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 email@example.com, or fill out the form below to learn what we can do for you.
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.
Barbara has spent over 30 years working with discerning clients around the world and is excited to bring her wealth of expertise to the Superyacht Sales and Charter team as a Yacht Charter Broker. From her financial beginnings as a licensed stock and commodity broker, to joining the world of mega yachts and private jets, Barbara’s experiences have nurtured her passion for travel and dedication to 5-star service.
She has spent considerable time living abroad including Greece, the Netherlands, and British Columbia working with UHNW clientele. Additionally, her many years aboard yachts as a trained Chef and Chief Stewardess, her full-time smile, and devotion to client satisfaction are all attributes certain to ensure a flawless charter experience.
• Chief Stew and Chef Aboard Yachts from 72’ to 260’
• Graduated Culinary School with Honors
• Multiple Trans-Atlantic Crossings
• Global Yachting Experience from the Mediterranean & Caribbean to the Pacific
• Over 10 Years as VIP Concierge and Owner PA
• Extensive Private Jet Travel Around the World
• Licensed Stock and Commodity Broker
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.
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 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.
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.
Dividing her childhood between Scotland and Australia, Kerry developed a life-long love for travel and adventure, thus finding the perfect career in yachting. Kerry joined the industry in 2002; her professionalism, knowledge and attention to detail stems from her early stewardess days aboard large motor and sailing yachts. Extensive world travel allowed her to further her knowledge of cruising coastlines and develop invaluable experience in which she incorporates into her work. Moving into yacht charters was a natural progression for her. She enjoys spending time boating with her family and adoring her children.
Lady Baquero is a valued member of the Superyacht Sales and Charter Yacht Management Team.
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.
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.
O’Donna Black joined the yacht charter industry in 2016 following a successful career as a Healthcare Operations Executive. Her passion and talent for outcomes optimization through ongoing improvement in planning, operations and service delivery have proven invaluable skills now as a Yacht Charter Broker.
A keen listener, constantly updating her knowledge of the yachts and global charter destinations, O’Donna builds relationships with clients and designs charter experiences that turn dreams into moments. Many are multigenerational families who enjoy repeat charters.
O’Donna’s interests include travel, yachting and diving. When ashore, she also enjoys gardening and bringing those vegetables, creatively prepared, to the table.
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.
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