John PfeiferOshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), a leading designer and manufacturer of specialty vehicles, vehicle bodies and access equipment, has announced it has appointed John C. Pfeifer as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, a newly created role, effective May 1, 2019.

IMTRA Leadership TeamIMTRA, manufacturer and importer of quality solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, has announced a restructuring of key management to add new roles, ensure an industry-leading customer experience and enable continued growth.

Irwin Jacobs - Photo Courtesy of Jason Sealock - Wired2FishAccording to the Minneapolis Star Tribune on April 10 2019, Irwin Jacobs and his wife were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide. A close friend of Jacobs says that a handgun was found on a bed inside the Lake Minnetonka home of the prominent businessman. 

 

 

Margaret PodlichThe ABYC Foundation is pleased to announce Margaret Podlich has been hired to serve as executive director. The ABYC Foundation is thephilanthropic arm of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), focused on providing resources that create educational and lifelong career opportunities to current and aspiring marine service technicians.

Jeff HarrisJeff Harris, an accomplished 40-year marine industry veteran and legendary Hall-of-Fame boat racer, has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Iconic Marine Group (IMG) which includes Fountain, Baja, and Donzi.

Jason EdwardsCo2 Inflatables is pleased to announce that Jason Edwards, formerly of Grand/Gala Marine, will be heading up operations at the new Co2 Inflatables retail facility at 7797 Hwy 11, Orillia which opened on March 15th.

Darrell Lowrance Marine electronics pioneer Darrell Lowrance, 80, passed away Saturday morning after suffering a stroke. Lowrance, a pilot, conceived the idea for his first consumer fish finder after flying an airplane over a lake in the 1950s and seeing schools of fish in the clear water.

Tom DodsonFollowing a long career in sailing spanning two Olympic Games, numerous America’s Cup cycles and everything in between, native Kiwi Tom Dodson has rejoined North Sails as a Sales Expert with a particular focus on the vibrant superyacht segment.

Joe CurranExtremely popular and well respected for leading the reemergence of Iconic Marine's three brands— Fountain, Baja and Donzi—32-year marine industry veteran Joe Curran passed away yesterday after a short and hard fought battle with stomach cancer.

 

 

Robert BraithwaiteSadly, in the early hours of March 7, 2019, Sunseeker’s founder Robert Braithwaite passed away.

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Ben PilonBy Rob MacLeod – The Informed Boater

Ben Pilon, CEO of Kingston Anchors and its parent company BPE Group of Companies (BPEGroup.ca) in Kingston, ON grew up in manufacturing. By the age of 15, Ben was sweeping floors in his parents company. After graduating from University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree, Ben’s first thought was to go into manufacturing. What he found was, Canadian banks were less receptive than he had hoped, so he started BPE Development at age 24.

Working on what would become a strength of each of BPEs investments, Ben started by bringing together a unique team that grew and evolved.

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BOSTON WHALER CELEBRATES TWO MILLION HOURS WITHOUT A LOST TIME INCIDENT 

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“I would like to congratulate and thank everyone who made this achievement possible,” said President Nick Stickler. “Boston Whaler is committed to the well-being of our employees — safety is more than just a priority, it’s a part of our culture. It’s a commitment to each other that we renew every single day.” 

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KINGFISHER RECOGNIZED WITH THE PRESTIGIOUS CANADA’S BEST MANAGED COMPANIES DESIGNATION

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“KingFisher is proud to be honoured once again with the Best Managed designation” said Sarah Gregory, Director of Administration and HR, “This award is a testament to the skill and passion demonstrated by our team every day at the KingFisher Center of Excellence.”

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