Most hated buzzword or workplace expression…
RR:  ‘I believe so’ – this vague expression never fills me with confidence.
SW:  Sentences interspersed with ‘you know’. If I know, why are you telling me?

Best place I’ve been....
RR:  Kuredu, The Maldives
SW:  The Maldives – just amazing

Don't worry about...
RR:  The little things
SW:  Anything. All the atoms in your body have already been through a supernova and in a few billion years will be engulfed by the sun. For me, this puts most problems into perspective.

Favourite meal…
RR:  Filet mignon with truffle mash and shiitake mushrooms.
SW: I’m too fickle for favourites.

How I cope with stress….
RR:  Working out and much laughter.
SW:  Going for a good run really helps. If that doesn’t work, then a bottle of wine. Never drink the wine before the run.

Something about you that people might be surprised by...
RR:  I nearly drowned in a weir as a small boy and overcame my fear of the water by learning to open water scuba dive.
SW:  The longest I’ve held my breath for is five minutes.

Richard Roberts and Simon White are joint CEO and co-founders of TheYachtMarket.com

Latest Press Releases

See the US debut of Fairline’s Targa 43 OPEN at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

British luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, is hosting the US debut of its new Targa 4... Read more

Shakespeare Marine to Launch the World’s First Inflatable Emergency VHF Antenna at METSTRADE 2018

Shakespeare® Marine, world leader in marine antenna design, announces it is launching the, the world... Read more

Fairline Yachts to strengthen management team

Since its launch just over two years ago, Fairline Yachts has been winning awards for its new models... Read more

OverBoard launch new colourful limited-edition collection

Leaders in waterproof bags and cases, OverBoard, prove that functionality doesn’t have to be boring ... Read more

Fairline Yachts’ Targa 43 wins at World Yachts Trophies 2018

Luxury British motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, was announced as the winner of a highly pr... Read more

View all