PRLog - Dec. 21, 2010 - FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Curtis Stokes and Associates is a growing high-end yacht brokerage firm based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and specializes in worldwide yacht sales, yacht charters, and new yacht construction. The firm was launched in September 2009 by Curtis Stokes after he spent six years with the Sacks Group. Curtis is a licensed and bonded yacht broker who has recently expanded his sales team with the addition of Wendy Umla. Wendy Umla is also a licensed and bonded salesperson with captain and management expertise in yachts in the 85-171 foot range.
Wendy Umla was raised in New York, always by the water. Her professional career began with land-based industries where she worked in sales and executive positions for a large private vitamin and supplement manufacturer. This also included international business where she was continuously exposed to the sea. Upon deciding to leave that profession, a friend introduced her to the mega yacht industry. She quickly became immersed in the industry working her way up from mate to first officer on the larger boats and subsequently captain.
Her cruising experience has included numerous locations along the East Coast, the Caribbean, and Bahamas as well as three Atlantic crossings. She also has extensive experience in the Mediterranean and New Zealand waters. On board private and charter yachts, Wendy worked with owners and guests during both private and charter trips and was also responsible for many aspects of on board maintenance, electronics, navigation, provisioning, safety, and operations.
Most recently Wendy served as captain on board M/Y Castaway, an 85-foot Lazzara privately owned yacht. She was responsible for all aspects of the vessel including boat handling, engineering, documentation, budgets, itinerary, and trip planning. When the owners decided to sell and purchase a new boat, Wendy worked closely with the prospective owners and brokers on the sale of Castaway as well as the purchase of the new vessel for the original owners. She also maintained and oversaw both boats for over six months. Previous to Castaway, Wendy managed the complete refit of a 156-foot yacht including overseeing a 5-year Lloyd’s survey for the owners.
Wendy holds a host of certifications including a USCG 3000-ton ITC Master upon Oceans, Equivalencies in Marshall Islands, Cayman Islands, and MCA. She is also a charter member of the Superyacht Society, Seakeepers Society, and PYA.
“Her competency in so many aspects of yacht management and her experience with super yachts in particular gives Wendy a strong foundation for representing our high-end yachts,” says Curtis Stokes, President of Curtis Stokes & Associates.
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About Curtis Stokes & Associates
Curtis Stokes is a licensed and bonded yacht broker based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and specializing in worldwide yacht sales, yacht charters and yacht new construction. Curtis Stokes offers professional, honest, discreet and personal assistance to a select group of clients and customers worldwide. For more information about Curtis Stokes & Associates, Inc., please call 1.877.596.0431 or visit www.curtisstokes.net.