Jamie started her yacht brokerage career in 2013 and joined Preferred Yachts in 2016.
She developed her love (rather, “obsession”) with boating and the water on the lakes in Northern Michigan. She frequently visited Northern Michigan over the summers while growing up in Indiana, where several family friends took her boating on Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. From an early age, she knew that her future would revolve around boating in some fashion. It was later during her senior year in college that she thought to combine her passion for boating and education in marketing/sales to embark on what soon became her “dream job”.
Jamie graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Kelley School of Business in 2013, and moved down to St. Petersburg a couple months later.
She started her career as a yacht broker with Whiteaker Yacht Sales (2013-2016), gaining extensive knowledge about and specializing in Island Packets and other bluewater cruisers. She then joined our team in 2016. Since then, she has found her niche in sail and power catamarans, Morgan 382-384’s, Island Packets, Sea Ray’s, as well as several other makes/models.
Customers enjoy working with Jamie because of the full service experience she provides. She builds relationships with our clients that last long after the sale is complete. Her passion for boating and desire for the sea shines through with everyone she interacts with.
“Jamie did a great job of getting our boat sold quickly. After two years and two other brokers, we signed up with Jamie and she had a contract for our boat within a few weeks of listing it. She was professional and helpful through the sales process, making recommendations and facilitating communications with the buyer. She managed the paperwork process once we had an acceptable offer. She knows the ‘ropes’ and navigated us through the required steps. If you want to avoid the hassle of signing with an inefficient, unmotivated broker, and want to sell your vessel in a timely manner, you must call Jamie and she’ll get it done!” – Anne N.
“After unsuccessfully waiting for several other boat brokers to respond to requests for information on the boat I was looking for, I was lucky enough to run into Jamie Birch. She was immediately very responsive, answering all my questions, facilitating communications between me, the boat owners, the surveyor, etc.. She helped me arrange a visit travelling from Massachusetts to see the boat in Florida. She was active in all aspects of the eventual successful purchase of the boat. Jamie is pleasant to work with, actively involved and even helped the owners getting the boat ready, tidying up after the inspection, amazing. Could not be happier and would highly recommend her to anyone!” – Nick O.
“I was very fortunate to find Jamie during a search for a sailboat. Jamie is an honest caring intelligent knowledgeable individual who happens to sell sailboats. She stuck with me through my search and acted as a buyers agent. I got a great boat at a great price which I could never have done without her.” – Burt Y.
“If ANYONE ever needs to buy a boat Jamie Birch, Yacht Broker is the best! Before Carlos and I found Jamie we dealt with a lot of brokers. Most of them would not even call us back since we were not spending $100k or above. Jamie didn’t care about that and showed us everything she thought we would like. She was fantastic! Always going out of her way, (literally) she even drove over 2.5 hours at 6:30 am on her day off so we could pick up our sailboat. She is amazing!” – Lucy & Carlos P.