Jim grew up in northwest NJ on a glacier lake where he spent every summer sailing, canoeing, and making boats out of anything that floated. In his 20’s, Jim’s family purchased a 42’ Post that took his boating adventures to the next level, cruising & fishing out of Manasquan Inlet. After graduating from Centenary University, he took a corporate job with Bell Atlantic Mobile in NJ that presented him with the opportunity to transfer their Annapolis location. After being introduced to the Chesapeake Bay boating scene, he immediately purchased his own boat to explore the Bay and find respite from the 10 years-to-follow fighting Beltway traffic all week selling for Bell Atlantic Mobile, MCI, Quest, Microsoft, and Net App.
In 2006, Jim decided to make his dream of starting his own company and spending more time with his family a reality; so, he combined his love of boats, sales and service to create Dean’s Yacht Services, Inc., a full-service boat and yacht maintenance company in the Annapolis and surrounding area. Successfully passing along his belief that personal leadership and involvement get things done in exceptional ways, Jim’s family is now capably running Dean’s so he can take his passion for boating to the ultimate level of helping others to enjoy the water as well.
While serving so many of his Dean’s customer’s service needs, Jim still felt that he was missing the ability to help them purchase and sell vessels. After many years of serving Clarks Landing’s maintenance needs along the East Coast, Jim decided that Clarks Landing was the perfect operation to fill this void. Sharing the same ethos of service first, sales second, and always impressed with the company’s professionalism, it was a natural step to join forces with Clarks Landing.
Jim, his wife, three boys, a dog and a cat live on Kent Island. They keep busy with sports on the weekends, but always make time to get out on the water – whether it’s to go surf fishing on Assateague Island or skiing on the frozen stuff in the winter – they always look forward to being home on Kent Island and the boating lifestyle that goes along with it.
“If you’re looking for kind, honest and hard working, you’ll find it in Jim Dean. His years of experience are evident. Every question you have is answered, sometimes before you are even able to ask it. Jim was helpful during our boat search, throughout our closing and months later when Spring finally came and we were able to get our boat in the water. As new boaters, we needed loads of help and reassurance. We got it and more. Thank you, Jim!”
– Kelly S., Customer
“As a brand new boater and first time owner…you’ve been the difference. The process could have gone from fun and educational to stress and frustration at any time. I really appreciate your honesty and years of experience you’ve so willing shared with us. I trust you implicitly and know that when the time comes to upgrade vessels, I’ll make only one call for the search and listing. In addition, we have friends that we hope to persuade in to boating. We’ll direct them only to you.”
– Gregg S., Customer