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Imtra, a manufacturer and importer of marine products, announced that Eric Braitmayer will fill the new position of chief operating officer.

Braitmayer, currently vice president of marketing, was named second in command to the CEO. He also will retain his current responsibilities.

“I have had the good fortune of working with a strong management team, and Eric’s enthusiasm and foresight is invaluable,” Imtra president and CEO Nat Bishop said in a statement. “He has suggested successful new strategies and tactics, been instrumental in Imtra’s approach to technology and is able to elevate his co-workers’ abilities to a higher level.”

An employee since 1988, Braitmayer has played a key role in shaping Imtra’s strategic direction. Serving as the company’s marketing vice president since 1997, he has actively spearheaded new business efforts, partnership development, marketing and sales initiatives.

The Global Marine Insurance Agency recently named Rick Venner to its team. He has more than 25 years of marine industry experience in management, sales and operations.

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“Rick’s background as a former boat dealer, marina owner and yacht manufacturer’s representative, along with his deep roots in the sailing and yachting communities, make him a perfect fit for Global Marine,” company president Matt Anderson said in a statement.

Fineline Industries, the producer of Centurion Boats, said industry veteran Jim Emmons, through his marketing consulting firm, will handle Centurion’s marketing efforts.

Emmons will oversee and direct the brand’s marketing, which includes advertising, communications and public relations for both the trade and consumer markets. Emmons will remain president of the WaterSports Industry Association and will continue to manage the Water Sports Foundation’s Coast Guard federal grant.

Most recently, Emmons was the publisher of WaterSki and WakeBoarding magazines at Bonnier Corp., where he spent 21 years. In 1996, he was appointed to the WSIA’s board and he became the association’s president in 2003. He is serving his third term.

Intellian named Carl Novello vice president of product management and he also will lead Intellian’s Inmarsat GX Terminal program.

He has more than 12 years of experience in VSAT and satellite communications. In his previous roles, Novello has worked in the maritime VSAT markets as a director of sales engineering and product management and has a wealth of product and systems knowledge.

Bonnier announced the promotion of Mary South to editor-in-chief of Yachting and named Patrick Sciacca deputy editor.

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South, who had been deputy editor, joined Yachting in 2007 and has been integral to the brand as it expanded beyond its magazine presence and onto new media platforms.

She joined the magazine as senior editor and was promoted to deputy editor last year. She is an accomplished writer whose byline has appeared in many national publications and monthly for the last four years in the pages of Yachting, where she has written about rounding Cape Horn, exploring the Amazon, sailing the Inner Hebrides and countless other boating topics.

Sciacca, a boater and an avid offshore angler, comes to Yachting after more than 12 years as a marine journalist. At Power & Motoryacht, he led the magazine’s boat-test program for more than a decade; produced the magazine’s top-notch Big Game Tournament Guide; and led several successful digital/social media initiatives.

In his most recent position, at New York-based LIF Publishing, Sciacca was executive editor of The Fisherman, where he helped develop a video-based e-newsletter and a monthly glossy edition to complement the brand’s newsprint weeklies.

Capt. Tom Kehlenbach, owner of Sea Tow Central Connecticut, was named to the board of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association for a three-year term that starts July 1.

The appointment was made March 14 during the trade group’s 58th annual meeting at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Kehlenbach has been an association member since 1990, when he founded Sea Tow Central Connecticut.

The business provides marine assistance to Sea Tow members and other boaters on Long Island Sound and the southern Connecticut River.

Northrop & Johnson announced the hiring of two new staff members.

Karina Lopez was named marketing director. Based in Fort Lauderdale, she will oversee marketing across the entire group, including sales, charter, charter management, yacht management and crew services.

Lopez began her career with South Florida real estate developer The Related Group. She later joined the opening team of the Viceroy Hotel in Miami. Lopez then ventured into the financial field and continued her communications and marketing career with Bayview Asset Management, a mortgage investment firm based in Coral Gables, Fla.

John Jay Mouligné joined the company as a sales broker. After completing his studies at Norwich University, he spent several years in the political and defense-related fields before deciding to combine his lifelong passion for yachting with his work.

Although Mouligné is a newcomer to Northrop & Johnson, he has been around the water his entire life — from competitive, offshore shorthanded sailing to cruising the Caribbean.

Cannons Marina, of Longboat Key, Fla., added Capt. Mike Adams to its sales team. He will specialize in Jupiter boat sales and yacht brokerage.

