Published: Thursday, 10 November 2016

The largest and most influential organisation for professional yacht and luxury yacht charter brokers, Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) has rebranded itself as the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA).

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(Images: IYBA - Paul Burgess, Bob Denison, Gary Smith, IYBA Executive Director Cindy Sailor, Bob Saxon, IYBA President Paul Flannery, Jeff Partin, Bruce Schattenburg and Jason Dunbar)

IYBA was created in 1987 under the name FYBA to unite those engaged in the yacht brokerage business for the purpose of promoting professionalism and cooperation among its members; and to promote and maintain a high standard of conduct in the transacting of the yacht brokerage business.

“When we mapped out the FYBA membership, it reinforced what we already knew, that FYBA is truly an international organisation with members operating in popular yachting areas not just in Florida, but around the globe,” says FYBA Executive Director Cindy Sailor. “Our new name, ‘International Yacht Brokers Association’, better reflects who we are − the largest and most prestigious group of professional yacht and charter brokers in the world.”

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Founded nearly 30 years ago, the International Yacht Brokers Association has over 1,350 individual members representing more than 400 businesses. Its members are responsible for 20 per cent of all international yacht sales, as well as 50 per cent of all U.S. domestic yacht sales and 80 per cent of all yacht sales transactions in the state of Florida. IYBA’s on-going mission is to raise the standard of professionalism among its members as well as within the international yacht and charter brokerage industries. The IYBA Public Affairs Committee, with the support of the membership, also continues to influence U.S. and Florida legislation for the benefit of the yachting industry as a whole.

“As we go into the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, an event that also started out as Florida-specific and grew into the world’s largest in-water boat show, our new brand positioning will help IYBA members to command the respect from our domestic and international colleagues that they deserve,” says Sailor.