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By Dorie Cox
Aaron Leatherwood has been named president and CEO at RMK Merrill-Stevens in Miami.
He will oversee shipyard operations including vessel repairs/refits, business development and sales, customer service and brokerage activities. He will provide oversight for upgrades including workshops, storage space and on-site offices. Updates to the facility, including construction of a new 2,700 ton shiplift, will be debuted during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November.
“The new owner is an industrialist and he has surprised people that he didn’t demolish it and turn it into condos,” Leatherwood said. “He is making significant investments. And RMK Merrill-Stevens is actively recruiting both staff and skilled trades.“
Turkish billionaire industrialist and philanthropist Rahmi M. Koç acquired the boatyard in November 2013.
Leatherwood is a graduate of Texas A&M/Texas Maritime Academy and a career U.S. Coast Guard Reservist with an unlimited chief engineer license. He was most recently president and CEO and owner/operator for Global Marine Technical Services (GMTS) on engineering and project management services to commercial and private vessels.
Stan Crooks has joined the company to support business development.