Rupert Connor is the Founder and President of Vectra Holdings LLC., which controls Luxury Yacht Group, Luxury Homes Group, iDwear and Vectra Marine Supply. He is a well-respected expert in the yachting industry who is actively involved in every aspect of operations within each company. In the case of Luxury Yacht Group, this includes yacht charter, yacht sales, crew management and the core of his business, crew placement.
Originally from Buckinghamshire, England, Rupert moved to the United States in 1999 after spending nine years at sea as a professional yacht captain. He logged many miles having completed multiple ocean crossings and canal passages worldwide.
In 2001 Rupert saw the opportunity to build the world’s leading crew placement agency that focused solely on placing the highest level of quality crew. After his time spent working on yachts, he recognized that most issues that arose onboard were crew related, and so Luxury Yacht Group was born. With consistent, heavy investment of human and technology resources, the company naturally merged into four divisions; crew placement, yacht management, sales and charter.
“Merging into these other areas of business is a natural fit for our clients, whether they are owners or captains. Luxury Yacht Group knows crew. It’s a fluid transition to onboard to accounting or payroll services, or to assist owners with the sale or purchasing of a yacht. We have become a trusted resource, and it’s the reason why so many of our clients have stayed with us for so long.”
When asked about the direction of the company Rupert states, “At Luxury Yacht Group we are boutique enough for personalized, quality service, and large enough for superior results.”
Over the years, the company has grown to have the highest number of crew on their books, with over 2,000 active users online per day. Having placed more professional seafarers in the industry than any of their competitors, the company has expanded worldwide with crew coordinators in cities across every time zone.
With his extensive knowledge of the seas and dedication to research, Rupert and Luxury Yacht Group have become the “go to” resource for industry data and statistics, trends, surveys and change initiatives. As an industry authority, he is often quoted by major yachting publications such as Dockwalk, The Crew Report, The Triton and Power & Motoryacht. International media continues to take an interest in the business too with coverage by CNN, The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, and NBC’s “The Today Show.”
Likewise, Rupert is invited to speak regularly on a variety of yachting topics. His previous presentations have included: Seatrade Miami, The Mariners Club, FYBA Charter Seminars, Project USA, Triton’s Connection Show, Caribbean Shipping Association, and other numerous international venues. His qualifications and memberships are many:
• State of Florida Employing Yacht Broker License #4190
• Member - Florida Yacht Brokers Association (Former Chairperson FYBA Charter Professionals Committee)
• Member & Former Board Member United States Superyacht Association
• Member of MENSA
• Member of USAT
Outside of the office, Rupert enjoys staying active by training for and competing in local triathlons. He has traveled the world to compete in events, completing Ironman Malaysia and Ironman UK in addition to local Sprint Triathlon’s here in South Florida.