Staff Biographies

Linda Turner Linda Turner - Director of Crew Placement

Linda started working on yachts as a cook/stew and met her husband Captain Jim Turner in the late 70’s in the Bahamas. They worked together as a team for 14 years covering the Eastern Seaboard, Caribbean, Great Lakes and Bahamas. She got her Captain license in early 80’s and retired it after its 4th issue. Linda had also worked as a charter broker, yacht broker and now as a Crew Agent.

They purchased Crewfinders Inc. in 1982 as a startup company from a British captain and changed the name to Crewfinders International Inc. They proceeded to try to make it a well-known name in the industry and it took 5 years to go round the globe. Linda took over running the company in the late 80’s.

Linda has striven to supply to crew the opportunity to experience and live the wonderful life style yachting allows, and to supply owners with crew members happy to be of service.

Heather ChaseHeather Chase - Data Mgr. & Crew Placement Officer · Cell: 954-522-2739

Born and raised as a native Floridian, Heather was brought up in a boat-oriented family who enjoyed the sea and worked on boats. After moving to Fort Lauderdale in 2005 to attend collage at to obtain her bachelor's degree, she joined the Crewfinders team in 2006 to work part time in helping out in the family business while attending school. After graduating she took on the role of Crew Placement Officer & Data Manager full time at Crewfinders to maintain and improve all information that comes through its doors.

Heather has an eye for detail and makes sure that all crewmember, owner and yacht data is accurate, current and represented correctly. After many years at Crewfinders she has come to know the yachting community and the people that keep it afloat and thriving and has found that everyone has a story to tell.

Toni BrooksToni Brooks - Crew Placement Officer · Cell: 954-991-9585

Raised in Key West, Toni has always had a love of the sea. In her late teens she purchased a 40’ Motor Sailor, lived on it and made improvements for 10 years, after which, she sold it back to the builder and started working on Yachts. After enjoying many years in the yachting industry as a Stewardess, Mate and Cook on both Private and Charter Yachts she is now returning to work for Crewfinders.

She has previously worked in the Fort Lauderdale office in 1999, doing placements for years and ran the office in Newport Rhode Island for the Summer months. She looks forward to assisting Owners and Captains to find their new candidates and help crewmembers connect with professional jobs.

Linda SchmidtLinda Schmidt - Data Architect · Cell: 954-991-9565

Born in Lancaster, PA, Linda moved to Ft. Lauderdale in the mid 70’s. She met Linda Turner and was employed to do remote data management. She has always been office oriented and computer proficient with managing data.

Linda strives to be meticulous in recording accurate details for each applicant who submits their resume to Crewfinders. She is diligent, organized, ambitious, and outgoing. She is devoted to the privacy of each members’ information and will strive to see to the accuracy of crewmember’s data to assist in their placement.

the Mascots Luna, Sunny and Star - The Mascots

Born and raised to be the social dogs of the office, Luna, Sunny and Star are great judges of character.