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

Rex G. Herbert Jr. Nicholson Yacht, Director of Yacht Sales

Rex G. Herbert Jr.
Director, Yacht Sales

Rex Herbert is an experienced sailor and racer, captain, and yacht sales broker. Before joining Nicholson Yachts, he spent 34 years with Sparkman & Stephens, Inc., presiding over transactions for sail and power boats from 15 to 200 feet. He’s also advised on new construction. His extensive crewed charter brokerage experience includes power and sail to 200 feet.

His offshore sailing resume includes 17 round trips from the U.S. Northeast to the West Indies and two transatlantic races. Aboard power yachts, he’s cruised the U.S. Great Lakes, Mississippi River, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Panama, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands, South of France, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and Malta.

His international racing experiences, too numerous to list in full, include 19 Newport to Bermuda Races, 17 Antigua Sailing Weeks, six Marblehead/Halifax Races, two Fastnet/ Channel Race/Cowes Week races, two Sardinia Cup – Maxi Championships, three Swan Rolex Cups, four Antigua Classic Regattas, and seven St Barth’s Bucket Regattas. He’s competed in a total of six Maxi World championships and two transatlantic races.

+917-913-1886            rherbert@nicholsonyachts.com

julia towne of Nicholson Yachts

Julia Towne

Charter Broker & Manager

As a charter broker and manager for over three years with Nicholson, Julia has learned the ins and outs of the industry and has worked a variety of roles in the office as well as crewing on yachts. She’s also just returned from an extended period of working for Nicholson in Europe, meeting crews, seeing yachts, and visiting travel agents. She’s got a concrete grasp of the best embark and disembarkation points for your perfect crewed charter.

Julia goes above and beyond in every situation and is dedicated to providing clients with an exceptional charter experience.