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Navimo, a European leader in boating equipment, appointed Christopher J. Lang as CEO of Navimo USA, effective July 8.

Lang, 52, has 20 years experience in the deck equipment products industry, holding successive marketing and sales positions with Simpson Lawrence Engineering and Lewmar. More recently, he was the sales director of Maxwell Marine Ltd.

Located in Sarasota, Fla., the Navimo USA operation is a fully owned subsidiary of the Navimo Group and targets the boatbuilding and retail segments.

Because the United States is such a large market for recreational boating, it is only natural that Navimo reinforce its position there and build for long-term success, said Jean-Marie Paepegaey, president of the Navimo Group, in a statement.

Jim Moore joined Aluminum Chamber Boats of Bellingham, Wash., as president and COO.

As former president of Renaissance Marine Group, Weldcraft and Lund Boats, Moore brings extensive knowledge and nearly 35 years industry experience to ACB. His responsibilities include overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations, streamlining production processes, and increasing sales across all three product lines: government, commercial, recreational.

ACB former president/COO Tim Metz will focus his efforts on the company’s newly emerging Composite Ballistic Armor System.

Jim Renfrow was appointed vice president of sales at Fairline Florida.

Renfrow brings experience and knowledge of the boat sales environment to his new position. He previously worked directly for Fairline for more than five years.

Fairline Florida is based at the Lauderdale Marine Center in the heart of Fort Lauderdale and, with its sister dealership Fairline Chesapeake, employs 19 people across its sales, brokerage and service business.

Timothy D. McAdow joins Milwaukee-based Ken Cook Co. as vice president of sales and marketing.

McAdow comes to Ken Cook Co. with 20-plus years experience in the printing and publishing industry.

Most recently, he was director of sales and marketing at HC Miller Co. in Green Bay, Wis. Prior to that, he served more than 10 years with the Banta Book Group as vice president of sales-digital, vice president of sales-southern region, as well as market segment vice president.

Focusing on domestic and international marketing channels, McAdow is charged with developing and supporting sales and marketing programs at Ken Cook Co. He also is responsible for building the organization’s domestic and international sales programs, with a focus on meeting the needs of heavy equipment business enterprises, marine manufacturers and government prime contractors.

The Marine Electronics Group of Johnson Outdoors hired Bruce Angus as business development director. He will lead the development of new products to address targeted expansion areas for the company.

The Marine Electronics Group develops markets and distributes products under the Humminbird, Geonav, Minn Kota and Cannon brands.

Angus’s career has spanned all aspects of marine navigation and communications products in the worldwide commercial and recreational sectors. Prior to joining Johnson Outdoors, he held executive positions at Navionics, Northstar, Laser Plot and Sperry Marine.

He also serves on the board of the National Marine Electronics Association.

Sunstream Boat Lifts, a leading manufacturer of hydraulic boat lifts, hired Chase White as its business development manager. White, formerly the director of sales at HydroHoist Boat Lifts, will assist Sunstream in accelerating its domestic dealer network.

White joins the Kent, Wash.-based company after six years with HydroHoist, where he developed two company distribution centers and more than 100 dealers. Prior to that, he was the operations manager for Boston Marine Contractors, an Arkansas-based family dock building/lift business.

White is based in Claremore, Okla., where he lives with his wife and son.

Harken Yacht Equipment announced the appointment of two employees.

Stefano Castagna was named global human resources manager. This newly created position is designed to build teamwork and better coordination between Harken’s expanding family of wholly owned offices.

Castagna will be based out of Harken’s Italy office in Lurago Marinone and will be responsible for strategic planning and support of Harken’s human resources initiatives throughout all Harken operations.

Castagna brings to Harken an international human resources consulting background, having worked as a senior consultant with two leading Italian-based HR consulting firms: Core Consulting S.p.A and Learning Systems S.p.A. He also is an avid sailor, having won the 2006 IMS Italian championships.

Wes Wilcox was named senior engineering director of product research and development. This newly created engineering role is designed to increase the rate of new product introductions and expanded research and development programs.

Wilcox joins Harken from Trek Bicycle Corp., where he was the company’s director of advanced research and development.

Wilcox will be based in Harken’s Pewaukee, Wis., office and will manage any reorganization and modernization process by establishing Harken USA’s “future state direction” for the company’s R&D. He will be responsible for strategic planning and support of all R&D efforts.

Aside from his background in engineering and R&D, Wilcox also is a longtime sailor, racing both single- and double-handed catamarans and DN Iceboats.

