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The Landing School appointed Robert DeColfmacker as interim president. He follows Barry Acker, who announced his retirement as president after six years in the position.

DeColfmacker most recently served as a consultant with Stevens Strategy, a management consulting firm to the higher-education sector. He holds a master's degree from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from Southern New Hampshire University, where he is chairman of its board of trustees.

DeColfmacker will focus his efforts on the internal operations of the school, from student recruitment and services to accreditation and financial aid. Acker will transition to a newly formed position as director of advancement.

Veronika Martin joined Marvair Marine as sales and support coordinator in the U.K. office. Her duties include administering the service and warranty functions and providing sales support for the European Union and the Middle East. She spent the previous three years working in the warranty department of a marine air-conditioning manufacturer.

Intellian, a leader in marine satellite antennas, selected David Quarders as its new director of VSAT sales for the Americas. He will drive sales growth for Intellian's VSAT communication antenna line. Quarders has more than 20 years of direct and indirect sales and marketing experience in the defense, shipping, oil and gas, and boating industries. He is based in the new Seattle-area Intellian office.

Leslie Gibbons-Neff joined the American Boat & Yacht Council as director of marketing, communications and the council's foundation. Gibbons-Neff, of Annapolis, Md., had been director of sales and marketing at CIE Tours International and the American Society of Travel Agents.

As the council's marketing director, she is responsible for general marketing, communications and branding for the organization and its foundation, and for handling media relations and new business development. She is a native of Maryland and a lifelong boater.

National Liquidators appointed Chad Buchanan as West Coast recovery manager. He is overseeing the company's repossession agency.

National Liquidators is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in California. Since 2000, the West Coast office has handled more than 2,000 vessels for lenders, government agencies, insurance companies, dealers and manufacturers, as well as retail brokerage boats.

McMurdo Ltd., a company of the Orolia Group, appointed David Duffin as its European sales manager. Duffin will handle sales of the McMurdo and Kannad Marine brands of commercial and leisure marine safety products throughout Russia, North Africa and the European region.


He spent more than 10 years at the yacht and powerboat importer Sea Ventures, where he became a director responsible for the overall marketing strategy in the U.K. for brands such as Jeanneau, Aquador and Sabre Yachts.

Most recently, he was sales manager at Oval Stainless, responsible for key accounts within the U.K. marine sector.

Grasonville, Md.-based Grande Yachts International added Tommy Marsellas to its service department. Marsellas brings 26 years of experience as a marine technician. He has certifications in Yamaha Marine, Indmar Marine and Mastercraft Boats. He comes to the company from Bay Water Sports, where he was service manager for eight years.

This article originally appeared in the January 2011 issue.



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