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Dometic Marine named Wes Oebel account manager for aftermarket sales in the Western region.

Based in Seattle, Oebel will have core responsibility for strengthening sales and supporting aftermarket customers.

An engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, Oebel joins Dometic with more than 10 years of manufacturing and product sales experience in the automation industry.

Dometic supplies a range of air-conditioning, sanitation and other equipment from Cruisair, Marine Air and SeaLand, as well as its own Dometic brand.

Seakeeper named Brook Streit regional sales manager for North America.


He formerly served as sales manager for Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Conn, where he generated sales leads for power and sailing yachts. He is a graduate of The Landing School’s boatbuilding program.

“Brook’s great contacts and extensive industry knowledge will help us as we focus on the refit market over the upcoming months,” Seakeeper vice president of sales and marketing John Kermet said in a statement.

Malibu Boats announced several personnel additions and promotions.

Ritchie Anderson, who has more than 28 years of experience in the water sports boatbuilding arena, was named vice president of operations.

“We are very excited to have Ritchie on the Malibu team. In the short time Ritchie has been at Malibu he has added immediate, measurable value,” CEO Jack Springer said in a statement. “Ritchie, Lynn Little, who was recently added to Malibu as assistant plant manager, and existing plant leadership give Malibu a deep and talented operations team.”

Danny Gasper, who has brought “countless innovations to the water, including the G3 Tower, all-new Wakesetter 22 MXZ and Response TXi,” was named director of product design.

Adam McCall was promoted to vice president of new product engineering and product positioning for Axis and Malibu.

Kevin Michael was brought on board as the Malibu and Axis public relations and social media assistant. Michael previously spent 12 years as editor of TransWorld Wakeboarding.

West Marine’s board of directors named Christiana Smith Shi as a new independent director.

Shi, who also was appointed to West Marine’s audit committee, spent almost 25 years of her career at McKinsey & Co., a global management consulting firm, in positions that included senior partner. In October 2010 she joined Nike Inc.’s Global Direct-to-Consumer business as its vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for the division’s global store, real estate, finance, information technology and supply chain operations.

Shi also is a board member of the Stanford (University) Parents’ Advisory Board, the Clayman Institute for Gender Studies and the Orange County United Way Women’s Philanthropy Society.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics from Stanford and has an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

“We are thrilled to have Christiana join our board. Her global market expertise, operational experience and e-commerce focus align well with West Marine’s strategic vision,” West Marine chairman Randy Repass said in a statement.

Ward’s Marine Electric announced the relocation of Riviera Beach (Fla.) service manager Steven Hebert to its Fort Lauderdale headquarters.

Hebert will be joining longtime Fort Lauderdale service manager Adam Shattenkirk. The move will allow the company greater ability to service its customers at home and abroad, providing clearer communication and customer satisfaction, the company said.

Additionally, Gregg Scrudders was appointed service manager at the Ward’s location in Riviera Beach.

“These strategic additions to upper management in our service department will enable WME to continue to provide quality service to our South Florida customer base, as well as better serve the company’s global clientele,” chief operating officer Kristina Hebert said in a statement.

Great Lakes Scuttlebutt will include features submitted by angling experts Alan McGuckin and TJ Maglio to expand its content to include species-specific fishing articles.

Their articles will appear in the print and digital versions of the magazine on a regular basis in 2012.

Maglio is a freelance outdoor writer who lives in Manassas, Va. He’s a tournament fisherman, hunter and conservationist and has been published in online journals, websites and magazines. By day, he is a sales associate for, an online reservation service for fishing guides.

McGuckin has worked in the fishing industry’s marketing arena for 16 years. His writing and photography recently appeared as editorial and advertisements within ESPN magazine, Bassmaster, BASS Times, The Drake and numerous bass fishing websites.

CCP Composites US announced the appointment of Ed Malle as national accounts manager for marine products.

Malle has 10 years of experience in the marine composites industry, including five years of product development for CCP’s marine accounts.

CCP Composites US is a subsidiary of CCP Composites, an international leader in the production and distribution of polyester gelcoats, unsaturated polyester and vinylester resins.

Laurie Moers is the newly appointed Northeast regional sales representative for MarChem CFI.

She is responsible for generating demand for the company’s products at the user level, contacting canvas shops, awning shops, distributors and OEMs that use fabrics.

Based in West Milford, N.J., Moers’ territory encompasses Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland and Rhode Island.

She brings more than 20 years of experience in the textile industry to her new post. She previously worked with Dillon Yarn and Astrup/Tri Vantage.

MarChem is the producer of Top Notch, Top Gun, Topyssey, Vista, Odyssey, Softouch, Holiday and Aqua-Tite Green. MarChem CFI is a subsidiary of Dash Multi-Corp Inc.

Sealine International named Michigan-based Rex Schlaybaugh as its new board chairman.

The Oxford Investment Group acquired Sealine from Brunswick Corp. in August on behalf of private investors.

Schlaybaugh is chairman and chief executive of the law firm Dykema. He also has acted as counsel to Oxford for more than 25 years and is its vice chairman.

“We are proud to appoint Rex Schlaybaugh, a distinguished legal and business leader, to oversee the corporate governance of Sealine International,” Oxford Investment Group chairman Selwyn Isakow said in a statement. “Rex’s outstanding record of board management and controlled building of businesses will assist the shareholders of Sealine to create value and maintain an exciting and growing environment for Sealine’s management, employees, suppliers, dealers and boat owners.”

KCS International Inc., the parent company of Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, promoted Mike Pigeon to chief financial officer.

“Mike has been a critical part of our leadership team for many years,” company president Mark Pedersen said in a statement. “Over the past two years he has been instrumental in our work to refinance and manage relationships with both our dealer network and banking partners. It is an honor to recognize his contributions and promote him to a role he truly deserves.”

Pigeon has been with the company for 16 years. In his new position he will become more involved in the supply chain and purchasing functions and oversee three members of the KCS team.

He has a bachelor’s degree in managerial accounting and is a certified public accountant.

This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue.



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