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Movers and Shakers

Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine moved to an expanded office complex at 7856 W. Central Ave. in Toledo, Ohio, and added two new positions.

Kate Komuniecki was hired as content coordinator and as an additional graphic designer. A Toledo native, she holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Bowling Green State University and has several years of ad agency experience with nationally known clients such as Breyers, Hickory Farms and Ciao Bella while working in commercial rebranding, packaging and advertising design.

Dennis Mykols will be in charge of sales in the northern and western areas of Michigan. He has more than 25 years of selling business solutions and creating major events while working for Fortune 500 companies such as MDSI and Digital Equipment Corp.

In 1992, he retired from Digital Equipment and bought the Wharf Marina, which he and his wife operated for 10 years. During that time he created two major American Power Boat Association offshore powerboat races.

Charles Industries Ltd. announced that Joseph Burke Jr. joined the company as vice president of telecom sales. With 25 years of experience in telecommunications and manufacturing services sales management, Burke brings extensive experience and industry recognition to his new position on Charles’ senior management team.

Burke’s previous positions included group vice president at ADC Telecommunications, vice president of sales at Edgecom Corp., executive vice president at Fabrinet and, most recently, president and CEO of Quasar Technologies.

“Our company is well-positioned for growth in areas that we’ve only just begun to penetrate, including wireless, utility and CATV markets,” Charles Industries senior vice president and COO Robert Novak said in a statement.

Silver Ships appointed Sherry and Malcolm Wisch of Long Island, N.Y., as regional sales managers.

The pair will concentrate their sales and marketing efforts in the Northeast and Midwest territories and will have international responsibilities. The Wisches previously were associated with SeaArk Marine.

Ron Morgenstein joined the International Yacht Collection company as a yacht consultant and broker. He has been a Fort Lauderdale yacht broker since 1987.


A lifelong sailor, Morgenstein was a sailing instructor while attending Tulane University. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and became a data processing consultant. He found an old Olympic-class racing sloop and skippered it, and he obtained a captain’s license before moving to Florida.

St. Petersburg, Fla.-based marine insurance agency Wallace Welch & Willingham announced the promotion of Mike Carrigan Jr., of Sarasota, Fla., to assistant vice president of marine and outdoor recreation.

Carrigan will oversee the sales and marketing efforts of the department, which includes marine dealers and marinas, marine manufacturers, marine contractors and recreational marine insurance clients.

Growth plans for the department include outdoor sports and recreation encompassing RV parks and campgrounds, hunting plantations and preserves, hunting and fishing outfitters and lodges.

A third-generation marine industry veteran, Carrigan has more than 20 years of ownership and management experience. He was sales and marketing director at Scout Boats and national sales manager at Stamas Yacht, Century Boat Co. and ProLine Boats.

Nautical instrument maker Weems & Plath announced the promotion of Chelsea Mahoney to the sales department as a special markets manager. Mahoney is responsible for all corporate and special market sales on a national level.


She joined Weems & Plath as marketing coordinator in October 2010 and was named to the new post in September.

Hailing from Oxford, Md., Mahoney graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a concentration in English literature. After graduation she worked in commercial real estate in Boston before returning to Maryland in 2010.

This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue.



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