Beverly Parsons was the first international yacht charter broker on the west coast of the United States. She was a pioneer in opening up new charter destinations in the Pacific Northwest (her original home) and Mexico. In her adopted hometown of San Diego she lead a year long fight with the port authority for permission to charter out of private marinas. She was an early Caribbean broker and among the first U.S. agents to charter in Western Europe, Croatia (then Yugoslavia), Australia, and the South Pacific.
In the spring of 1983, Bev attended the first Aegean/Turkish Yacht Festival in Marmaris. From the moment she set foot in Turkey, she became entranced with this incredible charter destination. Wanting to spread the word about this amazing new cruising area, she began to write and submit articles to newspapers, magazines and throughout the yachting community.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, before Greece held official boat shows, Bev flew to Athens every spring, often coordinating with other agents, and organized private viewings through Greek owners and agents, and walked the docks of Piraeus looking for more. Turkey and Greece remain her favorite charter destinations and she continues her efforts there.
Beverly was instrumental in developing contracts, ethics and business protocols, of the International Charter Industry in its infancy. She is a Charter Member and Past President (2016 - 2017) of the American Yacht Charter Association and Charter Member and Past President (1995 – 1996) of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association. In December 2019 Beverly was inducted into the CYBA Charter Industry Hall of Fame.