02 February 2021

Fraser Charter Broker Melanie Burke named IYBA Charter Professional of the Year

In an industry where ethics, insight and the ability to deliver unforgettable client experiences count for everything, Fraser is proud to announce that Melanie Burke has been awarded IYBA Charter Professional of the Year for 2020.
Fraser Charter Broker Melanie Burke: IYBA Charter Professional of the Year

Based in Fraser’s Fort Lauderdale offices, Melanie shares over 30 years’ experience with her clients, guiding them through the charter process to secure once-in-a lifetime experiences that over 63% of them actually repeat every year.


After receiving her award at the virtual ceremony held on Thursday 28th January, Melanie said: “I am extremely honoured and humbled to have been chosen for this award by such an experienced and highly respected group of charter managers and industry professionals. This past year was more than challenging, but the incredible support of my Fraser colleagues and the intense collaboration we all shared has been an invaluable asset that enabled us to navigate this pandemic and provide our clients with the expertise, transparency, ethical approach and professional service they have come to rely on from our team. It really should be an award for the entire team!”


This is the second year in a row a Fraser Charter Broker has been voted by industry peers to win this exceptional award and the fourth overall, with Melanie following in the highly respected footsteps of Debra Blackburn and Robin O’Brien, and last year’s winner: Diane Fraser who had this to say about her friend and colleague: "I am very proud to learn that Melanie has received this award – it absolutely should go to her. It is fantastic that four Fraser brokers have now received this award: a real testimony to the camaraderie and spirit of teamwork that we share.”


Fraser COO Mike Busacca said: “I am very honoured and proud to have Melanie as part of our professional Fraser team. This award to Melanie is very well deserved in many ways, and further recognition that our team is highly experienced, committed, transparent and always working to go the extra mile to deliver for our clients.”

 The Fraser team worldwide congratulate Melanie on this seal of recognition for the outstanding talents, know-how and dedication she brings to our industry.


This is the latest in a series of industry awards acknowledging the ongoing services, conduct and experience Fraser specialists bring to our industry. Fraser Sales Broker Vassilis Fotilas won the Richard Earp Award in 2019 and the same year, COO Mike Busacca was awarded the MIASF Award of Excellence for outstanding achievements and contribution to yachting.