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People: Colonna named Cook CEO

Paul H. Colonna was named CEO of Cook Composites and Polymers effective July 1. He succeeds Charles E. Bennett, CEO since February 1998, who has announced his retirement.

Colonna, 47, has more than 20 years of experience as a business management professional, including a tenure as vice president of composites with CCP, which he has held since April 2004. Prior to joining CCP, Colonna was with Composites One for more than 10 years, most recently as general manager of the West region.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., CCP has manufacturing facilities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. CCP affiliate companies include TOTAL, Cray Valley, Sartomer Reacciones Quimicas, Composites One and Progress Plastiques, among others.

Textron Financial Corp. has named Angelo Butera executive vice president and chief credit officer.
Butera will oversee ongoing portfolio quality management for Textron Financial. He succeeds Rod Weaver, who is retiring from this position after 31 years of service with Textron.

Butera joined Textron Financial in 1987 as a credit analyst with the company’s former real estate finance division. Since then, he has assumed increasing responsibility in underwriting, investment control, credit and operations, and risk management.  Most recently, as senior vice president of credit and special assets for the company’s resort finance division, Butera oversaw both the underwriting and workout functions for the division.

Butera earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

Textron Financial Corp., a Textron Inc. company, has named Shelley Wilson senior vice president of marketing. Wilson replaces Adele Suddes, who is joining Textron Inc. as executive director of customer leadership.

Wilson will plan and direct all aspects of the company’s marketing policies, objectives and initiatives, as well as oversee the management of positioning and promotional activities for the company’s products and services. She also will collaborate with divisional marketing and sales managers to develop and implement business plans and strategies.

With more than 20 years marketing experience, Wilson joined Textron in 2005 as director of customer leadership. Prior to that, she held leadership roles with Check Point Software Technologies Inc., Oblix, Inc. and Symantec Corp.

She is a graduate of the Stanford/AEA Institute for the Management of High Technology Companies.
Wilson has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. She is a certified Textron Six Sigma Green Belt and has attended Textron’s executive leadership program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, as well as the company’s growth leadership program at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.

Tigé Boats has promoted Rick Correll to vice president of manufacturing. Correll has worked with Tigé as manufacturing manager since joining the company in 2006.

With 25 years experience in the marine industry, Correll has worked at every level of the process for some of the largest manufacturers in the marine industry. He has also been involved with developing ideas that have resulted in several patents.

Since he joined Tigé, Correll has been responsible for the entire manufacturing process.

Based in Abilene, Texas, Tigé manufactures eight inboard models ranging from 20 to 24 feet in length.

Boat Bunkers International has named Ken Overman vice president of sales.

Formerly with Mustang Marine and Luhrs Marine Group, Overman brings more than 14 years industry experience in dealer development, sales, management and marketing to the Florida-based manufacturer.

Based in Bradenton, Fla., Boat Bunkers produces an in-water mooring station designed to keep boat hulls clean and eliminate the need for anti-fouling paints. The mooring stations create an isolation chamber in which the boat floats. The isolation prevents oxygen flow and food sources, which prevents growth of barnacles and other marine life, according to the company.

Magnadyne Corp. of Compton, Calif., has appointed Jonathan Joseph as account director.

Joseph will be responsible for seeking new clients and building new account relationships in Magnadyne’s wireless products division. He joins Magnadyne after a career in the wireless communications industry, most recently as product manager for Superior Communications and prior to that as a sales consultant with Cingular Wireless.

Joseph has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, preceded by a dual major in political science/public service and economics and a minor in communications from UC-Davis.

Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales is expanding its brokerage sales efforts into New Jersey, with Bob Hoste signing on as broker-in-charge at the new Point Pleasant office. He has 22 years sales experience.

JBYS also is extending its North Carolina dealership and brokerage sales representations to the Outer Banks through the hiring of Brynner Parks.

JBYS is an authorized sales and service provider for Grand Banks Yachts, Hatteras Yachts, Albemarle sportfishing boats, Cabo Yachts and Jarrett Bay Boatworks.

Thom Conboy and Sharon Williamson have joined International Yacht Collection’s Fort Lauderdale offices.

