Movers and Shakers


Northrop & Johnson named Renato Cagiati its chief financial officer.


Cagiati has held positions in fields that include banking, marketing, sales and finance. He held executive positions with Hewlett Packard in Geneva, Mars Inc. in London and Paris, and Coors Brewing Co. in Colorado.

Cagiati most recently was chief financial officer at Yachting Partners International in Monaco. He will be based in Fort Lauderdale.

The company also named Scott Carlson and Solenn de Braux charter brokers.


Carlson has a captain’s license and previously delivered boats up and down the Intracoastal Waterway between Miami and New York. He later spent four years working on the megayacht Harle, a Feadship, and upgraded to a 200-ton license. He will be based in Fort Lauderdale.

De Braux joined the yachting industry 11 years ago and worked with Fraser Yachts for five years and Burgess in New York for six years. She has been a charter broker for eight years. De Braux will be based in France.

American Suzuki Motor Corp. announced several changes to the executive and sales staff of its marine division.

George “Gus” Blakely is the new manager of sales planning for Suzuki Marine. He will be responsible for dealer and OEM sales and marketing, as well as developing business with new dealers and boatbuilders to increase Suzuki Marine’s network of retail outlets. Blakely has been with Suzuki Marine for 21 years, most recently as manager of the Boat Builder Business Group.

Max Kelley was named the new manager of the Boat Builder Business Group and will be responsible for national sales to the OEM market. He joined Suzuki Marine in 2002.

Todd Flores will take on sales responsibility as the Western region district sales manager for the Boat Builder Business.

David Greenwood was named manager of OEM sales application engineering and product quality. Greenwood has been with Suzuki since 1986. He most recently was Suzuki Marine’s product planning manager.

Denison Yacht Sales, a global yacht brokerage and yacht charter firm, recently hired eight new yacht brokers and a charter fleet manager to expand the company’s presence at its Florida and California offices.

Joining the Fort Lauderdale brokerage are Skip Denison, Juan Pasch, Peter Quintal and Gene Echols.

Pasch will assist in sales of new Beneteau GTs. Denison will focus on sales of Down East-style yachts and other boats from 50 to 150 feet in Palm Beach County, Fla., and Saugatuck, Mich.

New brokers to the California location are Dave Millett, Rick Peters, John Zagorski and Ed Gillespie.

Kaisa Pace was named charter fleet manager. She brings more than 13 years of marine industry experience and most recently worked at Bartram & Brakenhoff, where she was in charge of charter management and charter brokerage.

Scott MacDonald joined the Kent Narrows, Md., sales office of Bluewater Yacht Sales as a broker.

A lifelong boater and fisherman, MacDonald is a seasoned inshore and offshore angler and an experienced sales professional, the company says.

Bluewater is a 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.

International Yacht Collection recently named Jennifer Howarth its international crew placement director and Katya Jaimes as a yacht charter agent.

Howarth began her yachting career as a stewardess aboard such yachts as Oasis, Capri and Private Lives from 2004-07. Her land-based yachting career began in early 2008 at Fraser Yachts, Monaco, where she spent three years as a charter manager. She joined IYC in April 2011 as a charter manager.

Jaimes comes to IYC from Northrop & Johnson Yachts and Ships, and she also spent time at Ocean Blue Management.

Donovan Marine named Steve Williams and Marcus Carpenter to its outside sales team.

Williams, who will cover northern Texas, has more than 32 years of experience as a marine distributor representative.

Carpenter comes to Donovan after years in the boat business on the retail and distributor sides.

“I’m excited to bring west and east Texas, plus parts of Louisiana, the support Donovan can help me deliver,” he says.

CDI Electronics, a supplier of outboard ignition components, named Jason Scruggs business development manager.

Scruggs comes to CDI from Brunswick Corp., where he held management positions in sales and marketing for several boat brands during the past 10 years. He was most recently the marketing manager at Bayliner.

Manitou Pontoon Boats announced that Steve Wiese joined its sales force as the director of dealer training and development.

Wiese brings more than 20 years of experience in the marine industry. He most recently worked for Van’s Sport Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Wiese will train dealers around the country on Manitou’s full product offering.

Imtra has appointed Christopher Barnes its new Southeastern sales manager. A member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Barnes was selected to represent the company in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and lead its sales efforts with boatbuilders, dealers and service yards in the region.


Barnes brings six years of marine experience to Imtra. A 2007 yacht design program graduate of The Landing School of Boat Building and Design, his marine industry résumé includes a product and design engineer position at Scout Boats, a Cummins Mercruiser diesel design draftsman technician position, and project management work obtaining and maintaining government contracts with the GSA and Coast Guard.

Barnes is a member of The Carolina Yacht Club and, in his spare time, enjoys boating, fishing, cooking and travel.

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.

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

This article originally appeared in the June 2012 issue.


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