Movers and Shakers


Christopher Hoffman joined Cobham Life Support-ACR Products as director of business development for beacon technology. In his new position, Hoffman will oversee all marketing and development efforts relating to beacon products and technologies, as well as directing growth initiatives.


Hoffman brings a wealth of experience in the area of satellite-detectable emergency locator beacon development. As chairman of three committees for the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, he is considered an expert on the COSPAS/SARSAT system, as well as 406 MHz beacons.

Most recently, Hoffman was vice president of development for Procon Inc.'s GES division. He also served as technical director, business development manager and engineering manager for McMurdo Limited; engineering manager for Nova Marine Systems; and engineering manager marine for Graseby Dynamics.

MarineMax recently appointed Edward Russell as chief operating officer. Russell has served as executive vice president of operations and sales since February 2008 and will continue to serve in that capacity. He served as vice president of operations from March 2006 until February 2008 and as a vice president from October 2002 until March 2006, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Russell was regional manager of Florida operations from August 2002 until October 2002 and district president for the Central and West Florida operations from March 1998 until August 2002.

Russell previously was an owner and general sales manager of Gulfwind USA, one of the company's operating subsidiaries (now MarineMax of Central Florida) from 1984 until its merger with the company in March 1998.

Pelican Products named Brent Finemore vice president of government sales. Finemore served 20 years in the Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel. During his military career he held several positions, including product manager for defense satellite communications systems at Fort Monmouth, N.J., and chief acquisitions plan division, DISC4, Department of the Army.


Finemore's private sector experience includes more than seven years at General Dynamics. Most recently he served as senior director of business development and sales at Satcom Technologies, and prior to that as director of mobile deployable at Satcom Communications, GDC4S.

He holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Maine and a master's in administration from Central Michigan University.

Dean Taylor resigned as brand manager for Windsor Craft Yacht Company, a former Genmar brand. "My time with Genmar has been rewarding both professionally and personally. I have had the great honor of working for one of our industry's most prominent figures, Mr. Irwin L. Jacobs, along with many other talented people," Taylor said in a letter to colleagues, co-workers and friends.

Taylor says he plans to explore new opportunities outside the marine industry.

Autotether announced that Charlie Moore, the television fishing-show personality known as "The Mad Fisherman," is the new face of the company. The two parties will work together to promote the Autotether wireless lanyard, which shuts down a boat's engine if the operator falls overboard. Consumers can see Autotether on "Boat Charlie Moore" on ESPN2 and "Charlie Moore Outdoors" on the New England Sports Network.


Couplemate Trailer Parts appointed Laurie Pedrick as its new North American sales manager. As part of the international manufacturer's focus on strengthening and expanding its existing domestic market share while reducing costs, it has shifted its former operations from a distributor model to manufacturer-direct, with Pedrick tapped to lead the American reorganization.

Kohler Co.'s Global Power Group named Jason Struthers as its new president of the Kohler Power Systems business. Struthers has assumed leadership and management responsibilities for Kohler Power Systems, which includes operations in North America and Asia. Kohler Power System Sales and Service - doing business in Europe, Middle East and Africa - also falls under his responsibilities.

Prior to joining Kohler, Struthers served as president of Viking Pump for three years and in early 2009 added IDEX AODD to his responsibilities. Both entities are business units of IDEX Corp., a global company known for engineered fluidics systems and components.

In a related announcement, Kohler appointed outgoing Kohler Power Systems president Otto Kopietzki as president emeritus. A 40-year veteran of the power generation industry, Kopietzki will remain in his new position throughout 2010 in support of the leadership transition.

Bradford Marine Yacht Sales announced that Whit Kirtland joined the sales team as a broker. For the last 28 years, Kirtland has brokered yachts of all types and sizes and has represented builders in the marketing and sale of new yachts.


Kirtland is on the board of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association and the International Superyacht Society. He participates in the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the National Yacht Brokers' Certification program, and served on the Certification Advisory Council of the Certified Professional Yacht Brokers' program.

Louis Schweitzer was named chairman of Volvo's board of directors until the next annual general meeting, replacing Finn Johnsson who informed the board of his intention to resign as chairman. Schweitzer has been a member of AB Volvo's board of directors since 2001. He has experience in heading large, multinational companies, and his positions have included those of president and chairman of Renault SA.

Schweitzer is chairman of Astra Zeneca and a member of the boards of BNP Paribas, Véolia and L'Oréal.

This article originally appeared in the May 2010 issue.


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