Those of you who are not yet Certified Professional Yacht Brokers (CPYB) may be like I was some years ago, skeptical of the value in return for the effort and expense, or maybe a bit intimidated by taking a three hour exam. In my case, I felt that because I had been a successful broker for decades, I should not have to prove my ability by taking an exam. However, I came to realize that I was becoming an outlier as more and more of my peers saw the value of achieving the CPYB designation. It also became apparent that those who were certified were looked at more favorably by fellow brokers and more importantly by consumers purchasing boats. It was time to set aside my pride and begin to study for the exam. Despite my forty years of experience I found that there were many things in the study material that I did not know. I am now more confident as a broker thanks to the time devoted to study and learning new things. In fact, I recently reviewed The Guide from front to back and found the refresher to be helpful.
The CPYB Certification Advisory Council (CAC) and the CPYB Exam Review Committee thank Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers Association members and the other 27 members from YBAA, FYBA, NYBA, CYBA, BCYBA and BOD who volunteered to take the 199 question, 4 hour CPYB pilot exam. The CPYB Exam Review Committee consisted of the following volunteers: Chairman – Lon Bubeck, California Yacht Brokers Association; Alan Powell, Northwest Yacht Brokers Association: Paul Shield, British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association; Pat Sturgeon, Boating Ontario Dealer; Leslie Quarrier, YBAA; Brian Commette, YBAA; David Jackson, Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers Association; Chris Carrere, Florida Yacht Brokers Association and staff, Colleen McDonough and Vin Petrella.
Dating back to the start of the Grow Boating Initiative, improving the consumer experience before and after the sale has been a priority. Both the NMMA’s Certified Boat and the MRAA’s Marine Industry Certified Dealership programs have been successful in raising the bar in their respective areas. The Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) program is another key initiative that will raise the level of service for the boating consumer. Given that many first time buyers enter the recreational boating industry through a pre-owned boat purchase it’s important that their first experience is a good one. We are pleased to add content to the Discover Boating websites to increase the awareness of this important initiative. Let’s work together to change the old saying to be, the best two days of a boater’s life….is Saturday and Sunday. We look forward to your continued success.
Chairman, Grow Boating, Inc.
President, Grow Boating, Inc.
The number of brokerage boats sold in April in the U.S. improved slightly over the number sold in April, 2015, but the total price paid was incrementally lower. Volume increased by 20 boats, to 2,926, a 1 percent gain, and total value declined $10.8 million to $464.2 million, according to YachtWorld member brokerages reporting in SoldBoats.
Get ready for great networking, valuable education and stimulating conversation - YBAA's 2016 University events are coming this summer.
The popular one-day luncheon events offer the latest technical, legal, ethical and transactional expertise from leading authorities, all designed to strengthen your role as a yacht sales professional.
Upcoming events are scheduled as follows:
July 19 -Marriott Downtown Hotel - Providence, RI
July 21 - Doubletree Hotel - Annapolis, MD
ATTEND AND EARN 10 CPYB RECERTIFICATION CREDITS
More details and registration information to follow.
The Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) and the Yacht Broker Institute LLC (YBI) have signed a cooperative agreement to mutually support the broker education and professional certification efforts as provided by each organization.
The Good Run - Life's Better with a Boat........
May 25, 2016
10 CPYB Recertification Credits
Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynwood WA
June 1, 2016
3 CPYB Recertification Credits
THE FACE OF MARINE LENDING BEFORE AND AFTER THE GREAT RECESSION
June 8, 2016
10 CPYB Recertification Credits
Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Corona del Mar, CA
Integrity Yacht Sales owner, Vicki Rasmussen, CPYB is a Big Believer in the Value of Professional Certification