Movers and shakers for November 2008

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Michael Sciulla is leaving BoatU.S. after 28 years with the organization to join the American Recreation Coalition as a senior fellow.

Sciulla will be working on recreational policy issues, as well as a National Geographic Society book about scenic waterways. He will continue to contribute to BoatU.S. Magazine as editor-at-large through 2009.

Sciulla was founding editor of BoatU.S. Magazine, the association’s flagship publication, and directed the association’s lobbying efforts from 1980 to 2006 as senior vice president and    director of government and public affairs. He also served as president of Boating Writers International from 2003 to 2005 and has been a member of its board of directors for the last 10 years.

“I will greatly miss Mike’s presence and cannot thank him enough for his dedication, tenacity and foresight throughout all of these years,” said BoatU.S. founder and chairman Richard Schwartz, in a statement.

Former Cruising World magazine editor Bernadette Bernon was appointed editor of BoatU.S. Magazine until a new editor is found.

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With more than 30 years experience in sales and marketing, John Selman joined the Reeds Nautical Online Almanac team as a senior consultant.

He is responsible for building relationships throughout the marine industry and increasing awareness of the new online version of the almanac.

“There aren’t too many people in the marine sector that don’t know John personally, and we are delighted to welcome him to the team,” says managing director Simon Whittley.

Selman says his interest in sailing introduced him to the Reeds Almanac many years ago.

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Pearson Composites LLC of Warren, R.I., appointed Beth Simkins as division manager for the recently acquired PDQ Yachts Division. She spent the last four years involved in the marketing, sales, owner education and cruising aspects of the power catamarans.

Simkin’s firsthand experience will ensure the continuity of the popular PDQ programs, such as PDQ University and Flotillas, in addition to marketing consistency with the Pearson-built PDQs, according to the company. The first Pearson-built PDQ 34 is scheduled for launch at the end of the year, and the PDQ 41 is set to launch in mid-2009.

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Fort Lauderdale-based National Maritime Services (NMS), the arrest and seizure subsidiary of National Liquidators, announced two promotions within the firm.

Don Soutar was promoted to director of National Maritime Services, becoming the top executive for that company. The position includes marketing/business development and overseeing day-to-day business activities for NMS. Soutar’s was formerly director of new business development at NMS.

Bill O’Dell was promoted to operations manager. O’Dell assumes operational responsibilities as the administrator of all government contracts, and oversees coordination of arrest and custody activities for commercial and lien-related cases.

National Liquidators has handled more than 18,000 cases since its inception in 1988. The company maintains offices in Fort Lauderdale, Newport Beach, Calif., and Cleveland.

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Yamaha Marine Group, a division of Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announced the appointment of Bryce Thunell to the position of district marketing manager for District No. 181, covering Wisconsin, northern Illinois and northeast Iowa. “He brings a wealth of retail experience in sales and sales management, having managed several large marine dealerships,” says national sales manager John Rigsby. “Bryce also brings with him a thorough knowledge of the upper Midwest markets.”

Most recently he held the position of sales manager at Skipper Bud’s marine location in Madison, Wis. Prior to that, Bryce was sales and business manager at Pro Sporting Goods in Ramsey, Minn., for 10 years and sales manager at Pro Power Sports for two years.

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Prentice Weathers joined the sales team at Morris Yachts in Bass Harbor, Maine.

A 25-year marine industry veteran, Weathers started his career in 1983 as a production manager at Navtec, responsible for all manufacturing production, inventory control and cost accounting for the rigging and hydraulic systems company. After two years, he was promoted to custom sales manager, managing worldwide sales to builders, distributors, project managers and owners of premier racing and cruising yachts.

After working with Bill Koch’s victorious America3 America’s Cup syndicate as hydraulic systems manager, Weathers co-founded Rigworks in San Diego. He went on to develop an international customer base, catering to some of the world’s largest yachts, as well as local cruisers and racing fleets.

Weathers then spent 11 years at Lewmar as custom sales manager, specializing in hydraulics systems for large custom yachts, as well as project management, technical service and, ultimately, adding Maine OEM sales responsibilities.

Weathers and his family are moving to Maine from Guilford, Conn.

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Jarrett Bay Boatworks of Beaufort, N.C., appointed Roger Wetherington as the company’s project manager.
Wetherington was most recently the service representative for Brunswick Corp.’s Hatteras Yachts division in New Bern, N.C.

As project manager, Wetherington oversees repower, refit and production projects in the service yard. Other key responsibilities include technical assistance, cost estimation and customer satisfaction.

