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Goetz Custom Technologies hired Steve Barker for international sales.

Formerly the executive vice president of sales for Nautor's Swan USA, Barker will spearhead an effort to grow sales of lightweight, high-performance sail- and powerboats to overseas markets.

Barker brings with him many years of knowledge and selling experience in the global marketplace. He will work with Goetz clients as well as designers and project managers to build distinctive high-performance yachts. Current projects include yachts designed by a variety of renowned naval architects, including German Frers.

Founded in 1975 as Eric Goetz Custom Sailboats, the company is now operating as Goetz Custom Technologies after acquiring the assets of the former company.

Bradford Grand Bahama appointed John Biggs commercial manager of the Freeport shipyard on Grand Bahama Island.

Biggs has more than 41 years of welding experience in the layout, design and fabrication of ferrous and non-ferrous alloy materials and 28 years of marine fabrication and repair experience. He is certified in welding by  the American Welding Society, American Bureau of Shipping, and Lloyds, with 14 welding certifications in ferrous and non-ferrous alloy materials;  an AWS-certified welding inspector and educator; an ASNT-TC1A Levels II and III-certified inspector; and is certified for confined space safety and entry.

"His depth of experience will no doubt greatly benefit our commercial customers and their vessels calling at our Freeport shipyard," said Paul Engle, president of Bradford Marine Bahamas, in a statement.

Island Pilot named Dann Cummings sales director.

Cummings has been boating for more than 20 years. He holds a 50-ton Master's License, has served as mate on fishing boats in Clearwater, Fla., delivered boats up and down the East Coast and has experience in rigging and commissioning.

He and his wife purchased Hull No. 8 of the Island Pilot 395. In the announcement, the company says it's this "firsthand experience that allows him to know the boat intimately and to be able to share that knowledge with boaters interested in the Island Pilot models."

As sales director, Cummings will be the first point of contact for customers and will work closely with them through the purchase process, build of their boat, any change orders necessary and any post-delivery customer needs.

Jonathan DiCandia of Marine Maintenance Inc. recently completed the American Boat & Yacht Council's Marine Systems Certification program.

"At Marine Maintenance Inc., we believe that enrolling our marine technicians in ABYC training programs will help increase the quality of our customers' boating experience," said company president Bob Pruitt, in a statement. "But what it really takes is the commitment of our employees to be able to advance their own knowledge by attending the ABYC program."

James Floyd joined Bradford Marine in Fort Lauderdale as a sales and marketing professional.

Floyd started his yachting career as dockmaster at Bradford Marine, and, since 1981, he has been involved in the yachting industry through Smallwood's, a family business.

"His vast knowledge of the yachting industry will certainly benefit megayacht owners and their captains," Bradford Marine president Paul Engle said, in a statement.

Northeast Boating reappointed Natasha Goodwin regional account manager for Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York.

Having spent nearly 10 years working with marine businesses, Natasha left publishing in 2006 and went to a different industry.

She eventually went back into the boating industry at a large Northeast Sea Ray dealer, running its in-house advertising agency, and spent two years creating and producing the dealership's magazine. She also wrote brochures and orchestrated direct marketing   programs.

Based in Deep River, Conn., Goodwin will work on marketing programs for clients in both the print and digital editions of the magazine and its affiliated Web site at NortheastBoating.net.

Northeast Boating has a paid readership of 25,000. Its subscribers live in states bordering the Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to Maine.

Paradox Marine has created a new corporate executive team.

Jay Keenan, formerly vice president of sales and marketing, was promoted to president and chief executive officer. Marc Curreri, formerly president, was named chief operating officer, and Erin West, formally chief financial officer of CSU Development Corp., joined the company as CFO.

Together, the new executive team has more than 30 years of combined experience in corporate administration, financial management, sales and marketing.

"Despite the economy, demand for our products has continued to grow," Keenan said, in a statement. "Our personalized service and innovative technology provides boat owners with peace of mind in these challenging times."

Marine industry veteran Bruce Livingston Jr. was named production director for Vicem Yachts' shipyards in Turkey.

