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Tracy Hess Burgess

Director of Marketing and Communications

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Tracy was raised on ice skates, skis, and all things winter sports, unlike many of her colleagues raised on the water. With this foundation, she worked her way into the yachting industry through a natural progression of various experiences. In 2000, after completing her undergraduate studies from St. Bonaventure University (and a semester at Oxford University), she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business and a concentration in Marketing. After relocations to further her career, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, sight unseen, and joined the marine industry with Power and Motoryacht Magazine in 2006. She held the position of Southeast Sales Manager based in Fort Lauderdale, followed by another relocation to Boston, Massachusetts as Northeast Sales Manager. With this geographic diversity, she called on an array of yacht manufacturers, electronics companies and ancillary marine product companies throughout the East Coast United States.

In 2009, Tracy accepted a position based in Fort Lauderdale to become the Southeast Sales Manager for Yachtworld.com and Boats.com, where her focus shifted to an online software and advertising product portfolio, while calling on industry clientele including Outer Reef Yachts. From the start, Tracy had always been extremely impressed with Outer Reef's product quality, global growth and genuine client and vendor relationships. In May 2014, Tracy accepted the opportunity to join the Outer Reef Yachts team as global Director of Marketing and Communications, responsible for managing and enhancing the well-respected image the company has come to obtain.

Tracy contributes to the overall industry as a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association, Young Professionals of Yachting and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.