We got word that long time fellow Woody Boater and winner of the 2010 Woody Boater of the year, Herb Pocklington has passed away down at his home in Florida. Herb was part of a team of folks that ran Chris-Craft back in the day. More on that later in the story. The real memory of Herb is his charm and he never stopped growing.
Staying young later in his years when others retire to shuffle board and golf carts. Herbs latest passion was working with his wife Carol Jose has been long active in wounded warrior projects.
We here at Woody Boater are fortunate enough to have worked with Herb on the Statue project in Algonac Michigan of Christopher Smith and Gar Wood years back, and he was a force to matched. Watching at the dedication was inspiring as a fellow marketer, he still had the passion and drive of a 20 year old. I was also fortunate to go have dinner with him and to say he was a charming and entertaining man is an understatement.
It’s no surprise that we was a huge part of the worldwide growth of Chris – Craft. Dang, this is hard to write. He was an amazing guy. I know he touch many, but he had the ability to make even a stranger like me feel like a life long friend. I won’t go on and on, and I could… so Below is a wonderful bio from Paul Pletcher of the Chris Craft Club and Commander Forum from 2009.
Born in Algonac, Michigan, Herb Pocklington has over 50 years experience in boat-building and business management. He began as a factory worker unloading boxcars at the nearby Chris-Craft Corporation. During World War II, he enlisted in the armed services, married, and completed a one- year chemical engineering army program while serving his country.
He began his business career immediately after cessation of hostilities and later served Chris Craft as a buyer, Public Relations Director, Advertising Mgr., Director of Product Planning & Styling, and as CEO of international operations, residing in Switzerland.
His overseas management experience includes service as Chairman & CEO of Chris-Craft S.A. (Switzerland) and Chris-Craft Italia. He traveled to 66 countries and established manufacturing operations in Australia, Chile, Italy, Netherlands & Uruguay.
Herb retired in 1992 as President of Hatteras International, a multinational company and the worlds largest builder of large, luxury Motor Yachts.
After retiring from business, he became Chairman of the INTERPLANA Consulting Group, comprised of six former international CEOs and executives.
He has served without pay as a volunteer consultant in the former Soviet Union, assisting with reorganization of different firms in the fields of communications, ship- building and repair, import-export, business consulting, agriculture, finance, and pharmaceuticals.
And he has assisted with reorganization of one of the former Soviet Unions largest shipbuilding yards in Sevastopol, Ukraine, on the Black Sea, and has also participated in the re-structuring of Pharmacia, a large Pharmaceutical chain in the same region.
In April 2005, while embedded with of the US 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, he assisted Civil Affairs officers with democratization programs in meetings with Iraqi leaders.
Herb currently resides in Merrit Island, Florida.
I might add, Herb is a gentleman and delightful guy, willing to talk with a stranger, and having an infectious positive outlook on life.