Movers and Shakers

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Beneteau Group elevated Wayne Burdick to president of the holding company for Beneteau’s U.S. group entities and tapped Laurent Fabre, formerly director of sales and marketing for Beneteau’s North American powerboats division, to replace Burdick as president of Beneteau America.

Beneteau said that under Burdick’s direction as president of Beneteau in North America since 1997, the company became the leading brand of high-quality production sailboats in the United States. In his new position Burdick will manage relationships with industry partners on behalf of all Beneteau marine brands.

“Laurent Fabre is an 11-year veteran of Beneteau who has consistently demonstrated successful leadership in product development, marketing and sales,” Beneteau general manager Carla Demaria says in a statement. “He possesses the perfect blend of experience, passion and vision to fuel Beneteau’s growth in North America.”

Fabre is joined by Maryline O’Shea, also from the Beneteau powerboats division, based in Annapolis, Md., and Beneteau America sales director Denise Hanna, who joined the organization earlier this year.

Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding named Annie Lannigan, who has offshore sailing experience and has worked at Seaton Yachts, Dyer Boats and Hunt Yachts, to its new boat, brokerage and service sales team.


Lannigan will be based at the Maine company’s sales and service location in Newport, R.I.

“It makes sense for us to have a presence in Newport because it has a large customer and potential customer base for new boat, brokerage and service sales,” Lyman-Morse vice president Drew Lyman said in a statement.

“Our service yard in Thomaston, Maine, offers a tremendous value, compared to Newport yards of similar caliber. Having Annie on the ground there will grow our service business. Annie’s extensive work with custom boat builders and recent years of offshore cruising make her a perfect match for relating to the Lyman-Morse customer. The Newport Shipyard location will make for easy access — by boat or by car.”

Lannigan was most recently involved in sales and marketing at Seaton Yachts, a builder of long-range expedition trawlers. She also served as sales manager at Dyer Boats and director of marketing at Hunt Yachts.

Peters & May named Edward Morgan its new general manager to lead operations in the United States, based at the company’s offices in suburban Chicago.

Morgan comes to the United States from the United Arab Emirates, where he was manager of the Yacht & Marine Division of Consolidated Shipping Services LLC, the Peters & May agent in the UAE.

He has experience in logistics, special events and transportation, including the Federation of International Football Associations and Formula 1 auto racing. Morgan began his shipping career with UPS, rising from customer service team leader to freight service supervisor.

Charles Industries named Fred Kolacki as its marine group national sales manager.


Kolacki’s responsibilities include the coordination and management of Charles’ worldwide marine sales representative team. He also will lead and oversee the implementation of strategic sales and customer development to achieve profitable growth and market share objectives with Charles’ marine OEM, distribution and retail customers.

He will be responsible for driving pricing strategy and marketing plan development and execution while providing leadership and input to new-product development and design.

EdgeWater Power Boats named Chris Lufkin regional sales manager for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

The Florida-based builder says Lufkin brings more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience in a variety of industries. He has traveled to boating marketplaces from Maine to Virginia.

Lufkin’s primary responsibility is supporting the current dealer network while developing new opportunities for the brand. He is the eldest son of the late Peter Lufkin, founder, president and chairman of Winner Boats.

Rich Gulak joined Thunderbolt Marine, a repair and refit facility on the Wilmington River just outside Savannah Ga., as vice president and general manager.

Thunderbolt says Gulak has worked closely with the company through the years while managing the Savannah Bar Pilots’ fleet of vessels and marine surveying. His 29-plus years in the marine industry also include service with the Coast Guard, maritime law enforcement, marine repairs, consulting and expert witness services.

Thunderbolt, which works on boats as large as 200 feet, has floating docks, an adjacent marina and a four-bay service building.

Canadian Yachting and Boating Industry Canada named John Avdic senior account manager for western Canada.

Avdic brings 20 years of media advertising experience with several large newspapers and magazines. Most recently, he worked with Canada Wide Media and several of its titles and platforms.

“His years of experience with British Columbia’s Boat Journal and his knowledge of the [British Columbia] marine industry strengthen our position considerably in providing integrated media solutions to our clients and prospects in western Canada,” publisher Mark Collett said in a statement.

This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue.


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