Movers and shakers for April

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The Maine Marine Trades Association has announced its new officers and directors.

Joining the board as directors at large are Jeff Baker of Sabre Yachts, South Casco; Bill Fletcher of Beaver Cove Marina in Beaver Cove; Ian Kopp of Maritime Marine LLC, Augusta; Skip Robinson of Marine Industries Consultants LLC, Brunswick; and Sean Tarpey of Rumery's Boat Yard, Biddeford.

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The board elected Tuesdi Woodworth, Morris Yachts, Bass Harbor, to serve as president and Ron Defoe, Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, Thomaston, to serve as vice president.

Woodworth, who is CFO at Morris Yachts, has been on the board since 2006, and is the first woman to serve as association president. Defoe is the environmental, health, safety and facilities manager at Lyman Morse Boatbuilding, and has served on the board since 2006.

The Maine Marine Trades Association was incorporated in 1966 and serves a diverse membership located throughout the state.

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AER Supply Ltd. has appointed William Balsley manager of engine applications and dealer development.

Balsley will be responsible for developing a nationwide dealer network and working with dealers and OEMs on engine installations. He also will be heading the Premier Dealers program, which assigns dealers by region to support specific AER product lines. These dealers will be trained in specific products and maintain an inventory of repair parts to support the company's product offerings with well-stocked and trained dealers.

"His vast product development, sales and marketing experience in the pleasure boating and recreational marine industries will be a great asset to our company," said Rudolf Mes, general manager of AER Supply, in a statement.

Balsley earned a bachelor's degree in business administration at the University of Michigan at Flint and has more than 21 years of experience in the pleasure boating and recreational marine industries.

Before joining AER Supply, he was director of sales and marketing at Pleasurecraft/Crusader Engines; market development and regional sales manager at Carver Boat Corporation; national sales and marketing administrator at Thermo Electron Crusader Engines; materials manager for Johnson Controls, Inc.; account executive for Central Transport Company; and purchasing manager/administrative assistant at Melvin Corporation/Automatic Hydraulic Devices.

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Maritime Capital Group, a Fort Lauderdale-based provider of boat and yacht financing, recently announced two new executive appointments.

The company named Peggy Bodenreider vice president. She will be responsible for the daily operations of Maritime Capital Group, including identifying growth opportunities for marine lending and expanding service offerings to meet the market needs. She will be working at the company's new office in Capistrano Beach, Calif.

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Bodenreider has 26 years of experience in marine finance, most recently as national sales manager for the marine lending division of GE Money. She is a past president of the National Marine Bankers Association.

Robert McClanahan was named director of finance for the firm's Fort Lauderdale office. He will be responsible for loans and expanded service offerings in the South Florida area. He is joined by Eniko Judd, who has been with the company since 2008 and provides sales and funding support.

McClanahan has 10 years of experience in consumer financing, from credit and risk management to sales and marketing development. He most recently was a relationship manager for KeyBank in the South Florida market, generating consumer loans from marine and RV dealers. McClanahan has a bachelor's degree from Bemidji State University.

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YachtWorld.com and Boats.com, both business units of Dominion Enterprises, have named John Burnham editorial director.

Burnham is a former editor of Cruising World magazine. While Boats.com editorial will cover a wide variety of boating topics, YachtWorld.com will initially promote education and discussion in a special brokers-only editorial area with proprietary market reports.

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"Few editors anywhere involved in boating media have the breadth of experience and vision of John Burnham," said Ian Atkins, vice president and general manager of Yacht World.com and Boats.com, in a statement. "People interested in boats haven't lost their passion just because of tough economic times, and John's appointment is the key to our strategy to feed their appetites for all things boating."

Together, YachtWorld.com and Boats.com offer more than 140,000 new- and used-boat listings worldwide from more than 4,000 brokers, dealers and builders in 100 countries. YachtWorld.com and Boats.com are visited by more than 4 million boating consumers every month.

Dominion Enterprises is also the parent company of Soundings Trade Only.

This article originally appeared in the April 2009 issue.

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