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Active Interest Media promoted Gary DeSanctis to vice president and general manager of the AIM Marine Group. He had been Marine Group publisher.


DeSanctis joined AIM in 2010 as publisher of Yachts International and was later named vice president of sales for the Marine Group.

“Gary has done an extraordinary job in building AIM’s Marine Group into a market leader by fielding an exceptional team and developing innovative products for the industry,” said AIM president and COO Andrew Clurman in a statement.

“I am thrilled to be part of the AIM family, where creativity is encouraged and innovation is rewarded,” DeSanctis said.

Along with Yachts International — the No. 1-selling luxury yacht magazine in the United States — AIM’s Marine Group includes PassageMaker, Power & Motoryacht, Sail, Soundings and Soundings Trade Only magazines, and It also owns Show Management, whose productions include the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach and the Palm Beach International Boat Show — three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows.

Before joining AIM, DeSanctis was president of ShowBoats International and publisher and vice president of sales for Yachting and Motor Boating magazines at Time Inc.’s Time4 Media division. Prior to that, he was advertising director for Yachting magazine.

The AIM Marine Group also announced that Bob Bauer of Portsmouth, R.I., has joined the Power & Motoryacht and Soundings advertising sales teams as Northeast sales manager, and David Parkinson of Fort Lauderdale has joined Power & Motoryacht as Florida and Caribbean display sales manager.

Bauer is the former publisher of Yachting magazine and has more than 22 years of experience in marine publishing. “Having worked with Bob and competed against him, I can honestly say there is no one better in this space,” said DeSanctis in a statement. “His knowledge of the industry, coupled with his drive and work ethic, will ensure his customers are presented with real solutions, while both Power & Motoryacht and Soundings maintain their growth and dominant positions in the marketplace.”

Parkinson, who will work out of Fort Lauderdale, is a marine industry veteran who spent three years as Southeast sales manager for Power & Motoryacht. He also has years of experience working in the marine electronics field, including time with Simrad Electronics and Krill Systems.

Bauer will be based at the Soundings and Power & Motoryacht headquarters in Essex, Conn., and can be reached at (401) 935-4945 or Parkinson can be reached in Fort Lauderdale at (954) 232-4064 or

Dometic Marine appointed Joseph Schwab as account manager for aftermarket sales in Florida.

Based at Dometic’s Pompano Beach office, Schwab will support aftermarket customers in this key boating region.

Previously a customer support tech at Dometic Marine, Schwab brings a wealth of technical knowledge to his new role. His extensive experience at the company includes test engineering, customer support, warranty, application development, training and technical support.

Yachtzoo hired Caroline Arselin to its charter fleet division in the Monaco office as the charter marketing agent.

Having worked for large brokerage companies such as Camper & Nicholsons and Fraser Yachts, Arselin has a reputation for being highly professional and respected by yacht owners, their crew and charter brokers alike, Yachtzoo said.

Yachtzoo, a company that specializes in superyachts for charter and sale, has offices in Monaco and Fort Lauderdale. n

Mercury Marine announced several appointments within its global finance organization.

Bob Flesch was named director of global finance operations. In this role, Flesch has financial responsibility for manufacturing, distribution, procurement, capital expenditures, product development and engineering, Mercury Racing and Mercury Marine’s manufacturing operations in Asia.

Flesch has been with Mercury Marine for 26 years and has held a number of finance and strategy positions of increasing responsibility. He was most recently Mercury’s division controller for commercial operations.

Andy Winget was named engine business unit controller. In this role, Winget has financial responsibility for Mercury’s engine business in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Winget also will maintain responsibility for the Mercury Marine Group’s financial planning and analysis function.

A 10-year employee of Brunswick Corp., Winget has worked at Mercury Marine for the past seven years, most recently as division controller for Mercury’s Service and Marine Parts & Accessories unit.

Katie Peltier was named business unit controller for Mercury’s Service and Marine Parts & Accessories unit. In this role, Peltier has financial responsibility for the Mercury parts, oil, remanufacturing, inflatable boats and service businesses, in addition to Attwood marine accessories and Land ‘N’ Sea distribution. She also will assume responsibility for the financial support of Mercury’s non-marine business development activities.

