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The American Boat and Yacht Council promoted John Adey to vice president of its technical division. Adey has served more than seven years as the standards organization's technical division director.

"I promoted John to this position quite candidly because he has earned it through mastering a steep learning curve, hard work and demonstrated professional commitment to ABYC, our industry and to the boating public," ABYC president Skip Burdon said in a statement. "He is the face of ABYC standards around the world, and he has garnered and enjoys immense respect of the industry and federal and state governments' most knowledgeable technical experts."

Alexander Marine, manufacturer of Ocean Alexander yachts, added new personnel and new sales locations, the company announced.

Joe Ahladis is now executive vice president of sales, overseeing the North American market. Ray Prokorym is now the vice president of sales for the Western region, and Oscar Losada is the new vice president of sales for the Eastern region.

Losada joined Ocean Alexander following a merger between Yacht Direct and Ocean Alexander of Florida. The merger also led to the creation of new offices in Miami, Panama and Puerto Rico.

The company is also expanding on the West Coast with a new sales office in Newport Beach, Calif., and the hiring of JR Wills as a senior yacht consultant for this location.

Faith Bosna and Kyle Holloway will be joining the sales team of SeaWide Distribution, the national wholesale distributor of marine and consumer electronics.

"The new appointments will support our steadily growing business in the Northwest region," says company president Mike Yarbro. "We are pleased to build a team of marine veterans who specialize in providing excellent sales and technical support to our customers before and after the sale."

Bosna will serve as the company's Northwest outside sales manager and has previously held management positions at Port Supply and West Marine, giving her extensive knowledge of dealing with OEM, wholesale and retail customers. She has also administered sales, training and boat shows.

Holloway will serve as the Northwest inside sales manager, which is a new position for the company. He will be responsible for supporting sales in the Northwest territory and will operate from SeaWide's Seattle distribution center. Holloway has experience in marine sales, technical support and system design, and has earned National Marine Electronics Association certification.

Both will report to Brian Gallagher, the company's Northwest regional site manager.

Darrell Brown joined Morbern Marine as part of the expansion of its engineering and design program. Brown has 28 years of experience in upholstery design, interior design and space planning.


Morbern Marine's new program provides engineering consultation to a broad range of seating and boat manufacturers and offers a liaison to facilitate new models, design modifications and upholstery changes. Brown will be based in Myakka, Fla.

Bob Chew joined Albury Brothers Boats to handle sales, marketing and production oversight at its Florida operation.


Chew's background includes retail boat sales and management, sportfish yacht brokerage experience, wholesale boat sales, as well as senior management positions with companies such as Polar Boats/Godfrey Marine, Twin Vee Catamarans and, most recently, Seaswirl Boats/Genmar.

"Five years ago, a respected industry veteran told me Bob Chew would be the best addition our team could have," company president Jeff Lichterman says in a statement. "We are fortunate to have him".

Paul Comyns joined PYI Inc. as sales and marketing director, based in Lynnwood, Wash. He will be responsible for leading the company's marketing activities and developing the sales pull across all markets.


Comyns comes to PYI with 25 years of experience in the marine industry. "We are so pleased to have Paul on board to bring a new level to our sales and marketing team. His years of marketing knowledge and enthusiasm will make a significant difference in the company," PYI vice president Kevin Woody says in a statement. "We are pleased to be able to continue bringing exciting and innovative products to market even in these challenging times. With Paul's help, you will continue to see growth and new and exciting products from PYI."

Comyns' first tasks will be the launch and introduction of the new Seaview Instrument Pods.

Liz Drugach joined Northrop and Johnson Charter's Fort Lauderdale office. In addition to nearly a decade of sales experience, Drugach also has a strong crew background. To contact Drugach, e-mail her at

Industry veteran Robert Jarrett will join Northrop and Johnson of Newport, R.I., as its newest broker. Originally from Harbor Springs, Mich., Jarrett started as a ski company sales representative while sailing competitively on the Great Lakes. He has lived in the New England region for 20 years and has worked on behalf of several companies including Hatteras, Grand Banks, Sabre and Hinckley.

Jarrett is skilled in various aspects of brokerage and new-yacht construction (sail and power). He is a member of the Yacht Brokers Association of America and holds Certified Professional Yacht Broker status.

Donna Lockhart was named regional director for Barton and Gray Mariners Club, which bills itself as the world's first luxury dayboating club. Lockhart will oversee Florida's Palm Beach and Jupiter markets as well as the newly introduced Key Largo market. She will be responsible for marketing BGMC to potential members in the South Florida market as well as developing partnerships, initiating PR efforts and forging new sales channels. Lockhart will draw upon 20 years of sales and marketing experience to acquire new club members and support the quality of experience for current members.


This article originally appeared in the January 2010 issue.


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