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?
What is your favorite cruising destination and why?
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.