Maureen Healey

New Executive Director takes helm at America’s Boating Club

May 14, 2024 America’s Boating Club, America’s largest…

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Raymarine FLIR Marketing Team

Raymarine and FLIR Maritime enhance Marketing Team with new hires and internal alignment

Apr 16, 2024 Raymarine and FLIR Maritime – global leade…

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Donato ‘Don’ Latella

Eight Bells Donato ‘Don’ Latella

Apr 16, 2024 The industry mourns the passing of Donato…

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KingFisher Boats announces promotions of Baxter Bolton to President and Brad Armstrong to CFO at Bryton Marine Group

KingFisher Boats, a North American leader in heavy-gauge aluminum boats, is proud to announce the promotions of Baxter Bolton to President at KingFisher Boats, and Brad Armstrong to Chief Financial Officer at Bryton Marine Group – KingFisher’s parent company.

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Justin Hamner

Garmin pro Justin Hamner wins the 2024 Bassmaster Classic championship   

Apr 2, 2024 Garmin, the world’s most innovative and rec…

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Brian Minton

Eight bells Brian Minton

Apr 2, 2024 The family of Brian Minton sadly announced…

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Gautier Sergent

A visionary sail designer – Gautier Sergent (1977-2024)

Apr 2, 2024 It is with immense sadness that we share th…

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Lesley Lavender

Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) announces new CEO

Mar 26, 2024 The Board of Directors of the Federation o…

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Paul Brazeau

Eight Bells: Paul Brazeau

Mar 12, 2024 Paul Brazeau sadly passed away on Saturday…

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Zoe Rawitz Rising Star Award

TACO Marine Marketing Lead Zoe Rawitz receives Marine Marketers of America Rising Star Award

Mar 5, 2024 TACO Marine® Marketing Lead Zoe Rawitz rece…

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Tim Maher of Indmar Marine

Indmar Marine Engines announces leadership changes

Mar 5, 2024 Indmar Marine Engines announced Tim Maher,…

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Ryan Kelly

Sail Canada Names Ryan Kelly CEO

Feb 20, 2024 Sail Canada has named Ryan Kelly as its ne…

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John Clark

Eight Bells John Clark

Feb 20, 2024 Following a struggle with cancer, adventur…

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Nichole Wishart

Meet Nichole Wishart, MRAA Business Development Specialist

Feb 6, 2024 The Marine Retailers Association of the Ame…

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Ed Dickson

IMTRA salesman Ed Dickson retires

Feb 6, 2024 IMTRA has announced the retirement of Ed Di…

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Samantha Batson and Megan Davisson

IBEX announces new hires

Feb 6, 2024 Samantha Batson (left); Megan Davisson (rig…

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Sam Bisset

Fluid Motion promotes Sam Bisset to Vice President of Marketing

Jan 30, 2024 Fluid Motion, the builder of Ranger Tugs,…

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Matt Michelson

Northpoint Commercial Finance hires Matt Michelson as Vice President of Operations

Jan 16, 2024 Northpoint Commercial Finance is pleased t…

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Kristy Madracki

Joining C-Tow Team – Kristy Madracki Manager of Promotion and Partnerships

Jan 16, 2024 C-Tow Marine Assistance Ltd., a Canadian b…

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Don Smith

Don Smith appointed Brand Director of Beneteau Groupe Americas’ Scarab brand

Jan 16, 2024 Beneteau Groupe Americas recently announce…

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Ted Quinn

Eight Bells Ted Quinn

Jan 2, 2024 Edward Charles (Ted) Quinn passed away peac…

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Chris Wachowski

Scanstrut welcomes Chris Wachowski to drive product innovation

Dec 19, 2023 Scanstrut, a leading provider of innovativ…

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Imtra mourns the passing of Bill Farnham

Dec 19, 2023 IMTRA Corporation and its employee-owners…

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Michele Goldsmith

MRAA Educational Foundation names Michele Goldsmith the 2023 Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year

Dec 12, 2023 Michele Goldsmith, Vice President and Gene…

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Jean-Côme Mazière and Emma Rigby

Highfield Boats USA announces two new additions to its sales staff

Dec 12, 2023 Highfield Boats, the world’s largest build…

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George Cohon

Eight Bells George Cohon

Dec 12, 2023 Canada was lucky to have a visionary busin…

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Bavaria Yachts

Michael Müller returns to Bavaria Yachts as CEO

Dec 5, 2023 Michael Müller is once again taking the hel…

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Heather Lougheed

Heather Lougheed Takes the Helm as President of BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water

Nov 28, 2023 BoatUS Foundation president and BoatUS vic…

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Alan Dennison

BoatUS Foundation’s Alan Dennison elected Chairman of National Safe Boating Council

BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water program supervisor Alan Dennison has been elected chairman of the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC).

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Sailing Members

Meet the Marine Modelers Montreal Club

There’s a scene in one of my favorite sailing movies, Wind, where one of the America’s Cup commentators says: ‘The big boats may get the glory, but it’s the small boats that make the sailor’. That statement could not be more accurate when we follow the various crews of regatta fleets around the world.

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Jim Flood

The industry mourns the passing of Jim Flood

After a valiant four-year battle with throat and stomach cancer, Jim passed away peacefully the afternoon of September 26, surrounded by his family.

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Dean Harris

Dean Harris named Rayglass Boats President

In a September 11, 2023 announcement from Auckland, New Zealand, Brunswick Corporation today named Dean Harris president, Rayglass Boats. Harris will officially begin his role on October 1, 2023.

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Andrew Moczygemba

RAILBLAZA Ltd. reinforces International presence, appoints Andrew Moczygemba as Global CEO

RAILBLAZA Ltd., manufacturer of premium quality, user-friendly electronics, fishing and boating mounting systems and accessories, announced today the appointment of Andrew Moczygemba as its new global chief executive officer.

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Graham Toms

Graham Toms joins Rekord Marine in Ontario

Steve Barthels of Rekord Marine is pleased to announce that Graham Toms has joined Rekord Marine to establish the business in Ontario, effective immediately.

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Mike Sayre

MRAA adds new Director of Government Relations to amplify advocacy efforts

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas announced that it has added Mike Sayre as Director of Government Relations.

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Nancy Ann Adams

Nancee Ann Adams

Nancee Adams passed peacefully at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Orillia on Wednesday August 9, 2023, on her 48th anniversary, in her 77th year. Nancee, Loving wife to Jim, will be sadly missed by her son Rodney and by her sister Norma Clair McMartin, and by her sister in laws Anna and Elaine.

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Erika Holshoe

The Sailing Museum and National Sailing Hall Of Fame in Newport, R.I. name new Communications and Marketing Manager

The Board of Directors of The Sailing Museum and National Sailing Hall of Fame recently announced that Erika Holshoe has been hired as the organization’s new communications and marketing manager.

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Linda Ellery

Linda Ellery moves to South Bay Cove Marina and Bluewater Lodge & Marina

Long-standing Lefroy Harbour team member Linda Ellery has accepted a new opportunity within Maple Leaf Marinas at their locations in Honey Harbour, namely South Bay Cove Marina and Bluewater Lodge & Marina, as Operations Manager.

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Terry Smith

Eight Bells Terry Smith

Through Boating Ontario, we learned the news of Terry Smith’s sudden passing on Monday May 22, 2023 at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Beverley Marlene (Samis). Loving father to Sean (Tamara Short), Ryan (Amie deVeth).

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Donald Lawson

Boat of missing sailor Donald Lawson found off Mexico coast

We learned from the Tuesday, August 1st, 2023 edition of the UK media outlet, Marine Industry News that the capsized boat of Baltimore sailor Donald Lawson, who went missing over two weeks ago in the Pacific Ocean, has been located off the coast of Mexico.

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Captain Matthew Barrette

Capt. Matthew Barrette joins North South Yacht Sales – covering Southwestern Ontario

Mike Burns, president of North South Nautical Group is pleased to announce that Captain Matthew Barrette will be joining Ontario’s premier yacht brokerage.

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Larry Lake

IMTRA appoints new Vice President of Operations and HR Director

IMTRA, a leading manufacturer and importer of quality solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, announced today it has added to its management team with a promotion and a new hire.

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Torqeedo New Business Unit Management

Torqeedo announces new structure and names business unit management

Torqeedo, the global market leader for electric mobility on the water, announced on July 18th, the creation of two dedicated business units and named their managers. Matthias Vogel will lead the Customized Solutions unit, and Sven Mostögl will lead the Branded Retail line.

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Brunswick

Lenn Scholz named Boston Whaler President; Jeromie Johnston named President of Lund Boats

On July 18th, Brunswick Corporation named Lenn Scholz president, Boston Whaler and Jeromie Johnston president of Lund Boats. Both announcements are effective immediately.

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Jeiz Majdoub

Meiz Majdoub, experienced Maritime Defence Executive, joins VoltSafe’s Advisory Board

VoltSafe Inc. is excited to announce that Meiz Majdoub, who serves as Managing Partner at Mostar Ventures, is the newest member of VoltSafe’s Advisory Board.

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Heather Wiczek

MarineMax Nisswa Operations Manager named to Women Making Waves Class of 2023

Heather Wiczek, MarineMax Nisswa Operations Manager, was recently named to Boating Industry’s 2023 Women Making Waves in their June issue.

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Sasha Mogensen

Boatyard’s Sasha Mogensen Honoured with Women Making Waves Award by Boating Industry Magazine

Boatyard, the leading innovator and customer experience platform in the recreational boating industry, is proud to announce that Sasha Mogensen, Product Operations Manager, has been chosen as a recipient of the prestigious Women Making Waves Award by Boating Industry.

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Sailing Museum Executive Director

The Sailing Museum and National Sailing Hall of Fame in Newport, names new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of The Sailing Museum and National Sailing Hall of Fame have announced that Ashley Householder has been appointed executive director.

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Obituary of Randy Charles Collins

Peacefully, “having fought the good fight and finished the race”, at London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital, London, on Monday, June 26, 2023, Randy Charles Collins of London, age 77.

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Dana Koman

TACO Marine Marketing Manager Dana Koman has been recognized by Boating Industry magazine as one of 2023’s Women Making Waves in the marine industry

Dana got her start in the marine industry as the Junior Sailing Program Administrator for the Edgartown, MA Yacht Club. She joined Miramar, FL – based TACO Marine, a leading supplier of rub rail, hardware, seating and sport fishing equipment, in 2017.

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Thom Lackie

Thom Lackie – Eight Bells

Passed away peacefully in Penetanguishene on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at the age of 81 years, to the sounds of waves crashing and birds chirping. Loving father of Leandra Harris (James) and Drew Lackie (Natasha).

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Bernard Guy

BRP announces leadership change in its marine group

BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO; NASDAQ:DOOO) is proud to announce that long-standing BRP executive Bernard Guy is appointed to the position of President, Marine Group, effective today. Mr. Guy also keeps his current leadership responsibilities for global product strategy for both the Powersports and Marine groups.

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Patrick Kwasniewski

Patrick Kwasniewski Joins North South Nautical Group

Mike Burns, president of North South Nautical Group is pleased to announce that Patrick Kwasniewski has joined the brokerage team serving the South-Western Ontario area.

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Chris Sellner

Passing of Chris Sellner

The marine industry is saddened to share the news of Chris Sellner’s passing on Friday, May 26, 2023, at the age of 65. Chris was the proud owner and founder of C.A.S. Power Marine in Ayr, Ontario for over 35 years.

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Jane and Liz

Welcome Jane Matsushita and Liz Nienaber!

Our Industry is filled with a world of wonderfully unique individuals! At Quadrant Marine we’re lucky enough to meet most these people at different stages of their career. And our newest team members, Jane Matsushita & Liz Nienaber are no exception!

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Director Stepping Down

United States National Sailing Hall of Fame and The Sailing Museum Director to step down

The Board of Directors of The Sailing Museum & National Sailing Hall of Fame have announced that Heather Ruhsam is stepping down as Executive Director, effective June 30, 2023.

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Shane Ryan

Furuno USA sorrowfully announces the Passing of Deep Sea Service Manager, Shane Ryan

It is with profound sorrow that Furuno USA announces the passing of long-time employee and friend, Deep Sea Service Manager, Shane Ryan. Shane passed away on May 8th after a prolonged illness.

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Marcus Hamilton

Propspeed appoints new CEO

Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, announced May 4th, the promotion of Marcus Hamilton from International Sales Director to the position of CEO. In his new role he will be responsible for directing all operations for the company and driving its growth and success.

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Jim Acheson

In Memory of Great Lakes Cruising Giant Jim Acheson

The Great Lakes Area recently lost a leader in James C Acheson, 86 of Port Huron, Michigan. Jim had been a Great Lakes Cruiser for over 60 years.

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Chris Edmonston

BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston named to the Boating Safety Hall of Fame by National Safe Boating Council

Making boating safety education more accessible by bringing courses online, growing the availability of on-water training programs, and developing national on-water boating safety standards are just some of the accomplishments cited when Chris Edmonston…

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Edward McGovern III

Mack Boring & Parts Co. announces the passing of Edward “Ned” McGovern III

Mack Boring & Parts Co., is saddened to announce the passing of industry veteran Edward “Ned” McGovern III. Ned passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family and loved ones on April 14, 2023, at the age of 77, following a seven-year battle with prostate cancer.

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Doug Adrian

Godfrey Marine names Doug Adrian Vice President and General Manager for Godfrey and Hurricane

Godfrey Marine, manufacturer of premium Godfrey pontoon boats and Hurricane deck boats, announced today the promotion of Doug Adrian to the role of Vice President and General Manager for Godfrey and Hurricane.

