The team

RigPro is the only rigging services company with a global team of professionally qualified engineers with decades of experience in rig and rigging design, upgrades, retuning, reviews and repairs. With this experience, our team is incomparable in terms of superyacht and grand prix yacht servicing.

Our team can be mobilized to travel anywhere in the world to handle the

management and maintenance of a project as well as carry out surveys and inspections. At RigPro, we pride ourselves on providing an unmatched level of customer care throughout the lifecycle of the rig, and we are able to adapt rapidly to any of our clients requirements and needs.

For a team you can rely on, get in touch with RigPro.

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Stefano Scarpa

Management

Managing Director

Stefano is responsible for RigPro globally and he joined RigPro mid-2017. Previously Stefano developed the largest international superyacht survey and technical consultancy practice. Stefano is a multifaceted superyacht and maritime professional with almost 20 years’ experience in management, business development, strategy, marketing and sales, project management and design/engineering consulting complemented by technical and business qualifications (CEng and MBA). An effective Business Manager and Leader having identified business opportunities and developed them from strategic planning to sales. A proficient Senior Consultant/Project Manager having delivered outstanding results on several multimillion projects, achieving optimal solutions for client and employer. Stefano speaks English, Italian and Spanish.

Chris Walker

Project Management

RigPro Palma Business Manager

Chris started working for RigPro in New Zealand at the start of 2015 before moving to Palma in the summer of 2017 to develop RigPro Palma. A background in industrial design and award winning Superyacht refits make Chris uniquely qualified to understand our customers’ needs and to deliver tailored projects.

Tomeu Genovard

Finance

Finance Manager

Tomeu joined RigPro in 2018, previously he was at Ernst & Young where he covered a senior position. He has almost 20 years of international experience in finance and accounting having worked in several countries, mostly in the UK, Spain and the USA and sectors including engineering, construction and tourism. Tomeu speaks English, Spanish and Catalan.  

Steve Young

ManagementDesign

Service Design Manager

Steve moved from New Zealand to become the first member of RigPro Palma in the beginning of 2017. He has almost 20 years of mast and boom design experience with both Southern Spars and Marten Spars. As a qualified engineer he was formerly responsible for Southern Spars boom engineering and assisting to manage the engineering team, he has been involved in the design of hundreds of rigs. Steve has extensive experience in the construction of composites, as well as mechanical and hydraulic systems. He has a passion for sailing with extensive racing experience to a national title level in New Zealand. Steve can advise on all engineering aspects including damage repair, NDT and upgrades.

Hamish Miller

Rigging TechnicalProject Management

Project Manager and Senior Rigger

Hamish joined RigPro in 2018 but he had a long standing working relationship with RigPro. He has more than 10 years of experience in rigging services and projects including commissioning of new rigs, warranty repairs, emergency damage repairs and service maintenance. Hamish consistently provided outstanding service to customers, developing its excellent reputation in the rigging service sector.

Andrew James

Design

Service Designer

Andrew joined RigPro in 2018, he is a highly skilled design engineer with six years of experience in rig and rigging design engineering. Before joining RigPro Andrew was the lead rig designer in Southern Spars Cape Town. He is proficient in AutoCAD and SolidWorks and he is also an avid sailor

Johan Ebershon

SalesManagement

Service Manager

Johan started working in the Future Fibres Service Department in 2013 and have been managing RigPro rigging service since 2015. With a strong commitment and background in customer relationship and project management, Johan and his rigging service team`s focus is on offering RigPro customers unapparelled service solutions and only the highest level of customer intimacy and service support.

Antonio Medina

SalesManagement

Assistant Service Manager

Carmen Caño

Administration

Administration and Logistics Manager

Carmen has been with RigPro Valencia since 2016 and manages overall project coordination, administration and logistics for the department. With a strong and disciplined approach to customer service and project management, Carmen also assures that projects are completed in accordance with expectations to the highest levels of customer care.

Anais Raices

Administration

Project Administrator

Anais joined RigPro in mid-2019, first working for the Valencia office as an administrative assistant and later on joining RigPro Palma as Project Administrator. She has a background in office administration in different fields and organizations in Venezuela, the US and Spain, including healthcare facilities, academic institutions and the tourism industry. Anais speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese and is highly oriented to teamwork and collaboration, working closely with the Project Managers and the finance team to facilitate customer support and satisfaction  

Agustín Zabalúa

Project Management

Project Manager

Agustin joined RigPro Valencia in 2016 and is responsible for managing projects and customer requirements in accordance with expectations. As a passionate sailor, Agustin brings an intimate technical on-the-water knowledge skillset to the business to maximise service solutions customers can benefit from to guarantee optimal performance of their rigging products.

