Gregg Kelly, Founder of NZ-based Fastmount Panel Mounting Systems, has stepped down as Director and Head of Technical, 18 years after starting the company.
Fastmount was recently acquired by Auckland-based Nautical Group Holdings (NGH) and Gregg will be succeeded by newly appointed General Manager Keith Pratt.
Gregg founded Fastmount in 2004 to realise a solution for hidden panel mounting on superyacht interiors. He created a small team around him to bring the system to superyacht and leisure boat interiors, as well as the commercial architectural, aviation and recreational vehicle industries. Now in 2022, the business has 38 global distributors and plans to further expand into adjacent markets under NGH ownership.
“It has been an incredible journey to lead Fastmount to where it is today. It has been nothing but fun to grow the business alongside our distributors and customers over the past 18 years. I’ve been working closely with Keith for the last 6 months to hand over the keys, and I’m confident that he and the NGH team have what it takes to bring Fastmount to the next level,” comments Gregg.
Keith brings a wealth of industry experience with him, having held previous roles in superyacht interior design and retail design. “I’ve been a longtime fan of Fastmount – since working at Alloy Yachts when we embraced the first Fastmount clip developed by Gregg. I have championed the product ever since and am proud to be a part of the team taking Fastmount into the future,” says Keith.
Gregg will remain a shareholder of Nautical Group Holdings.
Fastmount is an award-winning New Zealand company designing and manufacturing hidden fasteners specifically to service the marine, architectural, aviation and recreational vehicle industries globally. With boatyards in over 50 countries using the Fastmount Panel Mounting System, its exceptional performance in the marine sector has since attracted companies in the architectural, recreational vehicle and aviation industries to use Fastmount products. Fastmount’s global network of agents and distributors combines extensive experience in the marine industry and understanding of the architectural and interior design sectors. For more information about Fastmount visit www.fastmount.com.
About Nautical Group Holdings
Nautical Group Holdings Limited (NGH), is a new entity that has acquired all the shares of Railblaza Limited, NTD Plastics Limited and Fastmount Limited. The group aims to achieve a dominant market position for each of its niche portfolio brands whilst accelerating an innovation focus with speed to market whilst assisting portfolio companies to build out governance and corporate functions to a higher level of maturity to support growth. It will capitalise on a broad range of well-developed relationships with global distributors, partners and customers supplying best in class solutions. NGH is backed by Oriens Capital Fund 2 LP, Ross Pratt and portfolio management investors.