Founder, Outback Yachts
President, Luke Brown Yachts 1978 - 2020
President, Freedom Waters Foundation 2005 - 2020
Founding member, International Yacht Arbitration Council
Former President, International Yacht Broker's Association
Former Director, Yacht Architects And Brokers Association
Former Officer, Southern Yacht Broker's Association
Original Member, Super Yacht Network
Andrew Cilla was born and raised on the shore of New Jersey. As a young boy, he spent most of his time on the water fishing and sailing. At the age of eleven, Andrew used his savings to buy his first boat, a 10' gaff rigged dinghy. Summers and holidays were spent working at local boat yards, marinas, as well as captaining fishing boats to earn money for college.
In 1972, Andrew graduated from college with a degree in Economics and Business Administration. He began his career in marketing for a boat manufacturing company.
In 1976, he joined Luke Brown Yachts. A year later Andrew acquired the firm and assumed the role of President. Through hard work, dedication to his clients and brokers and a commitment to integrity, Andrew lead Luke Brown Yachts to 42 profitable years. July 1, 2020 the firm was acquired by Lormax Stern. Andrew now serves as the firm's Global Ambassador.
In 2014 Andrew began developing the design criteria for his ultimate family yacht, the Outback 50. Actually 56 foot in length, this unique concept vessel incorporates all of the important elements of functionality, performance and comfort into an easily handled cruiser. Working with the world renowned design firm, Michael Peters Yacht Design, the Outback 50 became a reality in 2019. Andrew spends much of his time cruising the East Coast, Bahamas and Florida Keys onboard his Outback 50.
Andrew's industry awards include:
Broker of the Year presented by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association
Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the International Yacht Brokers Association
Golden Anchor Award in recognition of a lifetime of industry contribution and achievement by the Marine Industry Association