The Chicago Yacht Broker
Windy City Yacht Brokerage LLC is owned and operated by Jeff Pierce, CPYB(see below for explanation) since 2004. Jeff also holds a Florida Yacht Broker License. He is the only one in the Chicago area with each of these designations.
Not only is Jeff a Yacht Broker, he is also a boater himself, having totally restored a 1986 52' Jefferson .
Windy City Yachts uses standard Yacht Broker Association of America contracts, used by hundreds of other brokers so you know everything is being conducted in an ethical manner.
Whether you are buying or selling a boat, Jeff makes certain that it is an easy and satisfying experience.
* What does the CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker) designation mean?
- A yacht broker who has passed a rigorous 3 hour exam.
- A yacht broker who follows the Code of Ethics from the National Yacht Brokers Certification Program.
- A yacht broker who has completed the necessary continuing education requirements to maintain membership.
There are only 5 CPYB yacht brokers on Lake Michigan from Milwaukee to Saugatuck.
About Windy City Yachts
Windy City Yacht Brokerage, LLC was founded by Jeff Pierce in 2004 to bring the very highest level of service and marketing to the owners of power boats in the Chicago area.
Jeff has a long history as a boater that began in early childhood when he learned how to sail and water-ski at the family's cottage in northern Wisconsin. When his children were young, he taught them how to water-ski behind an 18' speed boat. For five years, he owned a 27' Sea Ray that the family enjoyed on the Fox Lake Chain. This was followed by a 37' Sea Ray in Burnham Harbor for eight years. In 2006, Jeff purchased a 52' Jefferson in a bank repossession that had been abandoned for four years. During the next two years, he painstakingly restored and updated the Broke-R, doing most of the work himself.
Jeff's interest in boating led him to become a yacht broker after 35 years of sales and sales management in the computer and networking industries. During those years, he won numerous awards as a top performer. Becoming a yacht broker has been the fulfillment of a lifetime passion for boating. Jeff is dedicated to helping people find just the right boat to make their lives more enjoyable and more meaningful.
Additionally, Jeff has been a member of the Chicago Yacht Club since 1997 as a "Regular Member". He was an "Associate Member" from 1970 to 1977. Additionally, he is a member to the Diversey Yacht Club.
Professionally, Jeff is a member of the Yacht Brokers Association of America. In July, 2007, he received a Florida salesman license and in 2009 became a Florida Yacht Broker--one of only few brokers in the upper Midwest to have done so. In 2008, he passed the rigorous test to become a CPYB(Certified Professional Yacht Broker) Jeff has an Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University and an MBA from the Univ. of Chicago.