Meet our Europe Staff
David spent a number of years working as a Marketing Executive for a B2B intelligence company and then an internet design company as Senior Web Developer. David joined YachtWorld.com in May 2000 and enjoys his role as Technical Support Manager.
Nora Gewert-Allen was born in Cologne, Germany and has a Master's Degree in Translation Studies from the University of Heidelberg. She speaks German, English, French and Dutch.
When Nora is not in the office, she is to be found on the waters of the Solent sailing her Beneteau First 26 with her husband.
Alastair is the European Sales Manager for YachtWorld.com and has been part of the European team since it opened its doors in April 2000. At the time, YachtWorld.com had 5 customers in Europe, fewer than 300 boats for sale and almost no traffic. Today, it helps well over 1,000 European brokers, dealers and builders get their boats to market.
The marine industry is in Alastair's blood. Prior to YachtWorld.com, he was an ABYA-trained yacht broker operating on the south coast of the UK, most recently setting up and running the Westerly Brokerage. He has been a sailmaker, delivery skipper, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor (Power & Sail) and even an Officer in the Royal Navy!
Alastair lives in Hampshire with his wife Sarah and their two young children.
Julie was born in Co.Cork, Ireland where she spent her childhood on the water. In 1996 she met her husband (on the water of course) and settled down to live in the UK.
She has always worked in the marine industry apart from a 4 year interval where she was working in the legal section selling customised IT solutions. Julie has been a Dinghy Instructor, Windsurfing Instructor, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and has also worked selling corporate entertainment aboard sailing yachts. She joined YachtWorld in May 2006, but had previously worked for YachtWorld when its was just a team of 3, so fitted straight in.
When Julie is not working, she spends her time with her young family, primarily on the water.
Dan joined the UK sales team in late 2007 as Boats.com Account Manger, with the focus of increasing Boats.com International sales. Dan has spent is working life in the marine industry, ranging from working on superyachts in the Caribbean and Med, to commissioning/selling boats to his current role in marine advertising.
When not in the office or on the road, Dan spends most of his time on the water sailing racing dinghies and yachts, or wakeboarding and windsurfing.
Based in YachtWorld's Italian office, Daniela graduated in International Economics three years ago and has been on the team ever since. Prior to that, she had studied and worked in countries as far afield as the USA, Chile and Portugal. Daniela is mainly in charge of customer care for the Italian, Croatian and Slovenian markets, plus the administration of the Italian Office.
She plays trumpet in a band and, when possibl,e tries to travel around the world. She speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Jacopo was born in Italy and graduated in Economics 5 years ago. With past experiences in Mediolanum Bank and Auchan Group, he started working in YachtWorld since the very beginning of the Italian office in September 2005. Jacupo is involved mainly in the sales activity and customer care for the Italian, Croatian and Slovenian markets.
When he’s not in the office or in some boat shows, you can find him in the football field, training for the sunday match. In fact, he’s an experienced football player and also enjoys windsurfing in the summer.