Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – January 20, 2014 – The Ferretti Group is delighted to announce that well-respected yachting industry professional Bruce Schattenburg has joined its Allied Marine Division, one of the largest new and pre-owned international yacht sales firms in the world, as Director of Luxury Yacht Charters.
In conjunction with this appointment, Ferretti Group has opened a high-profile new Allied Marine office, strategically located in Fort Lauderdale’s “marine mecca”, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, next door to National Marine Suppliers. Schattenburg, who leads the team at the new office, will serve a dual role by expanding Allied Marine’s Luxury Yacht Charter Division and re-opening the Allied Marine-Ferretti Group Superyacht Division, focused on sales of new and pre-owned yachts over 100 feet in length. Ferretti Group companies Ferretti, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line build a large number of superyachts among their many different yacht offerings each year.
A California native who has long made yachting capital Fort Lauderdale his home, Schattenburg brings more than three decades of experience in the yachting industry to his new position with Allied Marine. Most recently, he was Director of U.S. Operations for yacht sales, charter and management company Y.CO USA in Fort Lauderdale. Prior posts include Yacht Broker with International Yacht Collection (IYC), Managing Director/Partner of The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals, and Yacht Broker with Fraser Yachts in both Fort Lauderdale and San Diego, Calif. Deeply involved in promoting and serving the yachting industry, Schattenburg is past President of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association (2009 term), has served on the FYBA Board of Directors since 1999, and is a Founding Member of the U.S. Superyacht Association.
“After admiring Bruce’s charter and sales acumen for the last 25 years, the opportunity finally presented itself for us to work together,” said Jon Burkard, President of Allied Marine. “We are really excited to get somebody of his quality, ethics and background to join our team.”
"A Luxury Yacht Vacation is the perfect experience to introduce new people to the ‘Yachting Lifestyle’. We are finding more and more happy charter clients end up as owners, and some jump straight from chartering to owning a superyacht as their first yacht,” Schattenburg said. “I am extremely interested in bringing the Charter Lifestyle Experience to emerging markets such as Asia and Latin America, where Allied/Ferretti is uniquely positioned with international vested partners to help expand our reach. A Luxury Yacht Vacation is the ‘best kept’ travel secret around the world, and I look forward to working with the Allied Marine team to get the word out.”
Bruce Schattenburg’s new contact information is:
801 Seabreeze Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
N 26 06' 42" / W80 06' 17"