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Northrop and Johnson appointed Stefanie Hurtak Smith to head the company’s marketing division.

“We’re very excited to have Stefanie on board as our needs and our clients’ needs continue to grow,” said Bruce Leffers, president of Northrop and Johnson Group, in a statement. “There is a new level of sophistication developing in the yachting industry. We are pleased to be a part of that growth.”
Smith has a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism. She also has more than seven years experience in professional advertising and marketing.

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation appointed Nancy Logan as its new vice president of industry growth initiatives.

Logan will oversee the development and management of RBFF’s program income opportunities and serve as the primary liaison to the boating and fishing industries. She also will provide strategic direction, develop and direct industry-targeted programs and coordinate efforts to increase the number of industry participants who utilize RBFF’s programs and products.

“Her prior experience as a business owner, sales manager and marketing professional will be a tremendous asset to RBFF as we further expand our programs that help increase participation in boating and fishing and generate awareness and support for conservation,” RBFF president and CEO Frank Peterson said in a statement.

Leona S. Roach resigned her position as executive director of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association.

Roach held the position for five years. During her tenure, the association expanded its membership roll and services, including legislative advocacy and educational and professional development opportunities.

Overall, Roach has more than 20 years of marine industry experience.

“Her innovative leadership will be missed, leaving a positive, lasting impact on the association,” MMTA said in a statement.

Brad St. Coeur was named the new marina manager at Sunrise Harbor Marina in Fort Lauderdale. Sunrise Harbor is managed by California-based Westrec Marinas.

“Brad has worked a number of years in the South Florida market and is very familiar with the needs of professional megayacht captains,” said Gary Groenewold, vice president of the Southern area for Westrec Marinas, in a statement. “His particular attention to details will serve our clients well at Sunrise Harbor.”

A former boat captain, St. Coeur has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. He is a Certified Marina Manager and helped a number of marinas obtain Clean Marina/Boatyard designations. St. Coeur is a member of several industry organizations, including the Association of Marine Industries, where he has served as chairman of the National Marina Day Committee, and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. He also is past chairman and is currently on the board of directors of the Florida Clean Marina Partnership.

Navionics of Wareham, Mass., named Don Black senior vice president of sales and marketing. He will head the sales, marketing, product management and business development teams, working across all divisions.

Black previously was CEO/president of SeaWave, a Portsmouth, R.I.-based company that developed ship-to-shore wireless communications. Earlier in his career, Black worked in leadership positions at Drew Scientific and Instrumentation Labs, and was a sales and marketing manager for Canada Packers and Gainers Corp. in Canada.

Black is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. He also studied at the Goethe Institute in Vienna and the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion in Mexico. He holds an M.B.A. from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de las Empresa in Barcelona, Spain.

Furrion promoted Mark Curry to vice president. Curry joined the shore power products manufacturer as sales manager for North America in 2008 after 14 years in sales and marketing positions with the Guest Co. (part of the Marinco Recreational Group).

“Mark has quickly become a key member of the Furrion team, leading the rapid development of the sales and distribution networks for our unique product line during a most challenging time,” says Furrion president Aaron Fidler.

Furrion is based in Beaverton, Ore.

C.D. Dollar, a fishing journalist, conservation writer and professional outdoor guide, joined Annapolis-based PropTalk magazine as fishing editor.

Dollar most recently was managing editor of the Mid-Atlantic edition of The Fisherman, a weekly publication. Before that, he was communications director for the Maryland Saltwater Sportsmen’s Association, after many years as editor of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s member magazine, Save the Bay.

Dollar is a founding member of the Chesapeake Guides Association and continues to run fishing trips and eco-tours around the watershed.

Jake Fish is taking over communications duties at US Sailing, following the departure of Marlieke Eaton.
Eaton announced in December she is leaving the organization to move across the country and then overseas to her husband’s next U.S. Navy duty station.

“It’s been a great six years and I’m sorry to leave such a great organization,” Eaton said, in an e-mail to marine industry colleagues.

Fish, who Eaton says has “a wealth of experience in public relations and sports marketing,” can be reached at or (401) 683-0800, extension 614.

Marni Lane continues to handle media relations for the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. She can be reached at Marni or (617) 671-8332.

David Goehring was promoted to president of Nordic Tugs, following the death of president/CEO Jim Cress. Gary Miller was named chairman of the board of directors.

Goehring, a 14-year marine industry veteran, most recently was executive vice president of the Burlington, Wash.-based company, where he has run day-to-day operations since 2005.

He started his career at Nordic Tugs in 1996 as controller and was promoted to chief financial officer in 2000. Before joining Nordic Tugs, Goehring worked with Cress, managing brokerage finance for Cress’ yacht dealership, Skipper Cress Yacht Sales. He has held accounting positions with a variety of companies during the last 20 years, including Parker Paint Co., Rabanco Corp. and Safeco Insurance Co.

Goehring studied accounting at Seattle Central Community College. He lives in Skagit County, Wash.
Miller is president of the private investment firm Cumberland Capital Corp., and has more than 30 years of financial management experience. Before joining Cumberland, Miller held several executive positions, including chairman and CEO (and a founding partner) of Fore Star Golf, and controller, treasurer and executive vice president of finance and administration for AFG Industries. He also has held various financial positions at Rockwell International Corp.