Francis Cuello

Standing Rigging TechnicalManagement

Head of Service Workshop

Francis joined Future Fibres as a manufacturing rigging technician in 2010 and since 2015 as head of service operations at our service facility. Francis is responsible for managing workshop service at operational level with a strong focus on project-process scheduling, Quality Control/Quality Assurance management and leadership support across the technical service team.

Juan Rodríguez

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Workshop Coordinator

Juan joined Future Fibres as a manufacturing rigging technician in 2012 and since 2017 as the service operations coordinator. With over 400 service projects completed and shipped annually, Juan oversee the daily priorities of the technical team to assure lean service process and protocol is managed efficiently to meet project and customer expectations.

Jesús Hinarejos

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Technician

Jesus joined RigPro Valencia as a rigging service technician in 2015 and is also responsible for our service quality control/quality assurance implementation process in accordance with rigorous established standards.

Javier Garcia

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Technician

Javi Joined Future Fibres as a manufacturing rigging technician in 2014 and is an integral member of the workshop technical service team since 2015. Javi`s skillset is spread across all rigging service products and process implementation making him one of the most qualified multi-process service technicians in RigPro VLC.

Manuel Montalban

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Technician

Manel joined RigPro Valencia as service technician in 2017. Manel is responsible for all technical rigging inspections in accordance with established protocol.

Ramón Díaz

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Technician

Ramon joined RigPro Valencia as service technician in 2017 and works in the Aramid rigging section of operations.

Rafael Aranda

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Technician

Rafa joined RigPro Valencia as service technician in 2017 with a core focus on the braiding process which requires a superior level of technical expertise and attention to detail.

José Alberola

Standing Rigging Technical

Service Technician

José joined RigPro Valencia as service technician in 2017 and is responsible for all painting works and associated process implementation.

Dickie Ford

Rigging Technical

Rigger

Dickie Ford is a dual USA/UK citizen, with a degree in Engineering from Bristol University UK. He crewed on multiple private 100 foot plus yachts for 20 years, including 10 years as a mate on the J-Class Endeavour. He has been working at Rig Pro in the service department since 2004.

Samuel Hulme

Rigging Technical

Rigger & Composite Technician

Erik Benström

Management

Business Manager

Phip Hallowell

Rigging Technical

Rigger

Phip Hallowell has thirty-five years in the rigging business and counting. He started cruising and racing on his parents One Tonner as a youth, which led him to full time rigging and racing. He has participated in fourteen Bermuda Races, three Trans Atlantic races, 50 Foot and TP52 circuits, with a few Mt. Gays along the way. He is presently winding down in the VXOne design.

Brian Evans

Sales

Hydraulics Technician

Brian Fisher

Sales

Cordage and Hardware Sales

Brian Fisher started in the rigging business in 1997 at Aramid Rigging, which eventually became RigPro. Although he has done his share of rope splicing, he now concentrates on sales, project management and managing the rigging shop. Brian gained much of his practical knowledge during ten years of pro sailing on notable programs from Farr 40s to Maxis. These days he can be found racing his Laser and WASZP.

David Moffet

Rigging Technical

Service Manager

David has worked with Hall Spars since 2001 in the capacity of Senior Project Manager and Service Manager. He has managed and serviced custom rig refits and new builds from the inception of the rig, through commissioning and scheduled service- from Americas Cup boats to Super Yachts.

Cara Read

AdministrationProject Management

Project Manager

Cara Read grew up living on her family’s cruising sailboat. She has raced J35’s and J24’s and enjoys cruising with her family on their J40. After college she worked at Navtec and Lewmar, before joining the Hall Spars team for the next 25 years. Cara joined Rig Pro US in 2017 as a Project Manager and Customer Service Agent.

Nigel Hawke

Rigging TechnicalProject Management

Senior Rigger

Nigel joined RigPro in 2006 and he has been in the yachting industry for 30 years. Starting off as a teenager building composite race yachts from 30ft to 70ft. He then worked in Southern Spars gaining an in-depth/extensive knowledge across all areas ie production, components, spreaders, booms and mast assembly Nigel is now responsible for full refits of superyachts and new builds, including complex carbon modifications. Nigel is also responsible for the RigPro NZ apprenticeship programme and assisting the next generation of young riggers to develop has full professionals.

Ash Edwards

Rigging Technical

Apprentice Rigger

Ash joined RigPro NZ in 2018 as an apprentice after day working on superyachts in the refit yard Orams for 6 months and composite boat building during school holidays in his final year of schooling the year previous. Prior to working life he spent 4 years cruising the Pacific and South East Asia with his family on board their Young 50 doing extensive ocean sailing and passages

Steve Bates

Design

Service Designer

Steve joined RigPro and Southern Spars in 2016 bringing this broad engineering knowledge & experience combined with a passion for sailing and strong customer focus. Steve has over 35 years’ experience in the yacht industry including composite racing yacht and superyacht construction, shore support & sailing, repairs, refits, restorations & new builds of sailing yachts, motor yachts and also commercial craft. He has extensive sailing experience including Ocean cruising in a low budget home-built boat and races & deliveries. He has a BEng in mechanical engineering and he is a RINA member

Scott Simpson

ManagementRigging Technical

Technical Manager

Scott joined RigPro in 2002 and has over 20 years of experience in the service rigging sector. He started out working in small rigging shop in Tauranga, New Zealand. After serving his apprenticeship he moved to Southern Rigging in Auckland which is now RigPro. Scott is an experienced sailor having sailed in a variety of yachts and boats including GC32 foiling catamaran, ORMA 60 trimaran to grand prix maxis and superyachts.

