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Twin Vee, the Fort Pierce, Fla.,-based builder of catamaran fishing boats, has appointed Scott Noble as chief executive officer.

Noble is an 18-year veteran of the marine industry and has held key leadership positions for Brunswick Corp. boat brands, including Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Baja, Bayliner and Meridian Yachts. Noble serves on Twin Vee’s board of directors and, most recently, was vice president of sales and marketing for Savannah Yachts.

David East, president of Twin Vee, will remain with the company and focus on expanding its manufacturing capabilities.

Raymarine of Merrimack, N.H., has named Larry Rencken vice president of sales. He will lead the company’s American sales efforts.

Prior to joining Raymarine, Rencken worked for Welch Foods, holding roles from regional sales manager to vice president of sales for customer teams and most recently CIO. Prior to Welch, Rencken held leadership sales positions with Smith-Kline Beecham of Pittsburgh, where he played a major part in achieving the company’s annual sales goals.

“As a longtime fisherman and avid outdoorsman, it’s great to be able to combine my personal passions with my professional expertise,” Rencken said in a statement.
Rencken earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.

Channel Blade recently appointed Richard M. Jamin vice president of sales and marketing.

Jamin has more than 20 years leadership experience in sales, marketing, business and product development. In his new position, he will oversee U.S. and international sales and marketing efforts. He also will play a role in shaping Channel Blade’s overall strategic direction in support of an expanding list of OEM and dealer clients worldwide.

In addition, Jamin will co-sponsor Channel Blade’s first Client Advisory Council, composed of OEM and dealer client members.

Jamin spent most of his career at Trader Publishing Co. (now Dominion Enterprises), where he held several positions of increasing responsibility. He served as executive vice president and general manager at the Employment Guide and president of Auto Trader Publishing.

He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Petersburg (Fla.) College. He also has studied at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business program for executives and Harvard Business School.

Yacht information-management company Yacht Record LLC of Birmingham, Ala., has appointed Samuel Abraham as its vice president of sales and marketing.

Yacht Record organizes yacht information such as manuals, logs, inventory, photos, drawings and schematics into a user-friendly indexing system that can be accessed from anywhere via the Internet.

Abraham has more than 20 years experience in custom and product yacht construction, management, sales and marketing. He began his marine industry career as a broker with Luke Brown and Associates and since has served in a variety of yacht production, management and marketing positions with leading yacht brokers, including Fraser Yachts and Merle Wood & Associates.

Fort Lauderdale-based ZF Marine, a leader in pleasure-craft propulsion systems, has appointed Tim McFarland as aftermarket segment manager.

McFarland joined ZF Marine LLC in 1997 as an inside technical representative and, most recently, was senior aftermarket center manager. McFarland will be responsible for ZF Marine’s parts-and-service business in North and Central America, and the Caribbean. He will also oversee the operation of ZF Marine LLC’s nine wholly owned service plants that provide ZF component factory support for vessel operators throughout the U.S., including Hawaii and Alaska.

“Being able to provide customers factory trained support and replacement parts after the sale is paramount in this industry,” said Wolfgang Schmid, general manager for ZF Marine.

McFarland replaces Gary Nelson, who will retire from ZF Marine at the end of the year. McFarland will relocate to the Fort Lauderdale headquarters.

Headquartered in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the company employs 58,000 people at 119 locations in 25 countries, with total sales of $17.3 billion in 2007.

ZF Marine LLC is a member of the ZF Marine Group headquartered at ZF Padova SpA in Italy. ZF Marine offers complete marine propulsion systems, including transmissions, propellers, control systems, surface drives, pod drives and shaft brakes for all types of vessels.

David Greer has joined International Yacht Collection’s charter marketing department.
He comes to IYC with an extensive background in yacht brokerage, charter marketing and the yacht brokerage industry’s Multiple Listing System.

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

Tulsa, Okla.-based Navico, a market leader in marine electronics for the recreational boating segment, has promoted John C. Bay, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas, to chief marketing officer for Navico.

