Curtis Stokes, Yacht Broker
Curtis Stokes & Associates Opens New Mid-Atlantic Office
Curtis Stokes, Yacht Broker
Curtis' yachting career includes everything from a 75' Trumpy to a 180' Feadship. He has been associated with and enjoyed worldwide cruising on such well known vessels as EXCELLENCE, FIFFANELLA, OUR TOY, MOECCA, RENEGADE, KISSES and HUNTRESS. Curtis also gained experience as sales manager at Hatteras Yachts, in New Bern, NC, where he helped develop and sell new models and train and coordinate his dealer network. Curtis left Hatteras Yachts after Brunswick Corp. bought the company to pursue his ultimate goal of being an independent yacht broker. Curtis now enjoys working as a team with his wife, Gill, associated with Curtis Stokes and Associates based in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Curtis holds an active USCG 3000 ton Master license and a PADI Divemaster certificate. He is also a former Emergency Medical Technician, firefighter and CPR instructor. Curtis is an active member of the Professional Yachtsmen's Association, Superyacht Society, Coastal Conservation Association, Billfish Foundation, International Gamefish Association, and Duck's Unlimited.
My honest approach to the "business" side of yachting sets me apart from other brokers. Please feel free to CONTACT ME at Curtis Stokes and Associates and start that relationship of quality service, advice, and support, which will continue long after buying or selling your yacht.
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Yacht Broker Rob Dorfmeyer
Curtis Stokes & Associates, a yacht brokerage firm that markets and sells yachts worldwide, announced that it has hired Rob Dorfmeyer. Selected to open and run the Company’s new Mid-Atlantic sales office, Dorfmeyer will utilize his experience leading PassageMaker Magazine and Trawler Fest events, as well as his extensive understanding of the trawler and luxury yacht markets, to provide Curtis Stokes & Associates’ professional service to Chesapeake Bay area boaters.
“We are very pleased to have Rob join our growing team,” said Curtis Stokes, president. “Rob certainly knows the product we sell, as well as the people we assist in buying and selling yachts. He will be a great addition to our existing professional sales team.”
Curtis Stokes & Associates is a licensed and bonded yacht brokerage headquartered in Fort Lauderdale with clients located around the globe. The Company provides assistance in buying, selling, building and chartering yachts. It prides itself on offering honest, personal and discreet service to a select group of clients.
Over the last six years, Rob Dorfmeyer made a name for himself as General Manager and Publisher of PassageMaker Magazine. He also presided over the publication’s educational boat show series, Trawler Fest, which has become the primary source of information and education about cruising under power. A life-long boater since his childhood days on Lake Erie, Dorfmeyer understands the dreams and motivations of boaters who follow their passion for the sea. Originally from the Midwest, Dorfmeyer resides in Annapolis, Maryland and enjoys spending time aboard his 40’ Tiara with his two grown daughters.
Yacht Broker Tom Sheehy
Industry veteran Tom Sheehy has joined Curtis Stokes & Associates as a yacht broker for the Florida West Cost. A yacht broker since 1998, Tom brings an unusual depth and breadth of experience to benefit buyers and sellers.
Tom’s boating experience runs the gamut from over a decade high-speed racing as an Unlimited Hydroplane Driver to leisurely sailboat cruising in the Bahamas. He’s also a fishing and diving enthusiast. This wide-ranging, first-hand experience in all areas of boating bring unique insight to understanding the desires of yacht buyers.
Prior to joining Curtis Stokes & Associates, Tom was most recently a broker with Ross Yacht Sales in Dunedin and Gilman Yachts in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Tom Sheehy can be reached at email@example.com or 727-742-2772.
Yacht Broker Bransom Bean
Curtis Stokes & Associates has had an international presence since the company started and has recently enhanced their international reach with the addition of Bransom Bean as a new sales associate to be based in Isle of Man in the British Isles. He will be part of a widely experienced brokerage team with the ability to manage and service clients around the globe.
Bransom is a seasoned seafarer, author, and international executive whose work in the yachting community gives him unique opportunities to represent Curtis Stokes & Associates. As a Business Coach focusing on marine businesses, he helps individuals and entities identify and achieve their goals. Bransom says, “Now I will look forward to helping people I encounter along the way find their perfect yacht.”
Bransom’s maritime experience ranges from recreational power boating and sailing to serving as an Officer in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. In 1996/97 he raced in the BT Global Challenge, a 33,000 mile race, west about, under sail and south of both Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope as crew in Commercial Union Assurance. Among many impressive passagemaking experiences on Bransom’s resume, a significant achievement in his marine career is organizing and raising the requisite US$1 million sponsorship to fund the Isle of Man’s entry in the 2000/2001 BT Global Challenge, a project with 20 major sponsors he managed with the Isle of Man government.
A founder and first Executive Director of the U.S. Superyacht Association, he is also a member of the International Superyacht Society, the Professional Yachtsman Association, Boating Writer’s International, the Yachting Journalists’ Association, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), the Propeller Club, the US Navy League, the Merchant Navy Association, and the Submarine League.
Due to the economic crisis in the U.S. over the last two years, Curtis Stokes has used his experience marketing and selling yachts worldwide to continue to meet his client’s expectations by reaching potential buyers around the world. With an improving economic environment, Curtis sees a growing opportunity in the many countries in which his company’s clients live and cruise, and the European market is a major center of activity and opportunity. Bransom Bean will be based in his own home port of Isle of Man and will travel worldwide to bring new clients to Curtis Stokes & Associates.
