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IYBA honors brokers, elects new board members


For the second year in a row, a broker with Northrop & Johnson won the International Yacht Brokers Association’s Sales Broker of the Year award.

Kevin Merrigan, CEO of Northrop & Johnson, was named Broker of the Year for 2016 at IYBA’s annual meeting in January. The award is presented to a sales broker “in recognition for his or her outstanding dedication and contribution to IYBA and the entire yachting industry.” Sales Broker Crom Littlejohn was named sales broker of the year for 2015.

Kevin Merrigan

Merrigan has been a member of IYBA, formerly the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, for 25 years. He was on the board for 10 years, including a stint as treasurer.

“When I first joined, there were less than 100 members; today, that number is more than 1,200,” Merrigan said. “The IYBA continues to do good deeds for the yachting industry, including setting and enforcing a high standard of ethics, establishing the maximum sales tax in Florida at $18,000, and working to minimize the duty issues for foreign-flag yachts. It is a privilege to have grown with this organization and an honor to have been selected as Broker of the Year by my peers.”

The Charter Broker of the Year award was presented to Daphne D’Offay, senior charter manager with Ocean Independence.

IYBA also welcomed three new members to its board of directors during its annual meeting, including Grant Henderson, a broker with Sanlorenzo America; Andrew Miles, a broker with Westport Yacht Sales; and Staley Weidman, CEO of The Catamaran Company.

IYBA President Paul Flannery announced that the name change FYBA to IYBA in November led to a surge in new membership applications. IYBA now has more than 1,350 members, a 10 percent increase over the last year.

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