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071009_jim_roosJim Roos joined the Annapolis sales office of Kadey-Krogen Yachts.

Roos began his waterborne career with a swimming scholarship at the University of Florida and, upon graduation, he became one of the assistant coaches there. He eventually moved to South Florida and established a competitive swim center.

In the late 1970s, a marina property development opportunity took him to Newport, R.I. He then established a sailboat race in Goat Island; the race came to be known as the BOC Challenge, a single-handed race around the world. When the race became fully managed by the BOC, Roos moved back to Florida and began a career in sales. 

Roos has more than 11 years of marine sales experience, including customer service manager for a large fish boat manufacturer, regional sales manager for another powerboat manufacturer, and general manager of a Florida marina and New England marine focused land development project. He moved to Annapolis 17 years ago. In his previous sales positions, Roos helped organize owner rendezvous and special events.

“Jim’s enthusiasm for boating as well as his diverse knowledge of powerboats and boater demographics makes him a valuable asset to our Annapolis team and to the Kadey-Krogen crew,” said Larry Polster, vice president of Kadey-Krogen Yachts, in a statement.

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Gibson Fiberglass of Irwindale, Calif., appointed Billy McKee as its new Western regional sales manager. McKee is based in the Houston area and will be responsible for sales of fiberglass reinforcements and fabrics into the reinforced plastics industry in the Southwest U.S. region.

Before joining Gibson, McKee served as technical sales representative in the Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas regions for Zyvax, a manufacturer of semi-permanent mold release systems. He also served as newsletter editor for the Greater Southwest Composite Materials Association for the last 10 years.

McKee has been in the reinforced plastics industry in distribution sales since 1983, working with Ashland Distribution, Interplastics Corp. and Gruber Systems. He also spent five years in manufacturing with WestWind Composites making core material for the composites industry during the mid-1990s.

McKee attended Louisiana State University and completed several educational programs including the ACMA CCT-I certification and the Aarthune Performance Group Profit Specialist Program.

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Trident Funding Corp. promoted Jane Tayman to Chesapeake Bay region manager. Tayman joined Trident in January as sales representative responsible for generating retail marine loan applications in the Annapolis, Md., area. She will now oversee all business functions of the Annapolis office and the Chesapeake Bay region, including, sales, credit and administrative.

Prior to joining Trident, Jane was office manager for one of the largest yacht agencies in Annapolis.

Trident Funding Corp. is a retail marine finance company handling both new and used boats through its 10 offices nationwide.

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