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Our Team

Meet the Superyacht Sales and Charter Team

We are a select group of the industry’s most experienced and respected professionals dedicated to making all facets of our clients’ yachting experience fun, stress-free, and easy as possible. With over 100 combined years of experience in yachting, our team delivers bespoke services and advice to luxury yacht owners.

Our team is known and respected around the world for excellence in yacht management, yacht sales, yacht owner support services, charter management, charter marketing, and new construction and refit. Call +1 954 368 7200, email info@superyachtsac.com, or fill out the form below to learn what we can do for you.

Aaron Harper

Yacht Management

Adam Alfano

Sales Broker

Alain de Grelle

Sales Broker

Bruce Szamier

Sales Broker

Carolyn Titus

Charter Broker

Cheri Barnes

Accounting Manager

Corly Quirk

Crew Placement Director

Damon Smallwood

Sales Broker

Duncan Bray

Sales Broker

Jaqueline Pineros

Yacht Management

Jeff Shaffer

Charter Management Director

Kathryn Ross

Yacht Management Admin

Lady Baquero

Yacht Management

Lea Harper

Charter Broker

Lonny Albert

Yacht Management

MacKenzie Sedelbauer

Office Manager

Neil Emmott

Managing Director

Rachel Morris

Yacht Management

Rick Buell

Yacht Management Director

Sam Niebla

Office Manager

Yvette Andrews

Yacht Management
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Aaron Harper

Position: Yacht Management
Phone: +1 954 608 3858
Email: aaron@superyachtmgmt.com

Aaron grew up in West Auckland, New Zealand. After finishing school, he spent 4 years in the adventure sports capital of the world, Queenstown, New Zealand. Aaron then spent some time traveling through Southeast Asia before moving to the UK and then onto Perth, Australia. He returned home to complete a certificate in Marine Engineering that led him to Fort Lauderdale in 2010, to begin his career in the yachting industry.

While in St. Maarten, Aaron was lucky enough to meet the love of his life Lea. They had the pleasure of working together for 5 ½ years on board a 173’ motor yacht that cruised the Caribbean, East Coast of the US and the eastern and western Mediterranean. In 2019, they decided to settle down in Fort Lauderdale and start a family. Aaron and Lea welcomed their little girl Riley into the world in January of 2022.

Aaron Holds his MCA Master 3000GT license and is keen to utilize his 11 years working on board various sized yachts, ranging from 63 feet to 200 feet, and his experience on board full ISM vessels to assist in any shore side yacht management needs the Superyacht Management fleet may have.

Aaron’s interests include playing ice hockey, cooking, snowboarding, traveling, nature and wildlife.

Adam Alfano Sales Broker

Adam Alfano

Position: Sales Broker
Phone: +1 305 923 9725
Email: adam@superyachtsac.com

Captain Adam Alfano started in the marine industry at the young age of 13 when he started as a mate on his family’s charter boats in Montauk N.Y. He received his first captains license at age 17 and after college he decided to start running the family’s charter boats to the Northeast canyons in the summers and spent the winters running the kids snowboard school in Killington, Vt. After 5 seasons he decided to pursue his passion of fishing full time and moved to Islamorada, FL in 2000.

While fishing as a charter captain in the Keys, he also spent summer seasons as a commercial Bluefin tuna fisherman operating from Maine to the Carolina’s before going into the private sector at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo in 2005. Since then it’s been full throttle and he has fished successfully in countless tournament’s with his crew around the globe and has also helped to manage many yacht programs for some incredible owners. Looking for some more land based time with the family he has joined Superyacht Sales and Charter and currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale with his wife Katie and young daughter Aiden.

