YATCO, an online multiple listings service for buying and chartering yachts, has opened its first European office in Bologna, Italy.

The US-based company globally promotes over 15,000 central listings of yachts, boats and sailboats for sale while maintaining over 650,000 registered users.

The new European headquarters in Bologna is being managed by Gherardo Gardo, European business development director, and supported by Orlando Florio, European sales and marketing manager.

“In response to the growing demand for YATCO’s unparalleled technology services, we are excited to expand our operations by creating a more formal presence in Europe with reach also extending to the Middle East,” says YATCO founder and CEO Steve Myers.

“Our mission is to always serve the best interests of the professional yacht broker.  Opening our European office in Italy gives us better, more immediate access to one of the largest geographic regions for yacht brokerage and many of the world’s top shipyards.”

Gherardo Gardo is a multi-national business professional with extensive experience in import-export transactions, business development and marketing.

Orlando Florio also has an extensive background in international trade, including serving in the Italy American Chamber of Commerce office in Miami, Florida.