Movers and Shakers


Sea Tow Services International named Gail Kulp the new executive director of the Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education. The non-profit is committed to reducing boating-related accidents and fatalities through projects and initiatives.


"Gail had the right mix of boating safety and marine industry knowledge, combined with not-for-profit experience," Kristen Frohnhoefer, Sea Tow's chief administrative officer, says in a statement.

Kulp previously served as director of education and standards for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators.

Marine photographer Forest Johnson was contracted to facilitate public relations activities for Bertram Yacht. In the late 1970s and early '80s, Johnson was the the company's advertising and sales promotions manager, responsible for festivities during Bertram's 20th and 25th anniversary celebrations. January will mark the 50th anniversary of Bertram, and the marketing team chose to bring Johnson back.

He has more than 1,500 magazine covers under his belt and his images continue to appear worldwide. Johnson is located in Fort Lauderdale and his geographical proximity to Bertram and knowledge of the product, sportfishing and the industry make him the best choice, the company says.

Johnson will continue to provide photography for clients.

Clean Marine Systems appointed Bob Greenberg president, chief operating officer and partner, the company announced.

Clean Marine is expanding its product range with several new components for the marine industry to comply with EPA/CARB regulations that will go into effect as early as next July. Greenberg will create strategic alliances and prepare for the "leap in growth that is forecast for 2011 and beyond," the company says in a statement. He will be in charge of all business matters, including the initiation of a technical service team to support the entry of the company's new product line.

The company also appointed Keith McCord vice president of engineering and a partner in the company. McCord will direct existing and new technology as it applies to the marine industry. He has an extensive background in the development of on-board diagnostics systems for the automotive sector, the company says.

Matthew Dean was promoted to president of Dean Hardwoods, a supplier of teak and other boatbuilding lumber to the industry. He takes over for this father, Charles Dean Jr., a founder of the company, who will stay active in the business and serve as chairman of the board.

"It was really past time to accord him the title that he deserves, which I've had since soon after the founding of the company in 1967," says Charles Dean.

Matthew Dean, who formerly served as vice president and general manager, has been with Dean Hardwoods since 2001.

Bridget Driggs joined the National Marine Manufacturers Association's Washington, D.C., office as PAC and special projects coordinator. She will be responsible for managing BoatPAC and assisting with the NMMA's legislative conference, the American Boating Congress.

Driggs comes to the NMMA from the National Association of Home Builders, where she helped manage Build-PAC. She also brings legislative experience from time spent at the Duberstein Group and the office of Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.

Daniel Ziriakus was named the new marketing director at Northrop and Johnson Yachts, and John Weller joined the sales division. Ziriakus will oversee marketing across the entire group, including sales, charter, charter management, yacht management and crew services. He previously worked for Fraser Yachts as head of the U.S. marketing department.

Weller is a lifelong boater, and one of his most recent accomplishments is the completed construction of a new 240-foot Feadship for a previous customer. Also in the works is a line of chaperone boats to escort owners' yachts and carry their equipment.

In other news, Debbie Dye joined the company as assistant to Weller in the Fort Lauderdale office. Dye previously worked at Fraser Yachts and Allied Marine.


Hunter Marine Corp. president John Peterson announced two promotions.

Greg Emerson was named director of sales for North America and will have the responsibility of growing sales volume for Hunter in this region. Emerson has been with the company for 30 years. Scott McLaughlin, a 25-year employee, was promoted to the new position of director of operations. He most recently served as manager of research and development. His area of responsibility was expanded to include all of Hunter's manufacturing and purchasing functions.

Maverick Boat Co. announced that marine sales veterans Ryan W. Kagy and Tom McKnight will represent its Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia brands in the Northeast, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Kagy has been in marine sales since he graduated from Ohio State University in 2000. He has established and serviced dealer networks in the Midwest and Northeast, and will represent Maverick in its Northeast territory. McKnight started in the marine industry more than 25 years ago as a Southeast regional sales representative with Mercury Marine. He will represent Maverick's brands from Georgia to Maryland.

Dominion Marine Media announced the appointment of Wade Luce as director of its Business Consulting Group. Luce is responsible for global business product development and marketing strategies for the Business Consulting Group, a new unit of Dominion Marine Media. The group's mission is to provide boatbuilders, equipment and accessory manufacturers, and large dealer groups with custom advertising and lead-generation programs.

Luce brings 23 years of publishing, sales management and marine industry experience to Dominion Marine Media. Most recently, he was group publisher of BowTie Inc. in Irvine, Calif. Luce's marine background includes more than 15 years at Hachette Filipacchi Media, where he served as vice president and publisher of Boating magazine.

Prior to that position, Luce managed major accounts for Bear Advertising in Hollywood, Calif., where he directed advertising efforts for marine accounts such as Furuno, Suzuki and Penn Reels. Luce was the advertising director at ICOM America in the late 1980s.

Dominion Marine Media and Soundings Trade Only are divisions of Dominion Enterprises.

This article originally appeared in the December 2010 issue.


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