Australian Superyacht, Marine Export & Commercial Marine Conference Speaker Mark StothardOwner & Managing Director, Echo Yachts
Mark Stothard is the owner and Managing Director of Echo Yachts, the Australian award winning custom superyacht builder established in 2014. He is also the owner of Evolution Commercial, the commercial shipbuilder and repair company established in 2010. Both businesses are based in Henderson, Western Australia. Mark has had a 50% share in True North Adventure Cruises, the award winning Australian boutique cruise company since 2003 and also oversaw the build of their 50m cruise vessel M.V. True North.
Mark originally trained and worked as a Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and was Head of Marine Sales at Cummins Diesel. He was approached by Riverfront Boatbuilders and joined them as their Sales Manager in the early 1980’s. By 1985, Mark had started Image Marine with Bill Plug and together they built up the business manufacturing and selling cray boats, live-aboard vessels and small ferries before selling the company to Austal in mid-1998 with Mark staying on in sales with Austal until 2006. Marks’ next venture was with the Venetian Casino in Macau to oversee the creation of a new fleet of fourteen 47.5m high-speed ferries through the three-year build program.
Mark is also a professional sky-diver performing over 3,500 recreational, show and competition jumps and has multiple gold medals in 4 way, 8 way and 16 way free fall skydiving competitions at a state level. He established Sky Dive Express in 1998, the West Australian skydiving drop zone company but sold it on 2003. The DZ is still recognised as the best in Australia and possibly the Southern Hemisphere.
Mark is also a recreational scuba diver and professional landscape photographer and enjoys spending time with his wife, his two children and four grandchildren.