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Meet the 26 Superyacht Design Symposium 2019 Speakers

Meet the 26 Superyacht Design Symposium 2019 Speakers

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Daniel Simon

Designer

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Daniel Simon

Daniel Simon is a visionaire in the field of advanced vehicle design.

He is currently Chief Design Officer at Roborace — the world’s first racing league for autonomous cars — and Design Deputy at Singer Vehicle Design — the boutique restoration house most well-known for its re-imaginations of the Porsche 911. Previously, Simon created lead vehicles for science fiction films such as Tron:Legacy, Oblivion, and Star Wars.

Growing up in a ship-building family on the coast of Germany, Simon later began his automotive creative journey at the Design Centre Europe of Volkswagen in Spain, and returned to Germany in 2005 where he became Senior Designer at Bugatti Automobiles. He resides in Los Angeles since 2008 and consults for a variety of transportation startups, as well as brands such as Audi, Nike, Formula E, and SpaceX.

Simon’s work delicately blurs the lines between past and present, as he believes that advanced products are more successful if they contain traces from an informed past. Besides such thoughtfulness, he also preserved the curiosity of his childhood — and relentlessly asks ‘what if?’ on the quest for better solutions.

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Alberto Galassi

CEO, Ferretti Group

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Alberto Galassi

Alberto Galassi is Chief Executive Officer of the Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction, and sale of motor yachts and ranging from 8 to 90 metres with a portfolio of seven iconic Italian brands including: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN and Custom Line. In addition to these brands, in February 2015, Ferretti Security & Defense was created as the Group’s business division dedicated to naval platforms for security and patrol missions.

In late 2013, Mr Galassi was selected by the Weichai Group to join the Board of Directors of the Ferretti Group and in 2014 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company. In June 2012, Mr Galassi joined the Board of Directors at Manchester City Football Club winning its first championship in the same year, 2012.

Mr Galassi became a member of the Piaggio Aero Industries’ Board of Directors, responsible for Marketing and Sales in 1998. Piaggio Aero (now Piaggio Aerospace) is the only Italian private company active both in aircraft and aero engines, design, manufacturing and MRO. In 2008 Alberto Galassi was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and in 2014 was named Chairman of Piaggio Aerospace.

Mr Galassi is an attorney at law, specialising in International Commerce and Arbitration at the UCLA University. From 1995 to 1997 Alberto Galassi held the position of Board Member delegate to Sales and Marketing at Novico, an industry leader producing medical and healthcare equipment.


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Frank Pollaro

Founder, Pollaro Custom Furniture

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Frank Pollaro

Frank Pollaro founded Pollaro Custom Furniture, Inc. in 1988; a highly successful producer of museum quality furniture for residences, superyachts, and select corporate projects. The company, located in 60,000 square feet in Hillside, NJ, employs 45 master craftsmen, skilled in the disciplines of furniture making, finishing, special finishes, gilding, veneer work, carving, design, engineering, drafting, metalworking, and upholstery. All of these departments exist inside of one building. The Company also houses the largest collection of wood veneer and timber in the world with over 600 unique logs and 100 species. The wood collection is presented in a dramatic setting.

Pollaro has completed more than 3,000 projects for clients on six continents. The firm typically produces about 200 pieces of furniture in a year. Each piece is hand made, without the use of computerized machinery.

Pollaro’s client list includes the world’s finest shipyards including Lürssen and Feadship as well as top interior design and architecture firms. Selected clients include members global business community such as Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle; David Geffen, CEO of DreamWorks ; Lee Kun-Hee, CEO of Samsung; and Hui Ka Yan, CEO of Evergrande Real Estate Group in Shenzhen, China. Pollaro is lauded for creating special environments for their homes, yachts, and offices.

In September 2017 Pollaro unveiled The Teak + Titanium Collection of fine exterior furniture at the Monaco Yacht Show in Monte Carlo. A family of pieces designed by Pollaro for ultra-luxury, exclusively built from Burmese teak and pure titanium.

Frank holds five design patents. The latest, is a design created for Steinway & Sons, commemorating the milestone of their 600,000th piano. The Pollaro designed and built Fibonacci Art Case piano was sold to a private collector for a record setting $2.4 million US dollars.

Frank has collaborated with Brad Pitt on the creation of a furniture collection designed by Brad and fabricated by Pollaro Custom Furniture. The Pitt-Pollaro collection was featured in over 300 publications globally. Pitt and Pollaro continue to collaborate with new pieces planned for release in 2019.

Frank has been the subject of more than 400 articles in the decorative arts press and has personally authored more than 30 articles on fine woodworking, and has lectured nationwide on Ruhlmann and woodworking business.

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