Jimmy Rogers was born and raised in Florida and has been boating since before he could walk. Growing up around avid boaters has given him a strong love and appreciation for the water, boats and the boating lifestyle. Continuing the family tradition, Jimmy received his higher education at the University of Florida in Gainesville and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Marketing from the Warrington College of Business.
He began his career in the boating industry after securing a coveted internship at the MarineMax Inc. headquarters, the largest chain of boat dealerships in the world. Catching the attention of the top executives and managers, he was given the choice of working at the top dealerships in the country.
In May of 2008, Jimmy began working at MarineMax in Naples, FL, one of the top performing boat sales locations in the nation. There he was able to learn from the best in the business the art of forming relationships with clients and the importance of top quality service and client care. On a personal note, he also met his beautiful wife Katie through mutual friends during his time there!
About a year later, Jimmy received a call from his uncle, Tom George, that would bring about a huge change to his career path. In the depths of the great recession, Tom saw an opportunity to start a boutique yacht brokerage firm that would have a strong basis in client care and customer service above all else. While other dealerships and brokerage firms were scrambling to salvage their stock value and keep inventory levels from driving them out of business, Tom and Jimmy started fresh with a purely client centric approach. Success followed, and over the years the Tom George Yacht group grew from a small office of 2 into a thriving firm.
To better serve his clients and provide the utmost in professionalism, Jimmy became a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) in 2011. The CPYB program is a prestigious certification that only 10% of yacht brokers worldwide have achieved. It requires a vigorous exam and ongoing education training yearly to earn enough credits to retain CPYB status.
In 2014 Jimmy and Tom became dealers for prestigious Hatteras Yachts, an iconic yachting brand that recognized the Tom George Yacht Group as an elite dealer that provides only the best service to its clients. Jimmy quickly climbed up the ranks in the Hatteras sales arena, earning two awards in the first year for distinguished sales achievement and the "Hot Shot" salesman award. In 2015 and 2016 He earned the top salesman award and was a charter member of the Hatteras "President's Club".
Seeking to meet the further demand from their client base for new and innovative product, Jimmy and Tom became dealers for Carver and Marquis Yachts, which had recently re-tooled and was bringing some great product to market.
Jimmy expanded his role in 2016 at TGYG to not only provide brokerage services, but also oversee all company sales of Carver, Marquis and Hatteras Yachts. After a very successful first year representing the Carver Yachts product, in 2017 TGYG was named Carver Yachts Top Dealer.
Jimmy comes highly recommended by his clients for his unwavering dedication and always putting their interests first. A client once told him, "I will never buy a boat from anyone else but you. I can tell you truly care — that is a very rare attribute these days."
Through hard work, passion and dedication Jimmy has been successful selling a wide range of yachts new and pre-owned since his introduction to the industry in 2008 and looks forward to continuing his career in yachting long into the future.
With his finger always on the pulse of the market, Jimmy prides himself on staying sharp and informed, ready to engage for his clients. Give Jimmy a call today and experience his dedication for yourself.
"It was an absolute pleasure dealing with everyone at TGYG. Jimmy Rogers listed my boat and we had a contract within 5 days, actually much faster than expected. This left me with little time to find my new vessel. I found myself torn between the 33 Boston Whaler Outrage and the 335 Everglades CC. Richard Murbach found me the perfect new boat (2019 Everglades) and both of these guys went out of their way to help us make a tough decision pretty easy. My wife and I tested both boats and agreed that the Everglades had a higher quality feel and more solid ride than the Whaler... but price as a bit of an issue. The Whalers were all 2018's (lots of unsold leftovers from last year) which gave them more flexibility on price. Richard and Jimmy not only went to Tom to make things happen, they also got Everglades involved as well. Took delivery of our new 335 Everglades last week! We are confident we made the right choice and know we got a great deal! On a side note, lifts are pretty scarce at the local marinas... they are letting us use the TGYG boat lift at Marker 1 until one becomes available in Dec. Now THAT'S going above and beyond!" - Ryan M.
"My first experience using a broker to purchase a boat and it was a very good one. Rocky start since the first boat turned out to be a lemon, but Jimmy hung in there and found a wonderful craft and made the purchase a rewarding experience. Thanks Jimmy Rogers! If and/or when I purchase another boat, I will call Jimmy." - George W.
"The process was much smoother than I anticipated. Thanks, Jimmy!"- Donald and Angela M.