Adams has captained yachts up to 110 feet in the waters of the southeastern United States, and internationally from the Bahamas to Central America. He also has done vessel orientation for new owners of boats ranging from 18-foot fishing boats to 78-foot yachts.

Adams was the general manager and yacht broker specialist of Riviera Dunes Marina, of Palmetto, Fla., for the last 12 years. At Riviera Dunes, he helped to custom-build more than 40 Jupiter boats and assisted yacht brokerage clients in transactions throughout the Southeast.

Nautic Global Group recently hired Vann Knight to lead the company’s engineering and research-and-development efforts as director of engineering across all brands.

Knight formerly was the director of engineering and design engineering manager for Brunswick Corp. and the Brunswick Boat Group, supporting such brands as Boston Whaler, Triton and Trophy. Most recently, he was the manufacturing engineer manager for Nacco’s Materials Handling Group. n

Viking Yacht Co. said veteran sales specialist Steve Boerema, of Marfin Marine LLC, will join the yacht builder as a consultant to further Viking’s international dealer and distribution development programs.

Boerema has a 19-year track record in establishing long-term relationships in foreign markets with multicultural needs and expectations, and adding him signals a new chapter in expanding Viking’s global reach, the company said.

“We look forward to collaborating with Steve and his extensive international background, which will enable us to set higher levels of dealer and customer satisfaction for the Viking brand in new expanding markets,” executive vice president Patrick Healey said in a statement.

Vanessa Jiron joined Northrop & Johnson in its group marketing department.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Jiron will be responsible for the coordination of group activities, including company advertising and boat shows.

Prior to joining the company, she was an executive assistant at Bartram & Brakenhoff and previously served as executive assistant to the president of a U.S. yacht builder.

Knot 10 Yacht Sales announced key personnel changes and additions.

In Florida, Knot 10 named Mark Armstrong its managing broker. He brings years of experience to the position, having been involved in several large boat builds and international business development, as well as the day-to-day activities that brokerage demands.

In the Mid-Atlantic, Knot 10 recently added Todd Wittman to the sales team. Gary Bouthillette, the company’s general manager, said in a statement that Wittman’s experience selling Tiara, Silverton and Cruisers Yachts, as well as smaller fishing boats, “will be a perfect background to serve our varied buyers and sellers for years to come.”

Mark Mukon joined the company in New England. He has been involved in almost every facet of the marine industry, from builds to engineering to sales, the company said.

MTN Satellite Communications announced the addition of two key executives to its management team.

Robert Wise, previously an engineering vice president in HP’s public cloud computing effort, will serve in the newly created position of chief innovation officer, and the former head of Intelsat General, Susan Miller, will be the executive vice president of strategy and corporate development.

Lewmar named Nigel Smith head of design.

Smith has received numerous design awards and accolades. He has a wealth of experience within the leisure marine industry and combines this with a broad range of knowledge obtained within senior design roles at leading design consultancies, the company said.

Donovan Marine added Laurie Reney to its sales force in New England. She will cover Cape Cod to New Bedford, Mass., including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

“After eight years of owning my own propeller shop and another 17-plus years on the repair shop side, I’m confident I can take care of this area personally, professionally and proudly under the Donovan Marine name,” Reney said in a statement.

Bonnier announced the promotion of Mary South to editor-in-chief of Yachting and named Patrick Sciacca deputy editor.

South, who had been deputy editor, joined Yachting in 2007 and has been integral to the brand as it expanded beyond its magazine presence and onto new media platforms.

She joined the magazine as senior editor and was promoted to deputy editor last year. She is an accomplished writer whose byline has appeared in many national publications and monthly for the last four years in the pages of Yachting, where she has written about rounding Cape Horn, exploring the Amazon, sailing the Inner Hebrides and countless other boating topics.

Sciacca, a boater and an avid offshore angler, comes to Yachting after more than 12 years as a marine journalist. At Power & Motoryacht, he led the magazine’s boat-test program for more than a decade; produced the magazine’s top-notch Big Game Tournament Guide; and led several successful digital/social media initiatives.

In his most recent position, at New York-based LIF Publishing, Sciacca was executive editor of The Fisherman, where he helped develop a video-based e-newsletter and a monthly glossy edition to complement the brand’s newsprint weeklies.

