John Slate, Sales Brokers - Fort Lauderdale N&J

John Slate

Yacht Broker

My Present
Hi, my name is John Slate, and my job as a Yacht Broker is to find the best yachts at the best deals for my clients. I have been with N&J for four years, based out of the Fort Lauderdale office. I love facilitating my client's yacht buying, selling or new-build journey, assisting them each step of the way in any way I can. The best part of my job is hearing incredible stories from my clients about how their yacht brings their families together to create unforgettable memories. I'm uniquely positioned to choose the clients I work with and only work with the best. Guiding them in one of the most important purchases of their lives makes me incredibly proud.

My Past
I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and began boating, surfing and fishing at an early age. The sea is part of everyday life in Florida, and in my youth, I began fixing up boats behind my home so that I could spend my free time on the water. I got started in the yachting and shipyard industry at Roscioli Yachting Center in the early 90s. I moved up the ranks while learning all facets of the business and became the yard manager working hand-in-hand building the Donzi line of custom sportfishing yachts and repairing some of the largest motor yachts on the market today.

In 2003, I received my brokerage license. I sold many vessels traded in on the Donzi line and quickly developed familiarity with brokerage on the sportfish market. I added motor yachts into my wheelhouse and became a liaison for owners to manage or broker their investments. My extensive knowledge in shipbuilding, repair and refit makes me a valuable ally for clientele looking to purchase new and pre-owned yachts.

In 2011, I joined Zeelander Yachts as president; there, I implemented a strategic sales team, formulated a marketing plan, set up a service team and worked directly with existing customers to brand and expand the line.

My Future
To continue meeting amazing new people and ensuring they have the right boat that works for their specific needs.

My Motto
If you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes

My Outside-office Life

  • I love spending time with my family, especially my daughter. I'm extremely focused on exercise and nutrition and implement them into my daily routine

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