Richard Champagne (P. Eng) – Founder and President
An engineer trained at the Royal Military College of Canada with a long and successful career in construction, aviation and energy. Richard followed his passion for yachting and founded Excellence Yachts with his longtime friend Fabien. An avid boater from an early age, Richard spent all his free time on a yacht and attended countless boat shows in Europe and in North America over the years. He visited numerous manufacturers in Europe, the UK and the USA in search of the best manufacturing techniques and materials, as the best marine technology available in the industry. Well aware of the trends in marketing and sales of yachts today, Richard brings extensive management skills, an international network and a love for yachting to bear in making Excellence Yachts a leader in yacht brokerage in North America.
Fabien – CSO
One of the more experienced and successful salesmen in the boat industry in Canada, Fabien is well known in Quebec yachting circles and beyond. He is a licensed captain and commissioning a boat is second nature to him. After owning his own sales and brokerage firm and selling for more than 40 million dollars worth of boats over a decade, Fabien decided to regroup and start something new. After a fits and starts, he launched Excellence Yachts with Richard (President). His knowledge of the industry and his experience in sales make him an invaluable leader.
Frank – Senior advisor
A successful industrialist and businessman, Frank has been an avid boater for decades. He entered the business more then 20 years ago to start his own brand: Altima Yachts. The company achieved great success in the development of a product line with yachts that ranged from 5o to 80 feet. A fire at a manufacturing plant, some five years ago, brought Altima to focus on smaller boats, namely “Center Console” models like the 38 Xcape SFE. Frank is out to share his knowledge and vast experience in the marine industry to help clients come together with manufacturers. As an executive member of the Excellence Yachts team, he is helping to enhance the company’s reputation as a purveyor of novel and high quality brands.
Rico – Sales representative
Born in Italy, Rico came to Canada some 30 years ago. He set to work to develop a full-service marina on the US side of Lake Champlain. Lighthouse Marina became the largest operation of its kind on the lake with more then 250 slips. Rico, his wife Martine and son Rafa, became well-known and by boaters on the lake – 75% of whom are Canadians. Rico sold the marina prior to a devastating flood in 2011. His knowledge and experience of the boating industry is unique. Rico was a sailor from an early age and he and Martine plied sesveral oceans after the sale of the marina. Excellence Yachts is privileged to have Rico on board.
Pierre – Financial Advisor
A CPA / CGA since 1982, Pierre studied at the renowned HEC in Montreal. He specializes in tax system and financial planning. He has been involved in the marine sector for nearly two decades, during which he oversaw millions of dollars in turnover for a major yacht dealer and broker firm in Montreal. Excellence Yachts and its customers now benefit from this valuable experience.
Yvan – Communications
Journalist, writer, communications advisor and trainer with several decades of experience. Relatively new to the world of yachts. Learning from the best.