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Louis Dvorak joined the sales team at Northrop and Johnson Yachts of Fort Lauderdale.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Dvorak bought his first sailboat while working for his congressman in Washington, D.C. A few years later, he landed a job at an Annapolis yacht brokerage.

He then went to work for Gary Oviatt, who had just left Woods & Oviatt, one of the largest Florida brokerage firms at the time. After years of selling Alaskans and similar cruising yachts, Dvorak began looking toward megayachts.

“The idea of selling crewed yachts and moving into the bigger international yacht market is something I’ve been looking at for the last couple years,” Dvorak said in a statement.

Michael C. Frohlich joined the National Biodiesel Board as the Washington, D.C., director of communications.

Prior to joining the organization, Frohlich served as communications director and chief spokesman for U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas).

The National Biodiesel Board is the trade association of the biodiesel industry and the coordinating body for biodiesel research and development in the United States.

Pierre Gerber joined Global BSI Rigging & Service, specializing in international aftermarket sales and service. Gerber is based in the company’s Haderslev, Denmark, offices and works with clients throughout Europe providing refit services, inspections and technical reviews.

He will also consult for authorized service centers such as A+ Rigging Mallorca and Rig Pro.

Gerber brings many years of super-yacht technical service and experience to the Global BSI Rigging & Service team. The South African native was formerly captain of the 105-foot sloop Chardonnay and recently assisted with the refit of the 155-foot ketch Mikado in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Global BSI specializes in the engineering and manufacture of premium rod rigging systems for large sailing yachts, with manufacturing and assembly facilities in Denmark and Portsmouth, R.I.

Alton J. (A.J.) Evans joined the Newport, R.I. office of Sparkman & Stephens as a yacht broker.

A lifelong boater, Evans has a background in admiralty law. After graduating law school, he maintained his relationship with yachting through brokerage.

He has logged several Newport-Bermuda races among other notable voyages, including a trans-Atlantic and various cruising routes. Evans is a member of the New York Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club, and Cruising Club of America.

Most recently, Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri appointed Evans to the State Yachting Committee for a three-year term.

Trevor Goldsmith joined Marvair of Cordele, Ga., to assist in the development and marketing of the CMach line of marine chillers, air handlers and make-up air units.

“His 16-year experience and product expertise in marine air conditioning will enable us to bring unique, cost-effective solutions to the marine OEM market,” said David L. Shuford, Marvair vice president of marketing and international sales, in a statement.

Marvair, a division of Airxcel Inc., manufactures heating, ventilation and air-conditioning products for marine and other applications.

Albemarle Boats promoted Ted Haigler to director of sales and marketing.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Haigler has worked at Albemarle since 2003. He began in the quality assurance department and was promoted to customer service manager in 2004. He was promoted to dealer development manager in fall 2005.

From this position, he has led Albemarle’s efforts in expanding and strengthening its dealer network during the last three years.

The Hatteras Collection, a unit of Brunswick Corp., includes Albemarle Boats, Cabo Yachts and Hatteras Yachts.

Peter B. Hamilton was named senior vice president and chief financial officer at Brunswick Corp.

Hamilton, 61, served as Brunswick’s chief financial officer from 1995 to 2000 before moving to operations. He was president of Brunswick Bowling & Billiards from 2000 to 2005, president of the Life Fitness Division from 2005 to 2006, and president of the Brunswick Boat Group from 2006 to 2007.
He also served as Brunswick vice chairman of the board from 2000 to 2007.

“We could not have found a more capable candidate,” says Brunswick chairman and chief executive officer Dustan E. McCoy. “His knowledge of Brunswick and experience with all facets of our business make him uniquely qualified to lead our financial team as we continue to implement our strategic restructuring efforts.”

Hamilton replaces Peter G. Leemputte, who is joining Mead Johnson Nutritionals as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Taylor Made Systems of Gloversville, N.Y., made two appointments to its New Product Development Team.

James Hoehn Jr. was named director of the NPD Team and Ryan Hoban joined the group as industrial designer. As key members of the engineering team, they will be responsible for adapting innovations in design, engineering and technology to the Taylor Made product line.

In addition to running his own luxury goods company, Terforma, for several years, Hoehn served as senior development engineer for PlugPower. Prior to that, he spent nearly 10 years in various engineering positions for Intermagnetics General. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., and he has been awarded two functional U.S. patents for assembly part design.

Prior to joining Taylor Made Systems, Hoban spent seven years as a designer for Konopka Architecture. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology.

Ted Jones was named vice president of Albury Brothers Boats. He will head up all day-to-day operations.

Jones has more than 38 years of experience in the marine industry. He founded the Sundance Marine chain of South Florida dealerships, spent 15-plus years with Hydra-Sports in manufacturing, and most recently spent five years with multistore dealerships and Sailfish boats in sales and service.
Albury Brothers, of Riviera Beach, Fla., builds 20-, 23- and 27-foot center consoles.

