Meet our Team
J. Eric Smith, CPYB
Eric has been in the marine industry since 1990. He has worked for two premier yacht yards on Cape Cod and has worked in yacht sales since 1995 winning awards from Back Cove, Sabre and Hatteras Yachts. Eric holds his Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) designation as well as 100 Ton Master Captain's License, is a member of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association and a graduate of Providence College. He is versed in all aspects of the transaction including surveys, tax laws, market valuations, marine finance and insurance as well as contract negotiations. Eric and his Wife live in the Boston area with their Daughter.
Dana Brandt has his professional roots in the automotive and marine aftermarket business. His successes and trials as both business owner and more recently sales/marketing manager have well prepared him for the new career challenge of Yacht Brokerage. Dana and his wife Lori live in Plymouth, MA, and share a passion for boating that began (for those who may remember) with a build-it-yourself skiff from Armstrong Boats in Norwell, MA. Since those days a few boats have come and gone, and many hours have been logged sharing adventures and creating memories investigating the waters of Cape Cod and the islands.
Scott is our newest broker. Having worked over 25 years in the world of corporate sales, Scott decided it was time to do what he loved. Having grown up around boats for his entire life, he and his beautiful wife agreed that a change of pace was in order. Scott enjoys everything about the outdoors. Boating, skiing, fishing, hunting, gardening and golf are just a few of his pastimes. He and his teenage son share a special fondness for their "camp" in the middle of nowhere in Maine. Working out of our Kittery Point, Maine location, we think you will find him accessible with a relaxed style which shows his love for the marine industry. His motto is "this isn't a job, it's a lifestyle".
Kyle grew up boating with his family and has turned his passion for the water in to a career. After graduating from Flagler College in St. Augustine FL, Kyle operated a sailing school and captained a 52' Hinckley. Many of his summers were spent tuna fishing; running a 39' express Hatteras out of the Wentworth Marina in New Castle NH. During the past 15 years Kyle worked as Operations Manager for a full service yacht yard and managing a yacht brokerage. Because of his vast experience and knowledge Kyle has a great knack for matching his clients with the appropriate vessel. With strong ties to the NH Seacoast and his outstanding customer service Kyle has developed many long-term relationships and enjoys much repeat business in the brokerage industry. In his free time Kyle enjoys fishing, sailing and watching his kids play sports.
With years of experience in the Marine Industry, Vinny joins Smith Yacht Sales with tremendous knowledge and expertise! Vinny owned and operated his own Marina for nearly 30 years and is currently the Sales and Service Manager here at the Hingham Shipard Marina. Vinny is also the owner of Black Diamond Marine Service and Yacht Sales. Vinny's decision to join the Smith Yacht Sales brokerage team stems from his desire to increase buying and selling opportunities for his valued customers. If you ever see Vinny not working, he will most likely be out boating, golfing or lounging by his pool with his lovely wife Cathy, his 3 grown sons and his many delightful grandchildren. Welcome aboard Vinny!
Please welcome Todd Fedele, our newest broker at large! Todd is a lifetime friend of Smith Yacht Sales and we have worked together with Todd on many deals in the past. Hoping to keep that excellent track record going, we invited Todd to make it official as a Smith Yacht Sales broker. Todd is a USCG licensed Captain who was born and raised on Cape Cod. He has fished and boated in these local waters his entire life. Todd also has extensive experiene in both blue water and inshore angling. Nobody knows boats and fishing like Todd. His enthusiasm is contagious and it shows! Welcome Todd!
Dave has over 15 years of experience in the Marine Industry. For the past 11 years, David and his family have developed Sunset Bay Marina (Hull, MA) from the ground up. With extensive experience operating Sunset Bay Marina, David has a keen talent for understanding his customers wants and needs. In a addition to his expertise in yacht brokerage, David's Marina and full service yard are able to provide Smith Yacht Sales' clients with a comprehensive boating experience with everything from slips, moorings and winter storage to paint, fiberglass, canvas and upholstery restoration to mechanical and electrical work on site. Please welcome Dave aboard!
Please welcome another new broker this Fall 2018!
Having been in both the commercial and recreational side of the Marine industry and attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Dan has made boats his life. He is familiar with the mainstream and custom boat builders on the east coast working as a product manager for the distributor of Kohler Marine Generators and Hamilton Jet. As a result, Dan enjoys working with his customers to deliver the best possible product and that includes his work as a broker! Dan brings an array of boating knowledge to the Smith Yacht Sales' Team and we are delighted to have him! Please join us in welcoming Dan aboard!
Join us in welcoming Tony Virginio to our team. Tony started out in boating building wooden row boats in the "Jersey Skiff" style and learned about boating along the Jersey Shore where he grew up working summers clamming and fixing his family boat. Along the way he became an Accountant and had a great career in Finance. Tony will be now be acting as a Captain for Smith Yacht Sales. We look forward to working with him as he helps us with the transportation aspect of the business! Should you need help with trasportation, please contact our Office Manager, Connie for more information.
Jim Glynn, Service Manager
Meet Jim Glynn, our new service manager,aka,MacGyver. Jim has been around boats all his life. Growing up in North Weymouth, he has always been drawn to the water and everything that swims, crawls or floats on it. He has been repairing and maintaining boats for as long as he remembers starting with his Dad's. Jim's been a marine service technician for over 31 years. His expertise includes, but is not limited to: Electronics and Electrical Systems, Hydraulics and Pneumatics,Mechanical Systems, including inboard, gas, diesel, stern drives and outboards, & Winterization. His factory service training includes Yamaha, OMC, Honda, Suzuki, Volvo, MerCruiser, Kohler Generators and CruisAir Marine HVAC systems. Jim earned his Master Technician Certificate from MerCruiser in 2005. When he is not working on boats, Jim enjoys fishing and building custom guitars and amps.
Connie is now handling our day to day office management at Smith Yacht Sales. She has an extensive business background, working for many years as a technical writer and then as a business owner in the commercial print industry. Most importantly, Smith Yacht Sales facilitated the sale of Connie and her husband's boat so easily that Connie decided to come aboard and join the team!
Leisa drives our Smith Yacht Sales Marketing platform. Leisa has an MBA from Suffolk University and a BS in Biology and Business from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She has over 25 years of business experience in both Sales and Marketing. Her latter expertise is with small business and entrepreneurial marketing. Leisa resides on the South Shore with her husband and their family.