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Kohler Power Systems’ marine business sales leader Mike Bingen retired in early February.

Bingen started his career with Kohler in 1982 as an account executive, later serving for many years as the company’s manager of marine sales. For the last five years he was the director of Marine-Worldwide.

Under Bingen’s leadership, the company’s marine power business grew substantially and played a significant role in the division’s product development, according to the company. Under his leadership, Kohler became the first marine generator company to manufacture its entire gasoline generator line with low-CO technology, and last year, the division expanded its diesel generator line up to include 350 kW to serve a growing commercial marine market.

Bingen will continue to reside in Wisconsin and enjoy retirement with his wife, Sharon.

Beth Rosenberg was named associate editor of Soundings Trade Only.

Rosenberg, who has been with the publication for more than three years, has more than 15 years of journalism experience at newspapers, magazines, trade associations and other media outlets.
Prior to joining Trade Only, Rosenberg was an assistant editor at the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Before working at the NCAA, she was a reporter with the Associated Press in Indianapolis, covering breaking news and features for a state and national audience.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Rosenberg has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Hartford and a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University.

Greg Bowser was named vice president of U.S. operations for Flair Enterprises, the parent company of DealerLinx, a Web-based finance and insurance operating system for dealers in the marine, RV, power sport and conversion trailer industries.

Bowser’s background includes logistics, personnel management, customer service and vendor relations. He has served as director of operations for Plant Motors LLC (another Flair business) since July 2008.
He is a member of The Association for Operations Management, certified in production and inventory management, and has a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University.

DockMaster Software repositioned its key management team and hired a new director of operations following the recent departure of Art and Buddy Peacock, the brothers who founded Software Support Team.

Exuma Technologies, DockMaster’s parent company, had purchased the assets of Software Support Team from Marex in 2002. Since that time, Art Peacock has served as vice president of product marketing for Exuma, while Buddy Peacock was the chief technical officer.

Cam Collins, who was appointed president and CEO of DockMaster in 2002, has spent the last several years developing a team of marine industry and software professionals. The team includes Adam Noble, manager of software development; Bob Derks, director of client services; Clark Beaty, vice president of sales; and Jerry Harrold, controller.

New to the team is Margo Hunt, who was recently named director of operations. Hunt has 35-plus years of marine industry experience, including ownership and management of marine dealerships; director of dealer systems, eCommerce and national customer service for Land ‘N’ Sea Distributing; and director of e-business for MarineMax. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

“I am very pleased with the team we have assembled,” Collins said in a statement. “Our foundation has never been stronger. We are excited about our direction and will continue to focus on our core mission of delivering value and quality to our customers.”

Veteran marine journalist and blogger Ben Ellison was named senior electronics editor for Bonnier Marine Group.

“After years of hands-on reporting through his widely acclaimed blog and in several leading marine publications, Ben has earned a deserved reputation as a highly regarded journalist in the field of marine electronics,” said David Ritchie, editorial director of Bonnier Marine Group, in a statement. “In his new role, he will provide an excellent resource to all of our fishing, boating and sailing publications.”

Ellison will write columns and features for Yachting and Cruising World magazines, while working with the electronics writers who already contribute to the Marine Group’s other titles, including MotorBoating, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman.

Prior to joining Bonnier Marine Group, Ellison wrote for several marine publications, including Reed’s Nautical Almanacs and Ocean Navigator, and more recently served as the electronics editor at Power & Motoryacht and Sail magazines.

The United Anglers of Southern California selected Steven Fukuto as its new president.

Fukuto has been providing financial and management advisory services through his firm Fukuto & Company since 1994. Fukuto has also been an owner/partner in the commercial sportfishing vessel M/V Eldorado since 1993, and became a partner in Long Beach Sportfishing in 1998.

Fukuto has also been a longtime member of UASC and serves on the organization’s board of directors.

Mastervolt named Michele J. Goldsmith director of North American sales.

A marine industry veteran of more than 18 years, Goldsmith was previously senior sales manager for Paneltronics and director of sales and marketing for Charles Industries.

She also serves on the National Marine Manufacturers Association board of directors.

Amsterdam, Netherlands-based Mastervolt International is a leading supplier of electrical power products and systems solutions for the marine industry. named Pete Hungerford regional advertising manager.

