The following were elected by vote of the Membership at the December 7, 2015 General Membership Meeting in Antigua.
Beverly 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.
Kathleen 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.
Steve 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.
Maggie Vale | Churchill Yacht Partners
Maggie began her dynamic career in the yachting industry as a sailor and artist. She managed to achieve success in both businesses after becoming a yacht delivery captain in 1985. Her duties as a captain of some of the world’s most formidable yachts have taken her from New England to all areas of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. Maggie’s years of experience gave her the valuable insight and understanding of the needs of charter clients from a captain’s perspective. Since becoming the CYP senior charter broker, she has used that knowledge to successfully match clients with yachts and crews and arrange seamless custom charter itineraries with ease. She is renowned throughout the industry for her knowledge of the world’s finest charter yachts, their captains and crews, as well as the legalities and requirements of international charters. Maggie focuses on providing clients with the perfect yacht, crew, and itinerary that will surpass all expectations of the vacation of their dreams. No detail is overlooked. Each day is an exciting adventure, and the experiences are never forgotten. Nothing pleases Maggie more than referrals from happy clients and those who continually return for yet another Churchill Yacht Partners charter.
Board Member/Bylaws Chair
Cromwell Littlejohn | Northrop & Johnson
A fourth generation Floridian, Crom grew up in Indialantic with the Indian River as his front yard and Atlantic Ocean in back. Whether fishing, sailings, or skiing, every spare moment was spent in, on, and around the water. Realizing early on that larger yachts required a new venue, Crom came to Ft. Lauderdale in 1981 where he was offered a position on the classic America's Cup Race Committee boat, BLACK KNIGHT. Having completed several years cruising and chartering, he began his sales career with a local new boat dealer prior to entering brokerage sales in 1987. Opening his own brokerage firm in the early 1990's, his desire to concentrate on the larger yacht market led him to sell the firm and take a position as Captain on a 102' motoryacht, cruising and chartering throughout the Bahamas, East Coast and Great Lakes. Following 15 years with Merle Wood & Associates, where Crom was heavily involved in both the sales and charter divisions of the firm. During the summer of 2015 he graduated to his new role with Northrop & Johnson in their Ft. Lauderdale office. Crom sat on the Board of Directors of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) for 11 years, including two terms as President, and was previous co-chair of the Charter Professionals committee, where he remains active. A regular contributor to various publications including Boat International and Forbes, Crom was awarded Broker of the Year for 2015 by the FYBA and lives in the Ft. Lauderdale area with his two daughters.
Board Member/Membership Chair
Molly 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 Chair
Gina 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.
Robin O'Brien | Fraser Yachts Florida, Inc.
After graduating from Temple University, wanderlust struck and Robin headed south. Leaving Bucks County Pennsylvania behind, she stopped in Ft. Lauderdale for what was to be one year of working on board yachts. Ten years and thousands of sea miles later, she calls Ft. Lauderdale home. Her yachting career includes a myriad of experience on both sail and motor yachts. From 1991-94, Robin was one of very few female First Officers on board large charter yachts in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Her most exciting yachting experience was sailing from New Zealand to the Caribbean stopping in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Seychelles along the way. "Papua New Guinea was like going back in time. I felt as if I stepped into a National Geographic article". Robin's intimate knowledge of the usual and not so usual charter hot spots is invaluable when planning a charter holiday. She knows what makes a charter successful and that each detail is important. When Robin joined the Ft. Lauderdale office, it was like coming home, as many of the yachts on which she and her husband crewed, were managed by Fraser Yachts Worldwide. "Chartering is the best way to explore a new country. I love helping people plan their dream vacation. It is so rewarding to open up the world of cruising to someone new to the experience." Robin is a nature and animal lover. She volunteers for a local animal rescue program. When she isn't at the park with her boxer Tallulah, she and her husband are enjoying exploring the mountains on their motorcycles. "I am always in search of the next great spot to visit, either by sea or land."
Diane Mares-Brody | Camper and Nicholsons
Born and raised by the water, Diana learnt to enjoy and respect the oceans from a very early age. After receiving degrees from Southampton College in Psychobiology and Business, and briefly volunteering in the Israeli army, Diana was fortunate to find a position as mate/cook on a private yacht in South Florida. Diana cruised the Caribbean, New England, the Great Lakes and Nova Scotia on private and chartered yachts, and earnt her US Coast Guard captain’s license for up to 100 gross tons. As much as she felt a pull to stay afloat, Diana realised that working onshore could be just as rewarding. After taking a very brief hiatus from yachting to enroll in a private school to learn how to operate a computer and the systems, Diana combined her computer and yachting knowledge to look after charter marketing as well as assisting the project manager for the 156’ Azzurra II while it was undergoing a refit. When CNI opened its first office in the US Diana was approached to head up its charter division. For the past 20 years, Diana has enjoyed discovering many of the exotic locales that CNI’s clients enjoy, and has expert knowledge on Panama, the San Blas Islands, Alaska, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Thailand, Malaysia, and Tahiti.