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Doug Albert

Pace Industries announces Doug Albert, as Chief Executive Officer

Pace Industries, North America’s leading full-service aluminum, zinc and magnesium die casting manufacturer, today announced that Doug Albert has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer.

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Sandy Johnson

Eight Bells Sandy Johnson

The marine industry is saddened to share the news of Sandy Johnson’s passing on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at the age of 83. Sandy and her husband Terry bought Hamer Bay Marine on Lake Joseph in 1980. Today, the marina is owned and operated by her son Mike and daughter-in-law Sandra.

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The industry mourns the passing of Alfred “Alf” Mortimer

It is with heavy hearts that the family sadly announce the passing of Alfred “Alf” Mortimer (the second), on March 29, 2023. He was in his 100th year. Beloved, devoted husband to the late Lois Helen Jean Mortimer (nee Sutherland).

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Russell Christensen

Eight bells – Russell Christensen, Almenara en al Rio Marina and Campground, Spanish Ontario

We learned through Boating Ontario, that Russell Christensen, Owner/Operator of Almenara en al Rio Marina and Campground, Spanish Ontario and long-time property owner, New Denmark NB, passed away suddenly at Grand Falls NB hospital due to a heart attack on Monday 20 March 2023 at the age of 63.

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Adam Loory

Changing the watch at UK Sailmakers International

After 34 years at UK Sailmakers, General Manager Adam Loory is about to retire to do, what else, sail the South Pacific with his wife Jenni. Adam has been one of the operational leaders of UK for decades helping customers and UK staffers manage the day-to-day business of sailmaking.

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Furuno Sales Team Additions

Furuno USA welcomes industry veterans Philip Sweeny & Adrian Navarro to support their sales team

Furuno USA has hired two new sales associates covering the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast regions. Mr. Philip Sweeny and Mr. Adrian Navarro come to Furuno with many years of practical knowledge and hands-on experience under their belts.

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Boating BC

Boating BC announces new Board of Directors

At the recently held Boating BC AGM, four new board members were elected for a two-year term:

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New faces welcomed aboard at The Landing School

Under the direction of Sean Fawcett, President, the Landing School in Arundel, Maine is pleased to announce the addition of two new team members, Peter Worthington as a third Marine Systems Instructor, and Reis Hagerman as Admissions Manager, to the staff.

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Airmar hires Suzanne Hawley as Brand Manager

The Leader in Ultrasonic Technology and Multi-sensor Solutions Continues to Grow in Talent and Innovation.

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Kevin with Students

ABYC Foundation Announces Educator of the Year – Kevin McKiernan recognized as outstanding marine service instructor

The ABYC Foundation has recognized Kevin McKiernan, a marine service technology teacher from North Providence High School (NPHS) in Rhode Island as the 2022 Educator of the Year. The annual award honors extraordinary marine service technology instructors teaching in a high school, post-secondary school, or within the industry.

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Forrest Firrari

Shurhold brings on Forrest Ferrari as COO

Shurhold, a leading manufacturer of premium cleaning and maintenance products for marine, RV, automotive and aviation, has hired Forrest Ferrari as its chief operating officer (COO). Barry Berhoff, CEO, made the announcement.

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CORK

CORK is searching for a Finance Director – Kingston, Ontario

CORK/ Sail Kingston Inc is a highly motivated organization with a challenging mission – to host high quality sailing regattas for all ages, including national, continental and world championships.

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Andy Lindsay joins forces with the Boat Warehouse

Dave Mayhew, President of The Boat Warehouse is pleased to announce that Andy Lindsay  joined The Boat Warehouse in the position of General Manager on January 1st, 2023.

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Evan Lewellen

SmartPlug expands support roster with promotion

To better serve its growing OEM and end-user customer base, SmartPlug Systems, leading manufacturer of innovative safety-centric shore power delivery products for boats, RVs and specialty vehicles, has expanded its support roster. Evan Lewellen has been promoted to customer service and sales support.

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George Haykin

George Haykin joins North South Nautical Group

Mike Burns, president of North South Nautical Group is pleased to announce that George Haykin has joined the brokerage team serving the Hamilton area.

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Tim Murphy

ABYC expands its Staff with four new hires

New Team Members to Support Education, Membership, Marketing, and Finance Initiatives. The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has placed four newcomers, including renowned marine industry journalist Tim Murphy, in key positions at the organization.

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Jim Wielgosz

Jim Wielgosz appointed Interim Executive Director of NMMA Canada

Effective January 1, 2023, Jim Wielgosz has been named Interim Executive Director for NMMA Canada. Wielgosz will serve in the role as the association conducts an executive search to replace former president Sara Anghel, who departed NMMA Canada last month.

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Groupe Beneteau

Groupe Beneteau announces appointments to the head of the Boat Division’s Brands

As part of the Let’s Go Beyond! plan and the structuring of the House of Brands, the Groupe Beneteau announces the appointments of Yann Masselot as Chief Brands and Communication Officer for the Boat division and Jean-François Lair as Director of BENETEAU brand.

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The industry mourns the passing of Gerry Huck

We are saddened to share the news of Gerry Huck’s passing, peacefully with his family at his side on Sunday December 25, 2022 at the age of 84.

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Eight Bells – Leo Hintze

We are saddened to share the news of Leo Hintze’s sudden passing on Saturday December 17, 2022 at the age of 81. 

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C-Tow Marine Assistance appoints Jill Noel to Manager of Operations

C-Tow Marine Assistance Ltd., which has been serving and assisting recreational boaters across Canadian waterways for more than 35 years, has announced the appointment of Jill Noel to Manager of Operations, effective January 2, 2023. 

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Ernie Saxton

Ernie Saxton joins Hutchings Marine

Ernie Saxton has joined Hutchings Marine as their new Purchasing/Technical Support person effective immediately. 

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Indmar

Dick Rowe, Sr. Co-Founder of Indmar passes away at age 95

Indmar Marine Engines mourns the loss of its esteemed co-founder, Richard (Dick) Rowe, Sr, who passed away on November 22, 2022 at the age of 95 surrounded by his family.

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Peter Braffitt

Airmar Technology announces the passing of Vice President Peter Braffitt

Airmar Technology Corporation (Airmar) was saddened to announce on October 27th, that its Vice President, Peter Braffitt, died suddenly on October 25, 2022 at his home in South Carolina.

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Crestliner Boats

Jason Oakes Named General Manager of Crestliner Boats

Crestliner Boats, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has named Jason Oakes General Manager of Crestliner Boats. In his role, Oakes will be responsible for leading and expanding the Crestliner brand.

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Sophie Lelievre Hughes

Outdoor Professional Sophie Lelievre-Hughes joins Can-Am Sales Group, LLC

Can-Am Sales Group, LLC., is pleased to announce that outdoor industry professional Sophie Lelievre-Hughes has joined the Can-Am sales team as Territory Sales Manager.

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Chris Browne

Highfield Boats USA Appoints New Regional Sales Manager

Highfield Boats, manufacturer of the best-selling rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) in North America, announces the appointment of Chris Browne as Regional Sales Manager, Highfield Boats USA.

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Sarah Devlin

ABYC Names Sarah Devlin as Accreditation Director

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has named Sarah Devlin as the new Accreditation Director to manage and promote the ABYC Foundation’s expanding Marine Trades Accreditation Program (MTAP)…

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Canadian Boat Shows announces two New Staff members join the Toronto Boat Show

On October 23rd, Canadian Boat Shows announced two New Staff members join the Toronto Boat Show team.

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Torqeedo Bez Vietmeier

New leadership takes the helm at Torqeedo

Torqeedo GmbH, the market leader for marine electric drives, has appointed Fabian Bez as the company’s new chief executive officer (CEO). Mr Bez assumed day-to-day leadership of the company effective 1 October 2022.

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Rob Ball

Robert Wilson (Rob) Ball: 1943 – 2022

We were saddened to hear of the recent death of noted C&C Yachts designer Rob Ball. Rob succumbed to injuries suffered in a recent fall on September 9th at the age of 79 at his home in New Bedford, Mass.

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Amanda Henschell

New Show Manager for Vancouver International Boat Show

Canadian Boat Shows announces that their new Show Manager for the Vancouver International Boat Show will be Amanda Henschell.

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George Wilcox

Eight Bells George Albert Wilcox

On September 11, 2022 George Albert Wilcox, retired owner of George’s Service Centre (Marine & Sports), peacefully passed away with his family by his side at the age of 82.

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Boris Heitmann

HanseYachts AG announces Boris Heitmann new VP Communications & Investor Relations

As of August 2022, Boris Heitmann (58) has taken over responsibility as Vice President Communications & Investor Relations at HanseYachts AG. The graduate in business administration, communications manager and yachtsman brings with him many years of experience in international companies from various sectors and as an independent entrepreneur.

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John MacLaughlin

Memorial Service for John MacLaughlin – June 1, 1941 to February 3, 2022

Now that most COVID restrictions are lifted, a memorial service is planned for John MacLaughlin on August 26th, at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 28 Hawthorne Avenue, Carleton Place, Ontario.

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Kim Knudsen

Meet Kim Knudsen, new Community Partnerships and Training Coordinator at Quadrant Marine Institute

Kim Knudsen has just joined the Quadrant team as their new Community Partnerships and Training Coordinator. He comes to the Quadrant team with a background in high-end hospitality, business development and training development and coordination for a variety of industries including education and maritime.

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Ritchie Sales and Service Lead

Ritchie hires sales and service lead

Ritchie Navigation, the world’s largest and oldest manufacturer of magnetic compasses, has hired Patrick Dempsey as its sales and service lead. Jon Sherman, company president, made the announcement.

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MarineMax Brand Marketing Manager

MarineMax announces Brand Marketing Manager for Azimut, Cruisers Yachts and Ocean Alexander

MarineMax welcomes Margriet Mitchell as the new brand marketing manager for Azimut, Cruisers Yachts, and Ocean Alexander. Fueled by more than 20 years of marketing management experience, Margriet joined MarineMax in March 2022.

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Kevin Gallagher

Eight Bells Kevin Gallagher

The industry is saddened to learn the news of the passing of Kevin Gallagher. Kevin passed away peacefully on July 10, 2022 at the Montfort Hospital, surrounded by the people he loved.

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Russell Irwin Woodard

The industry mourns the loss of Russell Irwin (Russ) Woodard.

“Dad passed away peacefully on June 25th, at his home on Sturgeon Lake, just shy of his 92 birthday.” His wife Sally and his three children; Greg, Ellen and Jennifer were by his side.

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Mike Fafard

Chaparral and Robalo Boats names Mike Fafard Vice President of Manufacturing

Buck Pegg, Founder of Chaparral Boats, recently announced the expanded role of Mike Fafard, currently Chaparral and Robalo’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and Design to include Senior Vice President of Manufacturing.

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Dana Koman MMA

TACO Marine® Marketing Manager Dana Koman named to Marine Marketers of America Board of Directors

TACO Marine® Marketing Manager Dana Koman has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Marine Marketers of America (MMA), the voice for marketing professionals in the recreational marine industry.

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Boat Illustration

Fair winds Christopher Pratt

One of Canada’s most esteemed painter and printmakers, Newfoundland’s Christopher Pratt died last week at 86. In addition to his artistic talents, Pratt was a boater, and his love of boats and in particular C&C sailboats informed his work.

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Chris Myers

Dockmate expands sales staff with new National Sales Manager

Dockmate, manufacturer of advanced wireless remote-control systems for yachts, announced today it has hired Chris Myers as National Sales Manager to better service its customers throughout the United States.

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Scholarship Candidates

Chaparral Boats, Inc. and Robalo Boats LLC Award 2022 Scholarships

Chaparral Boats, Inc. and Robalo Boats LLC awarded $100,000 in college scholarships to ten graduating seniors who are the sons and daughters of employees of the Chaparral and Robalo family.

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Brook Butler

Career: Life Mix – Formula 1 Tunnel Boats

Meet Brook Butler, Quadrant Marine Institute MST instructor in Sidney. On the job, he’s a Marine Systems Lead / Project Manager at Titan Boats. Off the clock, he’s been rebuilding and racing tunnel boats on the competitive Formula 1 circuit with the American Power Boat Association (APBA) for the past 5 years.

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Perissa Millender Bailey

Mercury Marine names Perissa Millender Bailey Vice President and General Manager, eSolutions

Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has named Perissa Millender Bailey Vice President and General Manager, eSolutions. This new position on Mercury’s leadership team will be responsible for leading the company’s electrification business and product development strategy.

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Kay Sears

Iridium Names Kay Sears to Board of Directors

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) has announced that Kay Sears has been elected to the Iridium Board of Directors, effective May 17, 2022. As a director on the Iridium Board, Sears will play a role in helping shape the strategic direction of Iridium’s business.

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Salty Dawgs Bill and Linda

Remembering Bill Knowles

On Thursday April 28, William (Bill) Knowles, founder and first president of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association died after a long illness. As noted by a friend who had seen him only two days before, Bill had been up and about and had been able to join them for lunch despite his illness. Two days later he was gone.

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Tyler Higham

Mastercraft signs Award-Winning Wakeboarder, Tyler Higham

MasterCraft Boat Company, a subsidiary of MasterCraft Boat Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: MCFT), announced it has signed one of the best young wakeboarders on the scene, Tyler Higham, to the MasterCraft Team.

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Boating Ontario

The Boating Ontario Association welcomes Lesley Hough

The Boating Ontario Association is excited to announce and welcome Lesley Hough as our new Membership & Communications Coordinator.

