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Merle Wood hires Europe-based broker

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Eric Lepeingle has joined Merle Wood & Associates as a sales broker based in Europe. Lepeingle, a former Olympic sailor, his nearly two decades of yachting experience.

Lepeingle got his start working in the yachting industry as a consultant to the Rodriguez Group, and soon after became one of their sales directors in the U.S. During his time with the Rodriguez Group, Lepeingle was responsible for selling most of the Leopard production line of 101-foot to 151-foot  (31m-46m) vessels from 2006-2009.

He also was the sales director for the Sunseeker Superyacht Division in France, and collaborated with Wally Yachts in sales and business development.

“We are very pleased to welcome Eric Lepeingle to our team of yachting experts, and are proud to bring aboard someone with the caliber of business and build experience with which he complements our company,” Merle Wood, founder of the Fort Lauderdale-based company, said in a news release.

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