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Interphase Technologies of Soquel, Calif., appointed Bob Chew to the new position of sales and marketing manager.

Working from Stuart, Fla., Chew will be responsible for a broad spectrum of sales, marketing and business development activities for the marine electronics manufacturer. He will work to expand the company's presence in domestic and international marine markets, addressing the recreational, commercial and governmental segments of the business.

A 25-year veteran of the marine industry, Chew's background includes the retail and wholesale side of marine sales, distribution and manufacturing. He also has experience in marketing, business development and product development.

"I'm confident his industry knowledge and marketing experience will help us take the Interphase product line to a larger and broader boating audience," said Charles Hicks, president of Interphase Technologies, in a statement.

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Chip Fendt joined Statement Marine in a sales and customer service capacity.

Fendt, of Sarasota, Fla., is a world champion offshore racer with more than 30 years representing boat manufacturers such as Talon, Donzi, Hustler and Outerlimits.

The company, which launched at the Miami International Boat Show, plans production of only a half-dozen boats per year, which allows for the attention to detail necessary to achieve the high-end finished product offered by Statement.

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Chris Ferrelli was named sales specialist for the Northeastern region of the U.S. by Charlotte, N.C.-based Tesa Tape.

Starting June 1, Ferrelli will have sales responsibilities for industrial markets throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

Prior to this appointment, Ferrelli served the company as a strategic segment manager for the transportation segment. He will continue as a team leader for sales/support for the aerospace and defense industries.

He also previously served as a sales specialist for the south-central states.

The Northwest Marine Trade Association appointed George Harris to be its next president when Michael Campbell retires July 1.

Harris has served as the NMTA's boat show director and vice president since 1999. He was unanimously approved for his new post at the association's board of trustees meeting.

"George Harris has shown over the past 10 years that he is committed to the Northwest Marine Trade Association," board chairman Dwight Jones said in a statement. "He has treated the membership with honesty and fairness and he truly understands the challenges that face our industry. George has the skills and knowledge to lead our association and it is gratifying to welcome him as our next president."

Harris joined the NMTA in the summer of 1999 after spending eight years with Connelly Skis as a product and sales manager. He is a lifelong boater and a graduate of Michigan State University.

Campbell, who was hired as president in October 1999, has been at the helm of NMTA during one of its most prominent decades - growing the group's Seattle Boat Show into one of the largest on the West Coast, developing a comprehensive regional Grow Boating program, and eliminating association debt of nearly $1 million.

"Michael Campbell has taken our association to a new level," says Jones. "The many successes that have been achieved during his tenure are a testament to his hard work and visionary leadership."

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Hanse Yachts US announced transition plans for its day-to-day operations from Donald Walsh to Alexander Harrison.

Walsh, who has spent 44 years in the sailing business and nearly 14 years building dealership networks in North America, will remain in a modified and supporting role to handle the financial affairs and some office duties, according to the company.

Harrison has been with Hanse Yachts US for more than a year, the company says.

In addition, a new office opened April 1 at Yacht Haven in Annapolis, Md.

The company can be reached at Hanse Yachts US, 326 First St., Suite 23, Annapolis, MD 21403; (410) 571-5881; aharrison@hanseyachts.com.

US Sailing plans to nominate Gary Jobson as the organization's next president. The board of directors will make its final decision Oct. 25 at US Sailing's annual general meeting in Houston.

Jobson, 58, has been a strong supporter of US Sailing and currently is a member of the board of directors. He also has served on the Olympic Sailing Committee for 12 years.

Jobson has authored 16 sailing books, including the first US Sailing instructor's manual, and is editor-at-large of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines.

He was the television broadcast producer for the sailing competition at the 2008 Olympics on NBC.

Jobson has won many championships in one-design classes, the America's Cup with Ted Turner in 1977, the Fastnet Race and many of the world's ocean races. In college, he was an All-American sailor three times and was twice named College Sailor of the Year (1972, 1973) while at SUNY-Maritime.

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Atlantic Challenge of Rockland, Maine, appointed Jeffrey C. Lewis as its new executive director.

Lewis comes to Atlantic Challenge from the Allen Agency, where he specialized in marine insurance. Prior to that, he was the personnel and safety manager for Wayfarer Marine. He is a veteran of the Outward Bound Program on Hurricane Island, where he was a senior instructor and course director.

Lewis received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas    at Austin and his graduate degree from the Bangor Theological Seminary. He also holds a Coast Guard   100-ton license.

