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Northrop & Johnson Chairman Kevin Merrigan grew up in San Diego, California, sailing and loving the sea. While enjoying a career as a Petroleum Landman in Denver, Colorado, Kevin decided it was time to buy a sailboat and spend more time on the water. After meeting a fantastic yacht broker in San Diego, he decided yacht brokerage offers a much more enjoyable and rewarding career.

After visiting several brokerages throughout the country, Kevin bought a 42-foot sailboat in Florida and sailed to Newport, Rhode Island, where he joined Northrop & Johnson in 1987. The attraction to Northrop & Johnson was compelling; N&J had a sterling reputation and was the only brokerage at the time with overseas offices.

After a season in Newport, Kevin moved to the Marblehead, Massachusetts, office and became a partner. In 1990 he took over the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, operation and eventually became CEO of the Northrop & Johnson Holding Company. Today Kevin remains CEO of the entire Northrop & Johnson organization and is President of the Fort Lauderdale, Monaco, Antibes, San Diego, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Holland and New York offices.

Kevin has a passion for yachting and the yachting industry. He was instrumental in founding the International Yacht Council and served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) from 1994 to 2005. He has served as treasurer for both the Florida Yacht Brokers Association and the International Yacht Council. Kevin is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) and a member of the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA), the Yacht Architects & Brokers Association (YBAA), the California Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA), the Large Yacht Brokers Association (LYBRA) and is a licensed broker in Florida and California. Kevin also is a member of the New York Yacht Club and Conanicut Yacht Club. 


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