Hungerford has many years in the marine industry and will be concentrating on accounts from Georgia to Key West, Fla., and from the Hudson River to the Canadian and U.S. borders of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. is a marina search engine that helps boaters find marinas and marine services around the world, including reservations and navigation information.

Noyce Yachts in Annapolis recently appointed five experienced yacht sales associates.

Tom Knoedler leads the team that now includes Rick Casali, Art Howard, Bill Yates, Marcio Sadler and Bob Williams. The professional sales team will share their knowledge of new boat development, yacht purchase and brokerage sales.

Noyce Yachts is the flagship office for Tayana Sailing Yachts.

Chris Lufkin joined Cairo, Ga.-based Sailfish Boats as director of dealer development and sales manager in charge of New England, Great Lakes, Eastern Canada and international sales.

Lufkin has more than 18 years of experience in the marine industry, and most recently served as director of sales and marketing for Albemarle Boats.

Sailfish Boats is a leading manufacturer of saltwater fishing boats from 19-31 feet.

Beier Radio, a leader in marine electronics, named Buddy Morgan its new sales manager.

Morgan has more than 30 years of experience in management, sales, marketing and training for marine technology companies across the United States. His most recent position was as national sales manager for Japan Radio Company in Seattle.

In the new post, Morgan will be responsible for coordinating Beier Radio’s sales efforts for both products and services. He will attend industry trade shows on behalf of the company and manage the production of all marketing tools.

Beier Radio has locations in New Orleans and Morgan City, La.

Dozier’s Waterway Guide hired Robert Neidhardt as regional sales representative.

Neidhardt, an avid boater who has spent many years cruising the Intracoastal Waterway, brings with him an expert knowledge of the marine industry and a vast sales background. He will be concentrating on accounts along Florida’s eastern coast.

Dozier’s Waterway Guide has been a resource for cruising boaters for more than 60 years.

Red Oak Marketing of Lake Forest, Ill., named Jeff Scherer vice president of strategic development.
Scherer has set up e-business programs for organizations such as AutoNation, MarineMax and Tracker Marine Group. He also has implemented and launched award-winning Web sites with MarineMax and Tracker Marine.

“He’s a proven success at identifying, understanding and satisfying the needs and goals of multiple departments within a business,” CEO John Trkla said in a statement. “Jeff also understands how to help organizations maximize and leverage their existing infrastructures to expand.”

Scherer was a member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s first Dealer Certification Task Force Committee. He currently is part of the NMMA’s Grow Boating Web site committee and has been involved with the MATES Marine Industry Standards Committee. He also headed up a direct sales program to allow consumers to purchase boats online.

Douglas Thompson was appointed president and CEO of Mattapoisett, Mass.-based Watch Captain.
“The software experience and management skills Doug brings to Watch Captain will help propel the company forward,” said Charles Bascom, founder and board chairman, in a statement. “I am very pleased to have Doug at the helm as we enter the next phase of Watch Captain’s evolution.”

Thompson has more than 20 years of experience in software, information systems, management and accounting. For the last eight years, he served as general manager of Altair Avionics Corp., a software solution provider in the aerospace industry.

He holds a Master of Science degree in computer information systems from Bentley College and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from Northeastern University.

Watch Captain offers marine management solutions for about 400 marinas, shipyards and boatbuilders.
Stacy Shireman was named lead finance manager for DealerLinx, a leader in Web-based finance and insurance operating systems for dealers in the marine, RV, power sport and conversion trailer industries.
Stacy and her team are now working with close to 200 dealers across the U.S. to process and place loans.

Founded in 2002 as Recreational Finance LLC, DealerLinx is a leading finance and insurance technology, product and service provider located in Nixa, Mo. The company currently is expanding into 48 states and has approximately $2 million in annual gross revenue.

Power & Motoryacht magazine promoted longtime editor in chief Richard Thiel to publisher.

Thiel, who will also continue as editor in chief, has more than 25 years of experience in the marine industry and has been editor of the magazine since 1989.

Thiel replaces Jim Foos, who has been promoted to publisher of a number of Source Interlink Media’s automotive titles.

This article originally appeared in the March 2009 issue. 



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