Northrop & Johnson is delighted to announce the arrival of John Weller into the sales division, based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. John grew up on the South Shore of Long Island and became passionate about boats at age 12, when he purchased his first boat. There would be many more to follow… he started out living aboard a 1934 50’ Elco, that they lovingly restored from stem to stern. Two years later he got the sailing bug, purchased the Palmer Johnson, and headed south to the tropics.
Currently, John lives and works in Ft. Lauderdale. He feels very fortunate in life to be able to get up in the morning and do something that he really enjoys. His daughter, Clancy, is now following the family tradition in the boating industry pursuing her Charter career in Ft. Lauderdale. Old cars and motorcycles take up another part of his life his goal is to put 200,000 miles on his 129,000 (present mile). Yet the place of choice is still on the water preferably in the Bahamas on the sailboat that he’s kept for 16 years in Man-O-War, Abaco.
John has been awarded the company’s top broker award 26 times. His experience and communication skills (which he says primarily involves listening to what his clients want in a yacht) have contributed to his success. The needs and desires of yacht owners, for both his repeat clients as well as those looking to purchase their first boat, continues to grow and form lasting relationships that are constantly challenging and exciting to him. One of his most recent accomplishments is the completed construction of a new 240’ Feadship Predator for a previous customer. Also, in the works is a line of Chaperone boats, 150’ to 500’ in length, to escort the owners’ yachts and carry all their equipment and toys.
John loves the opportunity to share the boating with the children of the community by organizing the Annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters Fishing Tournament on the first Saturday of June each year. They have completed their 31st successful tournament, making it the oldest charity fishing tournament in South Florida. The kids of the organization are really terrific and appreciative, plus the boat owners find it equally rewarding. Another pet project, “Weller Days”, was conceived by John after his own battle with cancer several years ago. He arranges for the boat owners to take families who have a child with cancer out for an afternoon of yachting, away from their usual routine of hospitals, doctors and treatments. He is constantly looking for volunteers with boats for both projects, so please feel free to contact him for more information and details.
Kevin Merrigan, President of Northrop and Johnson, adds: “We are thrilled to have John’s expertise as he is one of the most respected brokers in the industry.”