Ken SeipelWest Marine, the world’s largest boating supply retailer, has hired retail executive Ken Seipel as CEO. Seipel is an experienced leader with a strong track record helping grow privately held retail companies, as well as Fortune 500 brands.

NMMA Thom DammrichAs the NMMA prepares for the September 2019 retirement of NMMA President Thom Dammrich, a committee made up of key board members across boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers, along with Dammrich, met in Atlanta, Georgia last week to interview a number of executive search firms.

Don Smith BeneteauBeneteau America is pleased to announce the appointment of Don Smith as the new Outboard Sales Manager at Beneteau America effective November 16th. Don succeeds David Aldrich in this new role.

Groupe Beneteau Erwin BampsOn November 1st, 2018 Erwin Bamps joined the Groupe as CEO of Prestige, reporting to Jean-Paul Chapeleau.

Jerry RichardsJerry Richards has been appointed as Sales Manager Americas for Zhik.  Starting his role on January 1st 2019, Jerry will lead Zhik’s sales expansion in the USA, South America and Canada.

Nat BishopIMTRA Corporation and its employees are saddened by the passing of former CEO and long-time member of the IMTRA family, Nat Bishop, after a 15-year battle with melanoma.

AJ NickelThe Yacht Group, featuring Yacht Controller and other innovative technology for the marine industry, is proud to announce the opening of its new showroom at 1300 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale. A.J. Nickel, formerly of National Marine Suppliers, has joined the firm as sales director of the new location.

Rich TodhunterMercury Marine has announced that Rich Todhunter has been promoted to Director, Current Product Engineering and Product Integration Engineering replacing Daniel Clarkson who transitioned to Power Products in September. 

Christophe LavigneGroupe Beneteau is announcing Christophe Lavigne’s appointment as President of US brands Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft and Scarab. This appointment takes effect immediately.

Ocean SuperclusterCanada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kendra MacDonald as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  

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