Movers and Shakers


Yamaha Marine Group announced that Dean Burnett was named vice president. Burnett, former vice president and general manager for Yamaha's now-discontinued Century Boats affiliate, succeeds Ben Speciale, who became president of the Marine Group.

"Dean has a depth of knowledge that is virtually unmatched in the marine industry," Speciale says in a statement.

Burnett began his career with Yamaha in 1987 and spent four years in sales and marketing roles for the company in the California market. After leaving Yamaha in 1991, Burnett held sales, management and marketing positions with Boston Whaler, Grady-White, Fenwick Fishing Tackle, Mercury Marine and Yamaha-owned Skeeter Boats. In 2003, Burnett was named vice president and general manager of Century and Cobia Boats.

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Marquis Yachts promoted Erik Nelson to vice president of sales and marketing.

Nelson started with Marquis in 2006 as regional business manager. Since joining the company, he has been national sales manager and, most recently, director of sales and service.

Prior to his tenure at Marquis and Carver, Nelson held senior level management, sales management and account management positions in companies that manufacture products for the home construction and home furnishing industries.

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Brad Pantoskey is joining the U.S. sales and brokerage team for Vicem Yachts.

Based in Newport Beach, Calif., Pantoskey will control the Turkish yacht brand's introduction to California yachting enthusiasts and manage the West Coast sales operations through Vicem of California. Pantoskey is the eighth broker to join Vicem's U.S. brokerage network since the start of the year.

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Yachting Solutions president Bill Morong appointed Jeff Lowell general manager and director of sales for its yacht brokerage division, Cannell, Payne & Page.

Cannell, Payne & Page was acquired by Yachting Solutions last year from founders Bill Cannell and Jim Payne, who have elected to stay on as brokers.

A graduate of North Yarmouth Academy and Maine Maritime Academy, Lowell has served on the board of directors of the Boothbay Region YMCA, Maine Marine Trades Association, American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, and the Marine Training Systems School in Thomaston.

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Scout Boats announced five managerial changes at its South Carolina-based facility.

William Ferguson will head up operations at "Plant A" (boats 15 to 24 feet) as the new production manager, while Sherrie Ferguson was promoted to human resource manager.

Gordon Peters was named the new warranty manager and Dennis Essenmacher will take over as purchasing manager. Also, James Pate is the company's new Florida sales manager.

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Dean C. Klevan was chosen as the new president and CEO of the environmental advocacy group International SeaKeepers Society. Klevan joins Miami-based SeaKeepers after serving as president of Coral Gables Trust Company, which he helped found. He has also served in senior positions with Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, and is an active advocate for ocean preservation in addition to a being a sport angler and diver.


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Marine Exhaust Systems Inc. brought on Michael DeAngelo as a technical sales/applications engineer.

In his new position, DeAngelo will bolster Marine Exhaust Systems' international market growth, custom project acquisition, government contracts and relations, as well as its megayacht business. He previously served as vice president/chief technical officer for DeAngelo Marine Exhaust.

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Pro-Line Boats appointed Nick Miller as its director of marketing and dealer development.

Miller started with Pro-Line Boats in 1986 as an assembly worker and served in many positions for Pro-Line and Donzi prior to his 2003 departure. At the time he left the company, he was director of marketing for American Marine Holding's boat companies, Pro-Line Boats and Donzi Marine.

After leaving the company, he spent several years traveling as a trainer and consultant.

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Maria Simpson was named the newest director on the board of The Apprenticeshop, based in Rockland, Maine. Simpson grew up in Maine and spent her summers sailing Penobscot Bay. She attended McGill University in Montreal and graduated with a degree in English literature. After working for several years in book publishing, she moved back to the United States and began working on tall ships in the summer and boatyards in the winter.


Simpson began working at Rockport Marine in 2006 as a rigger. Currently the yard manager, she meets with customers, coordinates projects, markets the boatyard and manages employees.

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Electronics components and accessories distributor Win-tron Electronics named David Aldrich sales associate, serving dealers from Virginia to South Carolina and Georgia, and west to the Mississippi River.

Prior to joining Win-tron, he ran his own business brokerage service. Before that, he held high-profile sales and marketing positions with several leading recreational marine manufacturers, including regional sales manager of Regal Marine Industries, director of dealer development of Chris-Craft and district manager of Bombardier Recreational Products.

Win-tron also named Annette Schott as a sales associate. Previously, Schott was order service manager of Consumers Marine, where she worked for 12 years. Prior to that, she was order service manager of E&B Marine.

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The National Marine Electronics Association appointed David Gratton vice chairman of the board of directors. He replaces Jim Vander Hey, who is leaving the position to pursue a business venture outside the marine electronics industry.

Gratton joined the board in 2001. He is vice president of sales for Martek of Palm Beach, a full-service marine electronics dealership located in Stuart, Fla.

This article originally appeared in the August 2010 issue.


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