Published: Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Paolo Vitelli, the Founder and President of Azimut Benetti Group, has been presented with the first “Carlo Riva” award, named in memory of the boat industry icon who passed away on April 10.

First Carlo Riva Award Goes To Azimut Benetti President

(Photo: Azimut Benetti Group - Paolo Vitelli received award during Versilia Yachting Rendez-Vous)

The Carlo Riva Award, presented for the first time this year, will be given annually to a leading figure who has made an important contribution over the years to the international boat industry.

The recognition, which celebrates Vitelli’s contribution to the international boat industry and the group he founded, was presented during Versilia Yachting Rendez-Vous (May 11-14), held in Viareggio. The ceremony was hosted by Natasha Stefanenko, with Lia and Pia Riva, Nautica Italiana President Lamberto Tacoli, Fondazione Altagamma President Andrea Illy, and Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi.

Vitelli said during the ceremony: “Being chosen by my fellow businessmen makes me particularly proud. Life is a challenge that needs to be approached with gusto, passion and, if possible, fun. I’d therefore like to invite young people to seize this challenge with courage, investment and, nowadays, a touch of healthy craziness too. I’m sure that they’ll enjoy the satisfaction of living a life of building and creating, for themselves and for Italy. And that they’ll have fun.”