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.”
About Engel & Völkers
Engel & Völkers is a global luxury real estate brand. Founded in Hamburg, Germany in 1977, Engel & Völkers draws on its rich European history to deliver a fresh approach to luxury real estate in the Americas with a focus on creating a personalized client experience at every stage of the home buying or selling process for today’s savvy homeowner. Engel & Völkers currently operates approximately 225 shop locations with 4,500 real estate advisors in the Americas, contributing to the brand’s global network of over 13,500 real estate professionals in more than 34 countries, offering both private and institutional clients a professionally tailored range of luxury services, including real estate and yachting. Committed to exceptional service, Engel & Völkers supports its advisors with an array of premium quality business services; marketing programs and platforms; as well as access to its global network of real estate professionals, property listings and market data. Each brokerage is independently owned and operated. For more information, visit www.evrealestate.com.