Steve Fleming, director of communications for Mercury Marine, has been named editor of Bass & Walleye Boats magazine.
“I truly enjoyed my six years here, both dealing with the media and working with the folks at Mercury,” Fleming said in a note to media. “Now I’m very excited about returning to my journalism roots, joining the good people at Ehlert/Affinity Publications, and rubbing elbows with the writers and editors of the boating industry,” he added.
Fleming began his position at the magazine in early September.
Akerman joins sales staff of WoodenBoat magazine
Scott Akerman joined WoodenBoat Publication’s advertising sales staff as the representative for the central territory for WoodenBoat and Professional BoatBuilder’s Southern California-to-Louisiana regions. Akerman was previously the New England ad sales manager for Waterway Guide and N’East magazines. He worked for The Boston Sailing Center and was named “Best of Boston” for sailing instruction. During his nine-year tenure, he managed the Lewis Wharf Marina and was actively involved in the repair and maintenance of its 60-boat fleet.
An avid racer, he has participated in many regattas on both coasts and in the Caribbean. He competed on the sailing team at Salve Regina University. In 2006, he sailed on the 78-foot Goshawk and finished second. Akerman maintains a 100-ton Master Coast Guard license and has sailed 75,000 miles in 15 countries for several American executives. His first offshore assignment was in 1990 for the General Counsel of the Bacardi family in Bermuda on a J/40. He also taught navigation on the 150-foot schooner Ernestina. Akerman has extensive experience on yachts manufactured by Oyster Marine of the United Kingdom and sailed 35,000 miles on 10 vessels.
Kay returns as Houseboat magazine editor
Harris Publishing Inc. of Idaho Falls, Idaho, appointed Brady L. Kay editor of Houseboat magazine. He is returning to the position he held from 2002 to 2005.
Since 2000, Kay has been involved in the production of Houseboat magazine in one way or another, recently overseeing the magazine as executive editor. This move will allow Kay more control of day-to-day operations.
“I’ve always felt a strong connection to houseboaters and the houseboating lifestyle and I’m looking forward to being more involved with Houseboat once again,” Kay said in a statement.
As editor of two other Harris-owned publications, PDB Magazine and Boating Sportsman Magazine, Kay has earned several awards in the boating industry, including APEX awards for his columns as well as the Most Improved Magazine award in 2006.
This article originally appeared in the October 2008 issue.