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Tim Bell was named export sales manager for Seaguard Italanodi, a marine anode maker that is now a master distributor for Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd.

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Bell’s responsibilities are in addition to his current role as sales and marketing manager Europe for Octopus Products’ autopilot drives, which Canada Metal makes.

Seaguard Italanodi, established in 1972, specializes in cathodic protection systems and related products, such as anodes. As the master distributor for CMP it can now also offer Martyr anodes, Titan chain and accessories and Rocna anchors.

Bell has 25 years of experience in the marine leisure market, the past nine in his current Octopus Products role.

Beckson Marine named Steve Anschutz president, the second person to fill the role since the company’s inception in 1979.

Beginning his career at Bridgeport, Conn.-based Beckson in 1990 as an inside sales rep, Anschutz currently manages the Bernard engraving division and is the point person for projects requiring legal analysis, including issues regarding bankruptcies, trademark and patent infringement, intellectual property and product liability.

“As a part of our team for over 20 years, Steve is more than ready to take on this new challenge,” Beckson CEO Bob Beckerer said in a statement. “Beckson is a multi-directional company that supports its employees and community. Steve knows and respects this, and all at Beckson know he will carry the business into the future the best way possible. His skills, plus company philosophy, are a great asset.”

Prior to joining Beckson in 1990, Anschutz developed his initial selling skills in his role as a store manager and eventually a district manager with Bliss Marine retail stores.

The Actuant Electrical marine and mobile business segment, which includes Marinco, Mastervolt and Ancor, added Rick Kermen to the global application engineering team.

“Rick Kermen has an extensive background spanning more than 25 years in marine electrical engineering, system design and boatbuilding,” Menno Ligterink, application engineering leader for the segment, said in a statement. “Rick’s knowledge, insight and skill set will assist the Americas Marine and Mobile team to drive and grow our system approach to the next level.”

Kermen has worked in the marine industry since 1987. Based in Vonore, Tenn., his background includes employment with several leading North American production boatbuilders and his proficiencies include electrical engineering, CAD design, project management, manufacturing systems application engineering, systems diagnostics and compliance work. He is also an ABYC-certified marine electrician.

Mercury Marine said Bill McEathron was promoted to general manager of Mercury Marine Asia.

In this expanded role, McEathron is responsible for the overall Mercury Marine business in Asia, including sales and operations, in addition to providing leadership oversight of the company’s manufacturing operations in Asia. McEathron will remain based in Suzhou, China, but will travel extensively in markets throughout Asia.

McEathron has nearly 28 years of experience at Mercury: 15 years in engineering and product development, seven years in program and product management and the last five years in Asia as general manager of Asia operations.

IGY Marinas recently appointed Lee Hicks, the former dockmaster at Yacht Haven Grande Marina in St. Thomas, as the new general manager of American Yacht Harbor on the east end of the island.

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A former captain and co-pilot, Hicks’ strengths lie in customer service, staff management and berthing occupancy, IGY said.

The marina has 126 slips for yachts to 110 feet. It plays host to four U.S. Virgin Islands fishing tournaments and is the most centrally located marina to the North Drop. The marina also is home to many sportfish charters.

The Marina Industries Association in Australia named Marcus Anketell, CEO of the marinas division of Ardent Leisure Management Ltd., to its board.

Anketell joined d’Albora Marinas in January 2011. He had been the Northern Region manager for AMF Bowling and, before that, he was in the hospitality and tourism industry. He has almost 20 years of experience in hotel and resort management and operations and has undertaken business consultancy roles locally and abroad.

D’Albora Marinas, owned by the Australian Securities Exchange-listed Ardent Leisure Group, is operated by Ardent Leisure Ltd. and is Australia’s largest marina group, with seven marinas in New South Wales and Victoria.

Nyco Product Co. added Jim Monson to its national sales team as retail accounts manager for the Zing Boat Cleaners brand.

Nyco acquired the Zing brand in March 2012, but it had been solely made and packaged by Nyco for more than a decade. The brand includes Zing Original Formula Boat Hull Cleaners and Zing Formula IV Aluminum Pontoon/Boat Cleaners.

Monson brings more than 20 years of experience in the specialty chemical cleaning and maintenance, repair and overhaul markets.

Hydraulic boat trailer and Rok Boat Stand manufacturer Brownell Trailers of Fairhaven, Mass., appointed marine industry veteran Brook Streit to the new position of sales and marketing director.

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A graduate of Landmark College and the boatbuilding program at The Landing School, Streit has more than 10 years of marine industry sales and marketing experience, most recently as a regional sales manager for gyro manufacturer Seakeeper. Prior to that, he was a sales a manager for Derecktor Shipyards.

Intercoastal Financial Group of Fort Pierce, Fla., expanded its marine lending group in New England by adding Maribeth Pochini.

Intercoastal said Pochini will work in conjunction with Jim Desnoyers, Cliff Burwell, Tonya McFadyen and Paul Moriarty out of the Northeast regional office in Mystic, Conn., and will be reconnecting with dealers and brokers in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont.

The company said Pochini has years of experience in marine lending and has a solid background in consumer marine lending, underwriting and dealership operations.

This article originally appeared in the June 2013 issue.

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