Northrop and Johnson Company History
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Shortly after World War II Jim Northrop and George Johnson formed a partnership to provide a quality yacht brokerage service to their close circle of yachting companions on Long Island Sound. The first office opened in 1949 at 366 Madison Avenue in lower Manhattan and served as the foundation for the fledging brokerage that was soon to expand into one of the largest and most respected yacht brokerages in the world. Northrop and Johnson's Yankee heritage was reflected in the company's reputation for honesty, integrity, and fair play.
Northrop and Johnson's reputation as the "Gentlemen Brokers" spread quickly in the tightly knit New York yachting community and by the early 1960's the company expanded with branch offices in Stamford, CT, Miami, FL, and Marblehead, MA. In 1971 Kees Van Vliet opened the first US Yacht Brokerage office in Europe in Cannes, France. By the late 70's there were additional offices in Newport, RI, Puerto Buenos, Spain and St. Petersburg, FL.
During the 70's and 80's Northrop and Johnson became the premier large yacht brokerage in the United States. Many of the industry's most recognizable names began their careers at Northrop and Johnson. Today Northrop and Johnson are recognized at every major yachting venue throughout the world.
Northrop and Johnson now have seven offices located in Ft. Lauderdale, Boston, Newport, San Diego, Palma, Spain, and Hong Kong. Our alliances and networks provide Northrop and Johnson's clients with broad representation of their yachts in every major yachting centre and provide Northrop and Johnson brokers with vital information and valuable shore side support. Northrop and Johnson is the first major yacht brokerage to integrate their services with likeminded brokerage's whose business practices are in alignment with Northrop and Johnson's history of service to the yachting community. Northrop and Johnson and their affiliate offices continue to do business in the true "gentlemen's tradition", putting honesty and integrity above the bottom line quest for maximizing profit.