Movers and Shakers

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Leslie Ann Beck joined AOC LLC as director for global communication.

“AOC is very fortunate to have Ms. Beck join our sales and marketing team,” said Jack Roesle, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, in a statement. “Her more than 20 years of broad communication, public relations, marketing and brand-building successes with Hilton Worldwide/Promus Hotels will be an asset as we continue to provide our customers with value-added products and services.”

AOC is a leading global supplier of resins, gelcoats, colorants, additives and synergistic material systems for composites and cast polymers.

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Industry veteran Ken Hall was named CEO of Maelstrom Marine to market its RipJet electric-powered jet drive.

Hall also will be scouting locations around Florida for a potential site for Maelstrom’s manufacturing facility. The RipJet is a totally electric water propulsion motor that looks like a miniature aircraft jet turbine engine.

“We already have several PWC and boat manufacturers who’ve expressed interest in designing new watercraft around some of our prototype drives,” Hall said in a statement. “The application for this product holds tremendous potential and will revolutionize the way propulsion systems are used.”

Hall has more than 30 years of experience in design, engineering, production operations, strategic finance and corporate management. His roots go back to Sea Ray’s early days, when C.N. Ray was at the helm.

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Yakima, a manufacturer of vehicle racks for boats, bikes, camping and winter sports gear, announced a reorganization of its senior management.

An executive management team will now lead the company and report to C.S. Lin, chairman of Yakima’s board and the owner of Kemflo International Ltd., which acquired Yakima in 2009.

This team will include Mark Reis, chief financial/operating officer; Ron Ten Berge, senior vice president and chief marketing officer; Josh Creasman, vice president of operations and supply chain; and Richard Jeli, senior director of engineering.

The CEO position held by Jerry Heinlen will be eliminated.

Yakima is based in Beaverton, Ore.

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Power & Motoryacht hired Jason Wood as senior editor.

Wood has been executive editor of Yachting for the last two years and was the magazine’s managing editor for two years prior to that. He was at Saltwater Sportsman for eight years and rose to managing editor.

“Jason is a real find for PMY,” editor-in-chief Richard Thiel said in a statement. “There are only a few people in the marine industry that can match his length and breadth of experience. In addition, he’s a real idea guy, too. He is a team collaborator and will be a great asset to our already seasoned team.”

Wood also has written for Boston Business Journal and Inc. magazine.

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Euro Marine Trading added Ken Luczynski to its sales team.

He has more than 10 years of experience in the sailing industry, ranging from his early days in sailmaking with U.K. sailmakers to his most recent Class 40 work.

He also was a top 10 U.S. ranked Finn sailor who competed in the finals of the U.S. Finn Olympic trials. Luczynski is the co-skipper for the Class 40 Toothface, on which he and Mike Dreese are competing in the Atlantic Cup. Afterward, they will compete in their second Bermuda 1-2 together.

”His involvement in the Class 40s has given him ample time for hands-on experience with many of our brands, such as Antal, Karver and Nke Marine Electronics, which are commonly found on these boats,” the company said in a statement.

In his new position, he will primarily focus on developing new business, but also service existing accounts for Antal, Karver and Reckmann.

Euro Marine Trading in Newport, R.I., has been a source for European marine performance equipment in North America for more than 25 years.

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Virginia’s Ocean Marine Yacht Center named Thomas “Charlie” Petosa as its vice president of sales and marketing.

Petosa has spent his professional career as an executive in the marine industry; he has been solely focused on the superyacht segment for the last several years. Most recently, he developed Professional Captain’s Services — the megayacht division of West Marine. He previously worked as chief operating officer of Northrop and Johnson Yachts-Ships.

Ocean Marine, based in Portsmouth, Va., is a superyacht refit and repair facility.

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Donald L. Blount and Associates, a Virginia-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, announced that Gordon Hatchell is the newest member of the firm.

“With 40 years of a broad array of managerial and technical experience with special projects for complex Navy combatant craft, Gordon will expand the competitive edge DLBA holds for the design of high-performance military craft,” vice president and chief operating officer Robert Bartee said in a statement.

Blount and Associates’ project base consists of three components: custom designs for private clients; production boat/refit/yacht management; and military/commercial design and engineering.

As the marine business climate rises, Hatchell has taken on dual responsibilities for program management and business development of the military/commercial design and engineering component to increase the time available for current staff to pursue the other two components, the company said.

Hatchell previously served as supervisor and program manager for the Special Projects Branch’s combatant craft department of the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock division in Potomac, Md.

This article originally appeared in the July 2011 issue.


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