Diane M. Byrne, editor
Diane M. Byrne is one of the best-known and highly respected yachting journalists worldwide. Among her nearly 30 years of overall reporting and editing, nearly 25 of them have been in yachting. She founded MegayachtNews.com in 2007 and continues to operate the site today, overseeing all aspects of content creation and design.
Diane has been covering megayachts since 1993 and is closely involved with the leading professional organizations not just in the yachting field, but also in journalism and entrepreneurship. They include:
- International Superyacht Society: a member since 1995, she was also a member of the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2018, additionally serving as Secretary and Vice President during that time
- U.S. Superyacht Association: a member since its founding in 2005, serving as chair or co-chair of its annual Superyacht Summit since 2015 and becoming Vice Chair of the Board of Directors in 2017
- New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners: a member since 2012
- Sempre Avanti, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and supporting Italian businesses and individuals in the USA as well as in Italy: a partner since 2017, she became a trustee in 2018, collaborating closely with the executive director.
Michael Verdon, contributor
Having spent his summers on a family boat as a child, it seems fitting that Michael Verdon has spent most of his career writing about yachts and boats. He has been a staff editor at three U.S. boating magazines, and has contributed to yachting magazines in six countries around the world. He is a correspondent for Yachting magazine and contributes frequently to Superyacht Business, Robb Report, and Worth magazines. He recently lived in Ireland and France for four years, where he covered the yachting sector, before returning to the United States.
Frances and Michael Howorth, contributors
When it comes to megayachts, Frances and Michael Howorth have been there, done that, and are now selling the T-shirt! Owner-operators of a successful charter yacht in the Caribbean and along the U.S. eastern seaboard in the 1990s, they turned their attention to larger yachts in 1988. Michael took command, and Frances signed on as pursuer, of a megayacht. Crewing on megayachts from 110 to 300 feet followed, and Michael then became a build captain. Throughout it all, the couple wrote and photographed the many different aspects of the business. They’ve written several books, each about yachting. For the past 15 years, the Howorths have been shore-based and written for most of the leading nautical publications. They also run the Yachting Experts website.
Désirée Sormani, contributor
Désirée Sormani is a well-known pen in international design. She holds a degree in Political Science and has been writing for an array of yachting publications since 1990. She was Managing Editor at the Italian bilingual magazine Yacht Design for 16 years, which led her to specialize in a variety of different design fields thanks to the cross-fertilization between the various sectors. She is now a freelance journalist with, amongst others, the legendary architecture magazine Abitare and the content editor for the brand-new quarterly The One Yacht and Design. Désirée writes extensively on architecture, yachting, and general design. Her passions are mountain skiing, diving, and sailing. Based in Milan, Italy, Désirée speaks English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian fluently.
Marie Cullen: With a writing career covering a range of topics from community news to the luxury lifestyle, Marie Cullen was bitten by the writing bug at an early age. A combination of internships with major media houses and freelance commissions have afforded her the opportunity to have her byline in newspapers and online.
MegayachtNews.com further features all-original articles penned by international journalists, megayacht captains, leading megayacht consultants, and more. These stories range from first-person cruising recommendations to helpful advice to keep in mind when commissioning a project.
Elena Patriarca, European and international sales manager
Elena Patriarca joined the MegayachtNews.com team in 2015, in the newly created position of European and International Sales Manager. Elena’s career in the luxury-yachting industry spans more than 15 years. She is one of the most highly respected and successful sales professionals in yachting. She has worked for—and continues to represent—a number of yachting publications. These include Power & Motoryacht, Sail, and Yachts International. Furthermore, she serves as the client relationship manager in Europe for the Singapore Yacht Show. Based near Genoa in Italy, Elena is fluent in English, French, German, Spanish and her native Italian. Please see our Advertise With Us page for her contact details.
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