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AMIkids welcomes Lee Hutton as Facilitator for Yacht Donations

by Jorge Mahauad | Jan 14, 2021

St. Petersburg, FL

We are pleased to announce that Lee Hutton has joined the AMIkids family as a Facilitator for Yacht Donations. Welcome Lee!

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A yacht broker by trade, Lee started his career in 1994 and has been in the industry for over 25 years. Lee's yacht brokerage experience includes renowned firms such as Marine Max, Galati Yacht Sales, and Denison Yacht Sales.

Lee's impressive knowledge of the brokerage community, experience as a marine surveyor, and valuable boat operator skills are a fantastic fit for a Facilitator role with AMIkids. A Bachelor of Sciences from USF, Lee also has a very proficient understanding of finance and accounting, a fundamental skill when dealing with donors and their charitable contributions.

AMIkids Yacht Donation Facilitators are responsible for securing and developing yacht donations by successfully walking the central listing agent, owner, or other decision-makers through the donation process. 

After a donation is secured, facilitators are responsible for supervising the restoration/improvement of the vessel. This portion involves suggesting what should be improved, potential vendors or alternatives, traveling to oversee execution, etc. Lee's 3 year experience as a marine surveyour will certainly come in handy for this part of the job. 

Once the improvements are complete, facilitators work with the brokerage community to sell or lease the yacht.

A key component of a facilitator's position is to prospect and develop relationships and cultivate boat donors, lessees, and marine industry professionals into advocates for our mission to help vulnerable kids.

As a 100 ton master with commercial assistance towing endorsement, Lee will also be a valuable asset for our marine education program, especially during the annual presidential dive challenge in the Florida Keys.

AMIkids is the go-to team for yacht donations. Their program is designed to follow strict protocol to protect the donor following current IRS guidelines all the while utilizing the donated proceeds for youth educational schooling throughout the country. – Lon McCloskey, Yacht Sales Professional       

In every instance, AMIkids has handled my clients’ donations in a very professional manner and with the donors’ best interest in mind. I recommend AMIkids and nobody else. With AMIkids, my clients come away with the great feeling that they have helped make a difference in troubled kids lives! – Jud Black, Bluewater Yacht Sales Bluewater Yacht Sales
We have been fortunate to have a relationship with AMIkids over several years and to be a part of what they accomplish so well. AMIkids motivates the community to give back and in doing so provides children and adults alike opportunities to share, learn, give and grow. We look forward to a lasting involvement with AMIkids! – Roy Merritt, Merritt’s Boat & Engine Works Brokerage Merritts Boat Brokerage
Thanks to our ongoing partnership with Yachting, AMIkids is able to spread more awareness about our programs and how the yachting community can help youth around the nation achieve a brighter tomorrow. – Michael Thornton, AMIkids, Inc.  -  Visit: Yachting.comYachting_Logo

"We always knew about AMIkids, but in 2019 I became involved in a transaction and took an interest to learn about the work various schools do. It struck me —supporting AMIkids is a way in which I can pay-back.

I got involved in helping kids in rough environments make better choices and get on a better route to success. I was happy to be invited to join the board of trustees and help contribute in the ways that I can."

— Neil Emmott, Partner at Superyacht Sales and Charter

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