Alain De Grelle Yacht Broker

Alain de Grelle

Position: Sales Broker
Phone: +1 305 772 7770
Email: alain@superyachtsac.com
Bruce Szamier Yacht Broker

Bruce Szamier

Position: Sales Broker
Phone: 1 954 609 0307
Email: bruce@superyachtsac.com

Bruce has joined Superyacht Sales and Charter after 32 years as a yacht broker in Ft. Lauderdale. Originally from Connecticut, he began a scientific career by obtaining a PhD, which led to a faculty position in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Vision Research at the Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory.

Being a lifetime boater, scuba diver, underwater photographer and a licensed captain, he logged over 100,000 sea miles with some time spent in nearly every ocean of the world. Over the years he developed a vast knowledge and experience with sport fishermen, trawlers, motor yachts, and sailboats, including large power and sailing catamarans.

This wealth of information, combined with his enthusiasm for the yacht business, made him a natural to join the team at Superyacht Sales and Charter.   Bruce is truly dedicated to his customers, constantly creating new initiatives to best serve his clients in their search of a proper yacht to pursue their dreams.

His wife Ingrid also shares his love of the sea, having circumnavigated in her own sailboat and is a Yacht Accounts Manager.

Bruce is looking forward to providing his clients with the full spectrum of services offered by Superyacht Sales and Charter.

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Carolyn Titus

Position: Charter Broker
Phone: 1 401 339 2429
Email: carolyn@superyachtsac.com

A yacht charter broker since 1981, Carolyn started her career in NYC with Sparkman & Stephens eventually moving on to working for yacht builders Alden Yachts and Nautor’s Swan before founding Cox Marine. Carolyn is one of the founders of the American Yacht Charter Association whose mission is focused on educating charter professionals ensuring charter clients experience a pleasant, safe, and legal yacht holiday.

As a lifelong racing sailor, Carolyn is uniquely qualified to offer racing and performance sailing yacht charters. Over the years she has participated in numerous Regattas in the US, Caribbean and Europe including 22 Heineken Regattas, the St. Barths Bucket, Antigua Race Week, and Rolex Regatta to name just a few. In addition to, Carolyn travels extensively visiting yachts, crews, and destinations so she can provide you with highly informed recommendations.

For Carolyn, your charter is not just a contract. She takes it personally and invests in making sure every detail is attended to in advance to help assure that your charter will be the experience of a lifetime. With decades of firsthand knowledge and experience to match your plans and wishes you can rest assured she will provide you with best possible charter options for your unique needs.

Cheri Barnes

Cheri Barnes

Position: Accounting Manager
Phone: 1 954 368 7204
Email: cheri@superyachtsac.com

Cheri Barnes is an accounting manager with over two decades experience in the yachting industry and a valued member of the Superyacht Sales and Charter Yacht Management Team.

Corly Quirk Crew Placement Director

Corly Quirk

Position: Crew Placement Director
Phone: 954-225-6551
Email: corly@superyachtcrewplacement.com
Superyacht Sales and Charter Broker

Damon Smallwood

Position: Sales Broker
Phone: 954-812-6844
Email: damon@superyachtsac.com
Duncan Bray Yacht Broker

Duncan Bray

Position: Sales Broker
Phone: 954-536-1847
Email: duncan@superyachtsac.com
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Jaqueline Pineros

Position: Yacht Management
Phone: 954-368-7200
Email: jaqueline@superyachtmgmt.com

Jackie was born in Bogotá, Colombia. While in Colombia she graduated with a technical diploma to be an Accounting Assistant Secretary, completed credits in industrial engineering and industrial mechanics, and worked in accounts receivable for 12 years. She then moved to Florida with her son and began working in the medical industry as team member of the medical needle assembly operations in hospitals. In 2019 she joined the Superyacht Management Team as a Yacht Administrator Assistant & works in accounts payable.

She just became a US Citizen in August 2023 and currently lives in Maryland with her family.”

