Born in Durban, South Africa, Jennifer’s family immigrated to Ft Lauderdale, Florida over 30 years ago. After acquiring her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business, Jennifer began her software career in Boca Raton, FL as an International Educational Software Representative. After extensive international travel and the draw to be near the ocean fulltime she embarked on her 18-year career in the marine industry.
Jennifer has acquired in depth knowledge in account management, software development and design, customer service, software training and the marine finance 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 10 years Jennifer has been perfecting and striving to create the ultimate dream for her customers – boat ownership.
Just over two years ago Jennifer met Brad Parker of YachtCloser and the culmination of a shared focus led to the formation of YachtCloser Financial. Today, YachtCloser Financial is a thriving, successful branch of YachtCloser is and gaining 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 is driven to provide the best service in the industry and will accept nothing less than 100% satisfaction on every deal.
Mary Jo Dettor has over 13 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining YachtCloser Financial, MJ worked for financial institutions in South Florida such as World Omni Finance of JM Family Enterprises, SunTrust Bank and TD Bank. She most recently served as Vice President of Commercial Lending focused on providing lending and depository products and services to companies and high net worth individuals. Her extensive experience and depth of knowledge in developing and cultivating relationships transfers well to the marine finance industry. Rest assured with MJ on your team, everything will be handled with precision and professionalism. She holds a Bachelors of Finance from Auburn University; Auburn, AL. In addition, MJ is an avid water woman. She holds the Intermediate Freediver certification with Performance Freediving International with a personal best dive depth of 110ft. In her spare time she enjoys spearfishing and boating with her family on their 32EC WorldCat to the Bahamas and cruising the local waters on their 15ft 1988 Boston Whaler.
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.