Certified Professional Yacht Brokers Award Don Finkle and Pat Sturgeon with the 2023 Dedicated Service Award
Don Finkle, CPYB Pat Sturgeon, CPYB
WASHINGTON, DC − On November 15, 2023, the Certification Advisory Council of the Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) awarded the 2023 Dedicated Service Award to Pat Sturgeon —a CPYB and yacht broker for Pat Sturgeon Yachts in Mississauga, Ontario and Don Finkle—a CPYB and yacht broker for RCR Yachts in Youngstown, New York.
To be considered, individuals must be a CPYB in good standing; actively engaged in boating and sailing activities on a local, regional and/or national level; exemplify professionalism, ethical behavior, and business practices that are the trademark of the CPYB certification; and actively promote the CPYB program as a way for industry professionals to demonstrate their knowledge and professionalism.
More information about the award can be found here.
In January 2000, the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) held a series of focus groups at its annual conference to discuss the development of an industry-wide professional yacht broker certification program. In spring of that year, the YBAA Professional Development Committee kicked off the certification program design with the goals of raising the professional image of yacht brokers with the boating public and setting an appropriate standard for professional behavior.
Two years later, the Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) program was unveiled, and six prominent yacht broker associations joined YBAA as partner associations to promote and manage this program in collaborative alignment. Since then, hundreds of qualified yacht broker professionals have earned their designation.
Learn more about the CPYB program at www.cpyb.net.