Principal Member

First Name: Robert
Last Name: Ponce
Company Name: RMK Merrill-Stevens
Type: Professional Member - Active
Licensed Broker: Yes

Born in Jersey City, NJ, I lived in West New York, across from Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River. My fondest memories were aboard the Circle Line ships. Then we moved to Miami, Florida, in 1971, when I was 12. Here is where I learned about boating, fishing, and diving. My first boat was a 19-foot Madonna Tri-hull, which I navigated endlessly throughout the South Florida waters. I proudly served in the USAF, first as an Aircraft Mechanic for 7 years and then as a C141B Aircraft Engineer for 13 years. I’ve been repairing boats and selling them since the 1980s. I’ve been a licensed and bonded Yacht Broker for 12 years. Currently, I have served as the employing broker and Director of Yacht Sales for Merrill Stevens Yachts for over 5 years. Was named dealer of the year three years consecutively by Sealine Yachts (2020–2022). Formally, I worked with three well-established yacht brokerages. During my employment with RMK Merrill Stevens, we've literally rebuilt a 100-year-old shipyard from the ground up and equipped it with state-of-the-art equipment. Daily, I meet many fellow brokers, captains, and surveyors. As they bring in many makes and models ranging from 30’ to 300’ into our yard for surveys and service. This has greatly broadened my marine knowledge on a consistent basis. I conduct my business with the utmost honesty and integrity, facilitating smooth transactions between buyers and sellers.