There was a big surprise waiting for us last week as we headed to the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to inspect several private yacht charter vessels for our clients planning vacations in the Caribbean this winter. Our professional organization, the Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) had sent out an email teaser to the membership regarding “big news” to be announced at the show.
It certainly was big news: Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) rebranded as the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA)
On Friday, November 4th, Cindy Sailor, our FYBA Executive Director, held a news conference at the FYBA display booth to announce the change.
“When we mapped out the FYBA membership, it reinforced what we already knew, that FYBA is truly an international organization with members operating in popular yachting areas not just in Florida but around the globe,” said 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.”
When asked to comment, our own company head-honcho, Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, expressed her support of the change.
“The 1300-plus members of our association are dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism in our industry. While many of us have home offices here in South Florida, the yachting capital of the world, many of our member’s sales and yacht charter private vacations take place in other parts of the world. This rebranding better portrays the diversity of our global reach and the impact our members have on the overall yachting industry.”
Founded nearly 30 years ago, the members of the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA) representing more than 400 businesses, and are responsible for 20 percent of all international yacht sales, 50 percent of all U.S. domestic yacht sales, and a staggering 80 percent of all yacht sales transactions in the state of Florida.
The world’s leading charter brokerages, such as Fraser Yachts, Camper and Nicholsons, Northrop and Johnson, and boutique independent agencies like our own 1-800 Yacht Charters are all IYBA members.
The influence of IYBA extends well beyond yacht sales and luxury yacht charter services. The IYBA Public Affairs Committee is charged with the responsibility to lobby the U.S. and Florida legislation for the benefit of the yachting industry as a whole, regarding issues of boating safety and regulations, financial affairs, and environmental matters.
Sailor believes our members and our Association have earned the recognition of our peers around the globe. “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” said Sailor.
Here, here, Cindy – we couldn’t agree more!!! (The similarity of IYBA’s new corporate logo to our long-established 1-800 Yacht Charters logo shows the kindred spirit of the yacht charter and brokerage industries!)
For more information about the International Yacht Brokers Association, visit www.iyba.yachts.