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Ben Duke

Polaris names Ben Duke President of its Marine Business

Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) has announced that Ben Duke has been named president of Marine. Duke will succeed Jake Vogel, who is transitioning to a strategic advisory role at Polaris. Both Duke and Vogel will report to Polaris CEO Mike Speetzen.

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CORK Sail Kingston

New Executive Director announced for CORK

After more than 16 years of dedication to CORK, Executive Director, Marianne Davis has decided that it is time to retire and enjoy more time sailing and being with her family. It has been a great run for Marianne with a constant stream of hosted championships and the development of a robust organization that will serve CORK well into the future.

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Changes to Volvo Penta Executive Management Group

Volvo Penta welcomes Lennart Börjesson as a new member of its Executive Management Group. As of 1 September, Lennart Börjesson will take up the position of Senior Vice President Planning, Purchasing & Product and Solution Development…

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Rachel West

ASA Electronics welcomes new Marketing Director Rachel West

ASA Electronics hires Rachel West as the Marketing Director for ASA Electronics after Monica Pletcher’s retirement. In this role, West will manage the marketing team and handle strategic planning, digital marketing, and brand management. She brings 12 years of combined education and experience in the RV industry.

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Matt Johnston

Lippert names Matthew Johnston Managing Director of Lippert Marine Group Europe

Lippert Components, Inc. (Lippert™), a supplier of a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) in the recreation and transportation product markets, and the related aftermarkets of those industries, announces today that Matthew Johnston has been named Managing Director for Lippert Marine Group Europe.

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Everglades Boats

Everglades Boats announces new additions to sales and marketing team

Everglades Boats, an industry-leading designer and builder of premium offshore fishing boats, announces the expansion of its Sales and Marketing team with the addition of two key members.

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Airmar welcomes Anita Hatherley as Director of Global Operations Planning and Supply Chain

Airmar® Technology Corporation, a world leader in ultrasonic transducers and Chirp technology, is pleased to welcome Anita Hatherley to the company as Director of Global Operations Planning and Supply Chain. Hatherley will lead the various functions to optimize Airmar’s sales, inventory, and operations planning process. She joins Airmar with over 30 years of operations experience in the recreational marine industry in the USA and UK.

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Douglas Barnier

Eight Bells, Douglas Barnier

Boating Ontario has just shared the news of Douglas Barnier passing away peacefully with his family at his side at the Chatham-Kent Hospice on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at the age of 84.

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Gary Glenn Campbell

Eight Bells Gary Glenn Campbell

The industry is saddened to share the news of Gary Glenn Campbell passing peacefully, on April 1, 2022, at Bracebridge Hospital with his family by his side.

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Fredrik Högberg

Changes to Volvo Penta Executive Management Group

Volvo Penta welcomes Fredrik Högberg as a new member of its Executive Management Group. As of 15 May, Fredrik Högberg will take up the position of President of Volvo Penta North America, replacing Tony Kelleher who has served as Acting since December 2021.

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Pat Nelder

Pat Nelder retires from Boating Atlantic

For the past 23 years there has been no greater contributor to sailing and power boating in Nova Scotia than Patricia (Pat) Nelder. And today (March 31, 2022) Pat retires from her role as Executive Director of Boating Atlantic. Her contributions have made a significant impact right across Atlantic Canada.

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Craig Bjarnason

Marine Surveys Canada welcomes Craig Bjarnason for Manitoba and Lake of the Woods

Marine Surveys Canada would like to welcome Craig Bjarnason as the newest member of our team of marine surveyors. Criag is based in Winnipeg and will be servicing Manitoba and also the Lake of the Woods area of Ontario.

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Børge Quorning

Founder of Quorning boats, Børge Quorning has passed away

Børge Quorning passed away on March 22, 2022 at the age of 90. Børge founded Quorning Boats together with his brother Bent in Skærbæk, Denmark.

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Boating Industry 40 Under 40

Boating Industry names 2022 40 Under 40

In its March/April issue which debuted last week, Boating Industry officially announced the 2022 40 Under 40 honorees.

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Eric Stanley

New President for Boating Atlantic

Boating Atlantic held their annual general meeting on March 2nd, 2022 and elected Eric Stanley of Iron Wind Marine as President.

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ePropulsion Chief Financial Officer

ePropulsion appoints chief financial officer

ePropulsion, a global leader and market challenger in marine electric propulsion systems and services, has announced the appointment of Judy Gong, who has joined the company as its Chief Financial Officer. 

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Lippert Harcourt Schutz

Lippert Promotes Harcourt Schutz to Senior Director of Aftermarket Marine Sales

Lippert Components, Inc. (Lippert™), a supplier of a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) in the recreation and transportation product markets, and the related aftermarkets of those industries, is pleased to announce the promotion of Harcourt Schutz to Senior Director of Aftermarket Marine Sales…

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Flow-Rite New Staff

Flow-Rite fortifies efforts with additional staff

Flow-Rite, a leading manufacturer of injection-moulded fluid control products for a wide range of industries, has fortified its marketing efforts by filling two newly created positions. Justin McQueen joins the company as product marketing manager and Daniel Muschiana as graphic and web designer. Todd Hart, Flow-Rite president, made the announcement.

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Don Lazareth

Eight Bells – Don Lazareth

Bill Boughen, an early pioneer in the marine business started Niagara Marine in 1945 in St. Catharines, Ontario. By 1955, the business was flourishing, and Bill recruited his nephew, Don Lazareth from a very successful banking career to join the team.

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John Weakley

Eight Bells – John Weakley

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of John Weakley. He was active in sailing and racing circles for all his life. He served as Rear Commodore and Commodore of PCYC and was a valued member of the Board of Trustees and Fleet Committee. He sailed in everything from Wayfarers to 8 Meters.

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John McLaughlin

Eight bells John McLaughlin

McLaughlin, John Felix – June 1, 1941- February 3, 2022

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Monica Schaeberle

Your Boat Club appoints Monica Schaeberle CFO

Your Boat Club (YBC) announces that the company has named Monica Schaeberle Chief Financial Officer. As a result of the company’s recent partnership with Groupe Beneteau, an industry-leading international boat manufacturer, Schaeberle will focus on company performance, growth analysis and strategy…

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David Divjak

Blue Guard Innovations Appoints New Product Manager, David Divjak

Blue Guard Innovations (BGI), the industry leader and innovator of smart boat monitoring and control technology, recently announced that David Divjak joined the company as Product Manager. In this role, he will be responsible for existing and new product definitions and feature enhancements to our maritime IoT remote monitoring product line.

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Russ Ackerman

Staff changes kick off 2022 at Can-Am Sales Group

Outdoor Industry sales and operations professional Russ Ackerman, with 30 years management and sales success at the national, regional, and independent retailer levels, joins Can-Am as Sr. Account Manager.

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Rick Legedza

Boating Ontario announces new Clean Marine and Special Projects Administrator Rick Legedza

Boating Ontario continues to deliver exceptional member value staying at the forefront of government issues, industry education and engagement while continuing to reimagine and evolve for every single member. At the core is the Boating Ontario team and on January 20, Rick Layzell, CEO announced an addition to the team!

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Keith McDevitt

The Limestone Boat Company hires Keith McDevitt as Director of Marketing

The Limestone Boat Company – owner and builder of Aquasport Boats, Limestone® Boats and Boca Bay Boats – recently hired Keith McDevitt as the Director of Marketing.

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Kevin O'Brien

TCS REPS (Thomas H. Connolly & Sons Inc) announces new appointments

TCS REPS (Thomas H. Connolly & Sons Inc) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin O’Brien to the position of President of TCS REPS. For over 30 yrs. Kevin has been an integral part of the firm. Kevin has shown trust and integrity in all of his interactions.

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Alfred Estrada

Alfred Estrada joins Flow-Rite as VP of Sales

Flow-Rite, a leading manufacturer of injection-molded fluid control components for marine, RV and industrial use, has hired Alfred Estrada as its new VP of sales. Company president Todd Hart made the announcement.

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Helga Baer

The industry mourns the loss of Helga (Momma) Baer

On the morning of Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Helga (Momma) Baer joined her schatzel of 74 years (Horst Baer, predeceased 11/15/20) in eternity. Momma Baer’s advice, sympathy, kind heart and forthright manner will be missed.

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Jill Wrobel

Brunswick Corporation names Jill Wrobel Chief Human Resources Officer

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) has announced the appointment of Jill Wrobel as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) effective December 8, 2021 and reporting to Chief Executive Officer Dave Foulkes.

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Jacqui Iverson and Kevin Gamble

North South Nautical Group expands into Western Canada

Mike Burns, president of North South Nautical Group is pleased to announce the expansion of their yacht brokerage operations into Western Canada beginning with an office in Sooke, BC. Jacqueline (Jacquie) Iverson and Kevin Gamble, experienced boaters and Sooke residents will spearhead the operation.

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Colin Clark

Royal Canadian Yacht Club announces new Director of Fleet and Sailing and new Director of Sailing

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club announces  the appointment of two new directors to the senior team – Colin Clark as Director of Fleet and Thomas Fogh as Director of Sailing.

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Changes to Volvo Penta Executive Management Group

Volvo Penta welcomes Tony Kelleher as a new member of the Volvo Penta Executive Group. As of December 1st, Tony has taken up the position of Acting President of Volvo Penta of the Americas, replacing Martin Bjuve.

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Abbey Heimensen

Abbey Heimensen appointed to Vice President of Marketing

MarineMax recently announced the appointment of Abbey Heimensen to the role of Vice President of Marketing, overseeing a robust and talented team that delivers marketing support for MarineMax’s national retail network of over 77 stores and diverse business units.

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Ted DeWildt

Industry mourns the loss of Ted DeWildt

The industry is saddened to share the news of Ted DeWildt passing on Sunday, November 21st, with family at his side.

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Sharon McPhail

Eight Bells Sharon McPhail

We are saddened to share the news of Sharon McPhail’s passing on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 at the age of 79.

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Pete Gaasland

Bellingham Marine mourns the loss of founding member Pete Gaasland

Bellingham Marine mourns the loss of Pete Gaasland, a marina industry pioneer and a member of Bellingham Marine’s founding family. Peter passed away on November 10th, 2021.

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Marty Bass

Marty Bass named Advanced Systems Group President of the Americas; Tom Schuessler announces intention to retire

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) has announced that Marty Bass has been named President of the Americas for its Advanced Systems Group. Bass will replace Tom Schuessler who will retire at the end of the year.

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Greg Edwards

Yamaha Motor Canada welcomes new additions to sales & marketing team

Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to announce several new members have joined its sales and marketing team. As the new Manager of Field Sales and Market Development, Greg Edwards will lead the national field sales team to achieve corporate sales objectives and develop the optimal retail-focused dealer network for continued business growth in Canada.

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Searay

Keith Yunger named President, Sea Ray Boats

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) announced on October 25th, that it has named Keith Yunger as president of its Sea Ray boat brand, effective immediately.

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Henry Andrews

Eight Bells Henry Isaac Andrews

Andrews, Henry (Hank, C.J ) – It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Henry on October 1, 2021 at the age of 86. He is predeceased by his parents, Cornelius and Annie Andrews, brother’s George, John and Corny as well as sisters Ann and Kay.

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Matthew Hobbs and Scott Smyth

Scott Smyth of The Chandlery in Ottawa retires, long-time employee Matthew Hobbs takes over

After 40 years of proudly serving the boating community, Scott Smyth, founder and owner of The Chandlery in Ottawa, takes his retirement and hands the torch over to long-time employee Matthew Hobbs.

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Ivan Cross

Ivan Cross is the 2021 recipient of the NMRA Old Pro Award

Ivan Cross of The Merifield Company is the 2021 recipient of the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) Old Pro Award.

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Larry Porche

Marine industry veteran Larry Porche is the 2021 recipient of the NMRA Mel Barr Award

Marine industry veteran Larry Porche, who died suddenly this past June, is the 2021 recipient of the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) Mel Barr Award.

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Moe Elnewishy

Maple Leaf Marinas announces Moe Elnewishy for their Lake Simcoe Marinas

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Moe Elnewishy as our new General Manager overseeing our Lake Simcoe Marinas, comprising Lefroy Harbour, Kon Tiki and Lake Simcoe Marine. Moe is a well-respected professional with 15+ years experience in the marine and hospitality sectors extending globally to the Middle East.

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Iryna Granich

Iryna Granich joins North South Nautical Group at their new Port Credit Location

Mike Burns is pleased to announce that Iryna Granich has joined North South Nautical Group and will be working from the NEW Port Credit location.

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Walter

Walter “Bing” Burns O’Meara, publisher of Lakeland Boating magazine – July 5, 1940 – September 10, 2021

Walter “Bing” Burns O’Meara, age 81, passed away Friday, September 10, 2021 at Emerald Memory Care in Glenview, IL, after a long hard-fought battle with Alzheimer’s.

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Patrick McNeel

Raritan Engineering expands team

Raritan Engineering is pleased to announce the newest member of its team, Patrick McNeel. He joins the leading global single-source marine sanitation manufacturer with a bachelor of science degree in industrial design from Appalachian State University.

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Kris Neff

Kris Neff named Boston Whaler president; Nick Stickler moves to Mercury Marine to run Category Management and Strategic Planning

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced on September 20th that Kris Neff has been named President, Boston Whaler and Nick Stickler has been appointed Vice President of Category Management and Strategic Planning at Mercury Marine. Both announcements are effective immediately.

