Our Mission is to Promote Excellence and Ensure Sustainability in the Global Yachting Industry
Founded in 1989, ISS is the representative organization of the large yacht industry. Our mission is to build alliances worldwide, serve as the collective voice on issues affecting the industry, recognize achievement, and further strengthen the industry overall through regional and global committees, educational opportunities, and networking events.
The International Superyacht Society is a member-driven organization with a marketing and administrative staff that is reliant on the volunteer efforts of its Board and members. Funding for the organization comes directly from members and sponsors, and is used for initiatives that benefit the large yacht industry as a whole.
Collaborate with industry partners and associations to develop and implement a programme of activities that favourably represent the superyacht industry and attract new clientele.
Actively participate in setting/amending regulations—in cooperation with other associations—to be in congruence with the overall needs of the superyacht industry.
Communicate with educational and vocational institutions regarding career opportunities (afloat and ashore) in the yachting industry, including creation and circulation of Best Practice procedures.
Deliver a series of global events throughout the year to bring industry members together to meet, collaborate, and grow their businesses.
Deliver programmes to capture qualification, certification, and activity history for individuals working in the Superyacht industry
Develop and implement a broad industry programme to define and promote good business practices specific to the yachting industry.
Deliver an annual peer-reviewed awards programme for the yachting industry: Leadership, Design, Business, Technology, Environment, Distinguished Crew, Artisan
Positions ISS globally and provides insight to creatively position the superyacht industry luxury lifestyle pursuit.
Chairs: Kristen Klein, Melissa Orlick
Members: Christelle Holler, Jill Bobrow, Darryl Matfin, Kym Petrie, Stacy Payne, Joanne Drake, Courtney Chalmers, Rebecca Cahilly Taranto
The Sponsorship committee is dedicated to providing the best possible ROI for every ISS partner.
Chairs: Gary Groenewold, Glen Allen
Members: Norma Trease, John Venables, Marisa Benoit, Paolo Bianchi
Creates topics, invites presenters, and selects venues for the ISS's expanding global educational programmes.
Chairs: Pete Southgate, Abigail Wallace
Members: Ken Hickling, Glen Allen, Simon Harvey, Josephine Ives, Marisa Benoit, Rebecca Garcia, Kristina Agustin, Brendan O’Shannassy, Jennifer Malone, Norma Trease, Christelle Holler, Kym Petrie, Stacy Payne, Joanne Drake, Sean Noel, Sara Ballinger, Steve Mink
This Committee works throughout the year to produce the society's signature annual gala event.
Chairs: Ellen Anderson, Bob Saxon
Members: Glen Allen, Cynthia Schiffelbian, Kristen Klein, Melissa Orlick, Lee Savage, Stephanie Pittington, Rebecca Cahilly Taranto, Chris Fischer
Manages a variety of sponsored international member events, networking opportunities and speaking engagements.
Chairs: Norma Trease, Silvia Nordio
Members: Costas Charalambous, Paris Baloumi, Paolo Bianchi, Melissa Orlick, Jennifer Malone, Kay Mellinger
The technical committee stays apprised of international regulation and issues affecting every aspect of superyachting.
Chairs: Pete Southgate, Jo Assael
Members: Ken Hickling, Kristina Agustin, Rick Thomas, AJ Anderson, Pippa Nicholas, Darryl Matfin, Steve Wicks, Alessandro Gallifuoco, Philip Naylor
This committee meets three times a year with at least one global summit to discuss key issues and provide global solutions.
Chairs: Ken Hickling
Members: Gary Groenewold, Bob Saxon
Provides assessment and recommendations regarding overarching industry developments.
Chairs: AJ Anderson
Members: Ken Hickling, Michael Moore, Bob Saxon, Ed Roberts
This committee will evolve into a Chairman working with the Office team; effective immediately.
Chairs: Christina Norris, Vanessa Stuart
Members: Joe Purtell, Jason Benedict
Ensures that ISS, its Board and members adhere to Bylaws and provides guidance on legal and tax matters.
Chairs: Michael Moore
Members: Mark Masciarotte
Captain's identifying needs and working on solutions for crew members worldwide.
Chairs: Brendan O’Shannassy, Ken Hickling
Members: Michael Schuler, Wendy Umla, Chris Lewis, Rafael Cervantes Mataix, Brendan Emmons, Marisa Benoit
Yacht Management Advisory Council was created to bring operational realities and achievements together for actionable results.
Chairs: Graeme Lord, Clive Harrison
Members: AJ Anderson, Pete Southgate, Nancy Poppe, Jo Assael, Gianfranco Di Costanzo, Sean Blue