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Brownell Trailers of Fairhaven, Mass., maker of hydraulic boat trailers and Rok Boat Stands, appointed Justin Reis to direct the design and engineering of the company’s products.

Reis has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He has extensive experience in metal forming, metal fabrication and laser welding processes.

Established in 1954, Brownell makes fully submersible hydraulic trailers. Rok Boat Stands are rustproof, with fully galvanized bases and cast steel galvanized handles.

Digital Yacht said Chris Harley, founder of C Harley Marketing in 1984 and secretary of the board of the National Marine Electronics Association, will represent the British company in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.

His firm’s clients include Aqualuma Marine Lighting, Comrod antennas and OceanView Technologies. His expertise includes recreational and commercial markets.

Nautic Global Group added industry veteran Barry Bailey as sales manager for the Asia Pacific Region.

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Bailey, based in Southport, Queensland, near Brisbane, Australia, has worked in the marine industry for nearly 30 years in a number of similar roles for boatbuilders and the International Trade Association. He is a licensed captain who has successfully circumnavigated the world twice aboard traditional wooden sailing boats.

Nautic’s brands include Rinker express cruisers and Captiva sportboats, Hurricane deckboats, Godfrey pontoon boats and Polar Kraft aluminum fishing boats.

Coast Guard Auxiliary senior leaders elected Commodore Thomas C. Mallison of Bear Lake, Mich., as the organization’s national commodore for a two-year term, effective Nov. 1.

Mallison will succeed current National Commodore James E. Vass Jr., who is completing a two-year term. Mallison has served as vice national commodore under Vass since November 2010.

Mallison has identified “training, communication, and members” as the watchwords that will help guide the auxiliary’s focus during his tenure as national commodore.

Deep Impact Boats, a Miami-based manufacturer of luxury powerboats, appointed two new executives.

Plant operations manager Steven Koss and purchasing manager Orlando Santos were hired to assist the 13-year-old brand’s restructuring and long-term growth.

Koss has more than 30 years of business experience, most recently with Power Play, Cheetah Cat and Platinum Power Boats. Santos, who has 28 years of experience, rose through the ranks at Cigarette Racing.

Ben Holtzclaw was named the managing editor at Salt Water Sportsman. Holtzclaw formerly was the online editor for Bonnier’s Marine Group.

Holtzclaw grew up fishing in Melbourne Beach, Fla. He earned an undergraduate degree in liberal arts and a master’s in journalism from the University of Florida while working nights in the Gainesville Sun’s online department. He started at Bonnier right out of school as the online editor for Sport Fishing, Marlin and Fly Fishing in Salt Waters in 2006, and picked up Salt Water Sportsman in 2007.

“I am really looking forward to being a bigger part of a great team that I’ve worked with for years now,” Holtzclaw said in a statement. “I plan to use my digital experience to help Salt Water Sportsman grow into an industry leader online.”

Holtzclaw replaces Nick Honachefsky, who is returning to New Jersey to be closer to his family.

International Dock Products announced the addition of Tom Wallis to its management team.

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“As senior vice president, Tom will play an integral part in our strategic planning for future sales growth, new product development and overall business operations,” company president Elliott Turk said in a statement.

Wallis was part of the senior management team of Land’ N ’Sea Distributing, now a division of Brunswick Corp., serving as director of boating accessories and vice president of marketing for more than 12 years. He later spent several years working with The Coleman Co. as national director of marine sales.

Lonski and Associates LLC hired Adam Wilke.

Wilke was formerly with CNI Recruiting, Florida Today, Journal Communications, Cars.com and CarSoup.com, according to a statement.

Wilke’s primary focus will be working on searches for industry clients in the marine, power sports, automotive and outdoor recreation industries.

This article originally appeared in the October 2012 issue.

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