Turning a "passion into a profession" is the motto of the new incoming President of the YBAA board; Hal Slater of Brewer Yacht Sales, Branford, CT. Since 2006 it can be said that Hal is one of the lucky ones! He truly loves his profession in yacht sales and he has proven it in so many ways. Hal began making the transition to yacht sales part-time in 2005 and became a full-time employee with Brewer Yacht Sales in 2006 and currently manages the Branford, CT sales office for Brewers. The passion of finding just the right boat for people is so rewarding to Hal. His success has come from the many satisfied customers that he has served over the years, whether it's time for them to "move up" or if they spread the word what a great experience it was to work with such a professional and knowledgeable broker. When it comes to selling your boat or helping you find your dream boat, Hal does his research and follows through with every step in the process. Hal's career started at Stanley Tools in New Britain, CT selling and marketing to key accounts for 17 years. After getting caught up in the "downsize" of the hardware industry during the mid-nineties, Hal then went to work for Milwaukee Electric Tool for the next ten years. The corporate structure and manufacturing went through so many drastic changes that Hal no longer believed in what he was selling. When the corporate mentality put the bottom line ahead of people and their relationships Hal realized it was time for a career change. With the support and encouragement from his wife who said "Do something you love and are passionate about!" The obvious answer was the Marine Industry! Since 2006, Hal has consistently turned heads not only at Brewer Yacht Sales but also throughout the entire marine industry. He has worked hard and has earned the respect of many surveyors, marine technicians, marine craftsmen and yard managers. Hal is a man of his word and will always put the customer first. Hal has earned many multiple awards over the past years ranging from Team Spirit and Most Boats sold, as well as the coveted Broker of the Year/Top Producer award consecutively from 2007-2014. Of all of the awards that could be achieved the greatest one is that of "the satisfied customer". Hal has served on the YBAA Board since 2009 and as vice president for the 2014-2015 term. Hal is proud to be moving up as YBAA President for the 2015-2016 term and looks forward to working with the Board and YBAA staff. He encourages all of the yacht sales professionals to get involved in YBAA and to become "CPYB" certified. I know you will enjoy Hal's consultative approach to buying and selling! His business philosophy is "You have to exceed your client's expectations, all the time"
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