Marine Concepts opened its doors in 1976 under the leadership of Augusto "Kiko" Villalon. Kiko realized that there was not a single design and development company in the United States that could take a project from A-Z... to the production floor. He gathered specialists in every area of design, plug building, and mold building; and from under one roof you could now get every stage of development done. The first project was for Paul Kuck at Regal Boats, followed by Chaparral Boats and Cobia Boats. Their reputation carried past the boating industry and Marine Concepts became famous for making over 85 Twistee Treat 22' ice cream cone shaped buildings. For someone who was allowed only $5 when he fled Cuba, Kiko Villalon became one of the most well-known, highly respected and knowledgeable individuals in the marine industry. He visits Marine Concepts frequently when not traveling the world.
In 1994, another industry icon, J. Robert "Bob" Long, came into the picture, purchasing Marine Concepts with his wife and partner, Karen. In a leased shop, with a small crew of existing employees and some brought in from previous associations, Bob hit the road and sold projects to marine industry acquaintances. With a marine industry career spanning 35 years, including the top position at Wellcraft Marine for over 18 years, and being named "Boating's Man of the Decade for the 1980's", Bob knew his business. He had a vision of where the Company should go and bought CNC mills on the hope that his high-tech predictions would play out... they did. Bit by bit, and through the hard work of the professional team at Marine Concepts, the company became an even stronger force to be reckoned with.
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Located in Cape Coral and Sarasota, Florida