We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Perraton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I left my 10-year career as a First Mate and Chef on luxury charter yachts in the Caribbean because I became pregnant with my son. I decided to return to my Canada, where I was raised, and where my parents were still living. I knew I wanted to start a new career where I could manage my time to be home to raise my son at the same time. I loved the Charter Yacht Industry I had worked in, so I decided to start my own Charter Yacht Brokerage company.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Charter Yacht Broker, and owner of The Charter Yacht Company. I provide my clients with personalized advice and information to choose a Charter Yacht that best suits their preferences, and then I facilitate the booking and assist in the planning of their charter yacht vacation. I spent most of my 20’s working in the Charter Yacht Industry as a First Mate and Chef working in luxury charter yachts in the Caribbean. When I became pregnant with my son at 30, I had to change gears, so I returned to Canada, and starting my company. By the time my son was born, I had my company up and running, but of course quickly realized that taking care of a newborn and running a new company did not really go hand in hand. I choose to prioritize my Motherhood in the early years, but then slowly started spending more time on my business. As my son grew, so did my company, and I’m proud to say that it has become very successful over the years. It was not always easy, I was a Single Mom, and I did not have many social connections in Canada besides my family and a few old friends. I would often spend my days with my son, and then work into the evening on my business after he went to bed. My son is now 16, and I’m in the process of expanding my company. I work with wonderful clientele, Crew, Yacht Owners, and Industry Associates, and proud to say I’ve been in the industry for over 25yrs.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I think the older areas of the city are really intriguing, as they really tell the story of the city and its people, both past and present.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I work in an industry of incredible people, and many of whom are trailblazing entrepreneurial women of all ages, and who have been a constant inspiration to me in my career.