Brook O'Neill, USA
Brook is an experienced mariner, having been at sea all of his life, he comes from a family of sailors and yachtsmen. He takes pride in being a calm, cool-headed and honest seaman regardless of the situation and is equally comfortable on a motor or sailing vessel. He has strong engineering skills, a quick smile and a great work ethic. Brook sailed the entire Caribbean, South America, Bahamas and the East coast of the US before he was even 12 years old. He grew up in Annapolis Maryland, was at the NETC Naval base in Newport, and then attended University of Massechusets where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. After practicing Architecture for a number of years in D.C. the sea called once more and he has never looked back. When he is not at sea, he is at home in Fort Lauderdale with his wife and son. His passions are free diving, spearfishing, fishing and really any other watersport.
Jesse Clinton, USA
Jesse is originally from Savannah, Georgia. He fell in love with boating at a young age and spent his childhood sailing the east coast with his family. He learned how to sail at an early age affording him a keen understanding of the ocean. By the age of 10, he knew his life long dream was to be a captain. When he was a teenager, he sailed the tall ship circuit and eventually taught sailing to young adults. At age 18, he earned his captain’s license with plans of making yachting his career. Jesse has spent the past several years crewing aboard sailing yachts & busy charter motor yachts. His calm demeanour and being a natural on the ocean makes him the perfect crew member. He enjoys all water sports, especially wakeboarding, surfing, and paddleboarding. He is also very creative and likes a good challenge.
James Ward, Scotland
James was born and raised in Portpatrick, a small fishing village on the South West Coast of Scotland. With a family line of engineers, he always had the desire to follow in their footsteps. At the age of 17 he began his apprenticeship with a worldwide shipping company, studying at Glasgow Maritime Academy when not at sea. James graduated with his Engineering Officer Of The Watch license at age 20. He worked in the commercial industry for 4 years before making the transition into yachting in 2016. He loves a good challenge and is excited to further his engineering career on M/Y Avalon. When he is not in the engine room, James enjoys playing soccer and having fun with various watersports.
Andrew Hindley, Bahamas
Andrew was born in Freeport, Grand Bahama. He has spent the majority of his life on the water exploring the Bahamas through fishing, sailing, and diving. This is what drew him closer and closer to what he truly loves; a life at sea. Yachting was undoubtedly the perfect path. Andrew graduated Plymouth University in the United Kingdom, obtaining his Bachelor's Degree in Navigation and Maritime Science (MCA recognized). His current ambition is to obtain his Officer of Watch Unlimited so that he may further his career in the Yachting Industry. Andrew's hobbies include rugby, kiteboarding, spearfishing, sailing, deep sea fishing, and diving. He is excited to continue his journey on M/Y AVALON.
Brittini Burton, USA
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Brittini grew up boating on the Great Lakes. In 2016 she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Communications. Brittini's real passion has always been for the outdoors. This passion lead her to travel around America working in hospitality for a number of National Parks; Yellow Stone, Denali in Alaska and a Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA. Wanting to continute with this lifestyle she found out about yachting and thought it would be the perfect fit! She moved to Florida in October, 2017 to pursue a career in yachting. Brittini brings a lively spirit to everything she does and is excited for the new adventures to come on M/Y Avalon. She loves all water sports, camping, hiking and yoga.
Cameron Carr, USA
Cameron was was born and raised in Northern Michigan and attended Michigan State University. After College, he learned about the yachting industry and felt the call of adventure, selling his possessions and buying a one way ticket to Ft. Lauderdale. He worked for a year aboard a vessel as a deckhand, but also was able to cook, where he realized his passion for food. He then moved to Hawaii and attended culinary school and worked in one of the busiest and most celebrated restaurants in the island chain. After almost for years of study and hard work, he returned to yachting in 2008 and has been cooking aboard yachts since. His jobs have taken him through New England, Central America, Mexico, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean. In his free time he enjoys traveling and is an avid tennis player.
Jennifer Lanza, USA
Native to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jen has been working in the Yachting Industry since the early 2000s. Prior to working on Yachts, she schooled in art, design and journalism, both in the United States and abroad. Jen’s extensive traveling began while studying overseas and has since become one of her great loves. Jen is a very fun, energetic and adventurous individual...while not cruising the seven seas, her main interests are keeping active through sports and fitness, and just being a beach bum.
Emery Jones, USA
Emery, a NOLA Native, was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She spent every summer in North Carolina sailing with her family. Emery's grandfather and father's passion for sailing is what drew her to a carreer on the water. She eventually moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in order to make this happen, and has been working on Yachts ever since. When Emery's not at sea, you can find her soaking up the sun, keeping fit, staying active, and hanging out with the crew.
Kristen Burroughs, USA
Kristen grew up in North Carolina, not far from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She spent much of her youth vacationing in the Caribbean with her family. After graduating university, she moved to Charleston, South Carolina where she lived on her parent's boat. It was while living here, that Kristen learned of the Yachting Industry. She decided to move to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in persuit of working on Yachts. In her spare time, Kristen can be found staying active, on the beach, working on art projects, or in the kitchen baking.