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Meet the Team

Lauren CottonFounder/President

Growing up on the water in South Florida, Lauren fell in love with salt water at a young age. Boating, sailing, and water sports played a huge role in her adolescence. After graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in communications and marketing, she combined those degrees with her passion for the water and joined Rybovich Superyacht Marina in early 2006. At Rybovich, Lauren was highly involved in marketing, guest services, and events. In 2011, Lauren joined Worth Avenue Yachts as part of their marketing and brokerage team. Over time, after consistently connecting friends to yacht jobs, Lauren realized there was a high demand for quality crew placement. Lauren started Cotton Crews in 2013 and has since been committed to providing the highest level of service and dedication to her clients. More recently, Lauren saw a need for safe, clean crew housing. Cotton Crews now houses over 200 crew members between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. In September 2018, Cotton Crews launched two apps, Cotton Crew HIRE and Cotton Crew JOBS. Lauren was recently featured in the Palm Beach Post, Talk of the Palm Beaches Radio Show, interviewed on The Crew Coach and selected as one of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s 50 Notable Alumni.

Lindsay PhelpsPlacement Specialist
After 18 years in the northeast, our newest team member found herself looking for a warm breeze and a boat friendly climate. Lindsay completed a dual bachelors degree at Palm Beach University and attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA. After 3 years in the yachting industry working in custom design, Lindsay is joining our team as a crew placement expert. Just like many of the crew she works with on a daily basis, her dream consists of traveling the world.
Matt WoodburyHousing Manager
Matt has spent numerous years connecting yacht chefs with high end provisions in South Florida. Now we use him to help crew and boats find accommodations in Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration. Matt would rather be fishing but most of his time is spent organizing crew housing and trying to facilitate work for the crew staying in our houses.
Kelly KlaineAdministration
Kelly grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. From a young age, she has always had a passion for the ocean and traveling. After graduating from the University of Denver with a Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management degree, she decided to pursue the yachting industry. After five years on yachts traveling the world, she has come back to land to share her knowledge and experiences with others by joining the Cotton Crews team! Lauren even placed Kelly on her very first boat completing a weekend trip in the Bahamas with a friend. She is excited to help other crew find their next adventure and housing in the meantime.
Bo GreenMarketing
Bo Green is originally from Orlando Florida. He became obsessed with marine life the first time he dove in the caribbean. He went to Florida Gulf Coast University, received his Bachelor’s degree in marine science, then a master’s degree in marine and environmental science at the University of the Virgin Islands. After graduating, he decided to move into yachting industry. He made a video CV that went viral and he decided to use his videography skills to promote people and businesses.
Dave
David is from Cape Cod, MA. and went to Bowdoin College in Maine. Spent 20 years in food & beverage industry bartending & serving. Dave has worked as a professional photographer & did apprenticeship in Fort Lauderdale with Woodbury & Associates. He recently moved to West Palm Beach from Charleston, SC. In his spare time, Dave enjoys boxing.
Crew Dog
Crew DogMascot
Crew Dog is Cotton’s Crew’s mascot and can often be found hanging with crew in a crew mess or walking the docks. Crew is a Coton du Tulear and born March 28, 2015. He is very friendly and loves people, be sure to say HI if you see him!

Some of our happily placed candidates, by vessel size:

Captain 28m
Captain and Stew/Deck Couple 28m
Captain 28m
Captain 24m
Mate 30m
Mate/Deck 31m
Mate 27m
Mate 34m
Deckhand 34m
Chef/Mate 34m
Chef 34m
Chef 29m
Chef 24m
Cook/Stew 26m
Stew/Cook 27m
Stew/Cook 33m
Solo Stew/Chef 29m
Stew/Deck 28m
Solo Stew 36m
Solo Stew 29m
Solo Stew 34m

Captain 45m
Chief Officer 50m
Chief Officer 45m
Mate 48m
Mate 46m
Mate 56m
Bosun 45m
Chief Engineer 45m
Sole Engineer 46m
Deckhand 45m
Deckhand 56m
Chief Stew 48m
Chief Stew 45m
Purser 45m
Chef 45m
Chef 46m
Chef 44m
2nd Stew 50m
2nd Stew 50m
3rd Stew 48m
3rd Stew 48m
3rd Stew 45m
Jr Stew 50m
Stew/Cook 45m
Stew/Crew Chef 45m
Stew/Massage 44m
Stew/Massage 46m
Bartender 45m

Chief Officer 64m
2nd Engineer 60m
Sous Chef 80m
Sous Chef 85m
Crew Chef 60m
2nd Engineer 73m
Jr Engineer 85m
Deckhand/DJ 85m
2nd Stew 64m