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Gregory Poole Marine Power, with operations in Beaufort, Wanchese and Wilmington, N.C., recently announced several promotions.

Renee Adams was promoted to marine service manager in Beaufort. Adams has been with Gregory Poole Marine Power since 2004 and during this time served as a service administrator, warranty analyst, senior warranty analyst, prep shop manager and various other positions.

Nathan Davis was promoted to service manager of the Bradley Creek facility in Wilmington, as well as the service manager for marine engines in Wilmington and Southport. A graduate of Montana State University, he is the former field service master technician in Beaufort and started with the company in 2002.

Jamie MacDonald was named marine engine account manager for southeastern North Carolina. While studying at Virginia Tech, McDonald interned with Hatteras Yachts as a design engineer where he became familiar with Gregory Poole and Caterpillar. Following graduation in 2004, he became employed with Gregory Poole as the account coordinator for Hatteras Yachts.

Nick McNey was promoted to field service supervisor in Beaufort. He has been with Gregory Poole Marine Division since 2004, starting as a parts warehouser and working his way up to senior parts counterman.

Gregory Poole Marine Power is one of the largest Caterpillar dealers for marine pleasure-craft engines.

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Paul Wohlrab, a marine industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience, was selected to lead the sales effort for Jerry's Marine Service.

"Paul brings a world of sales management experience and a fresh approach to our market," says Jon Lewis, president of Jerry's Marine Service, in a statement. "His years of executive expertise with manufacturers will help us to view our market with improved focus."

With facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Charleston, S.C., and Lakewood, N.J., Jerry's Marine Service is a leading engine and related-parts distributor serving the East Coast of the United States.

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Trac Ecological Products, manufacturer of environment-friendly products for on-board equipment cleaning and maintenance, announced that Andrew Armao joined the sales team at company's Fort Lauderdale headquarters.

He will direct product sales and provide customer support for Trac's network of distributors and dealers throughout Florida.

Previously a sales representative in the marine sales division of Florida Detroit Diesel Allison, Armao is a Coast Guard-licensed captain with more than seven years of experience in marine    industry sales and marketing.

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WaterplayUSA.com appointed Rik Beitel as director of sales.

Most recently, Beitel has been a partner in Total Offshore Yacht Sales LLC, a yacht brokerage in North Carolina. With more than 20 years of sales experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships to continue growing WaterplayUSA.com.

"I'm excited about the service WaterplayUSA.com provides as the only free online water-sports directory with interactive mapping," Beitel says in a statement. "It's the perfect tool for anyone looking for fun, instruction or just a relaxing time around the water."

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The Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing, the national association for the marine assistance industry, named Tina Cardone its executive director.

Formerly the director of government affairs at C-PORT, Cardone will consolidate that position into her newly assigned role.

"The association was designed to have one position fulfilling both responsibilities," chairman Terry Hill says in a statement. "The board of directors believes that Tina's qualifications and long history with the marine assistance industry make her the perfect person for the job."

Cardone began her career in the marine industry in 1987.

C-PORT was founded in 1985 to act as a liaison between the marine assistance industry and public agencies and organizations involved with boating safety, marine assistance, marine salvage and other marine-related operations.

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Moeller Marine Products named Lee Davenport its engineering manager.

Davenport will be leading the engineering, quality and tooling functions at the company.

Davenport most recently was the engineering manager for Excellance Inc., a manufacturer of emergency vehicles, and was responsible for all aspects of vehicle design and engineering.

A seasoned industry veteran with an extensive design and engineering background, Davenport has been instrumental in developing and implementing world-class engineering systems for several global automotive tier-one suppliers.

Moeller is a leading manufacturer of rotationally molded fuel and water tanks, serving a diverse customer base.

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Norman Drangsholt joined Sea-Dog Line as the company's aftermarket/OEM sales manager. Drangsholt brings years of marine wholesale and retail knowledge to the Sea-Dog team. He is an avid sailor, powerboater, fisherman and a 27-year member of the Seattle Yacht Club. A graduate of Western Washington University, Drangsholt served as the commodore of the sailing team. "We are excited to have a person of Norman's considerable experience join us here at Sea-Dog," company president Brad Nysether says in a statement.

Everett, Wash.-based Sea-Dog Line is a supplier of dock, deck and rigging hardware items, 12-volt electrical/lighting and ventilation accessories.

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Brunswick Corp. announced that Christopher Dekker and Keith Gibson joined the company's law department.

Gibson, 39, joined Brunswick as division general counsel for bowling and billiards, while Dekker will take up    duties as associate general counsel for litigation and employment.

Dekker, 41, comes to Brunswick from Caterpillar, where he spent the last eight years in various legal assignments for the Peoria, Ill.-based builder of heavy equipment. He most recently served as senior corporate counsel for Caterpillar Logistics.

He joined Caterpillar in 2001 after previously working for  two leading Chicago law firms.

Gibson most recently was assistant general counsel with U.S. Foodservice, a large food distributor based in Rosemont, Ill. Prior to that, he served as regional counsel for Connecticut-based UST Inc., a leading manufacturer of smokeless tobacco products and wine.

Gibson also had worked with several leading law firms in Chicago and Cincinnati before his corporate assignments.

This article originally appeared in the March 2010 issue.

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