"Jimmy is very professional and a pleasure to deal with."- Rich K.
"Jimmy Rogers did an excellent job guiding me through an unfamiliar process. Jimmy has kept in touch with me for almost 5 years before I purchased a boat through him. He earned my business."- Steve L.
"Thank you Jimmy for making this happen!! We truly could not have made this purchase without you. One of the best things about this boat is getting to know you. We really appreciate your knowledge, responsiveness and just how fun you are to deal with. I am sure this will not be our last boat transaction together!!"
- Rebecca S.
"We recently purchased an Albemarle 32 with the assistance of Jimmy Rogers. I wanted to drop you a quick note letting you know how great he was to work with. Extremely thorough and knowledgeable, it was great to have him working on our behalf. I know this wasn't a big purchase compared to many you handle but Jimmy made us feel like we were buying one of your new Hatteras yachts!"- Alan V.
"Hi Tom, Can I please say what an absolute pleasure Jimmy has been to deal with, from way back in November 2012 he was such a gentleman and so professional, I have felt totally comfortable with him from day one, As you can imagine it's a little worrying being all the way over here in Australia with such a large purchase, I simply wouldn't have done it without the confidence I have had with Jimmy acting as my broker, I have friends who will be buying boats from the states and let me assure you ,they won't be going anywhere except the Jimmy Rogers and your company, thanks again." - Scott D.
"It was my pleasure in listing YOLO TOO with you and getting such a quick sale! You and your organization are the ultimate in professionalism. I can't rave enough about Jimmy Rogers who I know will be a "super star" for you. Any chance I get, I shall recommend you to all of my boating friends who are looking to sell or buy. Again, my many thanks."- Dick W.
"Jimmy, Tom George Yacht Group offers the utmost quality service. Their knowledge of the industry, the professional quality of their staff and the way they stand by you during the purchasing and commissioning process is excellent. They are always there to give you expert advice whenever you need them. Based on my experience, I highly recommend them."- Bernard P.
"Jimmy, I wanted to thank you for the superb job you did in finding us the right boat, at the right price. Our 340 Sundancer is beautiful and runs fantastic. In the 2 months we have owned the boat we have made numerous trips to Caladesi Island, Three Rooker Island, had lunch tied up to a Greek restaurant in Tarpon Springs and had some fun rides. I knew it would be a challenge for you to find us a nice boat at the price we requested but you came through and much quicker than we had hoped. Your continual communication made the process very easy and during negotiations I always felt that you had our best interests in mind. Your recommendations for a surveyor turned out to be perfect, Adrian was first class. In addition the guys at Marine Max in St Pete did a great job on getting the boat looking brand new. When you purchase a boat that has been neglected you hope that you can restore everything and I took your guidance that it was all cosmetic and that you had the people to restore the boat to new. People on the dock mistake it for a much younger boat. I appreciate your ongoing support after the sale with my insurance, hurricane plan, and the cabinet guy at Tarpon Springs Yacht Services was terrific. When I buy another boat it will surely be with you."- Bob R.
"Jimmy, this letter is long overdue, but I certainly wanted to let you know how pleased we were with before, during and after the purchase of our boat. From the first conversation we had on what type of boat would suit our needs, the obstacles we faced in looking for what we wanted due to the fact that we live in Africa several months out of the year, you could not have been more helpful. We thought it would be a long process in finding what we wanted but with your knowledge and hard work, our purchase came together very quickly, and happened strictly by phone calls and emails while we were overseas. What superior service to have the entire purchase and delivery handled while 8000 miles away. When you came to deliver the additional cover for the boat, my wife was so impressed that you actually cared enough to deliver it yourself, put the cover on yourself even and spray off the boat after lifting it out of the water. That is beyond what we would ever have expected. Your thoroughness of finding the boat we wanted, suggesting the marine surveyor, loan representative, insurance agent and even finding us a Captain in our area to help with maintaining the boat while we are aware is unheard of. This purchase would never have happened if it weren't for your hard work. Anytime we know of anyone that is interested in purchasing a boat and when we get our next, we will certainly want to deal strictly with you. This has been one of our most enjoyable purchase experiences and we can't thank you enough for such outstanding service."- Richard B.
"Tom, what a great experience on the purchase of my first real yacht! Jimmy Rogers went way beyond the call to see that everything was done the way it was supposed to be. He is very capable and we are very happy with our purchase."- David C.