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Movers and Shakers

Matthew Amata was recently named president of National Liquidators, a leading vessel recovery and remarketing firm, and president of MariTech Services, a vessel maintenance and repair service and an affiliated company of National Liquidators.


Amata has been with the company since 2001 and, prior to his promotion, he served as vice president of National Liquidators. In his expanded role, he will have full operating responsibility over National Liquidators and MariTech Services.

Tucker West, the North American sales manager for Grand Banks Yachts, is now based at the company's offices in Seattle as part of his expanded role with the boatbuilder.

Recently promoted from his original position as East Coast sales manager, he also assumes oversight of Grand Banks Northwest, the company-owned flagship store in Seattle.

West comes to Seattle from the company's sales and service offices in Newport, R.I.

Dometic Marine announced some personnel changes. Robert Sagulin was named vice president of marine new product strategies. Kester Petersson takes on the role of aftermarket director of sales and marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Ned Trigg, senior vice president of global system sales, relocates to the United Kingdom.

Harken announced two promotions within its global marketing team.

Mark Wiss was named global sales and marketing director, and Cathy Schnitzler was promoted to global marketing and communications manager.

Wiss, a 16-year veteran of the company, previously served as Harken's global sales manager, and he has added overall marketing responsibilities to his role.

Schnitzler has been with the company for 20 years and previously served as the advertising manager.

Intellian named marine electronics sales veteran Sean Hatherley as its vice president of sales. In his new role, Hatherley will drive the sales growth of the company's extensive line of satellite TV antenna, VSAT and Inmarsat FB systems.

Hatherley has more than 20 years of experience in the marine electronics market.

Most recently, he was the director of OEM sales for Navico, where he was responsible for developing the company's OEM marine electronics market, as well as overseeing sales and support efforts to boat manufacturers.

Morse Industries announced several staff additions and promotions.

Tracy Tughan was named purchasing manager. Tughan was previously the director of private-label operations for a nationwide hosiery manufacturer, where she drove improvements in supply-chain and operations management. She will be responsible for the purchasing function, including logistics, vendor relations and product development.


Jeremy Nolan was promoted to inside sales manager. He started at Morse four years ago as an inside sales specialist.

Jonathan Henning was named inside sales specialist. He was previously with T-Scan LLC, managing client accounts.


Peters & May USA recently announced new office locations and new personnel.

The company moved its Chicago-area office to Itasca, Ill. The new address is 127 N. Walnut St., Suite 100, Itasca, IL 60143.

Peters & May USA also recently opened an office in Fort Lauderdale.

Anna Colavitti came on board as operations manager in the Chicago-area office, where she makes a return to the business. She was formerly employed by Air & Ocean Shipping, the company that Peters & May purchased when it moved into the central U.S. market, but she then moved on to Sentek International.

Christina Robert joins Peters & May USA as a key account handler. She previously worked in marketing and international sales at Chris-Craft.

Tim Allen, who previously worked as a charter captain, is Peters & May USA's newest junior account handler.

Ed Brillinger and Scott Dodgin joined Fort Lauderdale-based Yacht Chandlers, the company announced.

Brillinger, who will work on inside sales, has more than 30 years of marine industry experience and previously owned Seafarer Marine.

Dodgin has about 10 years of experience in the industry and will serve as the company's warehouse manager.

Philip Osborne was promoted to vice president of operations at Naples Boat Mart, a boat dealership in Naples, Fla.

Osborne previously served as general sales manager. He has been employed at Naples Boat Mart since 2002. He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in entrepreneurship in 2006.

John Smith joined TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale as a business development representative.

Smith is charged with all facets of business development and marketing for each of the company's divisions. He brings more than 15 years of combined maritime sales and marketing experience to the position.

Most recently, he was the advertising sales manager at New Wave Media, the publisher of Maritime Reporter, Marine News and Marine Technology Reporter.

Features writer Ann Dermody was appointed managing editor of BoatU.S. Magazine, replacing Elaine Dickinson, who has retired after 26 years with BoatU.S.

Before coming to BoatU.S. two years ago, Dermody was a features writer, editor and columnist at several major British and Irish newspapers and magazines, such as the Sunday Tribune, The Irish Independent, The Evening Herald, Ireland on Sunday, Woman's Way, Tatler and The Independent in Great Britain.

Most recently, she has been a contributing editor and features writer at BoatU.S. Magazine and BoatU.S. Trailering Magazine.

Ralph Naranjo joined Sail magazine as electronics editor.

A sailor and technical writer with considerable experience in the marine industry, he is the author of several books and brings a wealth of sailing experience. As electronics editor, Naranjo will focus on establishing a new direction in Sail's coverage of electronic navigation and communications.

Outgoing electronics editor Tim Bartlett will continue to write for Sail as a contributing editor and will continue as the electronics editor for Power & Motoryacht.

This article originally appeared in the October 2010 issue.


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