First Name: Michael
Last Name: Smith
Company Name: YachtBiz SW
Type: Professional Member - Associate
Licensed Broker: Yes

Having spent many summers boating on the water at a young age, I had developed a love and passion for the yachting lifestyle.

I now am a well seasoned professional in the boating industry with over 30 years of experience. Graduating college with an

Electronic Engineering degree, I began my career designing yacht layouts for Fraser Yachts. Entrepreneurship started early with

owning and operating a Dry Stak Marina on the Mississippi River as well as Platinum Service Dealerships on the West Coast.

Selling many boat lines in both locations providing my clients with an unrivaled level of knowledge and experience on all matters

relating to the yachting industry. With my expertise in repair, having multiple certifications with major manufacturers, achieving

the highest certification as a Master Technician. I believe in education and I am a great teacher who helps my employees and

clients learn about the various systems and many features onboard the top quality vessels. As a great listener, I will take the time necessary and ask the appropriate questions to understand the customers needs. One of my favorite accomplishments was racing in the highly competitive and intensely challenging APBA F1 Powerboat Circuit. My drive and attention to detail, guidance and confidence helps assure the needs of my coworkers and clients.

Over the course of my career, I've demonstrated my talents for Marina operations. Having started a Dry Stak Marina on the

Mississippi River, operating and performing all inclusive tasks of the business. This business was also a boat dealership selling

Envision and Mach I boats. This business was the largest Dry Stak on the Illinois side of the Mississippi. The building size was

33,000 square feet. My next goal was achieved as owning and operating a Premium Service Center for Mercruiser and receiving the highest honor of Master Technician. The service center had a complete Marine Store and boat sales included Kal Custom Ski Centurion and Blue Water & the Fisher line of boats and pontoons. As a Licensed Selling Broker for Florida, yacht sales include Sunseeker, Princess Yachts, Hatteras, Choey Lee, Feadship, Carver, Sea Ray, Riviera, Boston Whaler, Prestige, Ferretti,Edgewater, Tiara to name a few. My overall experience has included working with the Core of Engineers to assure river rights and designing the river front cart & dockage, including indoor rack storage to maximize both summer and winter storage. Our Nautical Marine store was competing with West Marine and Bass Pro and included online sales as well. I have been instrumental in operating and understanding all faucets of the Marine industry and knowing what it takes to be a profitable business.