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TMM Yacht Charters named Don Pietrykowski its new yacht sales manager.


He will be working out of TMM’s Tortola base and concentrating on selling new sailing yachts into its charter fleets in the British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent and Belize.

TMM represents Beneteau, Jeanneau, Fountaine Pajot, Privilege and Hunter yachts.

For the last 15 years, Pietrykowski held a yacht sales position at McMachen Marine, a third-generation yacht sales company near Detroit.

Pontoon builder Premier Marine named Bruce Hawkins its national sales manager.

“We’re excited to add Bruce to our team,” Premier president Bob Menne said in a statement. “With our recent acquisition of Palm Beach and Weeres, the expanded Premier family will benefit from Bruce’s extensive background and experience in all aspects of the marine industry.”

Hawkins has worked in the boating industry for more than 30 years, most recently as a yacht broker with Marine Sales and Solutions in Hilton Head, S.C. He also spent 12 years as vice president of sales and marketing with Stingray Boats and held sales positions at Outboard Marine Corp. and Forester Boats.

John Anderson, CEO of Australia-based Riviera Yachts, recently announced plans to retire and return to the United States in September.

“In June of this year my wife, Terri, and I returned to the United States to celebrate my 60th birthday with family and friends. During this trip we were greeted with the wonderful news that our daughter-in-law is expecting our first grandchild. We’ve been away from home for almost five years and this news, coupled with Terri’s parents requiring our support, has brought forward slightly my retirement plans,” he said in a statement.

“The last four-and-a-half years in Australia with Riviera has afforded us with memories and experiences that we both will treasure,” he added. “We have made many good friends and it has been an honor to work with our fine staff at Coomera, particularly over the last two years as we have chartered a safer course through turbulent times.”

Riviera offers 20 models from 36 to 85 feet across four model series: flybridge, sport yacht, offshore express and motoryachts.

SeaArk Marine announced the retirement of vice president of engineering Casmer “Cas” Kirby.


Kirby began his career with SeaArk in 1991 and was promoted to vice president of engineering in 2006. During that time, he led SeaArk’s engineering team through some of the most successful periods in the company’s history, SeaArk said in a statement.

Kirby will be succeeded by SeaArk engineering department manager Ronald McGehee, who has been with the company for more than 20 years.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators named two new program managers.

Capt. Richard Moore was named program manager for the Boating Under the Influence courses and Maj. Jim Getz (Ret.) was selected as the program manager for the Comprehensive and Advanced Boating Accident Investigation courses.

Moore has worked in boating safety and conservation law enforcement since 1990. He has worked his way through the ranks as a law enforcement officer, a regional training officer, assistant boating safety coordinator and watch commander and has served as boating law administrator and manager of Florida’s Boating Safety Program since 2002.

As program manager for the Boating Under the Influence courses, he will be responsible for curriculum currency and audit, instructor assignments and instructor certification and currency.

“With Richard holding this leadership position, we are confident that the BUI courses will successfully implement the most current standardized field sobriety tests and ultimately be a leading factor in reducing national marine standard to reduce accidents and deaths on the water,” NASBLA director of law enforcement John Fetterman said in a statement.

Getz served 28 years with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Law Enforcement and has been an instructor in the Accident Investigation program since 1998. He has been active in the boating community by serving on the Coast Guard’s National Boating Safety Advisory Council and the American Boat and Yacht Council’s board of directors and the technical board.

As program manager, Getz will be responsible for curriculum currency and audit, instructor assignments and instructor certification and currency.

Ranger Tugs named Kirk Hawley sales manager of its 21- to 29-foot trailerable boats built by Fluid Motion.

He will be based at the company’s headquarters in Kent, Wash. Hawley brings more than two decades of experience in the marine industry to the position.

He most recently was brand manager for a global sportfishing boat brand, where he managed and monitored sales, product pipeline and portfolio as well as global market requirements and product strategies. He has spent 12 years in the marine industry after working for 23 years in the retail grocery industry.

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association named Wendy Mackie chief executive officer. The association will maintain its long-standing association with Lisa DiRaimo as executive director.


Mackie has more than 15 years of experience in work force development and has worked with the association for the last four years on its education and training committee, as well as with Massachusetts Marine Trades in work force development, education and training. She also has provided executive leadership for other non-profits, including My Turn Rhode Island and Clean the Bay.

Mackie will continue as executive director of Clean the Bay, concurrent with her duties as CEO of the Rhode Island association.

Canadian boatbuilder WestWinn Group named Neil Gilbert its director of product development.

Gilbert joins WestWinn Group as a certified journeyman boatbuilder with extensive design and implementation credentials from builders that include Campion Marine, Doral International, Malibu Boats and Southport Boatworks.

This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue.


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