Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, Jennifer moved to Florida with her family where she completed her schooling and higher education. After acquiring her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business, Jennifer began her software training career in Boca Raton, FL as an International Educational Software Representative. After extensive local and international travel Jennifer was ready put her roots down in Ft Lauderdale, FL and embarked on her career in the marine software industry.
Jennifer has built a 21-year network of relationships throughout the industry and has acquired in depth knowledge in providing exceptional service, software development, design and implementation, account management, customer service, software training and the boating sales cycle. Her passion to create working solutions to meet the needs of her customers steered her onto her next career path in marine financing. For over 13 years Jennifer has been perfecting and striving to create the ultimate dream for her customers – boat ownership.
When Jennifer met Brad Parker of YachtCloser, they quickly realized their shared focus and talents which led to the formation of YachtCloser Financial. Today, YachtCloser Financial is a thriving, successful branch of YachtCloser Boats Group, and are gaining more and more attention nationwide. Utilizing YachtCloser’s robust transaction and administrative tools, YachtCloser Financial is able to serve its’ customers and brokers with a more fluid application process and provides cohesive in-house closing services. Jennifer said “Our Team is hands down the best in the business, we couldn’t have grown and continue to grow at this pace without them. We have the recipe for success and our brokers and customers recognize it when they use our services”.
Jennifer is driven to provide the best service in the industry and will accept nothing less than 100% satisfaction on every deal.
Jackie Alvarez has over 17 years’ experience in the Marine Industry and Banking, handling closings of domestic and foreign flagged vessels. She joined the YachtCloser Documentation team in 2016 preparing all closing documents as a documentation agent. In 2017 Jackie switched to the YachtCloser Finance department to manage and coordinate all YachtCloser Financials’ administration and closings, working with Lenders, Documentation agents, finance representatives and YachtCloser members. Her eye for detail, knowledge of the finance business and ability to multitask and get the job done right the first time, is why more and more brokers are preferring and referring YCF business. Jackie gets the deal done!
Brad leads the newest division at Boats Group, YachtCloser, the industry’s leading contracting and closing solution for brokers and dealers. What’s more, Brad founded the company while standing in line at the movies! Brad was a yacht broker at the time, and having received an offer on a boat, he quickly realized that there were no tools to create, send and sign a brokerage contract while out of the office. And so, YachtCloser was born and now provides the most accessible and robust transaction and administrative tools available in the boating industry. YachtCloser joined the Boats Group portfolio of brands in January 2017.
Brad’s passion for the marine industry stems from a long history of family boaters, beginning with his grandfather, who started their family boat dealership in 1927. He has proudly held many positions within the industry, including detailer, mechanic, warranty advisor, parts manager, sales / broker agent and general manager. Brad was an original member of the Young Leaders Advisory Council – a group designed to advise the MRAA board on next-generation thinking and ideas for the marine industry.
With a passion for technology and over 18 years of industry experience, Brad brings a unique perspective to the modern boater and marine industry.