About Us

Our Ft Lauderdale and Barcelona staff look forward to welcoming you to Elite Crew! Please stop on by!

Karina Roholte Befeld

Founder & Senior Crew Agent | karina@elitecrewintl.com

Founder and President of Elite Crew International, she has brought Elite Crew International to the forefront of the industry. After spend many years working onboard luxury yachts she saw a gap in the way crew were recruited and decided to bring a new approach to crew placement. Her knowledge, attention to detail, strength and experience has enabled her to put together a highly experienced team, whom have been with her for many years. They offer a hands-on approach with a more personal touch to more than 1800 Mega yachts worldwide. Her reputation in the industry continues to be unsurpassed. Karina Roholte Befeld and ECI have become the "go to" resource for industry questions, trends and surveys. As an industry authority, Karina has been quoted by major yachting publications worldwide. Karina also attends the International Boat Shows and has been a guest speaker at Captain Seminars for several large European shipyards.

Angela E Wilson

Crew Agent / Marketing Director | angela@elitecrewintl.com

Angela joined ECI in early 2003. She has worked in the maritime industry since 1996, both at sea and as a Crew Agent. Having trained under the watchful eye of Karina Roholte Befeld, Founder of ECI, she has mastered the art of meeting the needs of their valued clients. Angela is highly knowledgeable at vetting candidates for the Luxury Mega Yacht Industry. She is considered a placement specialist and has been quoted in many yachting publications around the World. Angela was also an integral part in getting Elite Crew International MLC 2006 certified in Summer 2012 – marking them as the World’s first Crew Placement Agency to do so.

Nora J. Lewark

Placement Coordinator & Receptionist | nora@elitecrewintl.com

Nora has been with Elite Crew International ever since its inception in 1998! She is the first person to welcome you with a smile into our head office in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Nora is a knowledgeable member to the ECI family and is invaluable to the day to day operations. No one goes unnoticed on her watch!

Madeleine Bensch

Crew Agent / Accounts | madeleine@elitecrewintl.com

Madeleine became part of the Elite Crew International team in early 2006. Having a strong background in yachting and a Degree in Industrial Psychology, she’s one of our highly experienced Crew Agents! She looks forward to providing professional and dedicated service to our clients and crew.

Annie Hilerio

Executive Assistant to Founder & Senior Crew Coordinator | annie@elitecrewintl.com

Annie joined Elite Crew International in 2007. She brings with her a background in human resources which has enabled her to be quite adept at screening and interviewing newly registered crew. She also helps educate crew of their rights (according to MLC 2006 guidelines), verifies references & licenses, and offers career counseling.

Lina Palm

Barcelona Office Manager | lina@elitecrewintl.com

Lina was headhunted years ago to run our Barcelona office. Originally from Sweden, she is charming, outgoing and very professional. With a background in hospitality and over seven years of working as a Chief Stewardess on yachts, she brings with her some first-hand knowledge and experience from the yachting industry. Lina looks forward to welcoming you to our office suites at One Ocean Port Vell in Barcelona!

Bethany Laurenti

Crew Coordinator | support@elitecrewintl.com

Bethany came to Elite Crew International bringing with her clerical skills and a background in the legal field. She has a strong work ethic and is driven to succeed in this industry. Her dedication to her work and her proven longevity have made her a valued asset to her employers.

Lillian Shore

Crew Coordinator | jobs@elitecrewintl.com

Lillian joined the growing team at ECI in 2017. She was born and raised on the coast of South Florida – the Yachting Capital of the World. Growing up in a family of mariners she's spent many years working and sailing on the water. Her knowledge of the industry and eagerness to assist has been welcomed by her coworkers and their crew.

Meet our Consultants

Carole Seago

Yacht Resume Studio | info@yachtresumestudio.com

Carole brings a combined background in Yachting and business to provide a Resume Design & Writing service for crew members looking to update their Yachting CV. The designs are unique, clean and modern in style, delivered in a format which clearly communicates past experience and future ambitions. Each resume is personally crafted by Carole and never outsourced to ensure the highest level of excellence. For more information visit: http://yachtresumestudio.com.

Bob Befeld

Retired Yacht Captain & Consultant

Co-founder of Elite Crew International in 1998, he now works behind the scenes in operations and computer development. Bob has over 21 years experience as a yacht Captain.

Cory Howard

IT Managed Services Provider | cory@dynamicsupport.com

Cory has provided IT support and consulting for Elite Crew International since 2010 on behalf of Dynamic Network Support (ECI’s IT Managed Services provider). He has been an ‘IT Guy’ for over 10 years both for the Army and in the civilian world. He is highly certified and has a wide range of IT skills encompassing all of ECI’s needs and more.

Bill Jackson

Senior Accountant

Bill is highly experienced with more than 40 years as a public accountant. ECI has been fortunate to have Bill handling the accounting since 1998.