James Brewer

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James Brewer is a 40-year veteran of the South Florida marine industry as general manager of profitable shipyards with direct project management experience. He has conducted multi-million dollar mega-yacht refit projects and new construction, most recently as leader of Derecktor’s project management team for construction of the super-yacht Cakewalk V which, at 281 feet and 2998 GT, is the largest private yacht ever built in the USA.


James has served as principal liaison between customer and shipyard at Derecktor, Rybovich and Broward Marine, with direct responsibility for budgeting, scheduling and the performance of in-house personnel and subcontractors with proven on-time and on-budget outcomes. He possesses a collaborative management style with excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills. James enjoys strong professional relationships with the local and national vendor base and has a reputation for fairness and integrity. He is an effective and articulate communicator with proven team-building ability, having managed workforces of up to 400 trades-people.


James is presently the Director of Business Development for Derecktor Shipyards, based in Dania Beach, Florida. In addition to a business development role he is also responsible for all estimating and scheduling within the shipyard, while mentoring project managers and supervisory personnel. He recently celebrated 27 years with Derecktor and serves on the board of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.