Els BucknellCharter Manager
ELS LEARNED HER SEAMANSHIP AT AN EARLY AGE, SAILING TJALKS AND KLIPPERS IN HER NATIVE HOLLAND. AFTER ATTENDING BUSINESS SCHOOL AND WORKING IN THE NETHERLANDS SHE ENTERED THE YACHTING PROFESSION AND HAS SERVED AS A SAILOR, COOK, CHIEF STEWARDESS AND PURSER ON A VARIETY OF POWER AND SAILING YACHTS INCLUDING MEGAYACHTS, MANY OF THEM CHARTER YACHTS. SHE IS EQUALLY AT HOME TYING A REEF IN THE MAINSAIL, PROVIDING WHITE-GLOVED SILVER SERVICE.
ELS ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE LARGE MOTOR YACHTS, PROVIDING ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS AND HER EXPERTISE IN THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF LAYOUT AND COMMISSIONING. ASHORE SHE HAS WORKED WITH SEVERAL YACHT BROKERAGE COMPANIES AS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT AND AS OFFICE MANAGER. THIS EXPERIENCE COMBINED WITH HER LINGUISTIC SKILLS AND HER EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD WIDE YACHTING SCENE MAKE HER A NATURAL FOR CHARTER MANAGEMENT.
Lara-Jo HoughtingCharter Manager
With her solid foundation in the operations of all aspects of the yachting industry, LJ emphasizes the focus on client relations between Yacht Owners, Captains, Brokers and the media and prides herself on a more personalized charter marketing strategy created for each luxury charter yacht.
LJ's passion for the water began in her early childhood having grown up in a water sports-fanatical family. Her greatest passion lies in racing her father's keel boats and trimaran. In 2001, LJ entered the yacht industry as a massage therapist onboard charter yachts, later exploring the corporate side of yachting as she progressed from Boat Show Coordinator, Yacht Sales Coordinator, to Charter Marketing, and ultimately evolving to Charter Fleet Manager.
Originating from South Africa, and having traveled extensively, LJ brings a multitude of international expertise to Churchill Yacht Partners.
As a member of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association Charter Professionals Committee and Young Professionals in Yachting, LJ is dedicated towards continuing education and giving back to the yachting industry.
Rikki DavisCharter Broker
Mary CopelandRetail Charter Department
Prior to joining Rikki Davis at Churchill Yacht Partners, Mary worked for six and a half years at The Catamaran Company in the sales and charter divisions.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Mary now lives in South Carolina where she is active in the rescue of domestic skunks and ferrets and a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
Maggie ValeCharter Broker
whether you are in the need for a luxury charter yacht vacation or looking for a company to manage your yacht, churchill yacht partners will treat you as if you were our only client. with offices in newport ri, minneapolis mn and our main office fort lauderdale, fl the entire team at churchill yacht partners and rikki davis yachts looks forward to serving you. we provide unsurpassed service in yacht charters, yacht vacations and charter yacht management. we look forward to hearing from you.