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YBAA honors former president with tribute

The Yacht Brokers Association of America posthumously honored former association president and industry veteran Bruce Brakenhoff Sr.


The 2013 Paul W. Bennett Award, the association’s highest honor, was presented to Brakenhoff’s widow, Noel, and his son, Bruce Brakenhoff Jr., at a recent Yacht Broker University event in Providence, R.I.

“Having served over 60 years in the industry prior to his death in 2012, Bruce Brakenhoff Sr. clearly exemplified the respected, successful and honest broker, having set the standard to which the brokerage world continues to aspire,” the YBAA said in a statement.

After starting Oriental Marine and then opening Northrup & Johnson’s first branch office in Stamford, Conn., Brakenhoff, along with longtime friend and sidekick Joe Bartram, created Bartram and Brakenhoff in 1967.

Brakenhoff served on the YBAA’s board as president in the 1970s and chaired or co-chaired the trade group’s ethics committee for 25 years. While on the committee he helped rewrite and update the association’s code of ethics and business practices.

The Paul W. Bennett III Memorial Award is named in memory of a former YBAA president. Nominations are accepted at any time. Letters of nomination can be e-mailed to the YBAA office. More information about the YBAA and the Bennett Award is available at



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