BROWARD MARINE - THE EARLY YEARS
This twenty acre facility started with service and repair work, then in 1953, Broward Marine built it’s first custom (wooden) motor yacht, Stormy III, designed by the renowned Naval architect, John Wells.
BROWARD MARINE - THE MILITARY ERA
Broward Marine subsequently added seven more AMS-Class, 173′ Minesweepers, for the U.S. Navy. At the height of the Minesweeper program, Broward Marine became the largest private employer in Broward County, Florida.
BROWARD MARINE - PRIVATE YACHTS
It did not take Broward long to develop a national reputation for quality and value, building some of the finest yachts for the world’s premiere yachtsmen, such as the Jonathan III, photograph below, built for Harry Blum, the founder of Jim Beam Distilleries.
The Denison family was proud of the fact that no two Broward yachts were the same, and said: “If you build two boats the same, you haven’t learned anything.”
That reputation for quality endured for over 50 years.
In 1983, Kit left Broward to start Denison Marine, which became known for the largest number of high speed (30 knot plus) yachts over 100 feet, with the development of new, tank-tested hulls and modern designs by Joe Langlois with innovative drive systems, such as jet and surface drives, which changed the face of the yachting industry. Equally innovative production techniques were developed by Carl Bischoff at the modern Dania facility with Ann Denison in charge of creative interior and space planning.
Eddy grew up in the yachting industry as the son of Kit Denison. From an early age Eddy spent summers working at Denison Marine sweeping the stock room with brother Bob helping out around the yard doing any odd jobs that paid enough to hit the snack machines.
Eddy attended Arizona State University and University of Miami where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History along with a minor in Secondary Education. After college, he attended the San Diego Golf Academy in Chandler, Arizona where he received a degree in Business Operations and Golf Course Management. He then moved back to Fort Lauderdale where he started his golf management and teaching career. Five years into his golf career, a freak sneezing incident ruptured 3 discs in his back abruptly ending his teaching career and sidelining him indefinitely from playing golf in the future. Eddy spent the next 6 years opening and running a dance studio with his wife until he decided to join Denison Yacht Sales in 2013. Eddy hopes to continue the Denison tradition in the yachting industry and to one day pass along his knowledge to his children.
Eddy is currently married to Ariann (Choreographer for the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders) and they have two lovely children, Maia and Jaxson.
Bob Denison, born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, spent much of his childhood around the Broward Marine, and Denison Marine shipyards with his brothers, Chris and Eddy. Thanks to this great heritage, Bob has experienced nearly every level of the yachting experience, from working as a laborer at the yard, to helping with boat shows.
After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Business Management, Bob began working with two visionary entrepreneurs in the e-commerce and aerospace fields. These early work experiences helped shape Bob's knowledge of internet marketing and creative management strategies.
In 2002 Bob assumed management roles of the brokerage firm, Denison Yacht Sales. Since that time Bob has assisted in the steady growth of the company to multiple offices around the U.S., new boat representation, with the support of Bob’s father and uncles, along with Denison’s 65 licensed and bonded yacht brokers.
Denison's approach to a successful yacht brokerage firm is simple: Focus on supporting the yacht brokers on your team, rather than competing with them. In 2005, Bob stopped wearing the hat of yacht salesman, and decided to focus on marketing and management tasks for the firm.
The fruit of this philosophy is represented by the excellent and diverse group of yacht brokers currently serving clients at Denison. From ex-captains, to industry veterans, to yacht brokers that used to run their own firms, Denison Yacht Sales is well-represented by a solid mix of dedicated brokers.
Rivers Winslow Denison was born on December 21, 2014.
He doesn’t know much about boats yet but is eager to learn.
Rivers spends most of his days working hard on the important things in life, such as eating, pooping and trying his best to make his mom happy.
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