“Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY) is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2009 to support continuing education within the industry, promote ethical business practice and ultimately facilitate success for young professionals within the worldwide yachting business community.”
Stephanie Pittington – YPY USA President
The USA chapter, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, holds one official meeting every month that typically features a key speaker, and consists of sharing industry news and hosting professional development seminars. We allow members to share any industry news or updates for discussions, and encourage new ideas and member collaboration. The association also hosts sponsored social events for networking opportunities at local boat shows, an elegant Summer Soiree and our annual YPY Gala.
Since its inception, YPY USA has amassed more than 150 members from diverse fields and many influential companies in the marine industry of South Florida. Some notable companies represented in our membership pool include but are not limited to Northrop & Johnson, Burgess, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, Merle Wood & Associates, Caterpillar Inc., Fraser, Informa, Pantropic Power, National Marine Suppliers, Lürssen and many more.
Our chapter’s by-laws can be viewed here.
Meet the board of YPY USA
In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing soccer, paddle boarding, and using his role to foster the next generation of young professionals in the yachting industry.
USA International Liaison
Mentor Program Chair
Becoming a member of Young Professionals in Yachting has unique benefits which include: monthly meetings, networking opportunities, professional development, members-only access to job postings, professional mentoring program, meaningful volunteer opportunities, admission to our annual gala and so much more.
We will review your application and email you back further membership details.
Corporate Sponsors & Event Sponsors
Underwater Lights Limited
Manufacturers of the Original Underwater Lights TM brand since 1991, Underwater Lights Limited is the Worlds leading manufacturer of Marine Lighting products.
YACHTSIGN combines American service standards with German engineering to deliver breathtaking, illuminated luxury yacht signage.
RMK Merrill-Stevens is a full-service shipyard dedicated to the refit and repair of the world’s finest yachts and vessels. Work is of the highest international standards and meets Classification Societies requirements, including ABS, Lloyds, and US Coast Guard Regulations.
YACHTS INTERNATIONAL IS THE WORLDWIDE LEADER IN THE SUPERYACHT CATEGORY with its sophisticated global editorial reach, superior distribution, high-profile events, online community network and exclusive partnerships with the industry’s leading boat shows. The magazine offers an insider’s view of the luxury yachting experience with a dynamic mix of quintessential print media, advanced digital platforms, and exclusive yacht owner’s clubs at boat shows.
Grateful Palate/ Shooters Waterfront
Featuring the renowned Grateful Palate’s culinary expertise and Fort Lauderdale’s celebrated waterfront views, Grateful Palate Catering & Events provides a unique special event venue with superb food and service, event planning and a waterfront location. At Grateful Palate Catering & Events, our expertise comes from years of experience in creating inspired menus of fresh offerings, presented with the most professional service.
Shooters Waterfront has anchored Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway since 1982. As the city began to outgrow its reputation as a haven for spring breakers, Shooters revitalized the landmark restaurant into a relaxed yet elegant dining destination. We believe a restaurant’s atmosphere sets the stage and its seasoned staff delivers the experience. The clinking of glassware and cutlery plays through the house like a well-orchestrated symphony thanks to new ownership. With a carefully crafted menu of fresh seafood and handcrafted cocktails set against a breathtaking backdrop of Florida’s boating lifestyle, Shooters Waterfront Fort Lauderdale restaurant remains rich in history.
U.S. Superyacht Association
The U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) is a trade association, representing hundreds of business and thousands of individuals, whose mission is “To promote and support the U.S. Superyacht industry and its members worldwide through advocacy, marketing and education.”
Marine Industry of South Florida
The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) is the largest marine trade organization in the Southeast United States dedicated to promoting, protecting, and growing the 110,000 middle class jobs in Broward County and 136,000 jobs regionally in marine businesses promoting boating lifestyles from family cruising and fishing to yachts and the goods and services that sustain them, driving the economic output to $8.8 billion in Broward County and $11.5 billion regionally.
Checks can be made out to Young Professionals in Yachting in the amount of $150 and mailed to:
Young Professionals in Yachting
PO Box 460304
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33346
Membership dues may also be paid by using the link below.