|Broker Interview: Gayle Patterson of Imperial Yachts|
|Written by Kim Kavin|
|Saturday, 02 June 2012 08:31|
I first met Gayle Patterson a number of years ago, when she was with Edmiston and Company. She started there as a charter manager working for the owners of charter yachts, and then a number of years ago she moved into Edmiston's team of retail charter brokers who work on behalf of charter clients. She has a strong skill set, including being fluent in English as well as French, and she shares my personal passion for competing in triathlons (bonus points there).
A few weeks ago, I ran into her in Europe, where she had just taken on the job of charter director for Imperial Yachts. Here are the highlights of our conversation:
I don't hear much about Imperial Yachts from a charter perspective. How many boats are in the company's charter fleet?
Right now we have three motoryachts in our charter fleet. There is the 197-foot Lurssen Arkley, the 171-foot Amels Bel Abri, and the 132-foot Mondomarine Manifiq.
Is one of your goals with Imperial Yachts to grow that charter fleet?
Yes, we are looking to grow our fleet for sure. I'm getting set up now, and then as soon as we're ready, off we'll go.
And you will continue to do retail bookings as well?
I will. I've basically become the head of the Imperial Yachts charter division, which means doing both charter management and retail bookings. I am based in Monaco, and I partner with our Russian office, which is huge.
Are you excited to get back to doing some charter management?
I am. I did that kind of work for four years at Edmiston before I became a retail broker, so my background is ideal for this new job. I'm really looking forward to seeing what can be achieved here at Imperial Yachts. I can't wait.
You may contact Gayle Patterson through the Imperial Yachts website.