The Florida Yacht Brokers Association board of directors named Cynthia “Cindy” Sailor as its executive director.
Sailor, who has an extensive background in the recreational marine industry, joins the Fort Lauderdale-based FYBA from Active Interest Media’s Power & Motoryacht magazine, where she was associate publisher.
In that position, she oversaw much of the magazine’s daily operations, including managing the sales and marketing team, new product and marketing plan development, implementation and participation in national and international boat shows, website redesign and implementation of customer and industry events.
Other positions she held at AIM include managing BoatQuest, Show Directories and the publication of Fort Lauderdale Today. Her publishing career includes 25 years with non-marine-related publishing groups, including Computer Reseller News, based in Garden City, N.Y.; Penton Publishing, based in Cleveland; and Lebhar-Friedman in New York.
“The board of directors has set an aggressive agenda for 2015 and I am very excited to work with each of them on those goals,” Sailor said in a statement. “I am particularly excited to work on the legislative initiatives at the American Boating Congress meeting next month in Washington, D.C, and developing a closer relationship with our partners at the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation in Tallahassee. Adding new memberships beyond our core area of Broward County and new services to our current member base also will be key targets for the organization in 2015 and beyond.”
During the next several months, the board plans to implement extensive goals that were set at the annual planning session in January.
“We are very excited to have someone of Cindy’s caliber to steer our ship,” FYBA board president Gary Smith said. “I can think of nobody better suited to tackle such an aggressive agenda, and we are extremely lucky to have her on board. Cindy completes our super staff, which includes director of operations Shay Loudenslager and communications director June Watt."