"Bruce is one of the most respected professionals in yacht building with a long history of accomplishments in shipyard operations and management worldwide," said Sebahattin Hafizoglu, founder and president of Vicem Yachts, in a statement. "His leadership skills, production experience, financial savvy and knack for developing innovative systems and policies will help take the company to a new and higher level."

Livingston's career spans more than three decades. He served as project manager for Coddington Yachts in Rhode Island and 14 years as general manager and supervisor for Little Harbor Custom Yachts' Taiwan facility and its sister entities, Little Harbor Marine Enterprises and Ted Hood Yacht Builders.

In 1996, Grand Banks Yachts hired Livingston as director and plant manager for the company's operations in Malaysia, a position he held for nearly a decade.

Industry veteran Randy Morris joined Nautical Essentials to help expand the market penetration of the company's luxury yacht equipment. He will concentrate on boatbuilders, primarily in North America, and superyacht builders abroad.

Morris has 15 years experience in yacht brokerage, mainly in the Annapolis, Md., area, and 17 years in marine electronics sales and management. He most recently served as Southeast regional sales manager for Simrad and Navico.

Samson, a manufacturer of performance cordage, hired Greg Mozsgai, senior research and development engineer; Mark Pederson, research and development engineer; and Dylan Dundas, sales support technician.

Mozsgai comes to Samson with a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree in engineering science from Trinity University in San Antonio. His experience includes microelectromechanical-systems design and fabrication. Most recently, he worked for a start-up spun out of the University of Illinois, manufacturing small fuel cells as battery replacements for portable electronics in both the consumer and industrial/military markets.

Pederson received his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Dakota and his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech. He has engineering project experience that includes a ship-deck motion platform for the U.S. Navy and a vertical-axis wind-turbine heat producing system.

Dundas brings a great deal of experience to the customer-service oriented position of sales support technician. Dundas' combination of international teaching, fishing and project management provides a solid foundation for training international crews on splicing and rope handling, in addition to continuing Samson's legacy of solid customer service.

Jennifer Richards is joining Bluewater Yacht Sales in its Maryland office.

She joins Bluewater following a career with Hinckley Yachts in Annapolis, Md.  She maintains her U.S. Coast Guard's license as well as Transportation Worker's Certification.

She is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker, a member of the Yacht Brokers Association of America and a licensed Florida yacht broker.

Ilse Rodewald was named to the newly-created position of application engineer for automated tape application at Tesa Tape.

She will support tape-automation processes within the corrugated industry and building/construction markets.

Prior to her new assignment, Rodewald served as a product developer in the research and development center at the company's worldwide headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. She has been employed by Tesa since 2003.

Zodiac of North America announced three major staff changes.

Vice president and general manager Steve Seigel was promoted to president and general manager of the military-and-professional-products business. Bob Beck was promoted to COO, and T.J. Tracy was named director of sales and marketing.

In the next year, the Zodiac military-and-professional business intends to add more U.S. manufacturing, add significant innovations to core products and introduce new performance RIBs to the law enforcement segment, the company says.

Seakeeper recently appointed Andrew Semprevivo to international inside sales manager.

In his new position, Semprevivo will be responsible for handling day-to-day worldwide sales, service and technical support inquiries. He will also work to expand Seakeeper's global distribution and service network, develop OEM relationships, and manage boat shows.

With extensive global marine industry experience, Semprevivo has key contacts with boatbuilders, dealers and end users, according to Seakeeper. Most recently, he served as the international/West Coast sales rep/project manager for New Jersey-based Viking Yacht Company.

Regal Marine Industries appointed Christopher Spindler to its sales management team.

Spindler will handle the Northeast territory for the Orlando, Fla.-based sportboat, express cruiser and yacht builder and be responsible for inventory management, sales training and new dealer recruitment.

His Northeast area stretches from the Chesapeake north to the Canadian border and west to Pennsylvania.

Spindler joined Regal in 2005 as a sales and marketing assistant, and most recently worked as assistant Southeast regional manager, where he supported dealer inventory management initiatives.

This article originally appeared in the May 2009 issue.

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