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Jeff Shaffer

Position: Charter Management Director
Phone: 954-551-1329
Email: jeffs@superyachtsac.com

As Charter Management Director, Jeff Shaffer brings a wealth of knowledge and 25+ years of industry experience to the table. Originally from the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland, Jeff’s reputation and hard work ethic has allowed him to develop strong relationships with yacht owners, captains and crew. His skill at marketing yachts for charter is unmatched throughout the industry. Jeff looks forward to nourishing past relationships and creating many new ones. He enjoys every opportunity to spend as much time as possible on the water when he is not working.

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Kathryn Ross

Position: Yacht Management Admin
Phone: 954-368-7200
Email: Kathryn@superyachtmgmt.com

Kathryn grew up in central Maine, with a family passionate about boating. She spent long summer vacations sailing down the East coast of the United States. She is now a 200T Captain with experience on both sailing and motor yachts.

Kathryn attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR where she excelled in both academics, earning a bachelor’s in psychology; and athletics, competing in swimming, soccer, and track and field. She was an all-American Athlete, graduated Cum Laude, and was inducted into the national academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, and Lewis and Clark Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kathryn moved to St. Thomas, USVI in 2012 to spend time on her family’s sailing catamaran, where she instantly fell in love with the sunshine and saltwater.

Naturally, she pursued a career working as a mate on luxury charter yachts. She spent several years helping clients experience all the US and British Virgin Islands have to offer, earned her captain’s license, and then continued her career onboard larger yachts in the Bahamas and Mediterranean.

She has a true love for the ocean, is a PADI Rescue diver and watersports aficionado, and enjoys traveling to remote places, such as the Galapagos, Philippines, and Indonesia to snorkel and scuba. While land-based in Ft. Lauderdale, she enjoys playing soccer, tennis, cooking, and reading.

Lady Baquero Yacht Management

Lady Baquero

Position: Yacht Management
Phone: +1 954 368 7211
Email: lady@superyachtsac.com

Lady was born in Colombia. In high school, she developed an interest in accounting. She graduated with a Technical diploma with a focus in business and systems. She then moved to the United States with her sister and father. A few years later, Lady started working in the Yachting Industry as a Yacht Administrative Assistant. She has learned basic safety standards to full crew and financial administration for yachts. Now she has more than 10 years of experience in the industry.

A few of her hobbies include salsa dancing, cooking, watching movies, and spending time with her family.

Lea Corddry Office Assistant

Lea Harper

Position: Charter Broker
Phone: 954-368-7200
Email: lea@superyachtsac.com

Lea grew up in Baltimore County, Maryland. After leaving high school, she became a hairstylist and continued to work at a high-end salon whilst studying Environmental Science at night school. In 2010 Lea decided to continue her studies abroad in Brisbane, Australia, where she found a love for diving whilst on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. In 2012 she became a certified Dive Master on a boat in Ocean City, MD.

After finishing her studies and graduating with a degree in Environmental Science, she headed to St Maarten where she worked as a Dive Instructor on a local dive boat. She met her husband while in St. Maarten and he convinced her to start a career in Yachting. Lea and her husband worked on a 173’ yacht together for 5 ½ years, completing many charters and owners’ trips in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas and NE Coast of the United States.

Lea currently holds her Chief Mate 3000 license and uses her past experience on yachts to help make her a great asset to the Superyacht Sales and Charter team. Lea and her husband are now settled in Fort Lauderdale with their adopted animals but will continue to travel at every given opportunity.

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Lonny Albert

Position: Yacht Management
Phone: 954-368-7200
Email: Lonny@superyachtmgmt.com

Bringing over 12 years of experience to the table, Lonny is a valued member of the Superyacht Sales and Charter Yacht Management Team.

Prior to joining the Superyacht team, he worked in the industry alongside fellow SYSAC team members Lady, Rachel, and Rick. Lonny is always willing to lend a helping hand. He is the early riser of the team and you can usually find him in the office around 7am.

Lonny is a self-proclaimed “home body” and enjoys going to visit his family in Louisiana when he can.