He will keep the responsibilities of senior vice president and, as CMO, will foster a global transition to marketing best practices within Navico, as well as define processes for global lead on brands and execution of brand promises.

Bay also is the newest member of Navico’s corporate executive committee, the company’s top management team.

Since joining Navico in September 2007, Bay has designed and implemented a unified sales and marketing organization in the United States, and established the Navico Global Marketing and Branding Council to facilitate best-practice sharing within the organization.

Prior to joining Navico, Bay worked for Nokia, Eastman Kodak and Bain & Co., where he held executive management, marketing and sales positions in North America, Europe and Asia. Bay holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School as well as Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering.

Bonnette Design Group, of Holland, Mich., hired Adam Luedke as director of product development. He will be responsible for diversifying and expanding product development throughout the business.

Luedke brings more than 17 years experience to Bonnette Design Group. Prior to joining the company, he served as a principal designer at Curious-id. He also held design leadership positions at Mito Product Development, Life Fitness and Leisure Design.

Luedke received a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from the University of Wisconsin at Stout.

Cabo Yachts has appointed Don Smith director of sales.

With more than 23 years marine industry experience, he will be responsible for managing the Cabo dealer network. Prior to taking on this role, Smith was a sales manager at Cabo, covering the East Coast.

Before joining the company, he was the Cabo brand manager for MarineMax, Cabo’s dealer in Florida.

During his six-year tenure with MarineMax, Smith earned numerous dealership achievement awards as a store manager and was responsible for the integration of Cabo Yachts into the dealership.

Together with Albemarle Boats and Hatteras Yachts, Cabo is part of the Hatteras Collection suite of the Brunswick Boat Group.

Boston Whaler announced Laurent Autier has joined the Brunswick Outboard Boat Group as the director of sales and business development for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Among Autier’s responsibilities are managing sales and distribution of Boston Whaler boats, a business unit of Brunswick’s Outboard Boat Group.

Autier comes from France, where he worked most recently for Zodiac inflatables. He also has worked in the electronic industry and banking sectors in various European counties as well as the Pacific. He earned his degree from Marseille Business School in international marketing with MBA exchange programs at Deusto Universidad in Spain and Denmark’s Aarhus University.

Boston Whaler, a business unit of Brunswick’s Saltwater Group, manufactures family fishing boats 11 to 35 feet in length.

Textron Financial Corp. of Providence, R.I., has named Jon Fliss executive vice president of human resources. Fliss succeeded Rob Powers, who recently joined Textron Systems as senior vice president of human resources.

Fliss will oversee human resources for Textron Financial and many of Textron’s corporate functions, focusing on organization design, compensation, recruitment, orientation, training, performance management and diversity. He will report to Jay Carter, Textron Financial’s president and chief operating officer, and will be a member of the company’s management and executive committees.

Fliss joined Textron in 2003, serving as director of executive compensation and executive benefits, where he was responsible for Textron’s executive compensation program. He established the company’s Rewards Center of Excellence to provide Textron’s first enterprise capability for broad-based compensation design and administration.

Prior to Textron, Fliss served in human resources and strategy roles at Sears, Roebuck and Co. He also was a captain in the U.S. Army. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Northwestern University. Fliss also completed Textron’s Executive Leadership Program at the Thunderbird School for Global Management.

Sea Recovery has named Alex Koh, formerly with Unisteel Technology Ltd., to manage Asian-Pacific sales from its new Singapore office.

The company hopes to build and improve its relationship with Asian boatbuilders and marine retailers by employing Koh, who is familiar with the customs and culture of the surrounding areas. Koh, who is fluent in English and several Chinese dialects, helps bridge a cultural and geographical divide between the Rancho Dominguez, Calif.-based company and its Asian dealers and distributors.

Koh has more than 18 years technical sales and marketing experience in various fields, including the marine industry. He has an MBA from the University of Wales (U.K.).

Sea Recovery provides reverse-osmosis desalination for small to large yachts.

SeaWide Distribution, a Murrieta, Calif.-based national wholesale distributor of marine and consumer electronics, has hired Alex Ray as Northwest regional site manager and Ryan Hart as regional sales manager.

