Employee Spotlight: Senior Charter Broker Fiona Maureso

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Northrop & Johnson shines a light on Senior Charter Broker Fiona Maureso. Fiona is a charter broker in our Antibes office and has been with Northrop & Johnson for eight years. Here is what she has to say about life and her time at Northrop & Johnson.

How did you get into the yachting industry and what led you to where you are today?

After I left university, I worked briefly as a deckhand/stewardess on a 131-foot (40m) yacht and got to know the sales broker who subsequently sold the yacht. When he admitted that he desperately needed an assistant, I jumped at the chance to explore the “other side” of yachting and 35 years later, I’m still exploring.

What do you think makes N&J special?

There is a great sharing culture at N&J that I believe is unique in this industry. Our team spirit definitely gives us an edge.

What do you like most about your job?

Being entrusted with a client’s precious holiday time is a great privilege and it’s hugely satisfying to see an initial charter developing into a long-term relationship with that client and their family.

What accomplishment at N&J makes you most proud?

I was thrilled when Kevin Merrigan asked me to join the N&J team in 2013 and to set up the Antibes office. I am very proud of how strong the Antibes and Monaco teams are now.

What is your favorite cruising destination and why?

I love the more remote areas of the Mediterranean, Turkey, and Croatia being particular favorites. Further afield, the Seychelles and French Polynesia are my top cruising destinations.

If you had a yacht what type of yacht would you have?

My dream yacht would either be a traditional motor yacht with beautiful classic lines and vast deck spaces or a sleek sailing yacht.

What’s your favorite activity you enjoy with friends/family?

Traveling is definitely a favorite activity for me and my family, especially when combined with new culinary experiences and the chance to explore the culture of a new destination.

What is one unique fact about yourself?

Throughout my career, I have been an active member of MYBA – The Worldwide Yachting Association. From 2014-2018, it was my privilege to stand as President, an experience that was sometimes challenging but always hugely rewarding

What is one tip for first-time clients?

Take the time to talk to your broker and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more we know about you, the easier it will be to create a memorable charter experience for you and your family.

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