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MacKenzie Sedelbauer

Position: Office Manager
Phone: +1 954 260 6212
Email: mackenzie@superyachtsac.com

MacKenzie was born in Michigan but has spent the majority of her life living in Asheville, NC, which she now considers to be home. Although she loves the arts, beer, and music Asheville has to offer, it was time for a change. She moved to South Florida to attend the University of Miami, graduating with a major in Political Science and Public Relations and a minor in Marketing.

After finishing her studies, Mackenzie moved back to North Carolina to begin her career in advertising. She accepted her career job as a project manager at Element Advertising. Mackenzie helped expand the small, start-up firm as well as advance within the company.

After leaving her position at the agency, she began her career in yachting. With over 6 years of working on yachts and over 12 years working in hospitality, MacKenzie will always make you feel welcomed.
In MacKenzie’s free time, she loves anything that involves being outside, especially running, snowboarding, hiking, and scuba diving.

Neil Emmott Superyacht

Neil Emmott

Position: Managing Director
Phone: 954-205-0066
Email: neil@superyachtsac.com

Born in East Africa to British parents Neil was raised and educated in South Africa. After 2 years of military conscription he completed his tertiary education culminating as a Deloitte trained accountant. The next 10 years were spent working for Morgan Stanley in Europe and ABN Amro in the Cayman Islands.

Departing from merchant banking Neil returned to a diving and sailing passion that saw him progress through the size range as Captain on sail and power yachts covering a command spectrum up to a 200-foot Motor Yacht. With the introduction of ever-increasing regulation over the years, Neil stayed at the leading edge throughout his yachting career starting with being the Captain of the first yacht to meet the Large Yacht Code requirements and compliance with the International Safety Management and related Codes.

Since ‘moving ashore’ 14 years ago, Neil has run a boutique and successful Sales, Charter and Yacht Management business in Fort Lauderdale. Married with two children, Neil has his hands full at home with raising young daughters! Amongst his many interest, Neil has a particular passion for yachting, international current affairs, contact sports, snow skiing, and travel.

Rachel Morris

Rachel Morris

Position: Yacht Management
Phone: 954-368-7200
Email: rachel@superyachtmgmt.com

Rachel was born in Houston, TX and later moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. During her time in Fort Lauderdale, she sailed in Florida and the Bahamas and fell in love with boating. This led her to yachting where she worked for 8 years on Private and Charter vessels ranging from 150’ to 240’.

Rachel’s attention to detail and love of accounts led her to join a Yacht Management company where she gained valuable knowledge and experience with the shore-based aspects of yachting. With almost 20 years in the industry now, Rachel has a well-rounded perspective to help find solutions for clients. Rachel provides Financial and Crew Administration at Superyacht Management and lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband and 2 boys.

Rick Buell Yacht Management Director

Rick Buell

Position: Yacht Management Director
Phone: 954-471-3792
Email: rick@superyachtmgmt.com
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Sam Niebla

Position: Office Manager
Phone: 954-368-7200
Email: sam@superyachtsac.com

Sam was born in Miami, but grew up mostly in Ocala, Fl. She studied at Florida State University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs & Geography. After completing her studies, she began working at a boat dealership as an Administrative Assistant near where she grew up. After a couple of years, she decided that she wanted to relocate back to South Florida. She relocated in April 2023 and began her journey at SYSAC as Office Manager. She loves art, music, history, & reality TV. Outside of the workplace you can find her on the water or reading a good book.

Yvette Andrews Yacht Management

Yvette Andrews

Position: Yacht Management
Phone: 954-368-7200
Email: yvette@superyachtmgmt.com

Yvette is a valued member of the Superyacht team. She brings over 35 years of experience in the industry to our team. Before working in Yacht Management, she worked onboard yachts as a First Officer, Chief Stewardess, & Purser, all adding up to 31 years. She now lives in Wilton Manors with her husband & cat and has been working in Yacht Management for over 4 years.

 

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