Our Yacht Brokers

Aaron Leatherwood – President

Aaron Leatherwood has been the RMK Merrill-Stevens’ CEO since July 2016. He also serves as President of Merrill-Stevens Yachts sales and brokerage (MS Yachts) since October 2017. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from Texas A&M University & Texas Maritime Academy. Aaron completed graduate studies with the Maersk executive MBA program and holds a Master’s of Business Administration Degree in Project Management. His work experience has been entirely in the maritime industry.

Aaron previously worked as a shipboard engineer, and holds a U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited Chief Engineer’s license. Aaron also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the internationally recognized Project Management Institute. Since transitioning to shore-side employment he has worked with APM Terminals as a project engineer building a world-class container facility. He supported as Maersk Line as a vessel/fleet manager, technical superintendent and General Manager of a ship repair yard.

Aaron previously supported Rybovich overseeing signature refit projects. Aaron has more than 20 years’ experience as a reservist with the United State Coast Guard in Marine Safety/Port State Control and Incident Management.

Today Aaron is engaged in the re-emergence of the Merrill-Stevens brand and complete re-construction of the RMK Merrill-Stevens iconic yacht and ship repair/refit facility in Miami, Fl; as well as the re-emergence of the popular MS Yachts sales and brokerage business.

Tripper Vincent – Broker

Email: tripper@msyachts.com

Captain Tripper Vincent feels he has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime.  To have been given the chance to share his professional experiences with the Watermen Marine, Inc. customers and clients. Prior to starting WatermenMarine, Inc. Tripper was the Director of Customer Care and GM of Hinckley OnBoard, for The Hinckley Company.    Prior to 2014 he was with Rybovich, managing multiple megayacht retrofit projects.  Until joining Rybovich

in 2013, he served as the Director of Customer Care, Service & Warranty, and Marine Operations for Hatteras, and CABO Yachts, a division of Brunswick Corp.  From 2004 to 2006 he acted as the Director of Customer Care, and Marine Operations for CABO Yachts.  From 1999 to 2004 he founded, and was President of U.S. Powerboat, Inc., a yacht asset management and consulting firm.  From 1997 to 1999 acted as the Operations Manager and General Manager of two commercial charter cruise lines (Commodore Dining Cruises and Western Rivers Charter), as well as Fleet Captain for both company’s. 1993 to 1997 served on active duty, with the U.S. Coast Guard as a navigational watch stander on the medium endurance cutter “Vigilant”, and the high endurance cutter “Munro”.  From 1990 to 1993, while attending college, acted as a First Officer and Captain, with two commercial charter cruise lines (Florida Princess Cruises and Blockbuster Cruises).  From 1984 to 1989 served on active duty as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army.

Captain Tripper holds a 500 Ton USCG License, and has logged over 5000 days at sea as a professional mariner.

Robert Ponce

Cell: 786- 277-4847
Office: 305-324-5211
Email: Robert@MSYachts.com


Contact Robert Ponce

Robert joined Merrill Stevens Yacht Sales with a sterling background in military aerospace engineering, bringing with him a unique perspective and strong work-ethic. He is an experienced Yacht Broker with a demonstrated history of working in the maritime industry. Strong professional operational skills in negotiation, sales, team building, film production, and yacht charters.

Using his wealth of experience in the South Florida luxury yacht market, Robert is able to understand and anticipate your needs. His hands-on approach make him an excellent choice when selecting a broker. By combining a pleasant negotiation-style with persistence, determination, and a keen eye for detail and quality. Robert is armed with the tools needed to protect your interests at all times.

He provides clients with yachts that exceeds expectations, while maintaining budget considerations. Ensuring that your experience is all you have dreamed of, and making those dreams a reality is what Robert enjoys most about his career.

Yachts come in so many styles, sizes and colors that it can be very difficult to make a decision on which one is best for your needs. I’ll assist you and do the research and price comparisons to help you in your purchase decisions. I’m here to steer you in the right direction so you can begin your yachting adventures!

Mike Feldstein

Cell: 732-241-6186
Office: 305-324-5211
Email: michael@msyachts.com

Mike Feldstein has been a Yacht Sales professional for the past 18 years and successfully marketed and sold over 1000 quality used and new boats. As the owner and operator of a successful brokerage firm in New York and New Jersey, Mike decided to take his expertise to sunny Florida and experience a 12 month boating season while providing his NY/NJ customers with complete representation in Florida. With a passion for power boats, fishing and hard work Mike looks forward to providing his customers with a truly rewarding experience. Throughout his career, Mike has maintained an “above and beyond approach” providing service well after the sale.

“As a business owner for many years, I recognize just how much work and effort it takes to enjoy the fruits of your labor, says Mike. My extensive product knowledge, along with a “get it done” attitude has proven successful when working with both buyers and sellers. I will guide you through every aspect of the purchasing process from the initial negotiation to the final closing to insure the purchase of your new boat is hassle-free.”

“I’m grateful to be in such a rewarding career where I can help make new friends and help people make their dreams come true, said Mike.”

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and has been a professional salesman since 1983. Mike currently resides in Key Biscayne and married to his wife Marylou for 32 years. He has two children Alyssa and Jake who he is very proud of.