In addition to his 11-year tenure on the Nordic Tugs board of directors, Miller has been on the boards of United Stationers Inc. and Pinnacle Entertainment.

Eric C. Goodwin was appointed assembly manager at Regulator Marine.

Goodwin will lead the day-to-day post-lamination construction and assembly efforts for Edenton, N.C.-based Regulator. He has been with the company for nearly six years, and most recently directed engineering operations in the assembly department.

He also served in engineering roles in the launch of Regulator’s new 30-foot Express and the introduction of the builder’s 2009 34-foot center console.

“Eric has a solid boatbuilding engineering background,” says Regulator president Joan Maxwell. “In addition to helping us improve our ongoing management of quality and on-time delivery, he will also play a critical role in assisting us to achieve the continuous improvement of our line of sportfishing boats.”

Jim Johnstone joined Westbrook, Conn.-based Gowrie Group of Companies as a producer in the boat/yacht department.

Johnstone brings extensive marine and sailing industry expertise that will enable the firm to broaden its reach into the boating market and the Rhode Island community served by Gowrie’s Newport office, according to the marine insurer.

For the last 14 years, Johnstone has been a sales manager and production manager for sailboat builder J/Boats. He won the Laser Radial World Championships at age 18, and has won several championships within the J/Boat classes.

Johnstone lives in Barrington, R.I., with his wife and three children.

Hellier Yacht Sales of New London, Conn., appointed Mark McLeod executive vice president and general manager.

McLeod brings more than 12 years of experience in sales, marketing and management in the sailboat industry as a broker and manager at Connecticut boat dealerships. Hellier says McLeod’s most recent managerial experience in the motorcycle industry provides him with a new perspective that will play a pivotal role as the company expands into fractional yachting and concierge service programs.

Rick Dieterich will assume the role of vice president of sales. He has been with Hellier as a broker and manager for almost five years, and has led the group to the top position in new sailboat sales for Island Packet in Connecticut and the Northeast. He also helped Hellier become the first NMMA-certified dealership in the U.S. In addition to Dieterich’s experience in the marine and auto industries, he also served as a Navy submariner.

“Rick and I have known each other for years and worked together extensively in the past on deals, open houses, boat shows and other marine industry ventures,” McLeod said in a statement.

Joseph A. Mentz is the new general manager at Fort Lauderdale-based ACR Electronics, replacing Paul M. Frank.

“Joe Mentz brings broad experience and balance to a strong and talented management team,” says Dean Cantrill, vice president of operations for parent company Cobham Mission Systems. “Joe is a dynamic, results-oriented professional who will use his 25-plus years experience to guide ACR into its next half-century of growth,” Cantrill said in a statement.

Mentz previously worked as a senior consultant with Simpler Consulting Inc., providing executive consulting on the Lean 6 Sigma system to clients in commercial, military and health care markets. Before that, he held executive management positions with Troxler Electronics Laboratories, a manufacturer of precision analytical instruments, and Columbus Machining, a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier of machined castings to the auto industry.

Honda Marine of Alpharetta, Ga., appointed Wes Paul district sales manager and account integrity analyst.

A five-year industry veteran, Paul assumes responsibility for Honda outboard sales in the central United States, including the Midwest. He also oversees internal dealer account integrity. Paul comes to Honda from Mercury Marine, where he was district account manager for several Southeastern states.

Steve Schultz
, a marine industry leader and Interlux veteran of 29 years, announced his retirement.
Schultz has been executive vice president of Yacht Coatings North America since 2002. He started his career in 1980 as Interlux marketing manager and in 1984 became general manager of Interlux US. He went on to become responsible for Interlux North America.

He has served on International Paints Global Yacht executive board since 1987. In 1998, he took on the responsibility of global yacht marketing and technical director, looking after product development in England, New Zealand and the U.S. In this role, he was responsible for marketing in Australasia, Europe and North America.

“It has been very satisfying to be involved with the launch of products that have become the leading brands in North America,” says Schultz, a lifelong boater.

Interlux “has the best people and is committed to the very best products, and I was lucky enough to steer the boat for the last 22 years,” says Schultz, calling his job, “the best in the marine industry.”

Zodiac of North America hired retired Navy Cmdr. Steve Seigel to lead its military and professional business unit.

Seigel’s Navy career includes both enlisted and commissioned service with multiple SEAL and underwater demolition teams. He later was assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command’s acquisition and logistics directorate, after completing the Defense Systems Management College. As program manager, Seigel established the Combatant Craft Program Management Office, which combined three programs under one management.

“The Homeland Security and Homeland Defense organizations, as well as the Department of Defense, use Zodiac boats to complete critical missions and tasking,” Seigel said in a statement. “The opportunity to join the sales and manufacturing team supporting our military, state and municipal first responders is an important responsibility.”

After retiring in 1998 from active duty in the Navy, Seigel’s industry experience included program management, business development and director positions. 

Zodiac of North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zodiac Marine and Pool, a Carlyle Group portfolio company. ZNA, based in Stevensville, Md., is a leading manufacturer of inflatable boats and rigid hull inflatables.

This article originally appeared in the February 2009 issue.



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