YATCO’s broker of the month series examines the unique life experiences that brought these brokers into the world of yachting, who influenced them, and what they seek to change in the industry.
Everything You Need to Know About YATCO’s Broker of the Month Ron McTighe
How did you get your start in yachting?
I have been involved in boating since childhood. Everything from fishing, diving, and cruising the eastern seaboard of the US, the Florida Keys, the Caribbean, Europe, and South America. I charter fished and worked in the Broward shipyard and for the Ferretti factory earlier on in my career. Since the mid 90’s, I have been mostly devoted to marine sales. Justin Blue and I had our own brokerage and service company, MARINE INDUSTRIES, INC. which we owned until around 2009. I was then approached by Andrew Cilla to join Luke Brown Yachts and have been there ever since.
I have been involved in boating since childhood. Everything from fishing, diving, and cruising the eastern seaboard of the US, the Florida Keys, the Caribbean, Europe, and South America.
Is there anyone in particular who influences you – someone in the industry that you look up to, and why?
Wes Dickman was one of the men that really pushed me to get off the surfboards and out on the yachts. Working with Wes Dickman and Norberto Ferretti really educated me and got my feet wet in the yacht sales and construction part of the marine industry.
Andrew Cilla and the entire Luke Sale and Support Team has been a huge influence on where I am in yachts sales. The combined knowledge and integrity that Andrew and our team possess is unlimited and I am incredibly happy and proud to be a part of it!
The combined knowledge and integrity that the Luke Brown Yacht Sales team possess is unlimited and I am incredibly happy and proud to be a part of it!
What do you enjoy most about the yachting industry – and what do you wish you could change?
I love this industry for multiple reasons. The people, the evolution of design, travel, comradery, lifestyle, and most importantly the art of ‘making the deal’ and getting the clients and their family out living in the boating world.
What are some of the challenges you come across at work, and how do you approach them?
My biggest challenges are finding good products and helping sellers or buyers to understand the values of vessels. I do my best to get the clients the most accurate information and explanation for the values in the crazy place we are in today in this industry.
Tell us about your greatest accomplishment.
My greatest accomplishments are my wife and children! To do this job and have a family is not an easy task but at the same time, it has allowed me to do things and have experiences that you cannot do within any other job.