June 5, 2017 – Boats Group, the leading global classifieds marketplace and marketing software solutions provider to marine brokers and dealers, today announced they are moving their corporate headquarters to Miami, Florida. Currently based in Norfolk, Virginia, the company anticipates the move to be complete by mid-summer, adding 80 new direct jobs in the Miami area.
The move to Miami demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to their customer base, with over 25% of Boat Group’s customers located in the state of Florida. In addition, the relocation offers them an opportunity to have a physical presence in the largest boating market in North America as they focus on investing in innovations that bring the marine industry to the forefront of modern business.
“We are thrilled to start Boats Group’s new chapter in the heart of South Florida’s vibrant boating community,” said Sam Fulton, CEO of Boats Group. “Paired with the energy and talent of the city’s thriving entrepreneurial scene, Miami is the ideal environment to support our focus on leveraging technology to deliver industry-leading value to our industry partners. I’m looking forward to the creativity and collaboration that the new space will inspire.”
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council is the official economic development organization responsible for assisting companies like Boats Group relocate and get established in the local economy.
“This successful relocation showcases Miami’s growing innovation ecosystem and Florida’s ranking as the boating capital of the U.S.,” Interim President & CEO of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council Sheldon T. Anderson said. “Boats Group perfectly matches our community of entrepreneurs and innovators.”
Located in the urban hub of Brickell and boasting a panoramic view of Biscayne Bay, Boats Group’s new headquarters will feature expansive glass walls and open spaces that bring in ample natural light, affording stunning city and water views and encourage socialization. The modern environment boasts a unique combination of both individual focus spaces and collaboration rooms, which can also be utilized for hosting meetups and hack-a-thons to engage with local talent.
Boats Group is actively recruiting for product development, marketing, finance, sales and account management talent to join their team in Miami.
“We’re excited to see Boats Group’s higher than average paying jobs coming to our community,” District 5 Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro said. “With more companies like Boats Group and the recent influx of millennials to Miami, Brickell is becoming a more futuristic business district.”
The announcement is the most recent of a series of updates from Boats Group following their recent acquisition by Funds advised by Apax Partners, including a company rebrand and the appointment of their new CEO, Sam Fulton. The move marks a new chapter in the company’s future as they focus on bringing the boating industry to the forefront of modern business.