After celebrating 50 years in the yachting industry, David Walters stepped aside and will serve as a consultant to the new owners of David Walters Yachts, the company he built.
The new owners are president Josh McLean and vice president Amanda Noon. The brokers now include George Eberhard, Lori Goldstein and John Osetek.
Walters and his wife, Betsy, have finished their full-time careers in boatbuilding and brokerage. The company said his career resulted in a very successful brokerage for Allied Boat Co., Sound Yachts Marina, in New Rochelle, N.Y., as co-founder of Shannon Boat Co., alongside Walter Schulz, designing and selling Cambria Yachts, and 26 years in brokerage in Fort Lauderdale.
"Having grown personally and professionally from the mentorship of David Walters, I am looking forward to continuing our company's long history of success and unwavering dedication to our loyal clients," McLean said in a statement.
"Following in the footsteps of a man like Dave Walters is not an easy task. Known for his exceptional knowledge and experience as a boat designer, builder and broker, Dave has a presence in the industry that is unmatched by few,” McLean said.
“I am equally humbled and proud to have the opportunity to lead the company that Dave spent a lifetime building, and I hope to spend my career continuing this legacy he has placed so trustingly in my hands. While Dave is no longer at the helm, his example and principles will always guide this ship. We are confident that David Walters Yachts will continue to lead the industry.”
Noon also expressed her appreciation for all she has learned from working closely with David and Betsy Walters.
"They gave me a chance when I had no experience in the marine industry. We all know that Dave is a well-respected yacht builder and a passionate broker, but more than anything he is a genuine man,” Noon said. “His knowledge and positive attitude with a smile attached is truly astonishing. I will be forever grateful for all that I have learned from Dave and Betsy, for their enthusiasm and their dedicated work ethic."