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The well-known nautical entrepreneur and Casa de Campo resident, Mr. Mauro Caslini, was recognized with the Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia, by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and delivered by the Ambassador of Italy in the Dominican Republic, Stefano Queirolo Palmas.

This recognition is an honor that qualifies as the second civil honor of the Italian State, and represents a particular certificate in favor of those Italians abroad who have acquired particular merits in the promotion of friendship and collaboration between Italy and the country where they reside.

It is also for those who are dedicated to promoting their culture and national prestige abroad, as well as the Italian language, volunteer and welfare activities, promotion of gastronomy and job offers for Italians.

The ceremony took place at the Marina Casa de Campo Yacht Club, which was attended by various personalities from the top management of the Central Romana Corporation, Casa de Campo, officials of the Dominican Republic Navy, as well as close friends and family members of Mr. Caslini.

Mr. Mauro Caslini thanked the Italian Embassy for having noticed his professional activity and for having proposed and supported his candidacy for this recognition.

For Mr. Caslini, since the beginning of his professional life, the dissemination of knowledge has always been one of his objectives, so that knowledge does not remain isolated over time.

“I will maintain this vision and ambition for the future, through the collaboration of Italians in the Dominican Republic and nautical schools from Italy, with the help and participation of government agencies and Dominican training structures, to transmit the knowledge of the nautical trades and nautical industrial design, of which this country needs, said Caslini.

Mr. Caslini’s speech was preceded by a few words from his friend, Mr. Antonio Cosulich (protagonist of the international automotive industry in the 70’s and 80’s), who emphasized that his success is mainly due to having transmitted his legacy to his family and the unconditional support they have decided to give him.

The event concluded with the investiture ceremony of the sealed recognition and with the words of the Ambassador of Italy, Stefano Queirolo Palmas.

About Mauro Caslini

Gabriella Reginato, who was in charge of the master of ceremonies for the event, highlighted in her remarks a brief overview of Mauro Caslini’s life and successes.

Reginato pointed out that Mauro Caslini is a native of Monza, Italy, and is passionate about wood.  He worked in this sector for many years, being general manager of a company that represented maritime plywood lines, which opened the doors for him to get to know all the luxury yacht shipyards.

At the same time, in this sector he was expanding his knowledge of the luxury goods market and the technique of yacht construction, as well as refining the techniques for the sale of products in the nautical area.

In the midst of all this, he married Mrs. Irene Nardo and from this union his two children, Alice and Federico, were born.

In 1996 the family arrives in the Dominican Republic and forms the company INVERSIONES BASTILLA, being this company responsible for the management and consulting operations, in Mexico, for the after sales service of yachts of the most prestigious Italian brands and settles in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.

In 1998 he founded INVERSIONES BASTILLA INTERNACIONAL as exclusive sales representative in Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Panama of the Italian company AZIMUT / BENETTI (and today many other brands that have been added).

Living in Santiago, a landlocked area, Caslini managed to sell two yachts, which brought him closer to the eastern part of the country. By that time, the construction of the Marina in Casa de Campo was beginning, but since they were already selling yachts, they had to take care of the maintenance.

In 2001 he established his first shipyard in Rio Dulce, La Romana, with his offices in the recently inaugurated Casa De Campo Marina.

For the second stage of the Marina, the only shipyard for luxury yachts in the Caribbean was built, being able to service yachts up to 45 meters, either in dry dock or in water.

The following images were taken by Mairobi Herrera during the award ceremony for Mr. Mauro Caslini, held last Monday, April 14th at the Casa de Campo Marina Yacht Club.