Conboy has joined IYC’s Brokerage Division. With more than 28 years experience in the custom yacht industry, he brings an in-depth knowledge of custom yachts, specializing in existing and new-construction yacht sales to IYC.

Joining Conboy at IYC as executive assistant is Sharon Williamson, who has worked with him for more than 14 years.

IYC is a division of Trinity Yachts LLC. It also has offices in Newport, R.I.; Palm Beach, Fla.; Monaco, Bahamas; and St. Maarten. It offers its clients an array of services, including yacht brokerage, new large yacht construction, luxury yacht charters, yacht management and crew placement.

Scott Clack has joined Indmar Products Co. as business development coordinator.

He will be responsible for helping lead the company’s business development strategies. He’ll also act as primary liaison between Indmar’s OEM customers and manage Indmar’s numerous wakeboard/water-ski sponsorship programs.

A former Cypress Gardens show skier, Clack was inducted into the Water Ski Hall of Fame in 2007 for his contributions to professional freestyle water ski jump competition. After retiring from skiing in 1989, he worked as sports marketing manager for Florida’s Cypress Gardens theme park. He went on to become operations manager for World Sports and Marketing, producers of pro water ski and wake board tours as well as saltwater fishing tournaments. Most recently, he was director of special event operations for Mid-Florida Golf Cars.

Headquartered in Millington, Tenn., Indmar manufactures gasoline inboard engines. The company maintains an office/warehouse in Corona, Calif.

Navico has named Bob van Limburgh its customer care site manager. Based at its Lynnwood, Wash., support center, van Limburgh will be responsible for all of the customer care center operations including product support, technical repair services and parts inventory management.

He joined Simrad Inc. in 1991 as a manufacturing test technician and most recently served as senior technician during his 18-year tenure with the company. Prior to joining Simrad, van Limburgh spent eight years with Raytheon Marine Company as a service technician.

He is a 20-year U.S. Navy veteran, retiring as a chief electronics technician, and holds an associate’s degree from Palomar College in California.

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics-Americas, makers of the Sunbrella brand of performance fabrics, announced the promotion of two senior designers to management positions. Greg Voorhis was promoted to decorative fabrics design manager and Sara Hall was named technical design manager.

Voorhis is responsible for directing the styling and color for indoor and outdoor Sunbrella furniture lines, decorative window, marine interior and distribution collections. Voorhis is also responsible for color and trend analysis for all Glen Raven Custom Fabrics markets.

A graduate of Lander (S.C.) University, Voorhis has more than 13 years experience in home furnishings design.

Hall serves as a liaison between Glen Raven research and development and the design group, responsible for the development of innovative new products. She also directs the development of fabrics for awnings, marine exteriors and sun control products as well as all non-Sunbrella products such as contract wall covering and upholstery.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Hall has more than 20 years experience in home furnishings design.

Nautic Global Group announced two new additions to its team.

Shelly Noland has joined Nautic as director of global business development and will manage the international sales and operations for Rinker and Godfrey Marine.

Prior to joining NGG, Noland worked at Genmar Holdings in its international organization and oversaw operations and coordination, managing territories along with team members. She holds a degree from Concordia College in Moorhead; Minn., with a bachelor’s degree in international business.

Steve Tadd was named director of marketing and will lead the marketing teams for Rinker Boats and Godfrey Marine. Prior to joining Nautic, Tadd worked for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, where he served the industry for eight years, first as director of Discover Boating and most recently as the director of Grow Boating.

Tadd holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business.

Paul Carrell has joined Wayfarer Marine, of Camden, Maine, as its new dock manager.

Carrell spent the last seven years managing the Village Cay Marina in Tortola. Prior to that, he served as a marine surveyor, marine carpenter, sailing instructor, charter captain, volunteer fireman and EMT, and started and managed another marina for several years. Carrell is a New York native and lived in northern California prior to moving to Tortola in 1986.

The Hatteras Collection announced the appointment of Luca Brancaleon to director of sales and business development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Brancaleon will oversee and support the Hatteras’s dealers who cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while working to expand the dealer network and establish relationships in evolving markets. To better serve the collection’s international network, Brancaleon will be based in Europe.

