Florida brokers group elects new board


The Florida Yacht Brokers Association said it had its highest voter turnout in years for an election that filled four open board seats.

Re-elected to two-year terms were Bob Denison, of Denison Yacht Sales; Jeff Erdmann, of Bollman Yachts; and Bob Zarchen, of Ardell Yacht & Ship Brokers.

George Jousma, of Sanlorenzo, was newly elected to a two-year term.

The new directors join Frank De Varona, of Yachting Experts; Paul Flannery, of HMY Yacht Sales; Crom Littlejohn, of Merle Wood & Associates; Lon McCloskey, of The Marine Group; Bob Saxon, of International Yacht Collection; Bruce Schattenburg, of Allied Marine; and Gary Smith, of Sarasota Yacht & Ship, who are completing board terms.

Smith is the president of the board. The vice presidents are Littlejohn and Saxon; Zarchen will serve as treasurer; and Flannery is the secretary.

“I welcome this group of talented individuals and look forward to working with them to help further elevate the standards of professionalism for our industry, as well as to tackle the issues that face all yacht and charter brokers in our state,” FYBA executive director Ann Vernon said in a statement.


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