Prior to his tenure as a Hatteras service rep, Wetherington served in a progression of service-related positions with Hatteras Yachts that spanned 37 years and entailed extensive travel throughout the United States, Caribbean Islands, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico, France and Italy.

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To ensure the Mid-Atlantic region is thoroughly covered, Pettit has brought on Darron Zimmer as its Chesapeake Bay regional sales manager.

In this position, Zimmer promotes Pettit’s full line of marine products and works directly with local, independent marinas, boatyards and dealerships.

Most recently with a Mid-Atlantic wholesale distributor, he has extensive experience with marine coatings. A native of Annapolis, Md., Zimmer grew up building fiberglass parts for a local boatbuilder. After college, he represented Pratt & Lambert.

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Christine Alhambra was named managing editor of PassageMaker magazine, and Lauren Petralia was promoted to art director.

“We’re glad to have Christine and Lauren aboard to continue our progress,” says Rob Dorfmeyer, PassageMaker publisher and general manager. “PMM defines and leads this marine industry niche and continues to grow and prosper in these tough economic times. Both the print and digital editions of PassageMaker and the in-person Trawler Fest event series are the leading source of industry knowledge and information for our growing magazine and online communities.”

PassageMaker is owned by Norfolk, Va.-based Dominion Enterprises, which is also the parent company of Soundings Publications.

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Ian Atkins has been promoted to vice president/general manager of YachtWorld/Boats.com.
YachtWorld.com and Boats.com are owned by Soundings Trade Only’s parent company, Dominion Enterprises, of Norfolk Va.

“Ian has been group general manager of YachtWorld/Boats.com since July 2007, having joined the business just after it was created in early 2000,” said Jack J. Ross, president of Dominion Advertising Media, in a statement. “Initially, Ian led the group’s international division and managed the start-up and development of the company’s operations outside North America.

“Simultaneously, Ian was instrumental in formulating overall strategic direction along with the company founders,” Ross adds. “Since Dominion Enterprises’ 2004 acquisition of YachtWorld/Boats.com, revenues have tripled under Ian’s leadership.”

Atkins has spent more than 30 years in the recreational marine industry, including seven years as CEO of Europe’s largest boat retailing group and three years as CEO of a United Kingdom-based sailboat builder. He is also a sailracer with several national and world championship campaigns on his sailing resume.

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HydroHoist Marine Group of Claremore, Okla., appointed two new regional managers: Jeff Bourn for a large part of the eastern coastal United States, and Caleb Goldner for Oklahoma and Kansas.

Based in Cornelius, N.C., Bourn is in charge of scheduling boat lift installations, new dealer recruitment, inventory management and overseeing HydroHoist operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the vicinity. He joins HydroHoist from Flotation Systems Inc., where he was in regional sales for 12 years.

Goldner is responsible for sales of new HydroHoist products in the Oklahoma and Kansas territories. He formerly was project manager for eight years at Goldner Co., a specialist in dock construction and repair and industrial dock and waterway construction. Goldner was a construction management major at Oklahoma State University.

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David Brien was appointed vice president of finance at Canada Metal, manufacturer and distributor of Martyr anodes, Octopus hydraulic and mechanical drives, and Intellisteer remote steering systems. Brien brings more than 15 years of corporate financial and management experience to his new role. As a member of Canada Metal’s corporate executive committee, he also drives global finance within Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. Canada Metal is the parent company of CMP Global and has operations in Canada, China and Barbados.

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Lance Brown was appointed vice president of business development at Glacier Bay Inc., the Union City, Calif.-based manufacturer of power and thermal management technologies.
Brown will be responsible for the development of new products based on the Glacier Bay OSSA Powerlite platform.

A licensed California yacht and ship broker, he comes to Glacier Bay from Santa Cruz Yachts, where he was general manager. He previously worked as a systems designer and production manager with yacht designer Bill Lee. Brown holds a degree in industrial technology from California Polytechnic State University.

“His vast experience and success in the highly competitive marine market means Lance always thinks of the customer’s needs first and has a significant track record of knowing how to solve their problems,” CEO Marc Hoffman said in a statement.

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Thetford Marine appointed Brad Burton as its new marine OEM account manager. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thetford manufactures sanitation, refrigeration and other marine care products.

Burton joins the company with more than 20 years of sales management experience in the marine industry. He previously served as business development director for boat and yacht insurance at Travelers Insurance in Hartford, Conn. Before that, he worked at Pyramid Technologies, a supplier of high-end marine lighting systems, in Meriden, Conn.

