Eric was raised in the small town of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and spent summers as a teenager on the New Jersey coast. He developed an appreciation and passion for boating after cruising the intercoastal and fishing around Cape May with his father's friends. Some of his best childhood memories include catching bass and trout with family and friends around rivers, lakes, and ponds in Chester County. As he got older, sports and academics took priority when baseball tournaments began to take over his weekends and his focus shifted on completing his Business Degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. However, he never lost his passion for being close to the water.
When he and his father decided a change in scenery was necessary after completing his Bachelor's in Business Management, they moved down to Clearwater, Florida. After multiple jobs in various industries, he did not feel fulfilled with his career thus far. Eric decided it was time to search for a job that aligned with what he was passionate about, boating. After seeing a new construction site very close to home where the new Tom George Yacht Group showroom store would eventually be completed, he was blessed with the opportunity to accept a sales position and dove into the marine industry head first.
"My experience with Tom George Yacht Group has been nothing but professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, transparent and just fun! Like others, we went boat shopping in the middle of the lock down here in St Pete Beach, FL. We hit all the big dealers but knew we had a match when we started working with Eric Aruffo. We literally fell in love with a new EdgeWater 230cc - with so many clever design features. But there just wasn't much inventory (also due to the factory closing for a couple months). So we put in an order and just received our new boat, Liquidity! Eric and the whole team were simply great at their jobs. And Eric would call me day or night to answer my myriad question. Look, if you've got to go through the process which can be daunting, make sure you go visit Eric and his cohorts. It's an experience you won't regret!"
"My boating search started in WI looking for a new Cobalt, we were planning on moving to Fl. so I decided to check with the Cobalt dealer in clearwater this was a decision I will never regret. I ended up speaking with Eric Aruffo with the Tom George Yacht Group and the rest is history. This was my 4th new boat purchase and by far the best buying experience I have had. I actually purchased the boat sight unseen but with Eric at the helm taking videos and numerous pics I couldnt have felt more comfortable with the purchase. When I made it down to Fl. to see my boat and meet Eric and the crew at TGYG my initial thought were confirmed, Eric and the guys were the best. Capt. Wayne delivered my cobalt and the wealth of information he bestowed on my wife Susan and myself was invaluable, even though I had a lot of boating experience up north I had very little knowledge of the intercoastal waters that we would be boating on, Capt Wayne was excellent. Now 4 months have passed and Eric has continued to be the ultimate professional and a excellent representative for TGYG and recently went all in to help me move the boat to a new marina when I was up north dealing with a family illness. All I can say is you have a customer for life and I will tell everyone about Eric and the Tom George Yacht Group."
"Thank you Eric Aruffo for making this purchase one of the most pleasant ever. You made it easy to choose Edgewater as our choice of vessel with your product knowledge and patient discharge. The wife and and I are extremely pleased with your attention to details and follow through. Thanks for This'le Do, and looking forward to This'le Do 2."
You are shopping for a boat, you HAVE to try a Cobalt. After we tested several boats and brands, there is just nothing to describe the ride quality and performance that will just blow your mind. It's just amazing. To top it off, you won't get a better friendly and perfect service than at the Tom George Yacht Group. From the Sales experience (ask for Eric!), to all the staff. Thank you!
"Great buying experience. Great EdgeWater boat. Great service. 5-star plus rating for Tom George Yacht Group (TGYG)!!
I purchased my EdgeWater, center-console boat from Eric at TGYG in March of 2019. Eric made the buying experience better than any other boat purchase, or car for that matter, I have had over the last 40 years. I truly felt that Eric was as dedicated to me, the buyer, as he was to TGYG as their sales person. He was extremely knowledgeable answering all of my questions prior to purchase, toured me in the boat on the water to demo it, delivered it and spent time educating me on all of the features of this boat. His level of customer service is exceptional. He is quick to respond to my questions since purchase and continues to be my "go to" guy for all things Florida boating. Thanks, Eric.
Jay, their Service Manager, has been similarly helpful to me and my needs. Whether that is picking up and delivering my boat according to my schedule and service need, explaining service requirements and lending a plethora of helpful hints to keep us boating safely and confidently on the waters around Sarasota.
This was a great, first experience with TGYG but it will not be my last. Well done!! If you are looking to buy what they sell, do not hesitate to reach out to TGYG."