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Earl Dunn

Eight Bells – Earl Dunn

Earl John Dunn, in his 83rd year, on September 14, 2021, at home with his family following a short illness. 

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Bradley Hale

BCI Marine Hires Hale to Grow Ontario

BCI Marine has hired Bradley Hale as Regional Sales Director, Ontario. Bradley brings 35+ years of dealer partner to consumer sales expertise to the Canadian (Ontario) boating space.

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Paul Tennyson

Eight bells: Paul Tennyson, founder CS Yachts

Paul Tennyson adapted from the reinforced plastics business to form Canadian Sailcraft in 1963. From there it was only up with bigger and more impressive boats, big name designers and arrival as one of Ontario’s big three builders C&C, Hinterhoeller and CS; Tennyson became well known as a pioneer of the Canadian industry.

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Steeve Corrigan

Mercury Marine Canada announces Steeve Corrigan has joined the Mercury Team

Steeve Corrigan has joined the Mercury Marine Canada Team as Business Development Manager covering the Atlantic Provinces and Northern Quebec.      

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Diana Sufariu

Airmar welcomes Diana Sufariu as Director of Engineering

AIRMAR® Technology Corporation, a world leader in ultrasonic transducers and Chirp technology, is pleased to welcome Diana Sufariu to the company as Director of Engineering.      

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Gary Stidham

Hella appoints Gary Stidham as USA Sales Manager

Hella marine has appointed Gary Stidham as its new USA sales manager. Jeff Haas, head of sales for Hella USA, made the announcement from its US headquarters near Atlanta, Georgia.

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Dick Davidson

IMTRA expands sales and support teams and celebrates retirement of industry veteran

IMTRA, the leading manufacturer and importer of quality solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, announced August 19th, that the sales team has been bolstered, anticipating the upcoming retirement of long-time sales and service representative, Dick Davidson.

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Tom Johannsen

Tom Johannsen – The Man Who Wrote the Book on Foam Core Construction

We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Tom Johannsen, a pioneer in the development of light weight foam cored composite laminates, and a true gentleman in an often competitive industry.

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Rob Gervais

Can-Am Sales Group’s Rob Gervais Named Promar Top Sales Performer

Promar is pleased to announce that Rob Gervais from Can-Am Sales Group, LLC., has been chosen as Promar’s “Top Sales Performer – Canada” for the second straight year.

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Anders Hård

Torqeedo names new vice-president global services.

Torqeedo announced the appointment of Anders Hård as its vice-president global services. Hård is responsible for developing Torqeedo’s international service and aftermarket sales and support strategy. In addition, his team develops tools, processes, and standards to ensure that Torqeedo customers have the best owner experience possible, whether in-house or with our service partners around the world.

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Marc Diening and Michael Müller

Michael Müller hands over CEO position at Bavaria Yachts to Marc Diening

Marc Diening is to be the new CEO of Bavaria Yachts. On August 1st, he will move from the fire protection specialist Magirus, which boasts a rich tradition, to Giebelstadt.

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Andrew Lankford

SmartPlug adds personnel and expands facility

SmartPlug Systems LLC, leading manufacturer of safety-focused power delivery products for boats, RVs and specialty vehicles, continues to expand by adding Andrew Lankford as a quality assurance engineer along with moving to a larger facility.

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Greg Nicoll

Executive changes at Canadian Yachting Media – Greg Nicoll

Today I am announcing that I will be stepping aside as the Publisher of Canadian Yachting Magazine and Boating Industry Canada after nine years at the helm.

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Kim Rodriguez

Navico Announces Kim Rodriguez as New Americas PR Manager

Navico®, parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad Yachting, B&G® and C-MAP® brands, has announced the hiring of Kim Rodriguez as its new PR Manager for the Americas, bringing the communications position in-house for the first time.

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Jim Priest

James “Jim” Priest

Sadly, on June 5, 2021, James “Jim” Priest passed away. After a brief but courageous fight against leukemia, Jim peacefully slipped away at the age of 69 years. He loved his family and friends, playing golf and enjoying life.

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Julien de Tilly

Nautisme Québec announces the hiring of Mr. Julien de Tilly as program coordinator

Nautisme Québec is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Julien de Tilly as program coordinator – marinas and marinas. A proud yachtsman and conscientious navigator, Julien has been traveling the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and the North Shore for nearly ten years, where he continues to discover the countless treasures aboard his sailboat.

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John Bozzelle

Furuno USA welcomes John Bozzelle as new Commercial Business Development Manager

Furuno USA has hired a new commercial business development manager. Based in Jean Laffite, Louisiana, Mr. John Bozzelle will play a key role in establishing and developing business relationships with Furuno dealers and commercial ship owners, operators, and builders around the Great Lakes and Eastern Seaboard to promote the Furuno product line.

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Richard Straka

Mercury Marine Canada welcomes Richard Straka

Mercury Marine Canada welcomes Richard Straka as the Director of its recently formed Category function.

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Paul Sherman

Ritchie mourns loss of owner Paul Sherman and his wife Joan

Paul Frederick Sherman, owner of Ritchie Navigation, passed away peacefully on March 20 at the age of 81, followed by his wife of 55 years, Joan, on April 4. Sherman led the Pembroke, Massachusetts-based company from 1966 through 2020. His son and current company president, Jon Sherman, shared the sad announcement.

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Bill Longacre

Dometic Marine promotes Bill Longacre to Vice President, After Market Sales and eCommerce

Boating industry leader and innovator Dometic Marine has announced the promotion of Bill Longacre to the important position of Vice President, After Market Sales & eCommerce.

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Ray Wong

Dometic Marine promotes Ray Wong to Vice President, Technology & Product Development

Leading marine industry innovator Dometic Marine has promoted industry veteran Ray Wong to the pivotal position of Vice President, Technology & Product Development. Wong has been with the company for more than two decades, helping to develop many of its award-winning products.

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Damien Frye

Vesper Appoints U.S. National Channel Manager to Drive Sales of the Award-Winning Cortex Product Line

Vesper Marine, manufacturer of innovative marine safety and communication products, has announced that due to rapid growth in the vital North American market, Damien Frye, based out of Seattle, Washington, has been hired as U.S. National Channel Manager.

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James Neophytou

James Neophytou joins North South Nautical Group

James was first introduced into boating in 1980, in the town of Port Severn. Almost immediately he developed a passion for boating and purchased his first boat, a 15’ Kodiak with a 50hp Johnson.

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Ray Jeffery

Can-Am Sales Group adds Outdoor & Retail Specialist Ray Jeffery in Western Canada

Can-Am Sales Group, LLC., is pleased to announce that Canadian retail specialist Ray Jeffery has joined the Can-Am sales team as Sr. Account Manager. Ray will lead Can-Am’s sales efforts with key general merchandise and outdoor channel accounts based in Western Canada.

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Doris Baxter-Forbes

The industry is saddened to announce the passing of Doris Baxter-Forbes

The industry is saddened to announce the passing of Doris Baxter-Forbes, founder of Monto Reno Marina in Lefroy.  

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Bruce Van Wagoner

Wells Fargo’s Bruce Van Wagoner Retires from Marine Industry after 45 Years of Service

On April 13th, Wells Fargo Distribution Finance, part of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), announced the retirement of marine industry leader Bruce Van Wagoner after 45 years in the industry and 33 years with Distribution Finance (DF). Effective immediately, Chad Lyon will lead DF’s Marine group.

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Patty Lawrence

New Education Director Joins IBEX

Patty Lawrence to Manage International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference Education Program. The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) has announced that Patty Lawrence has joined the team as Education Director. 

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Richard Iosso

Industry Mourns Loss of Iosso Products Founder

After a long and distinguished career, Richard “Dick” Iosso, founder of Iosso Products, passed away on March 28 following a brief illness. He was 87. News of the loss of this industry innovator was shared by Dick’s daughter and company VP, Marianne Iosso.

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Bently Collins

Bentley Collins V.P. Sales and Marketing Retires from Sabre and Back Cove Yachts

Daniel Zilkha, CEO, Sabre Yachts recently sent the following newsletter to their customers and dealers. The end of March brought a big change at Sabre and Back Cove: after almost 30 years, Bentley (Collins) will complete his retirement, and, while remaining on our Management Committee, will relinquish his day-to-day sales and marketing responsibilities…

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Jeff Gray

NATM APPOINTS ASA VP TO LEAD TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) has appointed Jeff Gray as the new chairman of their Technology Committee. Gray, vice president of the Trailer Division at ASA Electronics, has been a member of the committee for two years.

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Magnum Venus Products

MVP WELCOMES TOBI FERGUSON AS PRESIDENT AND CEO

Magnum Venus Products (MVP), a global manufacturer of fluid movement and production solutions for industrial applications, is pleased to announce Tobi Ferguson as its President and CEO. 

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BRUNSWICK CORPORATION’S LAUREN BECKSTEDT NAMED TO BOATING INDUSTRY’S 40 UNDER 40

Boating Industry Magazine today announced that Lauren Beckstedt, Chief Marketing Officer, Brunswick Boat Group, Business Acceleration and Enterprise Marketing Services, has been selected as one of its 40 Under 40 award winners for 2021.

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Martin Schemkes

APPOINTMENT: MARTIN SCHEMKES, DELPHIA BRAND DIRECTOR

Groupe Beneteau has announced that Martin Schemkes has been appointed Brand Director of DELPHIA. Previously in charge of sales management for the JEANNEAU and PRESTIGE brands in Central and Northern Europe, Martin Schemkes joined the Groupe Beneteau in 2000.

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Meryl Cook

MERYL COOK LEADS FLOW-RITE MARKETING TEAM

Flow-Rite, a leading manufacturer of injection-molded fluid control products, has hired Meryl Cook as its new senior marketing manager. Todd Hart, company president, made the announcement.

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Patrick Rieupeyrout

DEATH OF PATRICK RIEUPEYROUT VICE-PRESIDENT OF GRAND PAVOIS ORGANISATION

It was with great sadness that, on Thursday 11 March 2021, the Board of Directors and the permanent staff members of Grand Pavois Organisation learned of the death of Patrick Rieupeyrout, an emblematic figure in the world of water sports in La Rochelle, France and Europe.

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Colin Clark

COLIN CLARK JOINS THE CREW AT TRANSAT MARINE IN BARRIE ONTARIO

Western Marine Company is pleased to announce the hiring of Colin Clark to the crew at Transat Marine in Barrie Ontario.  His role will be Inside Sales and Customer Service as well as assisting in sailing related projects for customers across Canada.  

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Freedom Boat Club

JOHN GIGLIO TO RETIRE FROM FREEDOM BOAT CLUB

Freedom Boat Club announced that John Giglio has retired from the company effective March 5th.  Giglio joined Freedom Boat Club in 2004 as operations manager for its corporate-operated stores.

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Maritime Museum

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RETIRES AFTER FIVE YEARS

David has served as Executive Director for the past five years and believes that the time is right for someone else to take the helm. David stated that, “it is my personal belief that it is often in the best interests of most organizations to have new leadership every five years.

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Kayla Dewhurst

BOATING ONTARIO WELCOMES KAYLA DEWHURST BACK TO THE ASSOCIATION

Boating Ontario continues to deliver exceptional member value as we stay at the forefront of government issues, industry education and engagement while continuing to reimagine and evolve for every single member. At the core is our team – today we are announcing a new addition to the team.

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Linda Ruth Williams

WILLIAMS, LINDA RUTH (née CRANE)

It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce Linda’s passing, after a brief illness, on February 13, 2021, at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, with her husband and sister by her side.

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Mike Mckeown

MIKE MCKEOWN, CMM, JOINS WYE HERITAGE MARINE RESORT

Mike has been an integral member of the Georgian Bay boating community for over 28 years. Beginning his career at Beacon Bay Marina, Mike has held leadership positions with Bayport Yachting Centre, Friday Harbour and as President of Boating Ontario. Mike holds the designation of Certified Marina Manager, and was one of the first in Canada to receive this designation.

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MRAA

MRAA ANNOUNCES 2021 BOARD MEMBERS

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has announced its Board of Directors for 2021, including new chairman, Rob Soucy, President of Port Harbor Marine.

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Roger Jin and Olaf Klop

MISSION CRITICAL ELECTRONICS’ MARINE DIVISION HIRES NEW PRODUCT MANAGER AND EUROPEAN SALES MANAGER

The Marine Division of Mission Critical Electronics (MCE) has added a new product manager, Roger Jin, and European sales manager, Olaf Klop to work with its marine brands of ASEA Power Systems, Newmar and Xantrex. Jin and Klop became the newest employees in December of 2020.

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Jake Kuck

REGAL BOATS PROMOTES JAKE KUCK TO VICE PRESIDENT OF NORTH AMERICAN SALES & MARKETING

Regal Boats is pleased to announce that Jake Kuck has been promoted to Vice President of North American Sales & Marketing, effective immediately. In his new role, Jake will lead the North American Sales and Marketing Teams to advance Regal’s efforts towards their vision of “Pursuing the Ultimate Boating Experience.”

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Don Smith

ANNOUNCING THE NEW PRESIDENT OF BENETEAU AMERICA

BENETEAU is pleased to announce the appointment of Don Smith as the new President of BENETEAU America as of January 1st, 2021. Don succeeds Jean-François Lair in this new role.

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Jonathon Burns, Ben Mallet, Scott Higgins

MANAGEMENT CHANGES AT THE YAMAHA U.S. MARINE BUSINESS UNIT

The Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit begins 2021 with several new management team appointments. These changes continue to maximize synergies and strengths across the organization to better serve customers, dealers and boat builders.

