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Richard Dick Valdes

President and Owner

Glas Laminates

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Background Information

Employment History

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Mediterranean Yacht Corporation


Affiliations

Columbia Yacht Corporation

Founder


Newport Harbor Yacht Club

Active Member


Lancer Yacht Corporation

Founder


The Balboa Bay Club & Resort

Member


Education

UCLA


Bachelor of Arts degree

University of California at Los Angeles


Web References(38 Total References)


Columbia 24 Contender Specifications

www.columbia-yachts.com [cached]

Dick Valdes, president and owner of Glas Laminates was interested in boats and saw an opportunity.


An Unofficial History of Columbia Sailboats

www.columbia-yachts.com [cached]

The third section tells how Richard Valdes started Glas Laminates and gives a look inside the Costa Mesa factory.
It was started by Richard Valdes and a friend as Glas Laminates, a small producer of camper tops, shower stalls, and portable chemical toilets. This appears to be when Richard Valdes left Columbia. There was a dinner for about 60 people and the guest speaker was Dick Valdes.


Management - Columbia Yachts

www.columbiayachts.com [cached]

Vince Valdes is the son of Richard Valdes, the original founder of Columbia Yachts, who built the company into an industry-dominating firm.
Mr. Valdes holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Los Angeles.


Columbia 32 Sport Yacht

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Vince Valdes is the son of Richard Valdes, the original founder of Columbia Yachts, who built the company into an industry-dominating firm.
Mr. Valdes regularly serves as a skipper or crewmember on a variety of cruising and racing sailboats, and most recently sailed the 2001 Trans Pacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu aboard "Bull," winning first in class and first overall. He has completed "bow to stern" restorations on three of his own sailboats, two of which were Columbia 5.5 meters. He is an active member of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Richard "Dick" Valdes, Principal Director Dick Valdes was the founding investor in the Columbia Yacht Corporation, bringing unparalleled experience and skills to the company. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mediterranean Yacht Corporation. Mediterranean Yachts manufactured a line of luxury sport fishers until his retirement in 2008. Two 38’ models and a 54’ model ranging in price from $250,000 to $1,000,000. These boats were sold factory direct to the consumer and shipped to more than 22 countries. Dick Valdes founded the original Columbia Yachts in 1958, and built the company into the world’s largest fiberglass sailboat manufacturer by the late 1960s. He sold the company to Whittaker (listed on the NYSE) at that time, but retained his position as President of Columbia Yacht Corporation and was instrumental in the development of the Whittaker Marine Group, which ultimately included Bertram Yachts, Trojan Yachts, Riva (Italy), Desco Marine (Florida), Kettenburg (San Diego), and Balboa Marine (Newport Beach). Total sales of the Whittaker Marine Group reached between $250 to $300 million in the early 1970s during Valdes’ tenure. In 1974, following his departure from Whitaker Marine Group, Dick Valdes established the Lancer Yacht Corporation, which manufactured a line of sailing yachts and high-speed motorsailers ranging in size from 25’ to 65’ (14 models). Lancer Yachts was sold to Bally (listed on the NYSE) in 1983. Dick Valdes has established a reputation for market intuition, timeless designs and best of breed engineering/production practices. Under his direction, Columbia developed and perfected the one-piece unitized fiberglass interior production method for large sailboats and pioneered the use of balsa sandwich construction in large boats. Dick Valdes’ engineering and production methods allow him to build vessels of superior quality that can be sold at a lesser cost to the consumer than the competition.


columbia-yachts.com

Vince Valdes followed him with a short presentation on the Columbia 30 Sport Sailor and Dick Valdes followed him with stories about Columbia yachts.
Of course we can't forget to thank Dick and Vince Valdes for supporting the event in so many ways. Randell Briggs interviews Dick Valdes. Randell Briggs interviews Dick Valdes in front of Compadre. Doug Ward entertains the crowd. (from left Vince Valdes, Justin Wallin, Dick Valdes. This was once Dick Valdes' boat Escudero


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