The METSTRADE Exhibition Committee is an advisory board that consists of executives of exhibiting and visiting companies who act as the voice and trend watchers of the global leisure marine industry. Established in METSTRADE's inaugural year 1988, many respected industry leaders have been part of the committee and have been major contributors to the successes of the METSTRADE Show throughout the years.
Responsibilities of the METSTRADE Exhibition Committee
Every committee member primarily has an advisory and informative role and will be consulted for a variety of (strategic) issues which are expected to have impact on METSTRADE Show and its concept. Topics that are typically addressed:
- Concept / strategy / show development
- Reports / updates on the industry developments
- Exhibition programme and (new) events
- Marketing – (new) target groups, media choices etc.
- Appointment of new Exhibition Committee members
Three times per year the committee convenes to brainstorm, review and discuss these current and future matters.
Membership Policy of the Exhibition Committee
Members of the METSTRADE Exhibition Committee
In his role as Director METSTRADE Niels Klarenbeek simultaneously as the Chair of the Exhibition Committee at METSTRADE. His journey to this leadership position has been marked by over 15 years of professional dedication within the realm of international trade exhibitions at the RAI Amsterdam.
Beyond his professional endeavours, Niels is a passionate water sports enthusiast, reflecting a deep-rooted connection to the industry he serves. In his leisure time, he finds solace and exhilaration in sailing the picturesque Frysian lakes. This personal connection to the world of water sports not only underscores his dedication to METSTRADE but also fuels his commitment to advancing and enhancing the exhibition's offerings.
Managing director of F.lli Razeto e Casareto – a historic Italian manufacturer of locks, handles and other boat accessories -, Andrea Razeto is one of those personalities who represent the boating industry to the full, who know the sector in all its facets and with whom you would talk for hours. Born in Recco in 1967, Andrea Razeto is dedicated to administering Razeto e Casareto, an Italian excellence founded in 1920 and today appreciated by boatyards all over the world.
Christoph Ballin serves as the Co-founder and Managing Director of Tyde GmbH. He boasts a robust entrepreneurial background, having co-founded numerous successful ventures, most notably Torqeedo GmbH, which has established itself as the global leader in electric mobility within the boating industry. Christoph's unwavering passion lies in envisioning a harmonious blend of opulence and sustainability, wherein innovation plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of yachting. Tyde's groundbreaking foiling yacht, "The Icon," developed in collaboration with BMW, has garnered widespread acclaim as a pioneering example of the yachting industry's electrified future. This innovation not only holds the promise of reducing emissions but also injecting newfound excitement into the world of navigation.
Geir H. Soraker
As the CEO of ICOMIA, Joe Lynch occupies a permanent seat on the METSTRADE Exhibition Committee. With a diverse career spanning the tourism and charity sectors, Joe has also excelled as a digital marketing specialist. He previously served as the Marketing Director for several TUITravel brands and later assumed the role of Commercial Director for the Youth Hostel Association (YHA). During his tenure, he successfully boosted membership numbers, modernized the YHA brand, and elevated the charity's public profile.
Joe's involvement in the marine industry has been a longstanding passion. He has extensive experience, having worked as a water sports instructor, training and flotilla manager, and in various commercial and general management positions within inland waterways and coastal charter companies. Outside of his professional life, Joe remains an avid yacht racer and enjoys sailing along the southern coast of the UK.