Cem ("Jem") was intoroduced to the yacht charter industry as a young university graduate with a degree in Business Management (Accounting). Starting as a junior within the Superyacht servicing department of Turkey’s largest yacht charter clearing house, Cem's ability to oversee and manage all aspects of the business were soon recognised and his career accelerated.
“Contact Turkey Yachting & Travel” was founded in 1995 and became "Contact Yachts" on the anniversary of its 20th year. Over the course of his 28-year career, Cem has been closely involved in the development of the Turkish yacht charter industry. Cem is a member of the MYBA and the CYBA, travelling and attending a number of important yacht charter meetings around the world each year.
Deniz is one of the newest members of the Contact Yachts team, however, her experience makes her a very valuable one.
She was born and raised in Marmaris - Turkey’s one of the most popular yacht charter and travel destinations. Deniz is for sure not new to the travel industry as her family’s business is related to hospitality and hotels. Since her childhood she has learnt everything about planing, organizing a perfect holiday for the clients and proving the best service to the travellers.
Deniz also has a Degree in Communication and Advertisement from the University in Ankara. After completing the studies, Deniz moved to Istanbul where she worked as a copywriter and strategist at several leading advertising agencies in the city. Her speciality was luxury travel marketing.
Before joining Contact Yachts Deniz successfully managed her own boutique hotel in Selimiye - one of the most luxurious coastal towns in Turkey. She’s known as a very professional, responsible, and kind person. And what’s also important - she has amazing organizational skills that are essential when it comes to organizing a bespoke yacht charter experience for our clients in any part of the world.
Kateryna entered the yachting industry in 2010, joining the crew of one of Turkey's most popular luxury charter gulets as a hostess. This amazing experience gifted her many insights into the world of sailing vacations and perhaps more importantly, an understanding of her clients’ needs and expectations from the moment they step aboard.
Kateryna is a native of Ukraine. Since the age of 16, she’s been travelling, living, and working in different parts of the world. She has a BA degree in International Business from an Italian private university and has studied and worked in the U.S. and Germany. Kateryna has worked in the field of journalism, and is a writer, photographer, and traveler.
Kateryna loves working with people and has mastered the art of choosing the best yachts and the places to see for her clients. She is also very responsible where details are concerned, ensuring every cruise runs smoothly, meeting and exceeding her clients’ expectations.
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Beverly Parsons was the first international yacht charter broker on the west coast of the United States. She was a pioneer in opening up new charter destinations in the Pacific Northwest (her original home) and Mexico. In her adopted hometown of San Diego she lead a year long fight with the port authority for permission to charter out of private marinas. She was an early Caribbean broker and among the first U.S. agents to charter in Western Europe, Croatia (then Yugoslavia), Australia, and the South Pacific.
In the spring of 1983, Bev attended the first Aegean/Turkish Yacht Festival in Marmaris. From the moment she set foot in Turkey, she became entranced with this incredible charter destination. Wanting to spread the word about this amazing new cruising area, she began to write and submit articles to newspapers, magazines and throughout the yachting community.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, before Greece held official boat shows, Bev flew to Athens every spring, often coordinating with other agents, and organized private viewings through Greek owners and agents, and walked the docks of Piraeus looking for more. Turkey and Greece remain her favorite charter destinations and she continues her efforts there.
Beverly was instrumental in developing contracts, ethics and business protocols, of the International Charter Industry in its infancy. She is a Charter Member and Past President (2016 - 2017) of the American Yacht Charter Association and Charter Member and Past President (1995 – 1996) of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association. In December 2019 Beverly was inducted into the CYBA Charter Industry Hall of Fame.
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