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Curtis Stokes & Associates announced the addition of sales associate Bill Nelson, which brings the growing international yacht brokerage company to a team of six.

Nelson will be based in Fort Lauderdale and will be a lead contact for yacht sales in the Southeast.

He has more than 35 years of experience in the marine industry and most recently managed his own marine consultants company, which provides consultants in yacht brokerage, new construction and marine surveyors.

He is joining Curtis Stokes & Associates because of the opportunity to reach a broader client base, where he can apply his expertise in all facets of brokerage, management and cruising, the company said.

“Bill has not only managed the buying, selling and service of a wide range of yachts, but he has also worked on yachts from 194 feet to 65 feet as a project manager and captain. This type of firsthand experience is very valuable to our clients,” company president Curtis Stokes said in a statement.

Nelson was introduced to boating at 16 when he started club racing at Mentor Harbor Yachting Club, just outside Cleveland. Soon after attending Bowling Green University, he moved to Fort Lauderdale to pursue a career in the yachting industry, starting as a deckhand.

In addition to owning and operating his own full-service brokerage, charter and management company, Nelson holds a 1,600-ton Coast Guard license and has extensive experience in vessel design, construction and repair. He managed the refit of a 194-foot Amels motoryacht.

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