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Courtney Chalmers

MARINE MARKETERS OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES NEW 2021 LEADERSHIP TEAM

Marine Marketers of America (MMA) today announced the election of new officers and appointment of new board members. New officers for 2021 are Courtney Chalmers, president, and Kristen Frohnhoefer, vice president. Romina Bompani continues in her role as secretary of the association.

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Thom Dammrich

THOM DAMMRICH TAKES THE HELM OF CENTER FOR SPORTFISHING POLICY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP), the nation’s leading advocate for saltwater recreational anglers, is pleased to announce its new chairman of the board of directors, Dr. Thom Dammrich. Dammrich was elected to succeed Robert “Bob” Hayes in the leadership role at CSP’s fall board meeting on Thursday, December 3.

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Malinda Hassell

MALINDA HASSELL ANNOUNCED AS DOMINICA’S NEW DESTINATION MARKETING MANAGER

Malinda Hassell is Dominica’s new Destination Marketing Manager. Ms. Hassell joined the team at Discover Dominica Authority on November 17, 2020. She will provide leadership oversight in implementing the Authority’s marketing plan under the guidance of the Ministry of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives.

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Julie Balzano

MARINEMAX APPOINTS BRAND MARKETING MANAGER

MarineMax recently announced Julie Balzano as the Brand Marketing Manager to oversee marketing efforts for Galeon, Aquila, Azimut, and MarineMax Vacations.

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Jason Young

DUE TO RAPID EXPANSION VESPER MARINE APPOINTS NEW GLOBAL SALES DIRECTOR

Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety and communication products, announced that Jason Young has been promoted to Global Sales Director. After a period of rapid growth driven by award-winning product innovation, Vesper has promoted Young to continue expansion in vital markets around the world.

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Mary Davis

AFTER 35 YEARS, VOICE OF RITCHIE RETIRES

For over 35 years, Mary Davis has been the voice people heard when calling Ritchie Navigation, the world’s largest and oldest manufacturer of magnetic compasses. And after helping hundreds of thousands of people throughout this time, Davis has now announced her retirement.

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Janine Waite

DOMETIC MARINE HIRES JANINE WAITE AS NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Dometic Marine announced November 24th, the hiring of Janine Waite to serve as the company’s new Vice President of Human Resources.

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Frank W Butler

CATALINA YACHTS ANNOUNCES LOSS OF CEO FRANK W. BUTLER

It is with great sadness that we announce that Frank Willis Butler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalina Yachts, passed away November 15, 2020 in Westlake Village, CA, due to unexpected complications from a recent illness. We extend our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Frank’s family. Our thoughts are with them at this most difficult time.

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Alisdair Martin

NMMA ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC NEW HIRE, STAFF PROMOTIONS

The NMMA has announced the hire of Alisdair Martin in the role of Vice President of Sales and Strategy, as well as the promotions of John-Michael Donahue to Vice President of North American Public Affairs and Kelly Kaylor to Vice President of North American Public Relations and Corporate Communications.

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Horst Baer

INDUSTRY MOURNS THE PASSING OF HORST BAER

We have learned through Boating Ontario that Horst Baer, who was a long-time owner of Baer Harbour Marina in Orillia, has passed away in his 101st year.

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Charles

INDUSTRY MOURNS THE PASSING OF CHARLES “CHARLIE” GAME II

Charlie was a good friend and resource to many of us over the years and will be greatly missed. His commitment to safe boating and the work ABYC does cannot be overstated. 

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Kip Wasilewski

CARLING TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF MARETRON DIRECTOR OF SALES, KIP WASILEWSKI

Carling Technologies is saddened to announce that its Director of Sales for the Maretron brand, Kip Wasilewski, died suddenly on October 27, 2020 near his home in New Jersey. Frank Emnett, Vice President, Carling Technologies and co-founder of Maretron stated, “It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my colleague.

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John Oenick

BRUNSWICK CORPORATION EXPANDS CAPABILITY IN ELECTRIFICATION TECHNOLOGIES

As the world leader in recreational boating, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) continues to develop solutions to further improve boater experiences both by advancing the efficiency and capabilities of its core product lines and through its ACES (Autonomy, Connectivity, Electrification & Shared Access) strategy. 

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Nick Harvey

GROUPE BENETEAU AMERICAS EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS

Groupe Beneteau Americas has announced two important executive appointments in their powerboat brands. Nick Harvey, FOUR WINNS and WELLCRAFT Brand Director. In charge of Jeanneau and Prestige sales development in the Americas since 2014, Nick Harvey is appointed FOUR WINNS and WELLCRAFT Brand Director.

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Jeff Shield

FURUNO USA MOURNS THE PASSING OF JEFF SHIELD – COMMERCIAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Furuno USA is mourning the passing of Commercial Sales Representative Jeff Shield. Jeff passed away on October 20th, following complications from a recent medical procedure.

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Nancy Cooper

BRUNSWICK CORPORATION ANNOUNCES NANCY COOPER AS NEW BOARD CHAIR

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has elected Nancy Cooper as its new non-executive Board Chair, effective November 1, 2020.  Ms. Cooper succeeds Manuel A. Fernandez who has announced his intention to retire after more than 20 years of service to the Company. 

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Michael Adams

MICHAEL ADAMS NAMED BRUNSWICK CORPORATION VICE PRESIDENT – CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) has named Michael Adams Vice President – Chief Information Officer effective immediately.  Adams succeeds Danielle Brown, who is leaving Brunswick to pursue other opportunities.

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Phylip Dupuy

THE INDUSTRY MOURNS THE PASSING OF PHYLIP DUPUY

It is with deep sadness that we must announce the passing of Phylip Dupuy after a tragic road accident near his home over the weekend.

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Propspeed New Business Unit

PROPSPEED STRENGTHENS U.S. PRESENCE WITH NEW BUSINESS UNIT AND WAREHOUSE

Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater foul-release coatings, announced today it has invested in establishing a new business unit and setting up warehouse facilities to further support their United States customers – Propspeed USA.

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Bernie Luttmer

DEATH OF AN ONTARIO BOATING ICON

Bernard “Bernie” Luttmer (b. March 20 1945) passed away peacefully with his family at his side on September 1st 2020, following a stroke.  Bernie was born in Groningen, Holland, son of Bernard and Tyja (Kleinenberg) Luttmer and brother to Barbera.  

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Sean Hatherley

NAVICO STRENGTHENS CUSTOMER FOCUS WITH RECENT SALES LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS

Navico – parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting, B&G and C-MAP brands – recently announced the appointment of Sean Hatherley to the top sales leadership role for the Americas, Senior Vice President of Sales. 

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Casey Bates

ABYC PROMOTES CASEY BATES TO CERTIFICATION MANAGER

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), the essential source of technical information and education in the marine industry, announced that Casey Bates has been promoted to the position of certification manager. Bates will manage ABYC’s technician certification program, as well as schedule classes and testing.

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Mark Huddleston

INDMAR MARINE ENGINES ADDS PIONEERING MARINE EXECUTIVE TO TEAM

Indmar Marine Engines has announced that it has filled a vacancy on its team with a pioneering marine executive.  Mark Huddleston has been named Director of Sales and Applications, effective immediately.

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Rob Parmentier

SAILFISH BOATS NAMES ROB PARMENTIER AS NEW CEO

Rob Parmentier has been named President & CEO of Sailfish Boats.  Prior to this announcement, Parmentier served in the same capacity at Marquis Yachts in Pulaski, WI.

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Fraser Campbell

FRASER CAMPBELL RETIRES FROM NORTH SOUTH NAUTICAL GROUP

After 10 years with North South Yacht Sales, Fraser Campbell has decided to put away his yacht broker pencil and start a new chapter in his life! This is Fraser’s second attempt at retiring, but this time it may be for keeps!

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Tom Case

LONG TIME POLYFORM U.S. SALES MANAGER, TOM CASE, TO RETIRE JULY 2020

After 30 years as the Sales Manager for Polyform US, Tom Case has decided to retire.  These past few months are just a blip on the radar of the events that have affected the marine industry that he has witnessed and weathered.

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Dan Peel

DAN PEEL JOINS NORTH SOUTH NAUTICAL GROUP

North South Nautical Group Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Peel as a yacht broker with the North South Yacht Sales division. Working out of the Toronto region, Dan is the eighth yacht broker on the team.

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Peggy Sanders

PEGGY SANDERS JOINS TACO MARINE AS CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER

Leading boating and sport fishing products manufacturer TACO Marine® has announced that Peggy Sanders is now on deck as the Customer Service Manager at the company’s manufacturing and distribution center in Sparta, Tennessee.

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Kim Loenichen Vice President of Sales

MONTEREY & BLACKFIN BOATS ANNOUNCE NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

Monterey & Blackfin Boats are proud to announce the promotion of Kim Loenichen to Vice President of Sales for Monterey & Blackfin Boats. Ms. Loenichen has presided over the Monterey & Blackfin Boats sales teams as the Director of Sales for more than 15 years with tremendous success.

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Dr. Ralf Pieninger, Dr. Michael Rummel, Dr. Christoph Ballin

CHANGES TO THE TORQEEDO MANAGEMENT TEAM

Torqeedo, the market leader for marine electric drives, is announcing a reconfiguration of its management team, which in future will comprise Dr. Ralf Plieninger and Dr. Michael Rummel. Founder and CEO Dr. Christoph Ballin is moving to the Advisory Board where he and Dr. Frank Hiller…

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Ryan Gwillim

BRUNSWICK NAMES RYAN M. GWILLIM CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND APPOINTS BRIAN R. FREY TREASURER

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ryan M. Gwillim as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.  He succeeds William L. Metzger, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, who will retire from Brunswick effective July 10, 2020.

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Chris Bernauer

CHRIS BERNAUER NAMED PRESIDENT, HARRIS PONTOONS

Harris Pontoons, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has named Chris Bernauer as President effective immediately.  Bernauer joins Brunswick from Harley-Davidson where he held a variety of leadership positions.

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James Douglas Rosborough

INDUSTRY MOURNS THE PASSING OF JAMES DOUGLAS ROSBOROUGH

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of James Douglas Rosborough “Doug”, age 91, on April 23, 2020 in Northwood – Halifax due to complications of COVID-19.

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Martin Dyck

MARTIN DYCK –  AUGUST 15,1958 –  APRIL 12, 2020 

Martin was born on August 15, 1958 to Henry and Elisabeth Dyck in the Niagara on the Lake Hospital. He completed the family of five children. He enjoyed his youth in Virgil and, upon completing high school and college, entered the workforce at Stelco in the Quality Control Department.

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Janice Mary Alice Paris

JANICE MARY ALICE PARIS – MAY 14, 1947 – APRIL 13, 2020 

It is with heavy hearts and cherished memories that we announce the passing of Janice Mary Alice Paris on April 13, 2020. She passed peacefully with her family by her side, at her favourite place; her home on Stoney Lake after a short but courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). 

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Lumishore Jamie Shoemaker

LUMISHORE USA APPOINTS JAMIE SHOEMAKER AS US SOUTHEAST REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

Lumishore, manufacturer of high-performance LED lighting systems for above and below the waterline, announced today the appointment of Jamie Shoemaker as US Southeast Regional Sales Manager. In her new role, she will be responsible for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.

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Yami Hu

BOSTON WHALER’S YAMI HU SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE STEP AWARD

Brunswick Corporation has announced that Yami Hu, Boston Whaler Director of Strategic Planning, has been selected to receive the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award from the Manufacturing Institute for 2020.

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Boating Writer' International

BOATING JOURNALISTS RECOGNIZED FOR BEST WRITING AND IMAGING

Boating and fishing journalists, photographers and videographers were recognized at the start of the 2020 Miami International Boat Show in an annual awards program conducted by the membership of Boating Writers International (BWI). 

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Marcus and Matt

PROPSPEED ADDS NEW TALENT IN EUROPE AND AMERICA TO SUPPORT RAPID GROWTH

Propspeed, leading innovator of underwater asset coatings, announced today it has hired Matt Forbes to fill the role of Sales Director – EMEA and Marcus Hamilton as Vice President of Sales & Operations – Americas.

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Julian Potter

JULIAN POTTER HAS JOINED E-PLEX

Julian Potter has joined E-Plex, the leading brand of multiplexing technology for vehicle developers and boat builders.  Appointed as Head of Sales, Julian’s role will involve managing the company’s dealer network, overseeing new product introduction and identifying and securing new business opportunities.

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Cameron Wardlaw

OBITUARY FOR CAMERON CLARKE WARDLAW

The Canadian boating industry lost one of the great ones this past week. Cameron Wardlaw sadly passed away in Barrie at the age of 81.

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Ed Lofgren

ED LOFGREN AWARDED MRAA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas named Ed Lofgren of 3A Marine Service, Inc., Hingham, Mass., as its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

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Kyle Macdonald and John Clarke

MEET BAY PORT’S 2020 MANAGEMENT TEAM

Kyle MacDonald first came to Bayport as a dock runner in 1994. Over his 25 year career he has held numerous positions at local area Marinas including, marine technician, parts manager, service manager, and a 9 year stint as Manager of Bridgeport Marina.

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CPS-ECP

CANADIAN POWER AND SAIL SQUADRONS ANNOUNCE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Peter Bolton, Chief Commander and Chair of the Board of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons announced that the CPS-ECP Executive Committee has found a new National Executive Director, Mimma Spagnolo, who started at the organization on January 15, 2020.