Burton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.

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FLIR Systems added Andrew Cox to its maritime sales team.

Cox has been employed by the Portland, Ore.-based infrared camera manufacturer for nearly eight years, serving as trade show manager and, most recently, inside sales manager. As maritime sales representative, he will focus on marine end-user and law enforcement sales, as well as reseller support.

“His vast understanding of the inner workings of our maritime products, coupled with his ability to relay the theory and practicality of thermal imaging to our customers and dealers, is proof that Andrew is armed with the knowledge that will help him spearhead the FLIR maritime sales efforts,” said Lou Rota, vice president of maritime sales for FLIR Systems, in a statement.

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Chris Cox was named vice president of the International Yacht Restoration School and the Museum of Yachting. He will serve as director of the museum and head of development for both organizations, which are based in Newport, R.I.

An avid sailor, Cox’s background includes eight years at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn., followed by 15 years at Mystic (Conn.) Seaport, where he served as vice president for development and communications. His most recent post was as a director with the Connecticut Humanities Council.

Cox also worked as interim director at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Mass., and has served as an adviser to such organizations as Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Aid to Artisans, and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.

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Paneltronics promoted industry veteran Brian Criner to engineering manager.

Criner will be responsible for the direction and supervision of Paneltronics’ engineering department. The Hialeah Gardens, Fla.-based company manufactures electrical power distribution panels and control systems, switch and instrument panels, custom enclosure assemblies, and electrical components for the marine, automotive, commercial vehicle and specialty vehicle industries.

Prior to joining Paneltronics, Criner spent 18 years as electrical engineering manager (product development and engineering) at Sea Ray Boats and several years as new technology program manager.

“Brian’s extensive marine electrical engineering and management experience [and] his understanding of boatbuilding and on-board electrical and electronic systems are strong assets to Paneltronics,” said Pedro Pelaez Jr., vice president of Paneltronics, in a statement. “He will bring a boatbuilder’s perspective to the position, and his vast knowledge of marine electrical systems and standards will be a key benefit to our customers looking for better on-board electrical solutions.”

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Mark Curry joined shore-power products manufacturer Furrion as sales manager of North American operations.

Curry, who will be based in Connecticut, was senior product manager for the Guest family of products until earlier this year, when the company closed its Connecticut manufacturing facility. He spent 14 years at Guest, which is part of the Marinco Recreational Group.
At Furrion, Curry is responsible for U.S. and Canadian sales, and product line and brand management.

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John R. Dennison joined the Selene Annapolis Yachts staff in a  multifaceted role that includes sales, marketing, brokerage, project management and consulting to Selene Annapolis customers and prospects.
Dennison has more than 30 years of experience in the yachting industry.

He has captained private power and sailing yachts to 125 feet and was captain of a 148-foot oceanographic research vessel, which he ran from West Africa to the United States. In 1983, he skippered Alan Bond’s Southern Cross II during the America’s Cup.

Dennison previously owned Lone Star Marine Services, based in Fort Lauderdale, and before joining Selene Annapolis spent more than three years as a broker for Little Harbor Yacht Brokers in Fort Lauderdale.

He also spent five years working for Ted Hood’s Portsmouth Marine in Rhode Island as service and production manager for the Selene line.

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Brendan Dooney joined Northrop and Johnson as a broker, and Allyson Simonton joined the company as an administrative assistant. Dooney previously worked at H&S Yacht Sales and brings 20 years of experience to his new position. Simonton was involved in raising interest in the West Coast boat show YachtFest. With a background in public relations and marketing, Simonton will build interest in the new Northrop and Johnson San Diego office. Northrop and Johnson was founded in 1955, serving New York’s Long Island Sound yachting community. Today, it is one of the world’s oldest brokerages, with offices in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe.

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Donald Dubois is taking over the helm at Brunswick Corp.’s Princecraft Boats, as president Marcel Dubois (no relation) retires after more than 25 years with the Canadian boatbuilder.

Donald Dubois brings more than 10 years experience with General Electric’s Canadian subsidiary, where he was most recently vice president of sales. A native of Quebec City, Dubois has an MBA from Laval University there.

He had assumed operating responsibilities for Princecraft during the last few months.

“Donald has increasingly taken on more responsibilities, has gotten to know our dealers, and has embraced Princecraft’s principles of operation,” said Jeffrey Kinsey, president of Brunswick’s Freshwater Group, in a statement.

This article originally appeared in the November 2008 issue.

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