The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals announced Bill Nelson joined the company’s brokerage department.

Nelson grew up in Whitefield, N.H., and was introduced to boating at the age of 16 when he started club racing at Mentor Harbor Yachting Club in Ohio. Soon after attending Bowling Green University, he moved to Fort Lauderdale to pursue his career in the yachting industry by starting as a deckhand.

With 35 years of industry experience, Nelson has owned and operated a full-service brokerage, charter and management company for 10 years; and served as a megayacht captain and a project manager on several refits.

The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals specialize in worldwide luxury yacht vacations, charter marketing, yacht brokerage and new construction.

Corey Koopmans joined Vicem Yachts USA, the U.S. sales and service operation for Turkish motoryacht builder Vicem Yachts, as broker in the Fort Lauderdale sales office.

Koopmans grew up boating on the lakes near his hometown of Holland, Mich. As a student at Western Michigan University in 2000, he took a summer job detailing boats for Gull Lake Marine. He helped create and launch the marina’s boating detail operation, which now serves more than 700 boats.

He became a certified delivery captain through Cobalt Boats and eventually an executive sales representative.

In 2006, Koopmans joined mahogany runabout builder Grand Craft as a sales associate and was later promoted to sales director and then vice president of sales and marketing.

Based in Istanbul, Vicem Yachts builds motoryachts, sportfishing boats and cruisers from 50 to 115 feet. Its first 150-foot megayacht currently is under construction.

Mark Lamm will retire at the end of this year from Fusion Electronics, after 27 years in the mobile electronics industry, to focus on his music career.

Lamm began with Fusion in 2003 as the founding president and CEO of Fusion’s U.S. corporation. He was sought out by the New Zealand-based parent company to set up offices, staff and distribution centers to serve the North America/South America region.

David C. Pratt, Gander Mountain chairman of the board, was named interim CEO of Gander Mountain Company when Mark R. Baker stepped down as president, chief executive officer and a board member to become president and chief operating officer of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

“Mark Baker came to Gander Mountain to grow the company into the nation’s largest retail network of outdoor lifestyle stores,” Pratt said in a statement. “During Mark’s tenure, Gander Mountain has grown to 115 stores in 23 states and re-entered the direct business with the acquisition of Overton’s and the recent launch of our new e-commerce site and catalog.”

Tim Sweet was promoted to vice president of operations at Digital Switching Systems LLC, the Raleigh, N.C.-based provider of electronic and mechanical switching solutions for the marine and transportation industries.

“Tim’s extensive engineering and management experience coupled with his understanding of on-board electrical and electronic systems has led him to assume this executive role,” said Eric Vaughn, CEO of DSS and parent company DNA Group Inc., in a statement.

During his tenure with DSS, Sweet has served in multiple engineering and purchasing roles including: application and product innovation, sales, training, and distribution management.

Sweet is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and obtained his MBA from the University of Toronto. He is a Certified Purchasing Manager and a Certified Production and Inventory Manager. Sweet also chaired the Power Distribution Systems Working Group for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s 2000 Standards Committee.

Ralph Ulisse
, global general manager of Southco Inc.’s Transportation Business Unit, will assume additional responsibilities for directing Southco’s Marine, Recreational Vehicles and Caravan Business Unit, effective Nov. 1.

Ulisse replaces Richard Hipp, who led Southco Marine since its creation in 2004 and was recently appointed managing director of Southco’s Asia Pacific region in Hong Kong.

The balance of the Southco MRC management team remains relatively unchanged. Leif Andersson, currently the European Union general manager for Southco Marine in Sweden, will take on additional global leadership responsibilities and supervision of Pernilla Lindberg-Eriksson, the global marketing manager for the marine business.

The team in Rockledge, Fla., will consist of Oren Cotton as director of product innovation, Mike Hottinger as senior business development manager, Polly Anderberg as operations supervisor, and Dan Hottinger as customer service supervisor.

Tempress Products hired Lise Warden as its marketing director.

Warden is responsible for marketing, advertising and promotions for all products, as well as the company’s Web site and catalog.

Warden, who has 12 years of experience in the field, most recently served as account director at Tracy Locke Partnership.

Based in Dallas, Tempress Products manufactures ergonomic seating systems and other marine equipment, including Fish-On! rod holders and fishing accessories, and BoatMates storage products.

Grand Banks Yachts named Matthew Wroblewski its new quality assurance manager.

Wroblewski is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a lean manufacturing expert, according to Grand Banks. He was the former quality assurance manager at Sea Ray Boats, where he had worked since 2003.

“He has a long and impressive list of accomplishments to his credit and is the right person to help Grand Banks strengthen our quality leadership position,” said Rob Livingston, president of Grand Banks Yachts, in a statement.

Wroblewski holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and received his Bachelor of Science degree while studying operations management at Miami (Ohio) University.

This article originally appeared in the December 2008 issue.

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