Pelican Products named Joe Eckerle vice president and general manager of its South Deerfield, Mass., facility.

Prior to joining Pelican, Eckerle served in several key executive positions with companies that include TriMedx Healthcare Equipment Services; Optical Experts Manufacturing; Technicolor Home Entertainment Services; Mitsui Advanced Media; and Sony Music Entertainment.

Indiana Marine Products, a leading supplier of dashes, panels, wire harnesses and logistics services, primarily to the marine industry, announced the addition of Mike Van Acker as engineering manager.

“After 16 years of marine engineering experience and 10 years of automotive process design, Van Acker adds immediate strength and a fresh perspective to our engineering offering,” Indiana Marine chief executive Mike Peters said in a statement.

Capt. Tom Kehlenbach, owner of Sea Tow Central Connecticut, was named to the board of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association for a three-year term that starts July 1.

The appointment was made March 14 during the trade group’s 58th annual meeting at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Kehlenbach has been an association member since 1990, when he founded Sea Tow Central Connecticut.

The business provides marine assistance to Sea Tow members and other boaters on Long Island Sound and the southern Connecticut River.

Scout Boats named Robbie Massengill director of engineering and quality assurance. He will coordinate and direct all aspects of engineering activities by leading a team of engineers, CAD technicians, compliance specialists and BOM specialists through the processes of new model development and current model production for Scout.

Massengill also will produce, coordinate and direct quality assurance policies, programs and initiatives for incoming and outgoing products to ensure that quality standards are met during production. He previously was the owner/broker of his own real estate development company, as well as a marina manager in North Carolina.

Chaparral and Robalo boats recently named Paul Cherney vice president of marketing.

He joins Chaparral after working with MarineMax and Brunswick Corp., where he led Meridian Yachts as vice president and general manager before moving to Hatteras and Cabo as the vice president of sales, marketing and customer service.

“His 18 years of experience in the marine Industry will bring another credible perspective to our business as we continue to build our company for the future,” Chaparral and Robalo boats president Jim Lane said in a statement.

Lewmar recently promoted Bob Stevens to quality manager. He joined the organization in 1996 as product marketing engineer. In 2009, he took on the additional responsibility of hardware product manager and he was promoted to head of design in 2010.

“Bob’s wealth of experience in Lewmar’s product range, his organization skills and attention to detail will be key assets to the role and ensure that a new quality focus is built into every Lewmar product,” chairman and CEO Peter Tierney said in a statement.

Carmen DiStefano was named general manager at the Hinckley Service Yard in Mantoloking, N.J.

He comes to Hinckley with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of boatyard services, having successfully worked his way through the trades into service and management. For the last four years, DiStefano has served as president of Mermaid’s Cove Marina in Mantoloking.

Prior positions include new boat rigging manager at MarineMax, Brick, N.J.; vice president of service at Ocean Beach Marina, Lavallette, N.J.; and more than 21 years at Winter’s Yacht Basin, where he served in several roles, from trades to operations manager.

Neil Sykes joins Bluewater Yacht Yards as a project manager. He has a background in marine construction, has a captain’s license and is well-known in the Mid-Atlantic sportfishing world.

Bluewater Yacht Sales is the Mid-Atlantic dealer for Viking Yachts, Princess Yachts and Regulator Marine, as well as Sabre Yachts, Back Cove Yachts and Duffy Electric Boats in the Southern Chesapeake. It operates from four locations — one each in Maryland and Virginia, and two in North Carolina.

Charles Industries Ltd. announced that David Wyrick joined the company as business unit director of Charles’ Marine & Industrial Group, a leading provider of AC and DC electrical systems and solutions for marine and industrial applications.

Wyrick will be charged with the development, implementation and execution of strategic product road maps; specification and justification of future product development; life-cycle management of existing marine and industrial products; and oversight of business unit engineering resources.

His prior experience includes product development and design, marketing, manufacturing and business strategies focused on stored energy solutions. He joined Charles from GNB Industrial Power/Exide Technologies, where he held positions that included national accounts manager and senior product manager, and product management roles for energy systems solutions and industrial flooded products.

Palladium Technologies named Fred Mayer to its sales team.

As the new senior sales consultant, Mayer brings more than two decades of marine industry experience. His responsibilities will include working closely with Palladium’s customers by providing integrated solutions for their yachts, along with developing new customer relations.

This article originally appeared in the May 2012 issue.

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