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Dr John Reid

BRUNSWICK APPOINTS DR. JOHN REID VICE PRESIDENT – ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGIES

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) has announced the appointment of Dr. John F. Reid as its Vice President –  Enterprise Technologies, effective Feb. 3, 2020.  Dr. Reid will be based in the Company’s Mettawa, IL headquarters and will report to Brunswick Chief Executive Officer David M. Foulkes. 

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Jim Hanlon

COVE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER PLANS TO RETIRE IN 2020

Jim Hanlon has announced his plans to retire as Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) in 2020.

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Eric Heilshorn Tyler Pier

NEW ADDITIONS TO GOUGEON SALES AND MARKETING TEAMS

Epoxy manufacturer Gougeon Brothers, Inc. has recently added two new members to its growing Sales and Marketing teams.

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Doreen Goodyear

OBITUARY OF DOREEN ANNE GOODYEAR

Peacefully passed away at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket on Friday, December 6, 2019. Doreen Goodyear (nee Weiler) of Bradford and formerly of Cambridge in her 85th year. Beloved wife of Marinus “Rene” Vanderneut and the late Alvin “Al” Goodyear. Loving mother of Laura Lynn (Gerald) Novakowski and Barry Goodyear.

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Ken Macdonald

GENERAL MANAGER OF BAY PORT YACHTING CENTRE KEN MACDONALD, CMM RETIRES

Succeeding Ken will be his son Kyle MacDonald, currently Assistant General Manager and Service Manager. Kyle has been with Bay Port Yachting Centre in various roles for 18 years.

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Megan Morris

NEW MARKETING MANAGER WELCOMED TO THE PURSUIT BOATS TEAM

Pursuit Boats, a luxury fishing and cruising boat manufacturer, is pleased to welcome Megan Foley Morris to the team in the role of Marketing Manager for the award-winning brand.

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Greg Falkner

GREG FALKNER NAMED GENERAL MANAGER, LOWE BOATS

Lowe Boats has named Greg Falkner as General Manager effective immediately.  Falkner joins Brunswick from Harley-Davidson where he worked in a variety of leadership positions since 2001, most recently leading H-D’s Parts and Accessories Product Portfolio…

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Tamás Nagy

SEASUCKER ADDS DEDICATED MARINE SALES MANAGER

SeaSucker, LLC, manufacturer of innovative vacuum-mounted boating and fishing accessories, has hired Tamás Nagy to fill the newly created marine sales manager position. Genevieve Casagrande, president and COO, made the announcement.

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Ron Bailey

RON BAILEY JOINS SMARTPLUG SYSTEMS

SmartPlug Systems, the leading manufacturer of safety-focused shore power delivery systems for the recreational and commercial marine, RV and specialty vehicle markets, has hired Ron Bailey as its new global VP of sales and marketing. 

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Alexandra Foineau

LUMISHORE APPOINTS ALEXANDRA FOINEAU AS GLOBAL PRODUCT MANAGER

Lumishore, manufacturer of high-performance marine LED lighting systems, announced today the appointment of Alexandra Foineau as Senior Product Manager for its underwater lighting and newly launched LUX Lighting Collection worldwide.

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Matt Bray

MATT BRAY JOINS FURUNO USA SOUTHEAST REGION SALES TEAM

Furuno USA has announced the hiring of Mr. Matt Bray as a new Sales Associate for the Southeast region. A 2010 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Matt comes to Furuno with a background in marine electronics and electronics system installation, having led technical installation teams for several years. 

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Olaf Harken

OLAF THEODORE HARKEN

Preliminary plans include a visitation and service Saturday morning, October 26 at Galilee Lutheran Church in Pewaukee, followed immediately by a celebration at Harken corporate headquarters. For overseas friends, another celebration of Olaf’s life will be held during the annual METS show in Amsterdam in November.

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Glenn Cook

SENIOR SAIL DESIGNER GLENN COOK JOINS NORTH SAILS

Senior Sail Designer and Superyacht Sail Design Expert Glenn Cook will join North Sails from October 2019. After 16 years with Doyle Sails North America as Head Designer, Glenn will play a key role as part of North’s global Superyacht team.

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Kyle Fast

KYLE FAST JOINS WESTERN MARINE COMPANY

Western Marine Company would like to welcome Kyle Fast to their sales team. Kyle brings with him 10+ years of experience in the customer service and retail sectors of the BC marine and boating industries. His sales territory will include Vancouver Island, Nanaimo North, and the West Coast.

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Adam Fortier-Brown

MRAA STRENGTHENS DEALER VOICE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas has strengthened the voice of the marine dealer in Washington, D.C., with the appointment of Adam Fortier-Brown as MRAA’s Government Relations Manager.

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Jack Martin

JACK MARTIN NAMED GENERAL MANAGER, CRESTLINER BOATS

Crestliner Boats has named Jack Martin as General Manager effective immediately.  Martin has been with Brunswick Corporation since early 2018 as an integral part of both Mercury Marine’s strategy and development team as well as a member of the category management team. 

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Dan Jones and Hannah Jones

TORONTO BOAT SHOW ANNOUNCES NEW TEAM MEMBERS HANNAH AND DAN

Dan joins the Toronto Boat Show team as Marketing/Event Coordinator. Dan has spent the previous ten years in the boating and cottage industry having previously worked for Lifestyle Integrated and CanadaDocks.

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Daneille Munsch

GOUGEON BROTHERS, INC. WELCOMES NEW MARKETING DIRECTOR

Gougeon Brothers, Inc. has a new Marketing Director, Danielle Munsch. With 17 years of sales and marketing experience and a Bachelor in Business Administration with a dual major in Marketing and Management, Ms. Munsch is a great fit for our rapidly expanding business. She began work with the company on Aug. 19, 2019.

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Ariel Rubinstein

ARIEL RUBINSTEIN APPOINTED PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER ATLAS COPCO COMPRESSORS CANADA

Atlas Copco Compressors Canada announces the appointment of Ariel Rubinstein as President and General Manager of Atlas Copco Compressors Canada, effective as of October 1st, 2019.

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Madi Lacey

BOATING ONTARIO ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBERSHIP & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR MADI LACEY

Madi Lacey has recently joined the Boating Ontario team in the position of Membership and Communications Coordinator, and while she may be new to the role, she is by no means new to the industry.

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Oceanmax Expansion Plans

OCEANMAX REVEALS GLOBAL EXPANSION PLANS

Oceanmax, leading innovator of underwater coatings, has announced the next phase of its planned global expansion to support greater market penetration for its existing line and new introductions planned for Q3, 2019 and beyond. 

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John Shipman

THE INDUSTRY MOURNS JOHN SHIPMAN

John Wallace Shipman passed away at the West Parry Sound Health Centre on June 30, 2019. He is survived by his children Ellen, Anne (Jo Bossart), Mona (Steve Joudry), Gerry (Mary McDowall), and Peter (Kelly Snodden). He was Grandpa to 14 and Great Grandpa to 15.

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Scott Nault

SCOTT NAULT JOINS MARQUIS YACHTS

Scott Nault has accepted the position of National Sales Manager for Marquis Yachts. In this capacity he will oversee and manage the day to day sales activities for the Marquis Yachts brands of Marquis, Carver Yachts including the Lexus LY 650. Nault will also handle dealer development and product education. 

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Knut Frostad

NAVICO APPOINTS KNUT FROSTAD PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Navico, parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad®, B&G® and C-MAP® brands has announced that its board of directors has appointed Knut Frostad as President and Chief Executive Officer – assuming the role of outgoing chief executive, Leif Ottosson. 

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Indmar Marine Tim Maher

INDMAR MARINE ENGINES NAMES CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Indmar Marine Engines has announced that Tim Maher has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately.  As COO, Maher will have responsibility for operating units worldwide and the day-to-day-operations of the company and manufacturing facility.  

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ICOMIA

ICOMIA AWARDS HONORARY LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP TO NMMA’S THOM DAMMRICH

During the ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress held earlier this month in Split, Croatia, ICOMIA president Andrea Razeto presented NMMA president Dr. Thom Dammrich and Finnboat’s past president Dr. Jouko Huju with honorary lifetime memberships. 

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Jerome De Metz

JÉRÔME DE METZ APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN & CEO OF BENETEAU

The Board of Directors of BENETEAU S.A. is announcing that Mr Hervé Gastinel’s duties as Chief Executive Officer and his other positions within Groupe Beneteau ended on June 15 and 16, 2019.

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Gary Burrell

GARMIN ANNOUNCES PASSING OF CO-FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN EMERITUS GARY BURRELL

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), announced on June 13th that Gary Burrell, aviation pioneer and co-founder of Garmin Ltd., passed away on June 12, 2019, at the age of 81. Mr. Burrell retired in 2002 and continued to serve as Garmin’s co-Chairman…

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Jennifer Thompson

NMMA’S JENNIFER THOMPSON NAMED FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF IFSBO

Jennifer Thompson, Senior Vice President of NMMA Shows was named the first female president of the International Federation of Boat Show Organizers (IFBSO) on Friday, June 7 in Split, Croatia at their annual conference. Thompson replaces Goetz-Ulf Jungmichael following his third two-year tenure.

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BMTA Gary Potter

BTMA HONORS GARY POTTER WITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The NMMA announced that the Boat Trailer Manufacturers Association (BTMA) awarded EZ Loader’s Gary Potter with the BTMA Lifetime Achievement Award during a meeting at EZ Loader that introduced new programs and product.

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Philippe Touet

NEW HIRE FOR NORTH SAILS STRENGTHENS SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM IN FRANCE

North Sails have announced Philippe Touet as the new General Manager of North Sails France. Previously the Commercial Director of Incidence Sails, Touet is now responsible for sales management and operations of the North Sails business in France.

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Robert Roney

INDUSTRY MOURNS LOSS OF ROBERT RONEY “HARBOUR BOB”

It is with a heavy heart that we communicate the passing of “Harbour Bob” a strong supporter of the boating industry.

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Steve Langlais

STEVE LANGLAIS NAMED PRESIDENT – SEA RAY

The Brunswick Boat Group, a unit of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today announced that Steve Langlais has been named President – Sea Ray Boats, succeeding Brad Anderson, who has chosen to pursue opportunities outside the Company.

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NMMA

BOATING INDUSTRY HONORS THREE NMMA STAFF AS 2019 WOMEN MAKING WAVES

Three of NMMA’s staff have been honored with Boating Industry’s Women Making Waves – Sara Anghel, NMMA Canada President, Ellen Bradley, Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President, and Jennifer Thompson, Senior Vice President of Boat and Sportshows.

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Tom Schuessler

TOM SCHUESSLER NAMED PRESIDENT, POWER PRODUCTS; MIKE CONNERS NAMED PRESIDENT, LAND ‘N’ SEA

Power Products, one of the world’s premier suppliers of innovative electrical products and systems, has named Tom Schuessler president effective immediately.

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Annie Campbell 400

ANNIE CAMPBELL CPYB, WELL RESPECTED YACHT BROKER PASSES AWAY

It is with deep sadness, that North South Nautical Group announces the passing of one of their long time yacht brokers, Annie Campbell.

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Yannick Madiot

YANNICK MADIOT ANNOUNCED AS GROUPE BENETEAU AMERICAS’ NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

George Armendariz, CEO of Groupe Beneteau Americas, announced today the appointment of Yannick Madiot as the Group’s new Chief Operating Officer for North America, effective since April 1st, 2019.

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Navigare Yachting

NAVIGARE YACHTING USA EXPANDS TEAM

Jesper Rönngard, CEO of Navigare Yachting, announces that three more team members have just joined the company States-side, further affirming its commitment to customers in the Americas.

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Evinrude Angler

EVINRUDE ANGLER WINS MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING BASS PRO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP ON LAKE CHICKAMAUGA

Evinrude announced that Team Evinrude professional angler Andy Morgan claimed the championship trophy of the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour Econo Lodge Stage Four presented by Winn Grips.

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John Pfeifer

OSHKOSH CORPORATION APPOINTS JOHN C. PFEIFER AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Oshkosh 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.

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IMTRA Leadership Team

IMTRA RESTRUCTURES LEADERSHIP TEAM AND ADDS STAFF

IMTRA, 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.

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Irwin Jacobs - Photo Courtesy of Jason Sealock - Wired2Fish

IRWIN JACOBS AND WIFE DEAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE

According 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.     

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Margaret Podlich

THE ABYC FOUNDATION NAMES MARGARET PODLICH AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The 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.

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Jeff Harris

JEFF HARRIS NAMED ICONIC MARINE GROUP’S NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Jeff 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.

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Jason Edwards

JASON EDWARDS TO HEAD UP OPERATIONS AT NEW CO2 INFLATABLES RETAIL FACILITY IN ORILLIA

Co2 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.

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Darrell Lowrance

ELECTRONICS PIONEER DARRELL LOWRANCE DEAD AT 80

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.

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Tom Dodson

TOM DODSON RETURNS TO NORTH SAILS

Following 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.

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Joe Curran

ICONIC MARINE C.O.O. AND 32-YEAR MARINE INDUSTRY LEADER JOE CURRAN PASSES AWAY

Extremely 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.    

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Robert Braithwaite

ROBERT BRAITHWAITE CBE, DL – 1943 – 2019

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

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Paulie and Me

MARINE INDUSTRY’S BERNICE RANALLI OF HOMEBROOK FINANCIAL PUBLISHES “PAULIE AND ME”

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

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Mike Downey

MIKE DOWNEY NAMED DIRECTOR OF QUALITY CONTROL FOR GROUPE BENETEAU, CADILLAC

Groupe 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.

