Southport Boats managing director will step down

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Southport Boats said today that Skip Robinson is stepping down as managing director after a 12-month transition and turning his sales responsibilities over to Jonathan Kirby.

The company said Kirby was recently promoted to sales and marketing director. Industry veteran George Menezes will continue as director of operations and formally assume the general management role.

The Augusta, Maine-based company builds offshore center console boats.

“Skip has been with Southport for over four years,” company president Ian Kopp said in a statement. “His 40-plus years in the industry has been instrumental in the company’s transformation and rapid growth after its move to Maine. He has inspired the development of multiple new models on current platforms and was instrumental in the launch of the popular Southport 33 series. Skip leaves us in great hands and positioned to continue our meteoric growth and expanding brand awareness with the extremely talented and experienced George Menezes and the youthful energy of Jonathan Kirby.”

The company said Robinson will return to his marine industry consulting business and that Southport Boats will be among his regular clients.

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