Tribute to David L Fraser, our founding father
David founded Fraser in 1947, keeping ethics and honesty at the heart of the company – values which remain integral to the company today. As the company grew, expanding from Newport Beach to San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Florida in the 1960s, David ensured the company always felt like a family, nurturing a team spirit that remains at the heart of Fraser.
We are proud that David’s daughter Diane, who joined the firm in the 1980s, has equally played a key role within the company up to today. Her early rise at Fraser is only one example of David’s commitment to encouraging women to take key roles in yachting, at a time when this was not always the case, and specifically in the business and growth of Fraser.
The foundation built in 1947 by David and established over the years and decades, based on a love of yachting, attention to detail, trust and respect among colleagues, as well as a determination to do the best job with integrity, runs through Fraser in everything we do today.
We look forward to continuing to keep David’s legacy alive.
Our thoughts are with Diane and the Fraser family.
As we celebrate David’s life, many members of the Fraser team paid tribute to a man they were proud to work for and honoured to spend time with.
His ethical reputation was so vast, that when in a sticky deal, it was not unusual for the Client, or even the other broker, to ask: “What does David think?”. His opinion would usually resolve the situation. David was firm about having high standards in the way our business was conducted, but at the same time, he was compassionate and genuinely friendly. With a colourful history, he was a wonderful storyteller.
Based on what I learned from the years of working with David, to this day, when in those difficult situations, I still ask myself “What would David do?”
I did not have the time to know him more, but I was impressed by what he has been able to create, and by his love for the sea.
I have been also a seaman, both as a profession and at heart.
He will be a true legend, not only for me, but also for the young generation. RIP.”
And the final word, from CEO Raphael Sauleau
A passionate yachtsman with a vision, a drive and a set of principles that not only built the company that today proudly continues to carry his name but equally continues to apply the values, thoroughness and ambition he was personally renowned for.
He was quite a guy as many would have said!
He loved the business of yachting and leaves behind him a legacy of talented sales brokers, all with the same sense of integrity and business values as his.
Fair winds and following seas David....and thank you!"