Yacht Brokerage Association of America
YBAA (formerly the Yacht Architects and Brokers Association, YABA) was the original yacht brokerage association in the United States. Past Presidents include Jim Northrop (1961 to 63), Skip Mansfield (1968 to 70), Bob Leslie, Northrop & Johnson Boston (1991 to 93), Hank Halsted, Northrop & Johnson Newport (1993 to 95), Brian Commette, Northrop & Johnson Newport (2001 to 03). In addition, Northrop & Johnson brokers have populated the Association’s Board of Directors consistently since the 1980s and at many times in previous years.
During his tenure as President, Brian Commette launched the Certified Professional Yacht Broker Program (CPYB), which culminated in an exacting examination on all aspects of yacht brokerage, from ethics to international law, contracts, registration and documentation requirements and all other aspects of the profession.