Lawrence was born and raised in the Vancouver area and traveled and worked in Europe prior to graduating from UBC in the early nineties. He has sailed since he was very young, owning a Davidson dinghy when he was only nine years old. For three decades, Lawrence has captained a great variety of yachts, sail and power, on the Pacific North West Coast, which he believes is one of the most beautiful boating regions in the world. His pleasant nature, love of the water and people are a winning combination in the boating business. Lawrence's keen attentiveness to customer care has made him one of the top brokers in his field in North America. He has worked with Specialty Yachts, Granville Island, since 1990; has held a BC Yacht Brokers Association Certified Broker certificate since 1995 and has been a recognized Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) since 2009. Lawrence has always had a keen interest in the politics of the marine industry, participating as a Board member of the BC Yacht Brokers Association and Boating BC (formerly BC Marine Trades Association) for more than a decade. Since purchasing Specialty Yachts in 2006, Lawrence has brought his team to greater heights each year. In 2012, Specialty Yachts was awarded the Marlow Hunter "Worldwide Dealer of the Year" and the Specialty service team was awarded the coveted Platinum Award for outstanding service and recognized as the Number 3 Service Center in the world.