Tracey Bell

Finance

Accountant Administration

Tracey joined RigPro New Zealand in 2018.  Tracey is responsible for preparing, analysing and generating the financial statements that display the company’s profits, equity and cashflow. Tracey has a BA in business along with 10 years practical experience. With a strong focus on attention to detail and a conscientious work ethic, Tracey can provide invaluable support to the team to assist with business growth.

Kristen Sneyd

Administration

Operations Coordinator/Office Manager

Kristen joined RigPro in 2014 as Office Manager. She has 30 years of experience in the GP racing yacht and superyacht industry. She has worked on a number of racing campaigns including Oracle Racing (2010 to 2013), Navico (2008 to 2010), BMW Oracle Racing (2004 to 2007) Team New Zealand (1994 to 2003) and the Tokio Whitbread Campaign (1992-1994).

Greg Yeo

Management

Service Manager

Greg joined RigPro in 2019 and he has a total of 26 years of multi-industry operations and Project management experience including, Marine Project management, Commercial Building construction, Lean Manufacturing and Value engineering. During his time in the commercial industry he was the Senior Project Manager for Tawera Group which completed multiple construction builds and fitouts for high end luxury apartments and commercial fit outs such as the new Tesla showroom and service For 4 years he was the Project Co-ordinator at Alloy Yachts during which time his responsibilities included the builds of two of the best Dubois 44m Sloops, Imagine II followed by the mighty Encore. He spent 16 years as a professional yachtsman on yachts as diverse as offshore racing catamarans to J Class yachts with mast and running rigging as his specialty and has completed over 120,000 nautical miles offshore.

Andrew Cooke

Rigging Technical

Senior Rigger

Andrew joined RigPro in 2019 He has over 26 years of experience in the rigging and engineering industries. He has previously  owned his own stainless engineering company and has constructed multiple motor boats. He is a very experienced keelboat racer and has competed in everything from Elliot 5.9s  through to an Orma 60 Trimaran. He currently races aboard a TP52 out of Auckland. He has 30,000 nm of  bluewater cruising and racing experience under his belt.

Trent Justice

Project Management

Project Manager

Trent joined RigPro in 2018 and started working for Southern Spars in 2010 as Project Manager. In 2014 he moved into the Sales Team specialising in the Fast40 class. Trent is proficient in AutoCAD and SolidWorks. Before joining the NTG Mast Division, Trent sailed full time at professional level and attended most of the major regattas around the world. In his youth, he sailed on Skiff such as the I14 and other sport boats before moving on to keel boats. Trent regularly attends top level regattas on behalf of RigPro.

Bex Gmuer

Rigging Technical

Rigger

Bex joined RigPro in 2020 She has 3 years of experience in the rigging industry. Bex is an experienced keelboat racer and currently races a TP52 out of Auckland She  sailed aboard Maiden from Auckland to Hawaii in 2019 and has represented New Zealand in the Women’s international match racing series. She successfully completed the 1270nm Round the North Island 2 handed race in 2020 She speaks English and German.

Bryce Vorderberg

Rigging Technical

Rigger

Alexis Reeves

Senior Rigger

Josh Pearl

Project Management

Project Manager

Josh joined RigPro in 2017 and has over 10 years’ experience in the boatbuilding industry where he qualified in wooden and composite boatbuilding. He joined Southern Spars in 2010 as a composite engineer where he led our pre preg lamination room gaining invaluable knowledge of all our products, looking for a change Josh now strives to provide customers with world class service and ensure they have a positive experience also in the most challenging of project.

Gavin Ninnes

Rigging Technical

Trainee Rigger

Gavin joined RigPro in 2020 He is a keen skiff sailor and is currently competing in the 49er skiff regattas. He trialled for the 49er Olympic team in 2020 but was pipped to the line by Burling and Tuke. Prior to that he owned a 29er dinghy and competed in international regattas. Gavin coaches sailing at  Pt Chevalier Yacht Club  and the  French Bay Yacht Club  

Alex Mitchell-Barker

Rigging Technical

Trainee Rigger

Alex joined RigPro in 2019 He has 3 years of experience in the rigging industry. He is a competitive foiling skiff sailor and is the 2020 NZ Wasp champion. He is building his own carbon fibre foiling Moth so he can compete at  the next level.