Bob Saxon has realized four decades in the megayacht marketplace during which time he has participated in virtually every aspect of the industry including sales, charter, crewing and yacht management within the international megayacht profession. He is founding and four term President of the International Superyacht Society (ISS), currently President of the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA), and recipient of the coveted ISS “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Bob was inducted into the International Charter Brokers “Hall-of-Fame” in 2019. Both of these awards are in acknowledgement of his collective body of work for and on behalf of the yachting industry-at-large. Bob is a frequent public speaker, emcee and moderator at numerous industry forums on behalf of the yachting industry-at-large.
Charter Broker - IYC
LeAnn Morris Pliske joined the Charter Retail Team in 2000. Prior to returning to land, LeAnn cruised the waters from Grenada to Corsica, and virtually every port in between as a Chief Stewardess on several large motor yachts for five years.
Originally from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, LeAnn grew up enjoying what most charter clients are searching for: the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean! An avid SCUBA Diver since she was eleven, she spent a lot of time on her family’s boat exploring the British and US Virgin Islands.
After graduating The American University in Washington, DC, LeAnn worked at the White House under President Clinton and then in New York City as an account executive with a large international public relations firm.
Attending numerous international charter yacht shows each year, LeAnn scrutinizes each yacht becoming familiar with the crew, enabling her to provide necessary information and guidance to her clients, so they may choose the perfect yacht vacation. As a mother of two school aged children, LeAnn understands how valuable your time together is and works doggedly to ensure the vacation of a lifetime.
LeAnn expertly combines her extensive communications background, global knowledge of the yachting industry and her passion for chartering in her position as Charter Broker at IYC. Volunteering her time to support the yacht charter industry, LeAnn is the Co-Chair of IYBA’s Charter Retail Professional Committee as well as the Chair of the Ethics Committee for the AYCA (American Yacht Charter Association).
David R. Maass is an associate at Alley, Maass, Rogers & Lindsay, P.A., in Palm Beach, where he focuses his practice on yacht transactions. He represents clients who are buying, selling, and chartering yachts and advises on related matters, including registration, finance, insurance, taxes, and crew. David received his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and holds a Master of Laws in Admiralty from Tulane University Law School.
Charter Manager at Ocean Independence - Panelist
Having grown up along the Miami River and Biscayne Bay on a houseboat, Daphne is a true native of Florida and boating in her blood. She has been a Charter Manager for going on 15 years and just celebrated 10 years with Ocean Independence. Prior to this Daphne worked at Chamberlain Yachts and spent 6 years as stewardess on a variety of charter and private yachts from 74’-160’ cruising U.S., Bahamas, Caribbean and Eastern Mediterranean waters before transferring ashore. She has been Chairperson of the IYBA Charter Professionals Committee for the past 5 years.