In this week’s NoJo Spotlight, we sit down with Rebecca Stella, Key Account Manager, Strategic Partnerships. Rebecca manages Northrop & Johnson’s alliances with strategic partners. Born and raised in Miami, Rebecca’s had a lifelong passion for the water. She is an advocate for environmental conservation and sustainable practices, especially as it pertains to our oceans and waterways, and regularly attends and leads coastal cleanups.
How did you get into the yachting industry and what led you to where you are today?
I met Daniel Wade and the N&J team when I represented a client of mine as a partner during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in 2018. We worked together well, and when it was time to grow the Strategic Partnerships division, Daniel asked if I was interested in joining the team. It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up!
What do you think makes N&J special?
The company culture at Northrop & Johnson is unlike any I’ve seen in a workplace before. It is truly a fun place to work and a great group of people to work with. That culture and genuinely friendly attitude trickles down from the leadership team and is very much a part of being a “NoJo!” Beyond that, I work for a company where I am respected, where I can grow, and where I have an incredible work/life balance.
What do you like most about your job?
What accomplishment at N&J makes you most proud?
I spearheaded and managed the nomination process for the South Florida Business Journal Best Places to Work Awards and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Top Workplaces Awards, two honors that Northrop & Johnson received/won in 2021!
What is your favorite cruising destination and why?
The Greek Islands – it’s the most beautiful destination I’ve visited and the food from this region is my absolute favorite.
If you had a yacht what type of yacht would you have?
A yacht with great outdoor spaces for lounging and sunbathing.
If you had a yacht where would you spend the most time aboard?
What’s your favorite activity you enjoy with friends/family?
Eating and drinking together! Cooking meals at home, barbecues, dining out, happy hours, etc.
What is one fun/unique fact about yourself?
I swam and played water polo competitively for all four years of high school.