James Maitland has been an active member of the Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY) for over 4 years, playing key roles in outreach to share the joys of yachting and support the community through fundraising and other events. He is involved with The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), US SuperYacht Association (USSA) and Triton Events and the charitable organization, Marine Industry Cares Foundation or MICF. James' goal as President is to push the membership of YPY to further broaden outreach, make a difference in our community, and support the global network of young professionals.
Mr. Maitland serves as National Sales Director for Oceanmax International, worldwide distributors of Propspeed where he is responsible for actively supporting key distributors throughout the Americas, increasing brand awareness, growing target markets, increasing industry association involvement and supporting the company's U.S. - based technical team. James relocated to Ft. Lauderdale in 2013 to become the Port Supply Territory Manager for the South East Florida Market Team. He began his career in the marine industry in 2007 when he joined West Marine as Port Supply Territory Manager for Maryland and Northern Virginia, based in Annapolis, Maryland.
James combines a strong ethical business sense with passion for the industry and a contagious enthusiasm to enable clients to expand their business by leveraging the largest wholesale distributor of marine products in the country.
A graduate of Salisbury (MD) University's Perdue School of Business, James earned his degree in Business Administration (Marketing) with honors. He was a varsity letterman and captain of the track and field team, and member of the Dean's Advisory Council.
James grew up boating on the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay, his love of the water cultivated by his father, a retired Navy Captain and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He was taught the skills of navigation and safe boating combined with strong family values and ethics which set him up for future success. In the 12 years he lived in Annapolis James practiced his yachting skills and could be found competing in regattas, crewing the Annapolis Wednesday night racing series, or cruising the bay with friends.