AYCA Officers

The following were elected by vote of the Membership at the December 2017 General Membership Meeting in Antigua.

  • President

    Kathleen MullenKathleen Mullen | Regency Yacht Vacations, Ltd.
    Discovering the perfect yacht for your vacation and launching successful new charter yacht businesses have been Kathleen Mullen’s forte for the past thirty years. Her depth of experience in the yachting industry is what has made Regency Yacht Vacations, Ltd. an industry leader and a highly regarded business. Kathleen worked on yachts as crew, so she knows many charter destinations first hand.  Caribbean life was a strong draw when she moved ashore in 1983 when she bought and took over management of  a yacht scheduling and crewed boat charter businesses.  In 1987, she expanded into charter brokerage managing Regency Yacht Vacations and later teamed up with Northrop and Johnson as their Caribbean representative for the sale of large yachts. Now selling yachts as well as yacht charters under the Regency banner, Kathleen travels often to stay up to date as to yachts available for charter and sale, including the occasional long distance delivery. Never too busy to discuss the rewards of boat ownership or to explain the advantages of a crewed charter, Kathleen draws on her firsthand worldwide yachting experience.  She represents yachts from 65 feet to 300 feet worldwide, both sail and power.

  • Vice President

    Carol KentCarol Kent | Carol Kent Yacht Charters

    Carol has been in business for almost 30 years, sailing out of Marblehead with my family since the early 80’s, and exploring New England, the Caribbean and the world by sea. Carol's prestigious corporate clients in her day charter business included: Four Seasons, Boston Harbor Hotel, the Ritz Carlton and other boutique hotels confidently referred their clients to her company’s care, developing a strong reputation in the “big pond” of Boston, Newport and New York. After selling the Day Charter business in 2013, Carol's company delivers that same reputation for detail and satisfaction to crafting worldwide luxury yachting experiences for discerning travelers. Her acquired understanding of different cultures and high business acumen fostered a valuable network of travel partners around the globe.

  • Treasurer

    Steve McCreaSteve McCrea | Ed Hamilton Yacht Charters
    Steve grew up sailing the waters of Penobscot Bay, first learning the finer points of sailing racing dinghies, and later finding his passion for finding what’s over the horizon and visiting hidden anchorages realized in cruising boats. He has been involved with all aspects of the yacht charter industry since starting in a sales position with Sun Yacht Charters. Quickly moving to management, he oversaw the rebranding of Sun Yachts into Stardust. He later moved to Annapolis, Maryland where he was asked to manage the merger of Stardust into Sunsail; ultimately being appointed General Manager of Sunsail USA. He has sailed many locations in the Caribbean, South Pacific, and East Coast and particularly enjoys chatting with customers to find the right boat and cruising ground for them. Steve joined Ed Hamilton & Co in 2007, subsequently taking the role of President in 2010. 

  • Secretary

    Karen Kelly SheaKaren Kelly Shea | Nicholson Yachts World Wide
    Karen Kelly, Nicholson Yachts President and CEO, is passionate about yachts and yachting in a way that brands her as one of the most highly respected and reputable leaders in the industry. As a sailor in the Caribbean in the 1980s, she developed a deep appreciation for the romance of the sea. As a charter consultant, she’s traveled the world to gain an intimate knowledge of what clients seek and what captains and crew need to do to keep them happy. Today her company represents a fleet of yachts for sale and charter and a database of thousands of satisfied yacht owners, captains, crew, and charter consultants. When she’s not assisting clients buying, selling, or managing yachts, or caring for family and friends, she devotes time to several industry associations. She’s a member of the board of directors of the Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, the International Yacht Brokers Association, the Charter Yacht Brokers Association, the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, and the Yacht Brokers Association of America. She has an approach that is both hands-on and personalized in all her interactions with clients and peers, while also remaining an energetic supporter of her trade.

  • Board Member/Bylaws

    Bob Saxon | Marine Max Yacht Center
    Having represented and/or chartered some 2,500 yachts in my career, I’m delighted to bring my experience and join with the Board of Directors of AYCA in their efforts to foster professionalism and to expand our marketplace. Having been involved in the “pioneering” days of the industry with Whittemore and Williams and now leading the charge at MarineMax as they develop their retail and charter marketing services, I am a steadfast believer in the importance of yacht chartering as a critical facet of the yachting spectrum.

