Our Select Yachts Team of Yachting Professionals
Ann E. McHorney
Select Yachts Founder & Director
Ms. Ann E. McHorney, has 25 years of professional experience in the charter industry. She is a Charter Sales Specialist, has been crew member and chef on both sail and motor super yachts, and is a Charter Yacht Owner.
Acting as a Charter Specialist on the Select Yachts team, Ann E delights in applying her knowledge and expertise to match charter clients with the perfect yacht and crew. “It’s sort of like being the Ultimate Match Maker – that’s how I like to think of myself! I’m so pleased when people come to me at the end of their holiday exclaiming that this was the best vacation of their lives. What a great thing to be able to do for people!” Years of working as charter crew have provided Ann E. with lots of cruising time and an intimate knowledge of the world’s most fabulous charter destinations.
Select Yachts Fleet Management & Charter
Marilyn was born on a small island in the mouth of England’s famous River Thames. Her love of the sea emerged at an early age. As a teenager she was an award-winning dinghy racer. At the age of 23 she owned a 27-foot yacht to indulge in weekend sailing along the Kent coastline.
Her role model is Clare Francis, renowned for sailing single-handed, around-the-world adventure in the 1970s. After reading her autobiography, Marilyn vowed to do some serious sailing during her lifetime. She crewed on a transoceanic delivery. She sailed during every vacation, from bareboat to flotilla sailing, throughout the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Marilyn knows yachts from the inside out.
Marilyn has a law degree. She worked as a lawyer for 25 years at the largest law firm in the UK. She is an invaluable asset to Select Yachts for contract negotiation, customs & immigration, legal and flag issues, and complaint mediation. Marilyn recently encouraged the BVI Shipping Registry to change their laws to allow US citizens and corporations to own a BVI flagged yacht and avoid a discrimination claim.
“I so appreciate all of your good help with this (charter booking). You are one of the most efficient and nicest people to work with in the industry.” Mary
Select Yachts Fleet Management & Charter
Tswana Nunes-Burleson was born in the Netherlands but grew up on the beautiful Caribbean island of Aruba. In addition to long-term experience in the yachting industry, Tswana brings professional management, bookkeeping and accounting acumen to the Select Yachts fleet management division. She has extensive travel experience and mastery of several languages. She currently resides on St. Maarten where she fluently negotiates among the many cultures that call the Dutch/French island home.
Tswana was the Office Manager, Bookkeeper and Yacht Charter Assistant at Select Yachts St. Maarten office before accepting a government position as Accountant for the Ministry of Finance and Justice. She was also an esteemed member of the Council of Advice, a High Council of State on Sint Maarten. While excelling as a government employee, her passion for the charter industry inspired her to again accept an executive position with Select Yachts.
In addition to working with yacht owners and charter clients, Tswana has been a vital participant in charter yacht shows in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. From branding to staging a yacht, Tswana understands marketing strategies. She brings keen insights into both charter broker and charter client expectations. She applies her knowledge individually and meticulously to each vessel in the Select Yachts fleet to insure their success as a charter business.
Sail & Power Yachts Sales Agent
Captain George Decsy is a yacht sales agent extensive first-hand experience on all types of vessels. He is a long-time industry professional with a outstanding reputation throughout the yachting community. He works with his clients from the initial search for the perfect vessel to closing and beyond. Buying a yacht is a very individual, personal experience and George makes sure the process runs smoothly and correctly.
Captain George has logged over 100,000 miles on various vessels in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, North Atlantic and on transatlantic crossings. He has years of experience as an instructor at International Yachtmaster Training in Fort Lauderdale. He has owned, bought and sold several of his own vessels as well as being the trusted sales agent for clients worldwide. Select Yachts is very proud to have a man of his intelligence and capability on the sales team.
Select Yachts Marine Consultant – Sint Maarten
Mr. Stephan James is Select Yachts’ on-site representative for Sint Maarten / Saint Martin. A citizen of The Netherlands, France, and the Country of Sint Maarten, he contributes a wealth of up-to-the-minute local knowledge to the Select Yachts team. Whether the need is for yachting services, Zagat-rated restaurants, or private guides and drivers, we can rely on Stephan’s expertise.
Stephan began his yachting career at the Simpson Bay Yacht Club Marina, moving up the ranks quickly from dock attendant to dockmaster. When Simpson Bay merged with IGY, his duties expanded to include services at Isle de Sol and Port de Plaissance. He also worked at the famous Captain Oliver’s Marina. For the past two years, Stephan crewed on the magnificent 160’ ISA motor yacht, Papi du Papi, where he honed his nautical skills, and reinforced his commitment to the high standards and efficiency required by luxury yacht owners.
Stephen’s extensive knowledge is vital to the international yachting community. He enables visiting yachts, and the Select Yachts’ fleet and charters to get what they need, and be assured of the highest quality and expedience. He is fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish. Contact Stephan by cell 1-721-586-9705, or email him at Stephan@selectyachts.com.
Select Yachts Content Editor
Lisa was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, on the shores of frigid and temperamental Lake Michigan. From childhood she loved three things, being out on the water, writing and travel. She published her first jingle for the Noxema skin care brand at nine years old, and wrote her first commissioned screenplay while still in college.
She moved to St. Thomas, USVI, to indulge in her passion for sailboat racing, explore the Caribbean, and work as a freelance writer. She also spent many years living in Europe, followed by dissertation research in Mexico and Guatemala, a catalyst for projects and publications concerning the history of South Florida, and the Mayan peoples of Mexico and Guatemala.
Lisa has worked in media and marketing in the yachting industry for over fifteen years. She has been published in many of the industry’s most prestigious magazines. She enthusiastically and elegantly portrays the stunning yachting lifestyle, the world’s most fascinating vessels, and the dramatic shores they reach. Email Lisa@selectyachts.com with industry news for our website. Launch your yacht and crew into the spotlight.
Select Yachts Office Manager & Bookeeper
Ms. Lynn Norris is the extraordinary facilitator behind the scenes for the Select Yachts team. She is in charge of office management and bookkeeping at our Fort Lauderdale office. A graduate of Penn State and experienced CPA, she has a cheerful attitude, a heartwarming smile, and deals masterfully with a multitude of tasks.
Lynn grew up in Fort Lauderdale with a love of boats. Early on in life she helped her father restore a 37’ Silverton. In the tradition of her military family, she was active in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, rising to the rank of captain, and leading a group of 17 kids. At Penn State she enlisted in the ROTC, where she achieved the rank of corporal.
Lynn enjoys interacting with people and helping them achieve their goals. She is fluent in Spanish and French and is invaluable to the Select Yachts team, whether working with foreign clients or dealing in foreign ports. We are thrilled to have Lynn aboard, efficiently running our office, handling our books, and charming everyone with whom she comes in contact.