6 Feb 2019
2019 will prove to be the most exciting year for the “Pop up Club” so far, with 4 major networking events being held around the world for industry professionals and crew to attend. The events offer a great opportunity to meet and socialise with like-minded individuals, have fun and win some amazing raffle prizes.
If you are not aware of how the idea of the “Pop up Club” came alive, it was after some great thought from Viking Maritime Group (Viking Crew, The Maritime Skills Academy and Chiltern Maritime) on how we can create something different to all the networking currently in the industry. The first decision was to open a “Pop Up Office” in Palma in January 2017. During the course of the two months, we established strong relationships with other industry professionals and held the first successful networking event at The Boathouse in Palma, of whom we collaborated with Global Services and E3 Systems and The Islander who are our exclusive media partner in Palma.
After the great success in Palma, as partners we decided to hold another event in Bremen, Germany, this time a Summer BBQ, strategically for all new build crew and industry professionals based in the area. With a large number of attendees at the first Summer BBQ in 2017, it was an event to remember. We have now hosted our second Pop Up Palma mixer and second Summer BBQ in Bremen of 2018 and plan to expand on our locations for 2019, exploring Barcelona, Antibes, Fort Lauderdale and other yachtie hubs. We have also welcomed our fourth company the club, Yacht Needs who are the exclusive “digital” media partner.
The Pop Up Club now consists of a small group of non-competitive companies, Viking Crew/Maritime Skills Academy (Matthew Jaenicke – Managing Director), Global Services (James Beddall – Head of Sales), E3 Systems (Greg Butler-Davis – Sales Manager), Yacht Needs (James Williams – Commercial Director) and DWD – Dolphin Wear & Deckers (David Ireland – Managing Director).
James Williams – Commercial Director of Yachtneeds comments
“Yachtneeds are delighted to be included as a partner in the Pop Up Club for 2019, not only is the initiative a great way to meet and speak with crew and get their feedback about on-going situations or service requests where we can all work to provide the solution they need, it’s also a great way to collaborate with some of our customers and industry friends in a relaxed and social environment.”
James Beddall of Global Services comments –
“Global Services are very proud to be part of the PopUpClub, starting this great idea with our friends from Viking back in 2017 with an event in Palma and a BBQ in Bremen for all of the new build teams in the local area. We have since introduced other friends into the PopUpClub and have held some amazing events since, with the 2018 BBQ in Bremen doubling in size in terms of attendees to over 150! We are all very much excited to host various events throughout the year in different areas of Europe for all of our loyal customers and industry friends.”
Matthew Jaenicke, Group Managing Director or Viking Maritime comments –
“Creating the PopUPClub with our friends at E3 and Global has been a great success so far! The events have allowed industry professionals, as well as Captains and Crew from within yachting to be able to network and socialise at a number of key global locations. We look forward to meeting more of you very soon and watch out for any upcoming events”
Please keep your eye out for future events hosted by the Pop Up Club via social media!