Changing Places

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tucci0515MarineMax named Josie Tucci vice president of marketing. Tucci joined MarineMax in August and quickly built a marketing team to support the company’s national retail network of more than 50 stores and diverse business units.

Tucci started her marketing career in the marine industry more than 15 years ago, working for a well-known boatbuilder in France. Moving to the United States in 2001, she established a global yacht sales marketing network and went on to expand and develop distribution channels across North and South American for leading yacht charter brands.

“Brand management, direct marketing and business development are Tucci’s areas of expertise,” marketing, charter and special initiatives president Lex Raas said in a statement. “We are very pleased to have her on the senior management team, where her energy and spark will help us shape our business for the mutual benefit of the brands we represent, our team members and our shareholders.”

All elements of MarineMax marketing will fall under Tucci’s leadership, including the eCommerce team.

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Volvo Penta announced two sales appointments. Tony Kelleher was named director of marine leisure sales in the Americas region and Rick Richert was named regional sales manager.

Kelleher, who has been with Volvo Penta since 2006, will be responsible for managing the strategic direction and sales of Volvo Penta and diesel engines in the leisure marine segment for North America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on day-to-day operations, including programs, plans, budgets and oversight of the sales team.

Richert, who has spent 22 years with Volvo Penta, will be responsible for growing the company’s market share in boats exported from the United States. He will work with North American OEMs to identify international dealer prospects, mapping global gas dealer distribution and helping Volvo Penta colleagues around the world align the global boat-selling experience.

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The Global Marina Institute welcomed new board member Stefan Borzecki when it met recently in Sydney, Australia. Borzecki is a Marina Industries Association director, a certified marina manager and the founder and builder of Yaringa Marina and Boat Harbour in Westernport Bay, Victoria.

He replaces Steve Sammes, of Gold Coast City Marina, who had served on the institute’s board since its inception in 2011.

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Wavecraft USA, maker of the Waveblade hull-cleaning power tool, named Kerry Hoffman as its general manager for the Americas. The announcement comes in advance of soon-to-be-unveiled plans to expand the company’s product range for new markets and applications.

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