Movers and Shakers

Publish date:
Social count:

Legendary Marina Management, a division of Legendary Marine, appointed Pam Lendzion as its director of marina development. She will be responsible for the research and business development of third-party marina management opportunities.


Prior to joining Legendary, Lendzion was chief executive of MarineTec Management Co. She previously helped Marinas International develop its third-party management division and also was chief operating officer of Vinings Marine Group. An active boater, she holds a 100-ton Coast Guard Masters License.

Lendzion is president of the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, incoming chairwoman of the Marine Industry Training and Education Council and an International Marina Institute faculty member, teaching leadership skills to marina and boatyard managers.

She is a member of the International Marina & Boatyard Conference’s steering committee and editorial board and a past president of the Marine Industries Association of Northeast Florida.

Mike O’Connell was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Larson Boats.

O’Connell will have a range of responsibilities, including operations, sales and marketing functions. He will report directly to Al Kuebelbeck, president and chief executive of Larson, and will have direct involvement with all four brands built in Larson’s facility — Larson, Seaswirl, Triumph and FinCraft.

He has more than 27 years of experience in the marine industry, most recently as vice president of planning and business development at Rec Boat Holdings. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in management positions in the Genmar group of boat companies.

Sea Fox Boat Co. hired Anthony Kalil Design Inc. as a consultant providing design services to the Azure and Mariah sportboat brands.

Kalil also will be providing marketing and dealer support services to the Azure brand.

He has garnered numerous accolades in the boating industry in the last decade, including the development of intellectual property with utility patents, design patents, copyrights, vessel hull design registrations and trademarks.

He previously served as director of product development for Crownline Boats and was employed as director of design for Monterey Boats and senior designer for Regal Boats. He has also done design work for companies that include Cigarette Racing, Cruisers Yachts and Ski Supreme.

Saunders Yachtworks board member Jim Bronstien was appointed the new chairman of the board in advance of the retirement of company founder Andrew Saunders.

Saunders is retiring after 36 years in the role.

“I could not be happier than to turn over the reins of this company to Jim,” Saunders says in a statement. “He is a great friend and source of guidance over the years. He will be an outstanding chairman. I know Saunders Yachtworks will be in good hands as we move into the next phase of this business.”

John Fitzgerald continues as president and chief executive of the company.

Bronstien is a 27-year South Florida marine industry veteran. He serves on several industry boards and is a frequent speaker at industry functions. He is best known as the former owner and president of Rybovich, where he was chief executive/owner for more than 21 years before he sold the company in 2004.

Through his company, Marine Business Advisors, he has been involved in yacht-related businesses in an advisory or partnership role. His experience in the yacht service industry fits Saunders as it completes the final stages of a major expansion by building a new boatyard in Gulf Shores, Ala., on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

This new facility, being built on 12 acres of Baldwin County property with federal grant assistance, will be able to service vessels in or out of the water up to 125 feet with a 150-ton Travelift, combined with an in-water service basin with deep-water access to the Gulf of Mexico.

Cobham Commercial Systems announced the appointment of Michael Wilkerson as general manager of ACR Electronics and Ron Crowder as senior sales manager of the company.

ACR, as part of Cobham, designs and makes safety and survival products.

Wilkerson comes to ACR from his most recent position as director of strategy and business development for Cobham Satcom. In leadership roles during his career with Cobham, Wilkerson was one of the founders of Chelton Inc. (Cobham Antennas in Lewisville, Texas) for Chelton Ltd. and served as its president from 1992-2007. He was part of the acquisition team for Cobham Satcom Fullerton and served as president of Comant from 1997-2005.

Wilkerson also participated in Cobham’s original acquisition of ACR and Artex Aircraft Supplies Inc.

Crowder, after a brief hiatus, returns to his previous position as senior sales manager — a position he has held for the last 12 years. He brings more than 30 years of sales and distribution experience to the position.

The PowerCat Group named Jim Irving regional sales manager for the Northeast.

Based at the home office in Tarboro, N.C., Irving is responsible for a region that includes New England, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Irving will represent all four PowerCat Group catamaran lines: World Cat, Glacier Bay, Livingston and Carolina Cat.

Prior to joining the PowerCat Group, he was president of James Irving and Associates. He was also regional sales manager for Tiara Yachts and regional sales manager for Pursuit Boats for more than 16 years.

The PowerCat Group builds four brands of catamaran products in Tarboro. The company acquired World Cat Catamarans in 2002 and added Glacier Bay and Livingston catamarans in 2008. The company founded the Carolina Cat brand of 18- to 24-foot catamarans last year.

Torqeedo named Raychel Brown as its sales manager, with responsibility for promoting and increasing sales of Torqeedo’s Travel series of electric motors.


Brown last served as a short-term contractor for the Vallarta Yacht Chandlery in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. She also has been seminar coordinator for Sail America and director of operations for the Fair Wind Sailing School.

An avid sailor, Brown is a boat owner and has experience as a crewmember on racing and cruising sailboats.

This article originally appeared in the August 2011 issue.


Yamaha sponsors Jacksonville show

Yamaha has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show that runs April 13 -15 at Metropolitan Park and Marina in Jacksonville, Fla.

Volvo Penta announces contest

Volvo Penta of the Americas is asking new engine owners to submit stories to its inaugural Boating Dreams contest and will award the winner with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

MIASF volunteers collect 32 tons of trash

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, organizers of the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup held on March 3, collected 32 tons of trash from 31 sites around the county.

New Jersey saltwater fishing show opens today

The Progressive Saltwater Fishing Expo opens today, nearly doubling its footprint as it moves from the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J., to the larger, more centrally-located New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, N.J.