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MICHAEL MÜLLER APPOINTED NEW CEO OF THE BAVARIA YACHTS GROUP

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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Donald Mackenzie Green

DONALD MACKENZIE GREEN, 86: CANADIAN SAILING ICON

Donald M. Green, one of Canada’s most successful offshore sailors and a key figure in its America’s Cup campaigns of the 1980s, passed away Feb. 18, 2019 at the age of 86.

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Roy Shipley

RAYMARINE’S CLEARCRUISE AUGMENTED REALITY (AR) SYSTEM WINS BEST ELECTRONICS AT THE 2019 VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Raymarine’s ClearCruise Augmented Reality (AR) system was chosen as the best marine electronics product in Pacific Yachting’s annual Best In Show awards at the 2019 Vancouver International Boat Show. 

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Brandon From BRNKL

BRANDON WRIGHT FROM BRNKL WINS AWARD AT THE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Brandon Wright from BRNKL with award at the Vancouver International Boat Show for most innovative best in show product – remote monitoring and security for your boat.

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Ron Holland

RON HOLLAND RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

On January 27th in Cortina d’Ampezzo Italy, Boat International Media hosted the Superyacht Design Symposium 2019, and Boat International Design and Innovation Awards.

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David Jones

DAVID JONES JOINS WOODARD AND COMPANY AS DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

John Reid, President of Woodard and Company, announced that David Jones has joined the company as Director of Business Development, effective January 14, 2019.

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Neil Gilbert

CAMPION MARINE HIRES NEIL GILBERT TO DESIGN NEXT GENERATION OF BOATS

Canada’s largest fiberglass boat builder, Campion Marine, and its new management team have hired marine design veteran Neil Gilbert, of Gilbert Creative Group Inc., to design Campion’s next wave of boats. 

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Andrew Doole

INFORMA GLOBAL EXHIBITIONS PROMOTES ANDREW DOOLE TO PRESIDENT OF U.S. BOAT SHOWS

Informa Global Exhibitions, premier yacht show organizer and global leader in trade and consumer exhibitions, is pleased to announce the promotion of Andrew Doole to President of U.S. Boat Shows, including the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Miami Yacht Show and Palm Beach International Boat Show

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Knut Frostad

NAVICO APPOINTS KNUT FROSTAD EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF DIGITAL BUSINESS AND MARKETING

Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands has announced that Knut Frostad has joined the management team as executive vice president of digital business and marketing.

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Krista Smoker Craft

SMOKER CRAFT, INC. NAMES KRISTA SPARKES DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS AND DEALER DEVELOPMENT

Smoker Craft, Inc. – a leading manufacturer of fiberglass, pontoon and aluminum fishing boats sold worldwide under the Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Starweld, Sylvan and Sunchaser brands – has announced that Krista Sparkes has joined the company as Director of Business and Dealer Development.

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Reg Bates

REG BATES JOINS THE NORTH SOUTH NAUTCAL GROUP INC. BROKERAGE TEAM

North South Nautical Group Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of their yacht brokerage service to Downtown Toronto and the Caribbean.      

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Ken Seipel

WEST MARINE HIRES VETERAN RETAILER KEN SEIPEL AS CEO

West 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.

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NMMA BOARD MEMBERS HIRE FIRM TO BEGIN SEARCH FOR DAMMRICH’S SUCCESSOR

As 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.

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Don Smith Beneteau

ANNOUNCING THE NEW OUTBOARD SALES MANAGER AT BENETEAU AMERICA

Beneteau 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.

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GROUPE BENETEAU ANNOUNCES ERWIN BAMPS’ APPOINTMENT AS CEO OF PRESTIGE

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

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Jerry Richards

ZHIK APPOINTS SALES MANAGER AMERICAS

Jerry 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.

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Nat Bishop

IMTRA MOURNS THE LOSS OF NAT BISHOP

IMTRA 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.

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AJ Nickel

A.J. NICKEL LEADS THE YACHT GROUP’S NEW SHOWROOM TO OPEN IN FORT LAUDERDALE AS SALES DIRECTOR

The 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.

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Rich Todhunter

MERCURY MARINE NAMES RICH TODHUNTER DIRECTOR, CURRENT PRODUCT ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT INTEGRATION ENGINEERING

Mercury 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. 

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Christophe Lavigne

CHRISTOPHE LAVIGNE APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF GROUPE BENETEAU’S US BRANDS

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

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Ocean Supercluster

CANADA’S OCEAN SUPERCLUSTER APPOINTS INNOVATOR AND GLOBAL LEADER KENDRA MACDONALD AS CEO

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

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Dockside Rinkerboats

THE DOCKSIDE GROUP NOW REPRESENTS RINKER BOATS IN CANADA

Rinker Boats is pleased to announce that they have chosen The Dockside Group to represent Rinker in Canada.

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Michael Flanagan

MICHAEL FLANAGAN TO TAKE THE HELM OF WEEMS & PLATH

Weems & Plath President Peter Trogdon has announced a “Change of Watch” at the company he has served and owned for the last 23 years. As of September 24, 2018, the company’s new owner, Michael Flanagan, will take the helm.

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Kelly Kraning

KELLY KRANING PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF SALES OF MARQUIS-LARSON BOAT GROUP

Today, Marquis-Larson Boat Group makers of Larson, Larson FX, Larson Escape, Striper, Carver Yachts, Marquis and builder of the recently announced Lexus LY650 announced that (Mr.) Kelly Kraning has been promoted to Director of Sales for the company.

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Daniel Clarkson

DANIEL CLARKSON HIRED AS POWER PRODUCTS GENERAL MANAGER

Power Products has named Daniel Clarkson as General Manager of Power Products Integrated Solutions effective immediately.       

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CHAMPION SAILOR ROBERT GREENHALGH JOINS NORTH SAILS 

North Sails are pleased to announce that Robert Greenhalgh has joined the team. A key hire focused on sales and customer support, Greenhalgh’s notable achievements on the water over the last 15 years mark him out as one of the leading experts in the industry to advise North Sails clients around the world on how they can improve their sailing experience.

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Cruisers Skipperbuds

CRUISERS YACHTS AND SKIPPERBUD’S PARTNER UP FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR

Recently, Cruisers Yachts recognized SkipperBud’s as its Top Worldwide Dealer of 2018. Though this isn’t the first accolade SkipperBud’s has received (they’ve been named a top dealer several years now), CYOnboard got to speak with both parties for the inside scoop. 

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Giovanni Pomati

GIOVANNI POMATI APPOINTED NEW CEO OF NAUTOR’S SWAN

Nautor’s Swan is proud to announce that Giovanni Pomati has been appointed as new Group Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Pomati’s appointment adds further experience and expertise to the Nautor’s Swan team notably in executing the Company’s strategic vision and guiding its organization.

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Whitney Vishey

S2 YACHTS ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

  S2 Yachts, parent company of both Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport, is pleased to announce the promotion of Whitney Vishey to the role of Director of Marketing and Communications for the Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport brands.

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CHRIS-CRAFT APPOINTS RON BERMAN AS VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING

Chris-Craft, America’s Boatbuilder since 1874, is pleased to announce Ron Berman has joined the Chris-Craft team as Vice President of Engineering.

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Greg Marlow

THE MOORINGS ANNOUNCES GREG MARLO AS NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER IN CANADA

The Moorings, the world’s premier yacht charter company, is proud to welcome aboard Greg Marlo as the new Canada Business Development Manager.      

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Macaulay Hackel

TIEBREAKER HANDS CANADA’S MACAULAY THE WIN IN USA JUNIOR OLYMPIC SAILING FESTIVAL OPTIMIST FLEET

Naming the Overall winner in the Optimist Fleet at Pensacola Yacht Club’s USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival-Gulf Coast- came down to the final leg of the final race. At the end of the day there was a three-way tie between Jackson Macaulay, Gil Hackel and Truman Rogers, each with eight points.

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Sara Anghel ICOMIA

NMMA’S SARA ANGHEL ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT OF ICOMIA

During the annual ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress in Berlin, Germany, hosted by the International Marine Certificate Institute (IMCI), NMMA Canada President Sara Anghel was elected Vice President of ICOMIA – the International Council of Marine Industry Associations. NMMA President Thom Dammrich was re-elected to ICOMIA’s Executive Committee.

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Swift Trawler

NEW SWIFT TRAWLER 47 THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL

The new Swift Trawler 47 is as distinctive as ever and she is the ideal boat for boating with family and friends. With greater room…

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MERCURY MARINE STRENGTHENS LEADERSHIP TEAM WITH STRATEGIC REORGANIZATION

Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology, has made a few strategic changes to its executive leadership team to better strengthen its organizational capabilities around the world.

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CC MARINE DISTRIBUTORS INC. ADDS TO QUEBEC SALES TEAM

CC Marine Distributors Inc. has appointed Gurvan Duhamel

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Les Sparks

LES SPARKS CELEBRATES 45 YEARS WITH MERCURY MARINE

We are delighted to tell you that Les Sparks is celebrating his 45th anniversary with Mercury Marine this year! Amelia Morris from Boating Industry Canada News Week got the opportunity to speak with Les directly about his 45-year career with Mercury Marine.

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MARINE INDUSTRY MOURNS THE LOSS OF ROBERT DESIRE SPIETAELS

Boating Industry Canada is saddened to advise you of the passing of Bob Spietaels on Wednesday May 30. 

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NAVIGARE YACHTING APPOINTS MARYLINE O’SHEA MARKETING MANAGER IN THE U.S. AND CANADA

Navigare Yachting announces the appointment of Maryline O’Shea as Marketing Manager for Navigare Yachting in North America. She will lead the promotion of the company’s charter and yacht ownership programs.

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Navico Steve Rae

NAVICO NAMES STEVE RAE COUNTRY MANAGER FOR CANADA AND OPENS EDMONTON SERVICE CENTER

Navico – the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad® and B&G® brands – announced today the appointment of Steve Rae to the position of Country Manager for Canada. 

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WEBASTO RECOGNIZES CUSTOMER ACHIEVEMENT

Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, Inc. recently honored its 2017 leading performers. David Wollard, senior director of leisure markets, presented four outstanding companies with Top Customer Awards.

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Susan Bonivitch Volvo Penta

VOLVO PENTA OF THE AMERICAS NAMES SUSAN BONIVICH DIRECTOR OF MARINE SALES FOR LEISURE PRODUCTS

Volvo Penta of the Americas announced today that Susan Bonivich has been promoted to director of marine leisure market sales. She succeeds Tony Kelleher who was recently promoted to vice president of customer support for Volvo Penta of the Americas.

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NMMA MOURNS LOSS OF JEFF NAPIER, NMMA FOUNDING PRESIDENT AND HALL OF FAME RECIPIENT

NMMA is mourning the loss of former NMMA President and Hall of Fame recipient Jeff Napier.

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AMERICA’S BOATING CLUB BOARD MEMBERS STEP UP

The United States Power Squadrons, now re-branded as America’s Boating Club, the country’s largest nonprofit boating organization has announced a biennial change in leadership, with the swearing in of the 2018 National Bridge.

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Ashleigh Andrews Boating Ontario

INTRODUCING ASHLEIGH ANDREWS

Boating Ontario is very pleased to welcome Ashleigh Andrews to their team in her new role as Membership and Communications Coordinator.

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NMMA’S NICOLE VASILAROS APPOINTED TO U.S. NATIONAL BOATING SAFETY ADVISORY COUNCIL

For the first time in more than ten years, the NMMA is represented on the U.S National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC), with the appointment of Nicole Vasilaros.

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Brandon Wollard Prospec Team

BRANDON WOLLARD MOVES TO PROSPEC SALES TEAM

Prospec Electronics has hired Brandon Wollard as director of eastern US sales. Josh Berry, VP of sales and marketing, made the announcement.

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CANADIAN BOATING WRITER JONATHAN LEE HOSPITALIZED

We were saddened last week to learn that well-known Canadian boating writer Jonathan Lee has been hospitalized following a severe stroke. 

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BRANDON WOLLARD MOVES TO PROSPEC SALES TEAM

Prospec Electronics has hired Brandon Wollard as director of eastern US sales. Josh Berry, VP of sales and marketing, made the announcement.

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Luc Joessel Joins Beneteau Team

LUC JOËSSEL JOINS THE BENETEAU MARKETING TEAM

Beneteau is pleased to announce the appointment of Luc Joëssel, who has joined the Sailing Yacht Product Marketing department.

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ABYC NAMES NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced that David Broadbent has been promoted to the position of assistant director of education.

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Philip Bannerman

RADIO HOLLAND APPOINTS PHILIP BANNERMAN AS REGIONAL DIRECTOR AMERICAS

As of 1st April, Radio Holland Group appointed Philip Bannerman as Regional Director Americas.

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SHELLEY TUBAUGH, MARKETING VICE PRESIDENT AT GRADY-WHITE BOATS, RECOGNIZED WITH 2017 STEP AHEAD AWARD HONORING OUTSTANDING WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING

The Manufacturing Institute in the USA is recognizing Shelley Tubaugh, marketing vice president at Grady-White Boats, as one of the marine industry’s honorees for 2017 STEP Ahead Awards at a gala in Washington, D.C., April 20, 2018.

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Guido Hibdon

LEGENDARY TEAM EVINRUDE ANGLER GUIDO HIBDON LEFT A STORIED LEGACY

BRP staff are saddened that long-standing Team Evinrude icon and extended family member, Guido Hibdon, passed away on March 10th, 2018. 

