Fort Lauderdale-based brokerage firm Merle Wood & Associates has added veteran yacht broker Iain Lawrie to its sales staff. According to a press release, Lawrie will focus on the purchase and sale of production and custom yachts up to 130 feet, as well as new construction.
Lawrie brings more than three decades of industry experience. Besides an earlier stint at Merle Wood & Associates in 2001-2008, he worked as a broker at Koch Newton & Partners in the U.S. and Spain, led the launch of the Princess Yachts Southern China dealership, headed up the brokerage division of Azimut Benetti in the Middle East, served as a consultant for a yacht sales operation in Jakarta, and worked as a superyacht broker for three years with Allied Marine, the U.S. East Coast Ferretti dealer.
“I am excited to bring my production yacht experience to Merle Wood & Associates and help them grow their presence in that area of the market,” Lawrie stated.
Originally from London, Lawrie began his yachting career as a captain, then moved into consulting for Harland & Wolfe shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was voted Broker of the Year at the Arabian Gulf Yachting Awards.