Ray’s marine sales background includes retail management positions at Boater’s World as well as administration of that company’s inflatable boat sales program in the Northwest. Ray will be based at SeaWide’s Seattle distribution center.

Hart’s experience comprises a range of sales and account management jobs, including his most recent employment with Diversified Marine Products in San Diego. Hart will cover the Southwest territory and will operate from SeaWide’s Costa Mesa, Calif., location.

Nautilus Enterprises has named Jeff Going its regional sales manager, working on sales management for marine and RV products.

Going has more than 20 years experience in marine industry sales management, having served with Zodiac of North America, Defender Industries and Walker Bay Boats. During his tenure in the marine industry, Going received ABYC accreditation, served on the NMMA’s boat show committee and dealer task force and represented inflatable boat and life raft interests in developing standards for ABYC and ISO.
Going has been active in the local marine community as well. He serves on the Essex (Conn.) Harbor Management Commission as chairman; in addition he is a past commodore of both the Essex Corinthian and Pettipaug Yacht Clubs.

Nautilus Enterprises is a general agent offering products and services for dealers in the automotive, motorsport, marine, RV, trailer and other specialty markets.

Lowrance announced three additions to its national sales management team. The company hired Sean Hatherley as its national OEM sales manager and Chris Stratton and Dan McGannon as key account managers within Navico’s National Account Sales Channel.

Hatherley is responsible for developing the OEM marine electronics market and sales efforts through boat manufacturers such as Brunswick and Genmar. With more than 17 years experience, Hatherley brings knowledge of marine electronics and customer service expertise to the team. Hatherley joins Lowrance following an eight-year stint at Raymarine as national OEM sales manager.

Stratton and McGannon are responsible for managing and supporting important national accounts as well as online retail relationships. Stratton brings more than 10 years sales experience with MCI, Qwest and, most recently, Verizon Business, to the Lowrance team.

McGannon has spent the last several years supporting the Lowrance and Eagle product lines as a pro staff member.

ASA Electronics, an Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer of mobile audio and video equipment, has hired Aaron Irions as its new product/business development manager.

Irions will be developing and investigating new business opportunities within, as well as outside, normal business channels. His job responsibilities also will include researching competition and coordinating with ASA engineering on proposed product design and cost.

Irions began his career at ASA Electronics, working in various positions before serving in the U.S. Army. Prior to his most recent hiring at ASA, Irions was employed at Gulf Stream Coach as a purchasing agent. He is pursuing a degree in business administration at Indiana University-South Bend.

Marine and industrial engine distributor Laborde Products added three employees to its team.

Chip Diamond joins Laborde as production manager. He’s responsible for product outflow to fulfill customer orders as well as inventory management. Previously a product development engineer at General Motors, Diamond received a Colleague of the Year Award from the company’s research and development department.

As Laborde’s controller, Kristin Brewer assists with inventory as well as manages client accounts and financial statements. Brewer draws from 10 years experience at Laborde.

Julie Davis serves as office administrator. Previously working in accounts payable, her main responsibilities are human resources and assisting in every department to complete projects.

Pacific Asian Enterprises announced three new people were added to its sales teams.

Joining the Southeast sales office is Ted Robie, a 30-year veteran of the marine industry. He joins the Stuart, Fla., staff after having served as sales director at The Hinckley Co. Prior to that, Robie was a broker in Rhode Island, where he was vice president of sales for Pearson Yachts and later senior broker at Alden.

Barbara Lippert joins the Nordhaven Yachts Northwest office in Seattle. She has been active in Northwest marine industry trade groups, in addition to years spent selling and leasing new and brokerage yachts. Lippert is past president of the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association and serves on its board.

Paul Hutton joins the group at its newly opened Newport Beach, Calif., sales office. He is a lifelong seaman who has sold and delivered yachts of all sizes throughout the world. A native of Cornwall, England, Hutton is a licensed captain in the Royal Navy.

This article originally appeared in the August 2008 issue.

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