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.

Paulie and MeIn addition to her career in the marine industry as the CEO of Homebrook Financial, Bernice Ranalli has published her book, “Paulie and Me”.

Mike DowneyGroupe Beneteau, Cadillac Operations is pleased to announce Mike Downey as the new Director of Quality Control. Mike’s extensive career within the marine industry only reinforces our companywide commitment to maintaining a Best in Class quality control procedure and practice.

Following his three-month tenure as Managing Director for Sales and Marketing, Michael Müller is now taking on an additional role: He has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer...

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