Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – February 9, 2016 – The Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA), the world’s largest association of professional yacht brokers and yacht charter agents, has elected a new association president and new members of its board of directors for 2016. The results of the election were announced at the FYBA’s Annual Meeting, which was held January 23, 2016 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Fort Lauderdale. 

The new president of the FYBA is Paul Flannery of SYS Palm Beach (a division of Sarasota Yacht & Ship). He was elected to a one-year term as president, 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 serving as chair of the Arbitration & Ethics Committee.

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

New members elected to the FYBA Board of Directors for two-year terms include Jeff Stanley of Gilman Yachts and Rob Newton of Yachtzoo. They join the following existing members of the board:

• Paul Flannery – President – SYS Palm Beach

• Bob Saxon – Vice President – Bob Saxon Consultancy

• Bob Denison – Secretary – Denison Yacht Sales

• Bob Zarchen – Treasurer – Ardell Yacht & Ship

• Gary Smith – Immediate Past President – Sarasota Yacht & Ship

• Paul Burgess – Northrop & Johnson

• Jason Dunbar – Luke Brown Yachts

• Jeff Partin – Camper & Nicholsons 

• Bruce Schattenburg – Denison Yacht Sales

“We are honored that these busy individuals have chosen to volunteer their time to serve on FYBA’s board,” Sailor said. “Their combined knowledge and expertise will serve the association and its members well during the next two years.”

Media Contacts:

Louisa Beckett

Turnkey Communications & PR, Inc.

(772) 232-6457 (Office) 

(954) 599-9355 (Cell)


Cindy Sailor

FYBA Executive Director

(954) 522-9270


About FYBA:

Founded in 1987, the Florida Yacht Brokers Association has grown to become the world’s largest organization of professionals engaged in the worldwide practice of selling and buying yachts of all sizes and types. The FYBA mission statement is: “To unite those engaged in the yacht brokerage business for the purpose of promoting cooperation and professionalism among its members.” FYBA serves as a united voice for its members in state and federal legislative and regulatory processes. FYBA is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For more information, visit www.fyba.org.

FYBA is located at The Harbor Shops, 1845 Cordova Rd., Suite 205, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Tel: 954-522-9270 - Fax: 954-764-0697 - Email: fyba@fyba.org

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