In an effort to better serve customers, Boats Direct USA has hired a new sales manager with more than three decades of marine industry experience:
Meet Marc Jacob, the Key Largo-based boat dealer’s newest hand on deck.
Jacob, an Ohio native who lives in Delray Beach, was hired in October for his extensive knowledge of the boating industry. Jacob has worked in every aspect of the marine industry including sales and customer service, for more than 35 years.
“I bring a lot of experience to the table, dealing with manufactures and dealing with clients and knowing what it takes to satisfy the customer,” Jacob said. Jacob’s background includes years as a Florida licensed yacht and ship broker, a sales consultant for Fastboats Marine Group of Pompano Beach, and numerous years as partner/general manager for an Ohio-based marine business.
Jacob joins the Boats Direct USA team at a busy time. Boats Direct USA owner Mark
Fischer acquired the trademark and assets of Deep Impact Boats in August, and then moved its boat manufacturing facilities to the same Miami location where Black Water Boats are manufactured. Fischer is hoping the addition of Deep Impact Boats will also direct more attention on Black Water Boats, known for their hard-core fishability.
Historically, the Deep Impact brand has been known for its special features, eccentric colors, luxury, high performance and custom build. The same will continue, but the boats will be even better, Fischer has said.
The addition of Deep Impact was just one of several inventory changes at Boats Direct USA in 2014.
Earlier this year, Boats Direct USA also began selling the affordable NauticStar Boats and upscale Southport Boats, providing Boats Direct USA customers with an even larger and more varied selection of high-quality boats.
The brands hail from different spectrums: NauticStar Boats are extremely affordable and appeal to those seeking family pleasure cruising. Southport Boats are sexy, high performance and well-made. These top-of-the-line boats suit the serious fisherman but can also be used for pleasure cruising.
Enter Jacob, a licensed Florida yacht and ship salesman and a longtime boat consultant and broker. Fischer hired Jacob to keep Boats Direct USA moving forward.
“I always strive to find the very best people to be resources for my customers,” Fischer said. “Marc Jacob is extremely respected in the industry. With him on our team, we will take Black Water, Deep Impact and all our other boat brands to the next level.”
Jacob said his passion and enthusiasm for boating are undying. He can’t wait to spend time on the water promoting and selling boats, attending poker runs and boat shows and whatever else to get the Boats Direct USA name out there.
“There is a lot more to do. It’s how you handle the customer. I enjoy doing what I am doing now,” Jacob said. “There are not that many people who can pick a career and do the same thing for 35 years and absolutely love what they do.”