  • Board Member/Nominating

    Beverly ParsonsBeverly Parsons | Interpac Yachts, Inc.
    Beverly has been in the yacht charter business since 1969, so you know that she offers her AYCA colleagues, professional unbiased advice. Beverly makes personal inspections of more than 400 yachts each year and is bonded and licensed by the California Department of Boating & Waterways. She is a founding member and past president of Charter Yacht Brokers Association as well as a founding member and current president of AYCA.  Beverly is a member in good standing of Cruise Lines International Association. She is proud to have received awards of excellence and recognition from the Mayor of Marmaris, the Marmaris International Club and Turkey’s Department of Tourism, and the Turkish Yacht Tourism Association which makes her the perfect broker to be the AYCA liaison for Turkish maritime issues. Beverly is well known and highly respected by her peers throughout the yacht charter industry.

  • Board Member/Membership

    Molly MarstonMolly Marston | Oyster Yacht Charters
    Molly began her yachting career as crew aboard charter yachts for 10 years giving useful insight into the industry. In 1996 she joined Oyster Marine, being instrumental in the development of the Newport Oyster office from its startup. In 2004 Molly implemented the charter division for Oyster and currently manages the company world-wide from her Newport base. In 2010 she was made Director of US Operations for Oyster Marine Ltd USA.

  • Board Member/Ethics

    Gina RobertsonGina Robertson | Fraser Yachts Florida, Inc.
    Gina Robertson has spent more than 15 years combining her insatiable passion for travel with her charter clients’ every desire. She is well-versed in traditional yachts and destinations, and is one of the few global charter brokers who has a personal interest in exotic locales. She has cruised everywhere from the Amazon River to the Galapagos Islands in addition to being an expert on the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mediterranean. No matter where you want to charter or what style of yachting interests you, Robertson’s wide base of knowledge can make your yachting dream a reality. She is also an advanced NAUI diver who can help with scuba-specific yacht charter itineraries.
    Gina was born to European parents who settled near Boston, and grew up speaking German. She has an engineering degree and spent a decade in the high-tech industry before making South Florida and the yachting industry the center of her life. She lives in Fort Lauderdale and regularly uses her expertise to help new and repeat clients alike enjoy countless adventures. One of Gina’s longtime clients has booked 21 charters - and has yet to experience the same thing twice. So far, Gina has been aboard more than 2,000 charter yachts—and she regularly visits yachts everywhere from Turkey to Thailand to Fiji to make sure she is up to date on all of her clients’ options. Gina is also a detail-focused professional who prides herself on her discretion when working with high-profile clients. She is an active member of the American Yacht Charter Association, the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, and the Charter Yacht Brokers Association. In her spare time, Gina supports the SeaKeepers Society and serves on CYBA’s environmental conservation committee, working to protect the beautiful waters where charter yachts regularly travel.

  • Director
    Susan Harris | Denison Yacht Sales

    Susan grew up in Chicago’s north side spending every summer on Lake Michigan. Her passion for powerboating started at 5 years old, and by the time she was 14, Susan was sailing the waters of the Windy City.After graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Susan remained in Florida, where she began her career as a director of sales in the luxury travel industry. During this time, Susan became a world traveler as she led a team of sales managers, becoming an accomplished marketing leader with an outstanding record for high volume sales in luxury vacations. In 2006, Susan decided to walk the corporate plank to join the yachting industry, where she consistently exceeds her clients' needs and sales expectations. With the innovative marketing that Denison Yacht Sales has to offer, Susan is able to provide the ultimate customer care to her clients. "Ultimate client care and sales go hand in hand," Susan says.

  • Director

    Heather Krebs | Abiego Yachts
    In 1991, after graduating with a degree in Travel & Tourism, Heather Krebs entered the travel industry. In 2003, she started Abiego Yachts International and decided to focus solely on crewed yacht charter vacations all over the world, in locations such as France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Caribbean, Bahamas and beyond. For the past 15 years, Heather has traveled extensively, every year, to personally inspect charter yachts, interview crews and research popular cruising grounds, so she can offer first hand knowledge to her clientele. Abiego Yachts International is a luxury boutique company that is focused on client relationships, in order to offer fully customized yachting experiences, in unique cruising grounds all over the world, with attention to even the smallest detail. The company is 100% focused on yacht charters and client satisfaction. They are not influenced nor distracted by yacht sales, yacht management, crew placement or any other area of the yachting industry.