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Industry veteran Vincent Petrella was appointed executive director of the Yacht Brokers Association of America.

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Petrella, a certified professional yacht broker, began his career in the marine industry in 1975 as a sail maker with Van Zandt Sails, designing, building and selling sails and competing in one-design and offshore racing events. In 1981, he joined Wayne Burdick, owner of Hellier Yacht Sales, as a yacht broker and became president of the organization in 1988.

In May 1997, he became Hellier's owner. He retired in July 2007. During that period, he served as a member of the Grow Boating Advisory Council.

Petrella also has served as a past director, president and chairman of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association and as a past director and chairman of the Professional Development Committee of the Yacht Brokers Association of America.

In January 2003, he was awarded the Yacht Brokers Association of America Presidents Award.

"The YBAA board is delighted with the appointment of Vin Petrella as our new executive," YBAA president Steve McPherson said in a statement. "His depth and breadth of past experience in our industry and as a professional yacht broker, as a past president of the association and as one of the founding developers of the [certified professional yacht broker] certification program will enable him to add great value to our association and to its members."

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