Old Port Cove Holdings promoted Douglas Alexander to marina manager at its North Palm Beach Marina in Florida. He was previously Old Port Cove Marina dockmaster.

Alexander will be responsible for all aspects of managing the 107-slip hardwood-decked floating dock marina in North Palm Beach. He also will maintain partnerships with the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Marina Program and Florida Fish and Wildlife’s Monofilament Recycling Program.

Originally from Greenville, S.C., he lives in Jupiter, Fla., with his wife, Kim, and daughter, Britney.

Innovative Lighting of Roland, Iowa, has restructured its sales department.

In the position of marine and aftermarket sales manager, Mike Presley is responsible for company growth through OEM and retail account initiatives and coordinating local sales reps. Anita Matchie will assist marine and aftermarket customers and serve as an inside sales contact.

Brian Flynn is the new national sales manager responsible for growing sales of Channelbrite Permanent Home LED lights and Eco Brite Home Products.  Brianne Osborne will remain as graphic designer and will eventually take on the position of marketing coordinator.

Roger Handsaker will continue as national sales director, focusing on U.S. trailer and RV OEM business initiatives and rep groups for Eastern states. Donna Stone is the new inside sales and customer service contact for trailer and RV customers. Jim Jones has joined the team as Western regional sales manager in charge of trailer/RV accounts and reps for states west of the Mississippi River.

International Yacht Collection LLC hired Susan Harris as a charter marketing agent.

With more than 20 years of luxury hospitality experience, Harris will provide charter services to brokers and owners of IYC’s charter yachts. Her duties include working with retail charter brokers, owners and captains to schedule dates of charter for IYC’s in-fleet yachts.

IYC, a division of Trinity Yachts LLC, is a privately held corporation headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. It also has offices in Newport, R.I.; Palm Beach, Fla.; Monaco; Bahamas; and St. Maarten.

Northrop and Johnson Luxury Collection welcomed yachting veteran Andrew Cosgreave as its managing director.

Cosgreave will be responsible for ensuring the continued profitability and growth of the Fort Lauderdale-based company. He will work closely with key management staff in all aspects of new business development, marketing, human resources, all operating divisions, budgets and finances.

Cosgreave brings 20 years of yachting experience as well as a Bachelor of Science and MBA in international business. The South African native started out working as crew and grew into a role as captain, logging more than 100,000 nautical miles. He then worked as a U.S. technical and commercial representative for various European shipyards, fleet manager at Camper & Nicholsons USA, and served most recently as the president of yacht services and charter management at Merrill Stevens Yachts.

David Glasco joined Kadey-Krogen Yachts as a naval architect.

Glasco comes to Kadey-Krogen by way of Valiant Yachts and most recently from Tom Fexas Yacht Design, where he was project manager for the new Krogen 55-foot Expedition trawler yacht. He joins staff naval architect Jimmy Krogen at the company’s headquarters in Stuart, Fla.

A Kansas native, Glasco is a 1995 graduate of the naval architecture and marine engineering program at the University of Michigan. In addition to his design credentials, he brings hands-on construction experience gained during an internship with Westport Shipyard in Washington.

Kadey-Krogen Yachts builds five models of Pure Full Displacement trawler yachts: the Krogen 39, Krogen 44, Krogen 48, the latest model Krogen 55 Expedition, and the Krogen 58.

Unified Marine, the Newport, Tenn.-based manufacturer of SeaSense marine and trailer accessories, added two people to its sales team.

Greg Rentfro was appointed sales director for the OE and distribution segments. He will be responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies for boat and trailer manufacturers, as well as aftermarket distribution.

Rentfro has more than 20 years leadership experience across sales, marketing and product development in the marine industry, working with distribution and manufacturing companies. He most recently served as the marine aftermarket development manager for Webasto Product North America.

Tom Brewington was appointed sales manager for Unified Marine. Brewington worked for Unified Marine from 1995 to 2002 in various management positions. He brings more than 25 years of management experience involving marine trade accounts and retail chain headquarter accounts, as well as hiring and managing company sales and service managers and representatives.

Custom Marine welcomes Mark Marrese to his new position as sales engineer for CMI.

Marrese is a 21-year technical specialist and veteran in the marine industry. Starting at Kiekhaefer Aeromarine as an assembly technician in the late 1980s, Marrese progressed as a service and warranty administrator through the 1990s and ended up working the last nine years as a product support specialist for Mercury Racing.

Custom Marine is based in Neenah, Wis., and manufactures a high-performance line of stainless steel headers, exhaust and muffler products.

This article originally appeared in the September 2008 issue.

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