Boating was a big part of Jim’s everyday summer life in the small Midwest town where he grew up. After college he moved to south Florida to begin what has tuned into a successful career in the yachting business. He started selling offshore race boats in 1985, then realizing that many of his customers were buying larger boats and always wanting to satisfy his clients, he moved right up with them making the transition to yacht sales.
In 1988, Jim joined Allied Marine and has consistently been named brokerage “Salesman of the Year” for a majority of those years. He strives for the utmost in client satisfaction and continues to receive top sales awards. Jim also holds the record for the largest and most expensive yacht ever sold by Allied Marine in their 74 years of business.
Jim’s customers continue their relationship with him from sale to sale. This is due to his honesty, loyalty to his customers, a commitment to post sales follow-up and his love for the business. One of his cusomters has involved Jim in over 13 boat sales in the last thirty years and he has represented another in over $90 million worth of yachts. Over the past three years, 85% of Jim’s sales have been to repeat clients and referrals.
Jim is one of the few brokers throughout the world to have sold over $500 million in boats. His knowledge of boats, their market value, their systems, quality of construction, extensive marketing of his listings and the ability to find his clients the best values are what sets him apart.
When it comes to experience on the water, Jim has been very fortunate to spend time on yachts in the Bahamas, Carribean, the east coast from Key West to Maine and the most exciting of all, the Mediterranean. Jim and his son reside in Ft. Lauderdale where they enjoy boating aboard their 75’ Hatteras and 34’ Intrepid.