Our Select Yachts Team of Yachting Professionals
Ann E. McHorney
Select Yachts Team 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.
Sailing Yachts Charter & Management
Ms. Marilyn Eckel 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 set herself the goal to do some serious sailing during her lifetime. In addition to working as crew on a transoceanic delivery, every vacation is a sailing vacation, from bareboat to flotilla sailing in France, Greece and other Mediterranean locations as well as the Caribbean. Marilyn Eckel brings decades of maritime expertise in a wide range of capacities to the Select Yachts team.
“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
Motor Yachts Sales, Charter & Management
Ms. Bonnie Mims brings more than two decades of diversified experience in the yachting industry to the Select Yachts team. She has served as a Yacht Charter Manager with Bradford Marine Yacht Charter, Moretti Yachts, Koch, Newton & Partners / Merrill-Stevens, and The Sacks Group. During her career, Bonnie has been instrumental in increasing the size of managed yacht charter fleets and promoting charter vessels worldwide. Her reputation and experience are well-known throughout the international yachting community. She contributes a vast network of contacts that the Select Yachts team can rely on throughout the yachting industry.
Select Yachts Team Marketing & Sales
Ms. Dayle Reimer’s love for the charter yacht business launched 30 years ago. In 1985, she embarked on her first sailing vacation aboard a 52’ Irwin sailboat in the Virgin Islands. “It was the best, most fun vacation I’d ever had!” This introduction to charter yachting blossomed into a lifelong passion.
She moved to Southern California in the early 90s, learned to sail, and made regular trips to Catalina Island for wonderful long weekends. By the mid 90s, the joy of yachting around Catalina inspired Dayle to quit her prestigious position as a marketing executive with Pizza Hut, Inc. and launch her own charter yacht brokerage. She intuitively can match clients with their ideal yacht, in the perfect destination, and design their dream charter vacation.
In 2004, Dayle expanded yacht charter options to her clients by organizing exclusive group sailing flotillas in the Caribbean and Greek Islands. Then, for this sailing enthusiast, a one-of-a-kind opportunity presented itself. Dayle set sail aboard a 34’ sailboat, one of three crew bound for adventure. She spent time in the Marquesas Islands, Tuomotu Atolls and the islands of Tahiti, and visited Fiji and New Zealand. She sailed an astonishing 3500 miles across the Pacific on a “magical trip”.
Dayle returned stateside and settled in San Diego as a marketing executive. However, her heart remained in yachting. As a charter broker she had met Ann E. McHorney at the Caribbean charter yacht shows. Following her heart, she was compelled to return to the yachting industry, and knew that working with Ann E. would make an excellent collaboration. As a member of the Select Yachts team, Dayle contributes her expert marketing skills, her vast knowledge of yachts and yachting destinations, and above all, her passion for designing unforgettable charter yacht vacations.
George M. Decsy
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 Team 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 at our Sint Maarten telephone number 1-721-544-4100, or 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. Get 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.