"I have spent my life around boats and with others who love them," Lewis said in a statement. "I have worked in boats and boatyards from the bilges to senior management."

Lewis will replace interim executive director Rick Palm, who will continue to serve on the board of Atlantic Challenge.

Atlantic Challenge offers a two-year post-secondary education and advanced training apprenticeship program in traditional wooden-boat building and    seamanship.

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Robert W. Livingston II took over as CEO of Grand Banks Yachts following the retirement of his father, Robert W. Livingston, who held that post for 35 years.

The senior Livingston will continue to serve as chairman of the board for Grand Banks, which has traded on the Singapore Stock Exchange since 1987. He originally joined the company in 1972, when the boatbuilder was known as American Marine Ltd.

In 1993, Livingston oversaw the launch of the company's Eastbay Series, which helped pioneer the modern interpretation of the lobster boat as a cruising yacht. And he managed a continued expansion of the Grand Banks range with the launch of its Aleutian Series of luxury bluewater yachts in 2001.

"I've always believed planning for succession was a critical part of my role and, for the past two years, have been working with the board on a thoughtful succession plan," the senior Livingston said in a statement. "Through that process, Rob emerged as the right person to lead the company and I am confident in his ability to continue to drive the success of Grand Banks Yachts."

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Martini Yacht Sales of Stevensville, Md., added Jeff Martini to its sales team.

Martini first entered the boat business in 1973, working on the railway at Shady Oaks Marina. After a stint with the public works department for Anne Arundel County, Md., he returned to the boat business in 1983.

Martini has held positions at Gates Marina in the parts and sales departments, eventually becoming the general manager; and at the yacht center as a broker and eventually sales manager. While at the yacht center, he attended Meridian Yacht University, receiving certificates in four consecutive years. In March, he made the move to Martini Yacht Sales to rejoin his brother, John.

Martini holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland.

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Tiara Yachts hired marine industry veteran Paul Perry as its new head of international sales.

Perry will retain his responsibilities for Tiara's sister company, Pursuit Boats, providing a complement of brands for him to offer as he further establishes overseas distribution for the company.

"Paul has been  associated with   our company since 1992 and has developed a keen awareness of the nuances of the international marine market," Tiara Yachts president Robert Slikkers said in a statement. "We couldn't have a more knowledgeable supporter of our brand responsible for such a critical part of our sales and distribution strategy."

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New Zealand-based Stabicraft Marine named Marty Smith as its North American sales manager to serve the U.S. and Canadian markets.

Smith is a marine industry veteran with 25 years of experience in purchasing, design, quality control, boat show management and sales.

In his new position, he will expand Stabicraft Marine's dealer network, foster the company's relationship with existing dealers and manage U.S. and Canadian boat shows and events.

Smith will operate the soon-to-be announced U.S. headquarters.

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Tony Smythe joined Jay Bettis & Co. Yacht Sales in Seabrook, Texas, as a broker.

Smythe has been a broker for more than 10 years. He also brings experience in racing and cruising, has co-authored local cruising guides and is a past commodore of both the Houston Yacht Club and Texas Corinthian Yacht Club.

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Kawasaki Motors Corp. named Takeshi Teranishi its new president.

Teranishi most recently headed the sales and marketing division at KHI's Consumer Products and Machinery Company. He also served in various key planning positions while assigned to Kawasaki's European operations. He was first named to head the company's office in France, prior to transferring to its European headquarters in the Netherlands, where he served as general director of the Corporate Planning Division and the Marketing Division.

Teranishi will succeed Shigehiko (Scott) Kiyama, the company's president since 2006. Kiyama has been at Kawasaki since 2002, serving initially as director of planning, marketing and sales. He will return to Japan and assume a new assignment as general manager of the supply chain division of the Consumer Products and Machinery Company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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Tallon Marine named Greg Urquhart its international business manager, a new position designed to respond to the increased demand for Tallon Marine receivers and accessories in the United States, Europe and Australasia, according to the company.

"Our goal is to establish more ongoing, face-to-face time with our customers and prospects in order to better serve their needs and to support our growth efforts worldwide," said Duncan Good, general manager of Tallon Marine, in a statement. "Greg brings all the enthusiasm and skills required for the job."

Urquhart joins Tallon Marine from Gen-I, an information technology company, where he developed and managed sales opportunities across key accounts, according to Tallon Marine. Before that, he managed all of Shell's retail and commercial activity in various regions of New Zealand.

Based in New Zealand, Tallon Marine manufactures integrated accessory systems for the marine market.

This article originally appeared in the June 2009 issue.

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