Christopher W. ("Kit") Denison literally grew up in the yachting and marina industry. He worked in the family boat-building and repair business of Broward Marine, in Fort Lauderdale, and at Saugatuck Marine in Saugatuck, Michigan. He worked in all phases of both operations, and learned enough of the trade to build his first three boats (2 Lightning sailboats and a small Hydroplane) before graduating from High School. He also taught sailing and raced sailboats during the summers.
After graduating from Pine Crest School, in Fort Lauderdale, in 1961, he attended and graduated from the Wharton School, at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1965. From 1966 to 1971, Denison worked in New York City, for ABC, as the Director of Research, and ultimately as the National Sales Director for the ABC Radio Station Group.
After getting this "outside" experience, Kit was then invited back into the family business by his father. For the next 12 years (1971-1983), he helped build "Broward" from a respectable $1 MM/yr. Custom (wooden) Yacht Builder, to the leading U.S. manufacturer of Custom Aluminum Motor Yachts, in 1983, with 300 + employees, two plants, and with over $20 MM in Sales, and very profitable.
He left Broward Marine in 1983, to start "Denison Marine," which became the recognized leader in 100'-plus, high-performance (30+ knots) Aluminum Motor Yachts. Denison Marine was built from scratch, and included a 76,000 square foot manufacturing facility, and a Mega Yacht Marina for yachts up to 200 feet. Denison Marine pioneered the use of jet and surface drive systems in the US. Kit estimates that he was involved in the building of approximately 100 motor yachts between Broward and Denison Marine - from 38' to 140'.
In 1993, Denison Marine was merged into Broward Marine, after which Kit founded Denison Yacht Sales - now owned and operated by son, Bob. In the fall of 2012, Bob asked Kit to come back aboard DYS as a Yacht Broker, where Kit now is a member of the "Superyacht Division," and specializes in Broward and Denison yachts.
In addition to his professional experience, Kit is a member of several Industry Organizations, as well as serving as Vice-Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Board of the City of Fort Lauderdale. Kit lives in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, Ann, of 44 years, and are proud parents of three boys, including Bob, 35, Chris, 43, and Ed, 33, plus three grandchildren (ages 2 through 18).