Our Team

Aleks Taldykin

President

Aleks Taldykin has had a love of the water since the young age of twelve. The Los Angeles, California native started his career on fishing boats, and received his Captain’s license at nineteen. He began his captaining career operating high-speed commercial ferries to Catalina Island.

At the age of twenty, he was hired on his first yacht in Cabo San Lucas. Aleks has accumulated over 60,000 nautical miles of experience on motor yachts up to 185’ in length. Transitioning from the commercial industry to yachting set forth the opportunity to start Elite Yacht Management in Southern California. Elite Yacht Management offers stress-free yacht ownership and charter management to their clientele.

Aleks prides himself on giving his clients the best service possible. Aleks is a personable, dedicated, and positive individual who is willing to go the extra mile to assure his clients are provided with a memorable experience on the water


John Dwyer

VP Operations & Fleet Captain

Growing up in the Ocean State John Dwyer has always had a passion for being on the water. He began his career cruising along the New England Coast as a teenager. Through his twenties he worked on mega yachts navigating and chartering on the waters of the North Sea, Mediterranean, Atlantic islands, Bahamas, Caribbean, and US East Coast. John has successfully completed over Ten Transatlantic Crossings.

For the last several years he has been exploring the Pacific, cruising to many popular ports between Mexico and Alaska. His knowledge and passion will make for a memorable yachting experience for both Clients and Crew.


Zac Sunderland

Captain

Zac Sunderland has been boating his entire life. From living on boats as a child, cruising Mexico with his family from age 9-11, and assisting his father with boat deliveries as a young teenager.

Inspired by the solo circumnavigation of Robin Lee Graham in the 1960s, Zac dreamed of sailing around the world. In 2007, he set sail aboard his sailboat Intrepid, a 36’ Islander, and did just that. In July of 2008 after 13 months and over 14 stops around the world, Zac became the youngest person, and still is the youngest American, to solo circumnavigate. Since those days, Zac has become a licensed 100-ton yacht captain and ASA Instructor with 150,000 nautical miles of open ocean sea miles. Zac is confident and experienced on both sail and power vessels and loves the adventure of his life on the sea. His clients enjoy his personable and relaxed personality paired with his extensive knowledge of all things boating.


Tobias Sunderland

Captain

Tobias Sunderland grew up sailing. His experience began with cruising Mexico with his family as a young boy followed by acting as first mate on yacht deliveries as a teen.

Since obtaining his 100-ton captain’s license, Tobias has commanded vessels across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii returning to Southern California via British Columbia, as well as the Baja Peninsula, Sea of Cortez, and Banderas Bay in Mexico.

Tobias is confident on both sail and large power craft, skillfully captaining near and offshore. Recipient of the coveted Eagle Scout award, Toby brings top-level organization and preparedness to his work with Elite Yacht Management. His clients testimonials rave about his attention to detail and friendly above and beyond service.


Marco Martinez

Head Chef

Chef Marco is a veteran in the Yachting industry with over 13 years of private and charter yacht experience. A Culinary graduate of The Culinary Hospitality of Chicago, Marco started his career in some of the best Restaurants in the city and would go on to become an Executive Chef for Major League Baseball. Pursuing his love for adventure he was introduced to the yachting industry. Chef Marco enjoys making international cuisine and custom menus for guests based on dietary needs and preferences.

Marco is also an avid waterman and enjoys all water activities such as fishing and scuba.


Jasmine Brown

Chief Stewardess

Jasmine Victoria Brown grew up in Southern California where she spent her time perfecting the art of gymnastics and competing in elite competitions throughout the U.S. At the age of 17, she moved and studied Liberal Arts on a full athletic scholarship at the University of Minnesota. After college she moved to Hawaii where her love for the ocean grew as she spent most of her free time surfing and boating while working in the hospitality industry at one of the worlds most premier resorts. Feeling adventurous and excited about learning different cultures, she began traveling and living in various parts of the world including Cambodia and Italy.

When she moved back to Southern California she was introduced to the professional yachting industry where her career began as a stewardess and deckhand.
Becoming more educated throughout the last five years by providing expertise in the upkeep and daily needs of the vessel and its guests, Jasmine has enjoyed the fun and active lifestyle of the yachting industry. The reason she loves working in this industry is because of opportunities to meet new people and explore the world from a new prospective. Jasmine takes pride in her work and enjoys the experience and satisfaction of owners and guests.

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