Peltier has been with Brunswick for 23 years, including the last seven at Mercury Marine. She was most recently chief financial officer of the CMD joint venture in Charleston, S.C.

Deep Impact Boats, a Miami-based builder of custom high-performance center consoles, has brought Charles (Kim) Bradley on board as its director of sales and marketing.

Bradley, who joined the company last week, has a long history in the marine industry of working for companies such as Bertram Yachts, Black Fin, Boston Whaler and SeaCraft. At one point in his career he started his own company, North Coast Yacht, which built high-end sportfishing boats from 24 to 31 feet.

Bradley’s new position at Deep Impact is his first exposure to the high-performance powerboat world. n

Progressive Dynamics named Roger Eby as its new territory sales manager.

Eby previously worked for Midwest Fasteners, Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds.

Michigan-based Progressive Dynamics is a privately owned corporation that provides products for the RV, specialty, marine and medical industries.

The Yamaha Marine Group announced the appointment of Jake Hamlin as social media coordinator and Darren May as promotions and collateral coordinator for the marine marketing department.

Hamlin and May will support advertising manager Frank Wilhelm.

Hamlin will expand Yamaha Marine’s social community and help leverage social media platforms for Yamaha’s marketing and promotion initiatives. He will also support the development and maintenance of mobile applications and the Yamaha Marine website. Hamlin’s background includes social media support at CNN International, as well as team sponsorships and event promotions for Pirelli Tire’s Off-Road MX Racing program.

May joins the team as promotions and collateral coordinator, where he will develop and design dealer promotions and new marketing materials. He will also coordinate the development of a new marketing resource platform for co-op advertising and dealer assets. May comes to Yamaha Marine with a background in advertising and promotions from JMC Advertising and in marketing for Subaru of America.

Becket and Company named Ryan Caywood operations manager.

The yacht management company, which has offices in Boston and Newport, R.I., said Caywood brings more than 14 years of professional experience in the marine industry.

“Ryan’s experience in a variety of spaces in our industry leaves him well positioned to deliver the Becket and Company experience to our clients,” owner James Strohacker said in a statement.

The company said Caywood will spend time in the field managing the team responsible for cleaning, polishing and provisioning the boats under Becket management as well as working with clients aboard their boats through Becket’s Confidence On The Water program.

Caywood also will manage refits and yard periods for Becket-managed yachts.

Prior to joining Becket, Caywood captained private sail- and motoryachts, cruising extensively in the Northwest, through the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay, Alaska, as well as throughout the East Coast, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

He spent five years aboard tugboats in a variety of Eastern Seaboard ports as deckhand and engineer. The company said his knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems served as a foundation for sound refit and project management skills.

The company said one of his more memorable projects was a two-year refit of a historic 12 Meter racing yacht on which he served as captain and refit site manager. Caywood is also an accomplished sailor and has raced professionally.

The Waterways Journal said industry veteran Brad Kovach joined its full-time staff as director of custom publishing and online content.

“We’ve been looking to expand our business in the areas of custom publishing and digital media. Brad brings with him more than 15 years of experience in the magazine and marketing fields, focusing on the marine and travel industries,” owner H. Nelson Spencer said in a statement. “He’s a great fit for our team, as evidenced by the exciting editorial direction he has provided to our magazine HeartLand Boating over the last year.”

Kovach has been the freelance editor of HeartLand Boating since March 2012 and has also written and edited for consumer publications that include Boating World, Caribbean Travel & Life, ShowBoats International, Cabin Life, Motor Boating and Yacht Essentials.

As part of his new position, Kovach will continue as editor of HeartLand Boating and will be responsible for the publishing of Quimby’s Cruising Guide, an annual guide for recreational boating on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. He also will seek to add to the company’s stable of custom publishing clients, which include Marinalife and United Marine Underwriters.

This article originally appeared in the March 2013 issue.



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