Vicem Yachts USA, the U. S. sales and service operation for Vicem Yachts – Turkish builders of luxury classic motor yachts – has announced the latest addition to its brokerage division team with the signing of Todd W. Schenk as a broker representative in Connecticut.
Schenk, a native of Connecticut, is a qualified yacht salesman with nearly 25 years of experience in the marine retail industry. He holds degrees in marina management and marine technology from Florida Institute of Technology in Jensen Beach, Fla., from which he also obtained his captain’s license. After launching his career with a two-year term as an East Coast sales agent for a center console sportfishing manufacturer in Tampa, Fla., Schenk returned to Connecticut, where he has built a strong track record of marine sales.
As a licensed broker, Schenk has been specializing in the motor yacht sales for the past few years. In 2008, he opened and managed an independent sales office in Old Saybrook, Conn., representing new and brokerage motor yachts ranging from 50 – 150 feet. His most recent business alliance with well-known yachtsman and Island Cove Marina owner Jon Manafort provided him the opportunity to join forces with Vicem Yachts and represent the brand in the state. Todd will be operating from the Island Cove Marina location in Old Saybrook, on the west side of the Connecticut River.
“This prestigious New England boating area is an ideal market for the Vicem line of classic style luxury motor yachts,” said Dirk Boehmer, President of Vicem Yachts USA. “Todd’s experience with and knowledge of the yachting clientele in the region will be a valuable asset to building the Vicem brand here, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with him.”
Schenk’s numerous successes selling across of variety of pleasure boat markets include sales of family cruisers, fishing boats and high performance vessels. He was a top sales consultant in the state for Sea Ray boats, a sales manager for a multi-line, high performance dealership, and embarked on his own independent business venture distributing brands such as Thunderbird, Chris Craft as well as brokerage vessels.
Schenk commented, “I am very excited to be joining the Vicem Yachts sales family, and happy to have a new product to offer that will fit the discerning boating needs of my clients.”
Todd will concentrate on the sale of new Vicems as well as used models through Vicem’s brokerage division. He will also be present at all major boat shows in the Northeast and Florida, beginning with the 2010 Yacht & Brokerage Show, February 11 – 15 on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.