“I appreciate Bransom’s business sense and the successes he encountered in launching and managing his businesses. He was sought after repeatedly in the business world and I expect that trend to continue as he networks in the yacht brokerage industry. He has an outgoing personality and has a strong commitment to the yachting industry as a whole. And, his Isle of Man base puts him on Europe’s doorstep,” says Curtis Stokes, President of Curtis Stokes & Associates.
Bransom Bean can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44.7.624.493667.
Yacht Broker Bill Nelson
Fort Lauderdale, Florida- Curtis Stokes & Associates has announced the addition of a new sales associate, Bill Nelson, which brings the rapidly growing international yacht brokerage company to a team of six professionals who represent the company’s brokerage inventory and customer relations worldwide.
Bill Nelson has over 35 years of experience in the marine industry and has most recently managed his own marine consultants company which provides consultants in the areas of yacht brokerage, new construction and marine surveyors. He is joining Curtis Stokes & Associates because of the opportunity to reach a broader client base where he can apply his expertise in all facets of brokerage, management and cruising. “Bill has not only managed the buying, selling and service of a wide range of yachts but he has also worked on yachts from 194’ to 65’ as a project manager and captain. This type of firsthand experience is very valuable to our clients,” says Curtis Stokes, President of Curtis Stokes & Associates.
Bill was introduced to boating at the age of 16 when he started club racing at Mentor Harbor Yachting Club, located just outside of Cleveland, OH. Soon after attending Bowling Green University in OH, Bill moved to Ft. Lauderdale to pursue a career in the yachting industry by starting as a deckhand. Since that time Bill has compiled a significant track record in all facets of the marine industry. In addition to owning and operating his own full-service brokerage, charter and management company, Bill holds a USCG 1600 ton license and has extensive experience in vessel design, construction and repair including having managed the refit of a 194’ Amels Motor Yacht. Through his time managing and captaining a variety of yachts Bill has gained cruising experience all along the east coast of the U.S., Great Lakes and inland waterways, the Bahamas, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, the west coast of Central America, the Mediterranean, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.
“I believe my success is due not only to my strong technical knowledge of yachts but also my attention to detail and superior customer service skills. The Curtis Stokes & Associates team is a great match for my own passion and skill sets,” shares Nelson.
Bill Nelson will be based in Fort Lauderdale and will be a lead contact for yacht sales in the southeast region. He can be reached at email@example.com or 954.328.0074; he will be with the Curtis Stokes & Associates team at the Next Boat Show where the company will have several yachts on display.
Yacht Broker James Engelder
Fort Lauderdale, FL– Curtis Stokes and Associates recently expanded their sales and marketing yacht team with the addition of James Engelder who will specialize in yacht sales on the West Coast of Florida. James has been in the marine industry for 25 years and in addition to his new role with Curtis Stokes and Associates, he also owns and operates Ultimate Marine Services Corporation in the Tampa Bay area.
He holds a 200 GRT-500 IGT Master Marine License, is a Marine Diesel Technician and corporate yacht Captain. His various roles in the marine industry have allowed him to develop a valuable combination of technical knowledge, on board experience and customer service. He is certified in Caterpillar, Cummins, and Detroit engines and specialized in diesel engine overhauls, electrical systems and refrigeration. He also has extensive experience at the helm of corporate yachts on East and West Coast waters.
James grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and as a young boy became fascinated with boats. He graduated from Nashville Auto- Diesel College in 1979 and took a position as a Diesel Technician with Ryder Truck Rental in Newport News, Virginia, who later relocated him to Tampa where he repaired and maintained Ryder Commercial Lease Diesel Fleet trucks.
His first boat was a 42-foot 1957 steel-hulled Chris Craft Roamer, which he lived aboard with his new wife in Anna Maria, Florida, while also repairing and restoring the boat at the dock. Finally, James followed his passion and started Ultimate Marine Services Corp. He pursued further education and became marine-certified on all the major marine diesel engines and generators. He then became a dealer of Northern Lights and Phasor Generators, Volvo Penta Engines and parts as well as Cummins Engines.
When asked by a client to become a corporate yacht Captain, he put his business on hold and he and his wife worked as a team aboard two corporate yachts. They spent six years in the Bahamas and Caribbean and two years in San Diego to manage the build of a custom-built long-range 80-foot sport fish yacht. He served as project manager and also captain of this yacht for seven years. As project manager, he worked with the engineers, electricians, woodworking shop, fiberglass, paint team and other craftsmen overseeing the build. As captain, he cruised from California down the Pacific coast of Mexico, to Panama (through the Panama canal three times), to the Caribbean and Bahamas, to Connecticut and finally to Long Boat Key, Florida where the boat remained based. When the yacht sold, James delivered it to La Paz, Mexico, where he trained the new captain.
He worked in the Bahamas as development project manager for a small marina and restaurant and then returned to the Tampa Bay area to resume operations of Ultimate Marine Services Corp. He now has an ideal combination of working in sales and service.
“James’ diverse skill set and broad prospective on yachts, their systems and operations will make him a great asset to the team and our clients who work with him,” says Curtis Stokes, president of Curtis Stokes and Associates.
James Engelder can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941.586.5758.
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