Born and raised in Greece, George Ertsos connection to the maritime business started early, regularly working in his family boatyard specialising in the construction of boats up to 28’. He studied Economics at the University of Athens. As the yachting industry grew in Greece, the young Ertsos saw a golden opportunity and established Alios Company in 1975. At only 20 years old, Ertsos’ entrepreneurial spirit opened the doors to what would eventually become Atalanta Marine in 1985.
In 2006 Ertsos grows Atalanta Marine range of activities, making it golden. Atalanta Golden Yachts is born out the collaboration of Atalanta Marine & Golden Yachts shipyard, to become the market leader in the management, sales and chartering of over 40m yachts.
An avid sailor, Ertsos started his sports career in 1968, with optimists. He then continued with 420, Lightning, 470, Soling and Star boats. He won many Greek championships in all the above categories as well as 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal at races in the Balkans. At the same time, he obtained many victories at International Yachting weeks as was the 1st victory at Anzio and Split, in the 470 category. When he abandoned the 470 he turned to other Olympic categories such as Soling and Star where he won respectively Greek championships and 1st place in the Star category in 1983. In 1988, as a skipper of the Okyalos Team, he achieves 1st place in the World Championship with yachts of ¾ tons, in Elba, Italy, victory that was repeated the following year in 1989 when the race was held in Athens. In 1990 in Sweden, he takes the 1st place once again in 1 tone class. The following years, he obtains various victories in Greek and World championships.
George is the person who introduced the meaning of luxury and professional yachting in Greece. As president of Atalanta Marine, Ertsos is involved in day-to-day operations and sales, continually maintaining stellar relationships with clients and industry professionals, holding tight to his high moral & ethical standards and insisting to invest to people and relationships.