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Charlie Strang

MERCURY MARINE MOURNS LOSS OF CHARLIE STRANG

Mercury Marine is saddened by the death of Charles “Charlie” Strang who served as Carl Kiekhaefer’s top engineer for 13 years at Mercury Marine. After leaving Mercury, he served as Director of Outboard Marine Engineering (OMC) and later CEO and Chairman of the Board.

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Karin Larson

INDUSTRY MOURNS THE PASSING OF KARIN LARSON

Karin was a graduate of the Ryerson Institute of Technology School of Journalism and in 1957 founded “Gam on Yachting”. She was recognized for her many…      

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PROSPEC ELECTRONICS ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP PROMOTIONS

Prospec Electronics, market leader in high-performance outdoor audio solutions for consumers and OEMs, announces changes in its corporate structure.

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Valerie Harriell

THE MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE TO HONOR VOLVO PENTA’S VALERIE HARRIELL WITH STEP AHEAD AWARD ON APRIL 10

The Manufacturing Institute has announced that Valerie Harriell, vice president of human resources for Volvo Penta of the Americas, has been named one of the top women in U.S. manufacturing for 2018.

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Rolex Sailer Of The Year Brenda Bowskil

THE 2017 ROLEX SAILOR OF THE YEAR – BRENDA BOWSKILL

On Friday, March 2, 2018, Brenda Bowskill of Royal Canadian Yacht Club was honoured with the most prestigious National sailing award of the year at the Carlu in Toronto, Ontario.

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THOMAS H. CONNOLLY & SONS EXPANDS SALES TEAM WITH ADDITION OF MATTHEW LAZCANO IN MAINE

Thomas H. Connolly & Sons America’s oldest marine manufactures’ sales agency, is pleased to announce the addition of Matthew Lazcano to its sales team.

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Tony Kelleher

VOLVO PENTA NAMES TONY KELLEHER VICE PRESIDENT FOR CUSTOMER SUPPORT AND TRAINING

Volvo Penta of the Americas today announced the appointment of Tony Kelleher as vice president for customer support and training.

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Jennifer Belinski

VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL MARINA IN VICTORIA, BC APPOINTS JENNIFER BELINSKI AS HEAD CONCIERGE

The $35 million Victoria International Marina, Canada’s first purpose-built luxury yacht marina, has just announced Jennifer Belinski as the leader of its 24/7 concierge service. 

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Brian Chapman 1958-2018

Brian Chapman, a sailmaker for over 45 years, passed away suddenly January 22. He had just turned 60 on the first of the year. Everyone at UK Sailmakers is absolutely heart-broken and his absence already has been felt by the people he touched around the globe.

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Glomex

GLOMEX OPENS US OFFICE, APPOINTS CHRIS CATOE TO LEAD

The leading global manufacturer of marine antennas, Glomex SRL has established a North American office and warehouse in Brooklyn, New York and Dayton, Ohio, respectively. 

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Bruce Kirby

BRUCE KIRBY NAMED TO THE ORDER OF CANADA

Bruce Kirby was born and raised in Ottawa and began sailing on Lac Deschenes with his father and older brother David. He likes to say he was late getting started because he was born in January and didn’t get sailing until June.

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John Richardson

THE INDUSTRY IS SADDENED AT THE SUDDEN PASSING OF JOHN RICHARDSON OF KESWICK MARINE

John Richardson, longtime owner of Keswick Marine passed away suddenly with his beloved wife Janis (nee Goddard) by his side, while vacationing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Thursday December 14th, 2017 at the age of 68 years.    

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NEW EXPORT DIRECTOR – WELCOME TO DENIS RICARD

Beneteau is pleased to announce the appointment of Denis Ricard as Director of Export sales for Beneteau.      

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NEW POSITION FOR JEAN-FRANCOIS LAIR -BENETEAU DIRECTOR OF SALES AMERICAS

Beneteau is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Francois LAIR as Director of Sales Americas.

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Don Lamb

BOATING ONTARIO IS VERY SADDENED TO ANNOUNCE THE LOSS OF DON LAMB

Don was the president of Legal Support Services and a long-standing member of the Boating Ontario Association. 

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Bill Provis

THE INDUSTRY MOURNS THE PASSING OF WILLIAM (BILL) PROVIS

We recently learned from yacht broker Rene Blanchet that William (Bill) Provis had passed away.

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Steve Killing

SHELLBACKS PAY TRIBUTE TO GEORGE CUTHBERTSON

On November 29, Toronto’s Shellbacks Club paid tribute to club member and founder of C&C Yachts, George Cuthbertson who passed earlier this year. 

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Joe Sgro

A TRIBUTE TO JOE SGRO

Mercury Racing is saddened by the loss of our dear friend, veteran offshore powerboat racer and performance boat industry icon Joe Sgro. 

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Bruce Kirby

Eight Bells: Bruce Kirby, Canada’s prolific designer, journalist and Olympian.

Bruce Kirby was an Ottawa-born sailboat designer, dinghy and offshore racer and journalist.

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Bruce Kirby Passes away

A true Canadian Sailing Legend passed away on July 18th 2021

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INDUSTRY MOURNS THE PASSING OF DAVE BROWN

As an executive with both Dalex Industries and Mercury Marine, he was a moral man with good business ethics. Dave’s contributions and his impact on the marine industry will not be forgotten.

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Ray Donahue

INDUSTRY MOURNS THE LOSS OF MERCURY MARINE TECHNICAL FELLOW DR. RAY DONAHUE

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the loss of Dr. Ray Donahue who passed away on Tuesday evening.

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George Cuthbertson

THE INDUSTRY MOURNS THE LOSS OF GEORGE CUTHBERTSON, FOUNDER OF C&C YACHTS

We were saddened to learn that George Cuthbertson, founder of Cuthbertson & Cassian (C&C) Yachts, passed away on October 3, 2017 at his home in Toronto.      

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RON SCHMITT WINS NMRA MEL BARR AWARD AT IBEX

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) presented it’s 2017 Mel Barr Award to Ron Schmitt, president and CEO at G.G. Schmitt & Sons.

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Bill Marr

INDUSTRY MOURNS PASSING OF BILL MARR

Bill Marr died at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, in Kenora, Ontario. Bill was born in Winnipeg on December 30, 1933 to parents, Bill and Dorothy Marr.

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NMMA TO INDUCT INDMAR’S CHUCK ROWE INTO HALL OF FAME

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will recognize Chuck Rowe, President of Indmar Products, with its 2017 Hall of Fame Award for his career achievements and contributions to the recreational boating industry.    

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Chantal Robin

NORTHPOINT COMMERCIAL FINANCE HIRES CHANTAL ROBIN AS DIRECTOR – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Northpoint Commercial Finance is pleased to announce that Chantal Robin has joined the company as a Director of Business Development in Canada.

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Mark Schwabero

BRUNSWICK CORPORATION CEO MARK D. SCHWABERO TO OPEN 30TH EDITION OF METSTRADE

The 2017 METSTRADE Show opening ceremony – ‘Breakfast Briefing’ – held on 14 November, will include a keynote address by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brunswick Corporation, Mark D. Schwabero.

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Meade Gougeon

MEADE A. GOUGEON – SEPTEMBER 25, 1938–AUGUST 27, 2017

“The wind is coming up. Tell the boys they can commence with the race.” Fittingly, these would be the last words of Meade A. Gougeon as he watched a fleet of sailboats, including his trimaran Adagio, assembling for the Great Lakes Multihull Regatta in front of his home on the Saginaw Bay.

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Tracy Crocker

TRACY CROCKER JOINS EVINRUDE AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER

BRP, a world leader in powersports, has announced that Tracy Crocker has been appointed to the position of senior vice-president and general manager, Evinrude following the retirement of his predecessor last month.

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Gerald Dyck

CANADA METAL (PACIFIC) LTD. APPOINTS NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

CMP has announced that Gerald Dyck has joined the firm to further enhance their growing portfolio of manufacturing facilities.

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Lars Ljungstrom

VOLVO PENTA NAMES LARS LJUNGSTRÖM AS VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND CFO

Lars Ljungström has been appointed to vice president of finance and chief financial officer (CFO) for Volvo Penta of the Americas, effective July 2017.

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John Roy

THE INDUSTRY MOURNS THE LOSS OF JOHN ROY

John Alexander Roy passed away quietly at home on August 12 after a short battle with cancer. He was 61.

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Greg Jung

TORQEEDO NAMES GREG JUNG VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

Torqeedohas announced that Greg Jung has been appointed vice president of marketing. In that role, he will oversee worldwide marketing and communication strategies for the company, a global market leader in the growing segment of electric marine propulsion.

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Steve Sinclair

VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL MARINA WELCOMES STEVE SINCLAIR AS DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS – FIRST YACHT TO BE WELCOMED TO THE NEW MARINA IN MID-AUGUST

Marina management expert Steve Sinclair has been appointed as director of operations for the new Victoria International Marina.

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Barry Slade

FREEDOM BOAT CLUB APPOINTS MARINE INDUSTRY VETERAN BARRY SLADE TO NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT POST

Freedom Boat Club President and CEO John Giglio recently announced the appointment of Barry Slade as Vice President of Business Development.      

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Laurent Fabre

LAURENT FABRE IS JOINING FORCES TO HELP FOUNTAINE PAJOT GROW THEIR DEALER NETWORK IN NORTH AMERICA

“We are very pleased to welcome Laurent Fabre, into our core team of Business Developers” confirms Steven Guedeu, Sales Director for FountainePajot      

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Clarence Malone

CLARENCE MALONE APPOINTED TO ROLE OF DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, MARINEMAX VACATIONS TORTOLA BASE OPERATIONS

MarineMax Vacations is pleased to announce that Clarence Malone has been appointed to the position of Director of Operations of the company’s charter base in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.      

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Chris Meyers

CHRIS MYERS TO LEAD SALES FOR LUMISHORE

Lumishore, has announced the promotion of Chris Myers to the lead Sales role for Lumishore in the USA & Americas.      

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Taylor Made

TAYLOR MADE PRODUCTS NAMES DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING

Taylor Made Products, a leading supplier to the marine aftermarket, is pleased to announce that Jeff Smith has joined the company as its Director of Sales and Marketing – Consumer Products.

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Mary Bender

SHOW MANAGEMENT HIRES NEW VP OF CONSUMER MARKETING

Show Management, producers of Florida’s five largest boat shows including the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest in-water boat show in the world, announced the appointment of Mary Bender to the position of Vice President of Consumer Marketing.

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Krista Miller and Maegan Jackson

GEORGE’S MARINE AND SPORTS NEW STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT

George’s Marine and Sports has had a few staff changes we would like everyone to be aware of Peter Kane, who has been with the Kingston location for several years, has now taken on a larger role by becoming the Fixed Operations Manager in Kingston.      

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REMEMBERING ROY APPLEFORD

We are sorry to report the passing of one of Boating BC’s former directors (1984-1996) and past president, Roy Appleford.      

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Olivia

OLIVIA SCHLEICHER JOINS JEANNEAU AMERICA AS COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

On behalf of the expanding Annapolis-based team at Jeanneau America, we would like to welcome Olivia Schleicher to our team.      

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Paul Boomsma

ICOMIA HONORARY MEMBER, PAUL BOOMSMA, AWARDED BY HIS MAJESTY KING WILLEM-ALEXANDER

On Wednesday 26 April 2017, Honorary Member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), Mr Paul Boomsma, was awarded the ‘Officier in de orde van Oranje Nassau’; the civil and military Dutch order of chivalry.      

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Luca

LUCA BRANCALEON, NEW SALES DIRECTOR OF THE BÉNÉTEAU BRAND

Bénéteau announces the appointment of Luca BRANCALEON as Sales Director as of 20 March 2017. He will manage the brand’s international commercial strategy.          

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Ryan Henning

BURRIS & STEINER HIRE RYAN HENNIG AS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Burris and Steiner Optics announce the hiring of Ryan Hennig as Director of Marketing.        

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Dan Barnhill

CONRAD MARINE SALES & SERVICE LTD

Conrad Marine Sales and Service Ltd is pleased to announce that their associate Dan Barnhill is now a Nova Scotia Certified Marine Service Technician (MST).        

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Martin Bjuve

VOLVO PENTA NAMES MARTIN BJUVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR CUSTOMER SUPPORT AND TRAINING

Volvo Penta of the Americas today announced the appointment of Martin Bjuve as vice president for customer support and training.      

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Gayle Maye

TAYLOR MADE SYSTEMS MOURNS DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER SERVICE

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. – April 18, 2017 – (Marine NewsWire) The Taylor Made Group said it was sad to share the news that Gayle Maye, age 58, died recently.      

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Rob Hopkins

JACK PADY WELCOMES ROB HOPKINS TO THE JACK PADY MARINE OFFICE AT HINDSON MARINA

Jack Pady welcomes Rob Hopkins to his Sales Team working out of the Jack Pady Marine Office at Hindson Marina.      

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Wayne Macphee

WAYNE MACPHEE JOINS CC MARINE DISTRIBUTORS

Charlie Bulmer is pleased to announce that Wayne MacPhee has joined CC Marine Distributors as Technical Service / Sales Representative effective immediately.

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Andrew Semprevivo

SEAKEEPER PROMOTES ANDREW SEMPREVIVO TO CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Seakeeper Inc., the leader in marine stabilization, announced today Andrew Semprevivo’s promotion to Chief Operating Officer.

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Marcia Kull

TORQEEDO NAMES MARCIA KULL PRESIDENT OF TORQEEDO GROUP

Torqeedo today announced Marcia Kull has been named president of Torqeedo Group, Inc., and will direct global sales and strategy for the world leader in electric marine propulsion.      

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