Meet our team
OUR YACHT CHARTER SPECIALISTS
Founder & Sales Director
German has enjoyed the water from a very young age, in and out of boats from the day he was born thanks to a family tradition of avid sailers - mono-skiing, wake-boarding, kite-surfing and sailing regattas were his childhood pastimes. Academically, he has a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Masters in Finance.
After working in many diverse industries, from marketing to manufacturing and construction, German’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to found Ritzy Charters in 2012. It all started as a part time activity to get bookings for his family catamaran in the Virgin Islands. With his passion for yachts and focus on the client experience, he has grown the company steadily year after year.
He has built a team of talented people and strives to help them grow as individuals. German, together with his team, travel frequently to the different charter destinations and boat shows to inspect first-hand the yachts and meet the crews in person. Throughout the years, he has developed a deep knowledge of yachts and an understanding of luxury service aboard them.
Nowadays, he is also recognized in the industry for being the Vice President of the Charter Yacht Broker Association.
When not working, he can be found kite-surfing in Key Biscayne Bay or skiing in Colorado.
Yacht Charter Broker
Dayle's love for yacht chartering began in 1985 when she embarked on her first Virgin Islands sailing trip aboard a 52’ Irwin sailboat. This introduction blossomed into a lifelong passion for yachting vacations in fabulous destinations.
Originally from the Midwest, Dayle moved to Southern California where she learned to sail and enjoyed many fun sailing trips to Catalina Island. Eventually, she was inspired to leave her marketing position with Pizza Hut, Inc. and launch a yacht charter business. She excelled at matching clients with the perfect yacht and helping design dream vacations. She also organized group sailing flotillas in the Caribbean and Greek islands. Then a one-of-a-kind opportunity presented itself. Dayle set sail aboard a 34’ sailboat, one of three crew bound for a Pacific sailing adventure. 21 days and 2500 miles later they made landfall in the Marquesas Islands, and continued through the Tuomotu Atolls and French Polynesia on this “magical trip”.
Dayle returned to San Diego where she enjoyed living in the heart of San Diego’s vibrant sailing community. Her active involvement with Point Loma Yacht Club culminated when she served as 2014 Commodore. That same year she returned to the yacht charter business to follow her passion which she now brings to Ritzy Charters.
Yacht Charter Broker
Growing up on the south coast of England, from a young age Marie was inspired by the sea and where those open waters could take her. After attending university in Southampton she went to live in the Canaries, and started to expand her horizons spending the next 10 years working and travelling across the globe.
Guiding groups of travelers 'into the wild' from hiking mountains in Madagascar to cycling through Patagonia, diving in the Windwards and exploring the length of the Amazon river to name a few adventures, Brazil was the place she decided to drop anchor and has been based there since 2009. Running her own hiking tour company, managing an incoming agency, and taking people on gastronomic journeys - customer experience, care and dedication have always been at the forefront of her work.
In 2015 she was invited to immerse herself in the world of sailing, exploring the reefs of Australia for 6 months. Six months soon turned into two years as she sailed and lived aboard various yachts in the Coral Sea, the South China Sea and crossing to the South Pacific. At the end of 2017 she returned to land, but still surrounded by the ocean, in her beloved Rio de Janeiro.
Yacht Charter Broker
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mariela earned her Bachelor's Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She launched her career in the hotel industry in 2003 as a reservations agent at the large international hotel chain Meliá, moving up through various positions over a successful 20-year span to the rank of senior key account manager.
After moving to Florida, she worked for several seasons in the food and beverage department of a luxury beachfront boutique resort in Marco Island.
Mariela is a very dedicated, respectful, and enthusiastic person who loves meeting people and building strong relations with her clients, always willing to meet and exceed their needs and expectations and provide a high level of service and attention to detail.
Mariela has a true passion for traveling! She’s visited many countries across the globe, often traveling solo and making friends along the way, thanks to her outgoing personality. She enjoys running, exercising, dancing (even taking part in a local Carnival troupe!) and exploring new places and restaurants in her hometown, Buenos Aires, sharing tips on her social media accounts for other fellow travelers.
Yacht Charter Broker
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Mike owned a successful event planning and design company that he operated for over 25 years. After covid decimated the event industry, he decided to sell everything and move to sunny Mexico, ultimately landing in a quaint fishing village called Boca de Tomatlan, where he has to commute to the mainland by a 5 minute water taxi.
Mike has a love for travel and over the years he has visited more than 40 countries throughout Europe, South America and North Africa. One of his favorite destinations was the Greek islands, so he has a special interest in those yachting itineraries.
He is an avid gardener, chef and party planner. Mike’s work passion has always been about creating wonderful experiences, and he now brings that interest and attention to detail to creating memorable yachting tours and on board events around the globe.
Yacht Charter Broker
O’Donna was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina where she enjoyed equestrian sports and hiking, but it was the summers spent exploring the islands off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina where she first felt the draw of the ocean. When a scheduling error during college placed her in a sailing class, she was hooked!
