FYBA elects new president

Paul Flannery

Paul Flannery

The Florida Yacht Brokers Association elected a new president and new board members for 2016.

The new president is Paul Flannery of SYS Palm Beach, a division of Sarasota Yacht & Ship. He was elected to a one-year term, replacing Gary Smith, also of Sarasota Yacht & Ship.

Flannery previously was FYBA vice president and has worked on several of the association’s committees, including as chairman of the Arbitration & Ethics Committee.

“We are excited to have Paul Flannery take over as the association’s new president,” FYBA executive director Cindy Sailor said in a statement.

“He is a consummate brokerage professional and has been involved in the boating industry since his childhood. We look forward to working with him in our ongoing efforts to grow FYBA’s membership and provide more value to our members.”

Jeff Stanley of Gilman Yachts and Rob Newton of Yachtzoo were elected to the board for two-year terms.

They join Flannery, Smith and these other current members: Bob Saxon, vice president (Bob Saxon Consultancy); Bob Denison, secretary (Denison Yacht Sales); Bob Zarchen, treasurer (Ardell Yacht & Ship); Paul Burgess, Northrop & Johnson; Jason Dunbar, Luke Brown Yachts; Jeff Partin, Camper & Nicholsons; and Bruce Schattenburg, Denison Yacht Sales.

The results of the election were announced at the FYBA’s annual meeting, which was held Jan. 23 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Fort Lauderdale.