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Florida Yacht Brokers Association announces 2014-2015 board of directors

By Florida Yacht Brokers Association

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) announced the results of its 2014-2015 Board of Directors election at the FYBA Annual Dinner Meeting, held at Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale on January 31. FYBA received its highest voter turnout in years for this key election, which filled four open seats on the Board.

Re-elected to serve a two-year term each on the FYBA Board of Directors were Bob Denison of Denison Yacht Sales, Jeff Erdmann of Bollman Yachts, and Bob Zarchen of Ardell Yacht & Ship Brokers. Elected to serve a two-year term was George Jousma of Sanlorenzo. They 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 all return to complete their terms on the Board.

The 2014 FYBA Board of Directors and Officers serve the organization in the following roles:


  • Gary Smith (Sarasota Yacht & Ship)

Vice Presidents

  • Crom Littlejohn (Merle Wood & Associates)
  • Bob Saxon (International Yacht Collection)


  • Bob Zarchen (Ardell Yacht & Ship Brokers)


  • Paul Flannery (HMY Yacht Sales)


  • Bob Denison (Denison Yacht Sales)
  • Frank De Varona (Yachting Experts)
  • Jeff Erdmann (Bollman Yachts)
  • George Jousma (Sanlorenzo)
  • Lon McCloskey (The Marine Group)
  • Bruce Schattenburg (Allied Marine)

“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,” said FYBA Executive Director Ann Vernon. “Few members of the industry are more dedicated and hard-working than the FYBA Board of Directors, and for that we are truly blessed.”

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