Broker Skip Mansfield was honored Jan. 30 with the Florida Yacht Brokers Association’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.
A licensed yacht salesman and charter broker at Sarasota Yacht & Ship, Mansfield helped Northrop & Johnson open offices around the country, most of which still exist today. Mansfield later was hired by Dick Bertram to manage all of his operations in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. And he established Emerald Yacht and Ship, which he ran for 21 years.
Accepting his award at FYBA’s annual dinner on Jan. 30, he told the audience of one of his first trips on a boat, which ended in the boat coming ashore with broken shroud. He mentioned to a man on the dock that he was thinking of getting into the boating business but wasn’t sure he could make a living at it. The man told him: It’s always been there for me, it’s usually been good, and it’s never let me down. Words he took to heart, and after 50 years, still hold true, he said.
At age 88, he’s still an avid sailor, having recently finished the Regata del Sol al Sol, a 456-mile race from St. Petersburg, Fla., to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
Also honored at the dinner was Jon Burkard, president of Allied Marine Brokerage & Charter, who was named FYBA’s Broker of the Year. Burkard has worked in yacht sales and management for the past 35 years, and has served on FYBA’s board for more than 10 years.
FYBA’s Charter Professional of the Year honor was awarded to Barbara Stork Landeweer of International Yacht Collection. She joined IYC in 2010 with more than 20 years experience in yachting. She landed her first yachting job at Fraser, then joined The Sacks Group, joining IYC when the firm acquired Sacks.
In presenting the award, charter broker Daphne d’Offay said when she first got into the business, her first bit of advice was to go talk to Landeweer. “She knows everybody,” she said.
“Charter professionals from many different companies vote on award selection,” Landeweer said. “It makes me so proud that they think highly of me, my hard work and that my professional way of doing business is appreciated and acknowledged. This is a big deal.”
Her 2014 charter yacht registry includes the 169-foot Benetti M/Y Sai Ram, the 164-foot Westport M/Y Aquavita, the 164-foot Delta M/Y Arianna, the 145-foot Heesen M/Y At Last, and the 140-foot Proteksan M/Y Capricorn.
FYBA also welcomed its new board of directors. Re-elected to serve a two-year term are Gary Smith of Sarasota Yacht & Ship as president, Bob Saxon of International Yacht Collection as vice president, Bruce Schattenburg of Allied Marine and Paul Flannery of HMY Yachts as board members.
Newly elected to two-year terms on the board were Jason Dunbar of Luke Brown Yachts, Paul Burgess of Sunseeker International, and Jeff Partin of Camper & Nicholsons.
These board members join existing members Bob Zarchen of Ardell Yacht & Ship Brokers (treasurer), Bob Denison of Denison Yacht Sales, Jeff Erdmann of Allied Marine, and George Jousma of Sanlorenzo, who return to complete their terms.
“I am looking forward to working with the board of directors to raise the standards of professionalism for our industry even further, as well as taking on issues that will benefit the brokerage and marine industry as a whole by bringing more boats and jobs to the U.S.,” said FYBA Executive Director Ann Vernon.