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.
Originally from the coast of Maine, Bruce has been a lifelong boater beginning with a 13’ Boston Whaler when he was a kid. He began his professional experience in the marine industry as a deck hand on a private yacht based at the New York Yacht Club, where it spent summers moored in his home town of Falmouth, Maine. After two years aboard, he went on to sell Boston Whaler and Chris-Craft power boats.
Bruce came to YachtCloser Financial with fourteen years’ experience as a Yacht Broker, most recently with Luke Brown Yachts where he worked with high net worth clientele. Because of this experience, he brings a comprehensive knowledge of deal flow and a strong commitment to customer service. His extensive finance background comes from the healthcare and commercial real estate sectors where he served as the Chief Executive Officer at Vanguard Mobile Health Systems, and later as Senior Vice President for Asset Management at Ventrex Florida Properties. In 2009 he received one of the commercial real estate industry’s most prestigious awards for excellence in asset management.
A former Harbor Commissioner in Falmouth, Maine, Bruce was appointed to the Marine Advisory Board in Fort Lauderdale. He has been honored for his service to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the International Yacht Broker’s Association where he served on the Public Affairs Committee, most noted for their work on the Deferred Importation legislation.
When not out boating in South Florida, he enjoys spending several weeks each summer back in Maine where he maintains a restored 1967 17’ Boston Whaler. Bruce lives in Fort Lauderdale with his seven year old Black Lab named Mimi.
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.