Karen Kelly Shea is the founder of Nicholson Yachts of Newport, which specializes in luxury crewed yacht charter, charter fleet management, and yacht sales. She is one of the most highly respected and reputable leaders in the leisure marine industry. As a sailor in the Caribbean in the 1980s, she developed a deep appreciation for the romance of the sea. As a charter consultant, she’s traveled the world to gain an intimate knowledge of what clients seek and what captains and crew need to do to keep them happy. In addition to her role on the board of the Oliver Hazard Perry, she is a board member of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, the International Yacht Brokers Association, the Charter Yacht Brokers Association, and the Yacht Brokers Association of America.