Volunteer profile: James Maitland July 22, 2015
Transitioning from the mortgage industry to the marine industry was natural for James Maitland. The Young Professionals in Yachting president grew up boating – his dad is a retired Navy captain who would often take the family out on the Severn River in Annapolis, where he grew up.
Maitland was already working part time at the West Marine in Annapolis when the housing industry crashed. He started working at Port Supply full time, and in 2013 he became the territory manager for Fort Lauderdale.
“It was just the perfect fit for me, having the background in boating, being passionate about the industry,” Maitland said.
Maitland became friends with some YPY members the same week he moved to Fort Lauderdale and says he immediately was extremely impressed with the group. “I got to network and meet likeminded young professionals immediately after getting down here,” he says. “It helped get my feet wet, start meeting people, get to know the people in the industry I needed to know anyway. YPY represents just about every facet of the industry. It’s a great way to get to know the industry.”
He quickly got involved in building YPY’s Freedom Waters boat and everything else the group was doing, and was looking for more opportunities to get involved when some board openings came available.
Since becoming president, YPY also has helped at the Marine Industry Holiday Party, volunteered at Marine Industry Day and organized a team for the Spin-a-thon that raised more than $4,000 and was in the top 5 in its first year.
Maitland believes it’s important to support the community because the marine industry is so big in Broward County. “It’s important to give back when and where you can,” Maitland says. “The more you can do that, the better for the community that supports the marine industry.”
When he’s not out on the water, you can find him fixing up the house he recently bought in Shady Banks.
“Boating is in my blood,” Maitland says. “When I’m not working in boat yards, I’m on a boat. I live, eat and breathe the industry. I really enjoy it, always have.”