New Hands on Deck

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Michael Gisch named MarineMax general manager

MarineMax said it recently promoted Michael Gisch to the position of general manager of its Baltimore and Bay Bridge locations. Gisch joined MarineMax in March as a sales manager. A statement said he “immersed himself into their culture, engaged with their team to learn best business practices, and enjoyed getting to know the local customers through events and Getaways!”

“I am honored to take on this new position and look forward to supporting my teams in our goal of providing the very best customer service,” said Gisch in the statement.

Before MarineMax, Gisch worked for 10 years for a marine dealership in the Midwest in both direct sales and sales management.

Jim Wallis joins Wickes Marine, Inc.


Jim Wallis has been named a manufacturer’s representative for Wickes Marine, Inc. He will handle the states of Connecticut, New York and select accounts in Rhode Island. Wallis has 15 years of manufacturer’s representative experience selling to retailers, distributors, OEMs

and consumers, along with 35 years of marine experience. Wallis “brings a wealth of knowledge” about powerboating, sailing, hardware, safety products, maintenance products, inflatable boats, rope/rigging, electronics, and sailing attire,” said a statement. “His biggest asset is his excellent relationships with his customers,” the statement continued.

Priority One Financial Services adds two employees to its equipment finance division

Kristopher (Kris) Dobrowski

Kristopher (Kris) Dobrowski

Priority One Financial Services has hired Kristopher (Kris) Dobrowski and Mark Schiller to its equipment finance division.

Dobrowski joined Priority One in 2010 and recently moved into the equipment finance division as a commercial finance manager. His responsibilities include securing new accounts, managing applications, loan and lease consulting and communicating with lenders, dealers and businesses looking to finance equipment.

Schiller was a business manager at the company before accepting the position of equipment finance account manager. Schiller will now be responsible for attracting new dealers, managing current partners and attending industry shows.

“We are happy with the progress we have seen in our commercial equipment financing services and are excited to bring well-qualified professionals into this expanding division,” Nicole Armstrong, vice president of sales & marketing of Priority One, said in a statement. “Both Kris and Mark’s many years of experience within the company will prove to be very valuable in helping grow the equipment finance division.”

The new appointments, said the statement, helps both Priority One dealers and their customers with commercial finance and leasing. These include financing of dealership equipment, heavy marina equipment, work vehicles, and trailers.


Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.

IBEX Hires Education Director

Patty Lawrence will manage the show’s preconference sessions, seminars and workshops.

Organizers Plan for In-Person Metstrade

The show is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 in Amsterdam and will incorporate virtual elements.

X Shore Secures $17M in Funding

The Swedish company’s 26-foot Eelex 8000 electric boat premiered at the Palm Beach show last month.