Brancaleon, who is sales manager of Sessa Marine’s international dealer network, joined the Hatteras Collection July 1.

Before joining Sessa, Brancaleon held a series of sales positions with increasing responsibilities in various industries. Brancaleon is originally from Italy and is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish.
The Hatteras Collection is a unit of the Brunswick Boat Group. The collection includes sportfishing boats, ranging from 24 feet to 90 feet and luxury motoryachts from 64 feet to 100 feet.

SeaWide Distribution of Murrieta, Calif., made key appointments at its new distribution center in Sarasota, Fla.

Denis McComb was promoted to Eastern district sales manager. He recently relocated from the company’s Northwest distribution center in Seattle, where he worked as distribution center manager. Employed by SeaWide for the last nine years, McComb will be responsible for overseeing all sales activity in the Eastern U.S. (east of the Rockies) including management of the sales team.

Paula Ross has been hired as the Eastern sales manager, overseeing marine accounts in the Eastern U.S. Her background in customer service and sales of marine electronics includes management positions at Atlantic Marine Electronics, Electronics Unlimited and West Marine.

McComb and Ross join Bruce Pierce, the company’s regional sales manager for the Southeast who has represented SeaWide for the last 18 months. Pierce has played a key role in cultivating the Southeast territory and laying the foundation for a smooth transition with the opening of the new Sarasota distribution center.

Delta “T” Systems has appointed Michael Gabriel to marketing manager. He will oversee trade shows, advertising, sales materials and special projects.

Gabriel has an extensive knowledge of the commercial marine industry and a background in marketing, publishing and engineering. He has a degree in ocean engineering and was the editor of Offshore Source and assistant editor of Ocean News and Technology.

Headquartered in Riviera Beach, Fla., Delta “T” Systems manufactures a range of ventilation products, including fans, blowers, dampers, closures, moisture eliminators, vents, control systems and other related ventilation components and accessories.

Innovative Lighting of Roland, Iowa, expanded its sales team with the addition of Jim Jones as the new regional sales manager for the RV and trailer OEM markets in states west of the Mississippi River. He will be responsible for all present OEM accounts and local reps as well as initiating new business.

Jones has experience in the manufacturing and distribution fields. Most recently, he was at Priority Sales Associates, consulting for a global manufacturer of dynamometers and torque converter remanufacturing equipment. He also represented many manufacturers of emergency services equipment, including sirens and lights.

Jones also has worked for Napa Auto Parts, one of the largest distribution companies in the nation, in several capacities. As a sales executive, Jones lived in many locations throughout the West.

Palladium Technologies has appointed Jose Antunes senior system engineer.

Antunes will set the standards for all yacht electrical designs and switchboards as well as overseeing the production process from design to delivery.

Antunes has 28 years of electrical engineering and supervision experience. He previously worked for Intermarine Savannah, Yacht Algar, and most recently, Atlas Engineering.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Palladium Technologies provides advanced control and monitoring solutions for megayachts.

Roy Staples was appointed service manager of Crystal-Pierz Marine’s Rogers, Minn., store. The appointment brings Staples back to the company where he began his marine industry career in 1978.

“Coming back after all these years, it’s neat to see all the faces that are still here and involved in the company. It feels like a homecoming of sorts,” Staples said in a statement.

Prior to his return to Crystal-Pierz Marine, Staples spent 15 years working at MarineMax in Rogers.

Jarrett Bay Boatworks of Beaufort, N.C., added Bruce Morrison to the company’s team of service managers. His responsibilities will include overseeing regular maintenance, refits, repowers and warranty service.

Morrison comes to Jarrett Bay from Hatteras Yachts after more than 30 years of service and a series of promotions from an electrical/mechanical installer to quality control to customer service to his most recent position as South Florida service coordinator. He is a recipient of the Hatteras Yachts Outstanding Performance Award.

In addition to his work at Hatteras, Morrison also has held positions in the sail and fire equipment industries.

This article originally appeared in the July 2008 issue.



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