The global luxury real estate brand’s first yachting shop on the East Coast joins existing U.S. locations in Newport Beach and Sausalito, CA
Engel & Völkers today announced the launch of its third yachting shop in the Americas, located in Naples, FL and led by license partner Paul Benson, along with Walter Johnson and Leeann Iacino the shops’ president and chief operating officer respectively. Benson, Johnson and Iacino launched Engel & Völkers’ first yachting shop in the Americas in January 2020 in Newport Beach, followed by an expansion into Sausalito shortly thereafter. This is Engel & Völkers Yachting Americas’ first location on the East Coast.
“Globally, Engel & Völkers continues to build a strong offering from the Mediterranean to California, and now to Florida,” said Anthony Hitt, president and CEO, Engel & Völkers Americas. “Real estate and yacht sales have a natural synergy, and with the collective expertise of Paul, Walter and Leeann, this new shop further builds upon the value we’re able to deliver to our license partners, advisors and clients around the world.”
Engel & Völkers Yachting Americas collectively boasts a team of 18 dedicated yacht professionals with a deep knowledge and expertise across all brands and sizes of power and sailboards, as well as megayachts. There are also two charter divisions of Engel & Völkers Yachting Americas, one located on the West Coast, and one on the East Coast. The newly opened Florida yachting location is located within the Engel & Volkers Olde Naples real estate shop in the heart of main street on 5th Avenue, close to restaurants, shopping and within walking distance to area marinas and the beach.
“Right now, the yacht market is very similar to the real estate market,” said Benson. “Yacht purchases have absolutely sky-rocketed over the last 14 months. Instead of vacationing by air, consumers are hitting the water in record numbers, and with Florida being the yacht capital of the world, the timing is ideal for our expansion.”
“We pride ourselves on five-star service and reputation,” added Johnson. “We’re thrilled to now be able to extend the experience Engel & Völkers is known for worldover to our yachting clients with a presence in Florida. The brand’s reputation for luxury service and global yet closely-connected network of leading professionals is what drew us to become part of Engel & Völkers and is what continues to deliver results for our clients.”