Following a rewarding career in healthcare leadership, she seized the opportunity in 2016 to join the yachting industry and contribute her service skills and passion as a Yacht Charter Broker. Much of her time is spent exploring destinations and yachts around the world to guide her guests to their perfect yacht and customize a most memorable experience of land and sea delights.
As a PADI Open Water Certified Diver, O’Donna enjoys the many wonders beneath the sea. Perhaps you would like to add this experience during your charter?
When ashore she pursues the gardening to table adventure, transforming organic vegetables into culinary delights. Her bucket list items include cooking lessons on the Greek Island of Paros and scuba diving at an underwater winery in Croatia. She looks forward to hearing about your dreams and turning them into moments!
Yacht Charter Broker
Lindsey hails from New England and a long line of chefs. Following in her father's footsteps, she found herself in the restaurant industry at a very young age. Always mesmerized by the thoughtful creations flowing out of the New England kitchens she worked in, she decided to pursue her passion for the culinary arts. She immersed herself in culinary courses and the bustling food scene.
In an effort to keep her passion for travel alive, she set off into the yachting industry roughly 12 years ago. From the Eastern Seaboard of the US to France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Croatia, the Caribbean, and many stops in between, she not only honed her skills in several different styles of cuisine but developed an immense passion for yachting.
Between jobs as a Chef onboard, she took the opportunity to gain as much knowledge as possible on maintaining, maneuvering, navigating, and helming a range of yachts. She completed three Atlantic crossings and a multitude of yacht deliveries throughout the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and up the US Eastern Seaboard. She even competed in sailing races whenever the opportunity lent itself. She earned her USCG Captains license and soon after, purchased a sailing yacht of her own. When she wasn’t crewing aboard luxury yachts she was traversing the Caribbean in her sailing monohull.
She eventually found her way into Fleet Management and has worked to develop many successful charter programs. While managing, she completed her Charter Yacht Brokers Course and has now made her way over to brokering. She is thrilled to help curate Charter Yacht Vacations in some of the most stunning locations around the globe, many of which hold great significance for her. Seeing her clients come home from Charter with gorgeous memories and experiences to last a lifetime is something she finds incredibly rewarding!
FINANCE, MARKETING & IT
Sales Team Leader
Born and raised in Argentina, Verónica developed a strong passion for travelling from a very young age. She is always busy planning her next adventure and eager to discover destinations and embracing new cultures.
Verónica has a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hotel Management, industries in which she gained professional experience across Argentina and in different countries such as Spain, Germany, Italy and the United States, where she spent 2 seasons in Naples.
She is also a journalist specialized in Sports, and has covered major international events like Olympic Games and FIFA World Cups. In 2019, together with some colleagues she founded a digital media promoting the role of women in Sports Journalism, and she recently edited a solidarity book with stories written by Olympic athletes, that was launched before Tokyo 2020.
Always eager to learn, she is a very curious, client-oriented and multifaceted person. Verónica is responsible for the efficient functioning of Ritzy Charter’s office, as well as developing new business opportunities for the company.
Florencia was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Growing up, it didn’t take her long to develop a strong passion for the tourism world, curious to know everything about it.
Her university studies expanded her knowledge of tourism and hospitality, obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She began her career in a small boutique hotel in her hometown where she developed her talent and expanded her abilities for working well with travelers.
She further developed her skills as an operations executive in a Destination Management Company, working with travelers from abroad who want to visit Argentina. In the meantime, she researched and learned about digital marketing, the latest tourism trends, and the leadership role of women in the tourism industry. Needless to say, she is always interested in learning something new!
With that same predisposition to learn, she joined Ritzy Charters. She is appreciated for being detail-oriented and focused on collaboration with her teammates.
Paz has a Bachelor's degree in Sports Journalism, she enjoys all types of sports (sometimes she even practices them!). She is passionate about the details, almost obsessive and is super organized with a great talent for customer service as she is always thinking of others!
Some years ago she met German and with him, she discovered her love for nautical life. Year after year she has become more involved in the yachting world.
Before Ritzy Charters she worked in many different industries including hospitality, marketing and finance. Some years ago, she started to assist in some aspects of the company but in 2017 she and German decided it was time for her to formally join the Ritzy team.
Since then she has been looking for new marketing ideas and working to improve the administrative process and is now in charge of the finance department. She is constantly looking for new procedures, which can be implemented in order to improve both the financial processes and the customer experiences. When the working day is done, she can be found riding a bike near the beach or cooking some special food.
Pablo is a Software Architect and Developer with 15 years of experience working as a programmer, architect and project leader in different areas related to service oriented companies and their software.
He discovered the nautical world a few years ago and enjoys sailing with friends as well as taking laser lessons. This year he officially became certified as a captain of sports boats and is practicing and preparing to make new certifications - through Ritzy Charters he quickly discovered what is sure to be a lifelong obsession!
He is focused on transforming and improving computer systems to complement the growth of the company and continuously improving the quality of service provided to Ritzy’s customers Pablo brings a smart eye and a sunny personality to the Ritzy team.