Our Team

Karen Kelly
President & CEO

Karen Kelly, Nicholson Yachts President and CEO, is passionate about yachts and yachting in a way that brands her as one of the most highly respected and reputable leaders in the industry.

As a sailor in the Caribbean in the 1980s, she developed a deep appreciation for the romance of the sea. As a charter consultant, she’s traveled the world to gain an intimate knowledge of what clients seek and what captains and crew need to do to keep them happy.

Today her company represents a fleet of yachts for sale and charter and a database of thousands of satisfied yacht owners, captains, crew, and charter consultants.

When she’s not assisting clients buying, selling, or managing yachts, or caring for family and friends, she devotes time to several industry associations. She’s a member of the board of directors of the Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, the International Yacht Brokers Association, the Charter Yacht Brokers Association, and the Yacht Brokers Association of America. She has an approach that is both hands-on and personalized in all her interactions with clients and peers, while also remaining an energetic supporter of her trade.

+401.849.0344          info@nicholsonyachts.com

Elaine Lembo
Communications Director and Fleet Manager

Elaine Lembo, Nicholson Yachts charter manager and communications director; Cruising World magazine editor at large, chartering columnist, sailor and former luxury charter crew. Free-lance writer and editor.

+401.849.0344            info@nicholsonyachts.com

Julia Towne
Charter, Brokerage, and Marketing Associate

Julia Towne, Nicholson Yachts charter, brokerage, and marketing associate; bachelor’s degree in leadership and organizational studies, University of Southern Maine.

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Georgia Byrd
Yacht Charter and Sales Specialist

Georgia and her husband, Joseph, manage the Southeastern offices of Nicholson Yachts in Charleston, South Carolina. Joseph, a commercial advertising photographer for the past 30 years, has captured fine images of yachts all over the world. He also specializes in product photography.

Georgia made the transition from writer to broker with Nicholson Yachts in 2012. A native of the South, Georgia’s career began as a newspaper journalist in Alabama. She is the author of seven published books. The seaport of Savannah became her introduction to the world of yachting 15 years ago. Hired as a media consultant for shipbuilder Intermarine, she formulated marketing strategies, created collateral and initiated public relations campaigns.

She has produced newsletters and press releases for Palmer Johnson, Crescent Yachts, and Derecktor shipyards and was a frequent contributor to several yachting publications. With more than 35 years experience in newspaper/magazine management and national product marketing, she is also an expert in product branding, media placement, advertising sales, and copywriting. She joined Forbes Media as a custom content producer in 2000, producing special sections on yachts and the industry. Her client relationships at Forbes are ongoing and represent the thriving luxury lifestyle brands.

Additionally, Georgia has produced national advertising campaigns for a number of companies including port authorities, private corporate aircraft, and destinations. As an author, Georgia has appeared on CNN, The Travel Channel, The Today Show, and locally, as a travel consultant promoting the yachting industry.

401.849.0344      +912.596.4040       georgia@nicholsonyachts.com

Joe Byrd

Broker and Consultant

Joseph Byrd, an accomplished professional photographer, helps his wife, Georgia, manage Nicholson Yachts in Charleston, South Carolina. A commercial advertising photographer for 30 years, he has also captured fine images of yachts all over the world. His specialty is product photography. When he’s not shooting, he’s assisting Georgia with contracts, fielding queries from clients, and attending boat shows as well as yacht brokerage showings.

+401.849.0344          info@nicholsonyachts.com

Jakob Gradisek
Yacht Sales Broker

Jakob Gradisek, Nicholson Yachts broker and experienced offshore yacht crew member, power and sail