Ocean Independence Appoints Thom Conboy as its President of the Americas

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Ocean Independence is expanding its yacht brokerage presence in the Americas.

The company has had an active office in Fort Lauderdale since 2005 employing a team of three who were hugely successful in the charter market

Now Thom Conboy has left Burger Yacht Sales to join the firm and brings with him a fully fledged sales operation to unite forces with the successful charter team led by Daphne d’Offay

He joins Ocean Independence as its President of the Americas and will oversee the expanding operation and will be responsible for all new business.

He will head up the team he brought with him from Burger, consisting of

  • Michael Bach
  • Chris Collins
  • Julien Elfenbein
  • Teddy Garsva
  • Cheryl Toney

Conboy’s yachting experience spans over 30 years. He is an avid sailor and has held positions as captain, project manager, yacht builder, shipyard owner and super yacht broker.

Throughout his career, Conboy has been involved with the construction, sale and repair of yachts ranging in size from 15 to 96m in six different countries, including:

  • USA
  • Holland
  • Germany
  • Turkey
  • Canada
  • Italy

The move to one of the largest yacht brokerage firms in the world allows him to provide clients with even greater global exposure, charter service and full management offerings.

Nicholas Dean, Managing Partner of Ocean Independence says, “Ocean Independence Americas is a wholly owned subsidiary and not a franchise operation.  The expansion into the Americas comes at a time when we realise that, as a company, we have been looking towards the East for far too long expecting the market to always do well.  The American brokerage sales market has been dominated by locally based offices and if we are to be seen to be playing our part in the expanding Western market we needed to strengthen our sales presence in the West.” oceanindependence.com