Goetz Custom Technologies hired David Lake to lead its Project Management department.
Lake spent the last 25 years as a private project manager in construction and refits of large yachts. Prior to his project management career, he logged more than 100,000 miles at sea and raced in such major regattas as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, Southern Cross Cup, Pan Am Clipper Cup, SORC, Onion Patch, Newport-Bermuda Race, Antigua Race Week, Rolex Race Week and Key West Race Week. He also had five years of experience as captain of a large cruising yacht.
In his new position, Lake will be responsible for driving the company's refocused efforts to revise the industry's approach to custom and semi-custom builds. This approach to project management will result in a better boat for the money spent and a more positive experience for both the customer and the builder, according to the company.
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Scott Fletcher was named marina manager of Harborage Yacht Club & Marina in Stuart, Fla.
As manager of the 300-slip marina, Fletcher is responsible for marina operations, including budgeting and financial management, adherence to Florida Department of Environmental Protection Clean Marina standards, hiring, staff development and assisting in the sales of yacht slip memberships.
He completed advanced marina management courses through the International Marine Institute and holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Tons License. He has captained vessels throughout the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Key West, including the Bahamas.
"Fletcher's vast knowledge of the marine industry made him a prime candidate for the marina manager position," said Gary Guertin, general manager of Harborage Yacht Club and Marina, in a statement. "His commitment to excellence and customer service sealed the deal."
Before joining Harborage, Fletcher was service manager and a captain at both Damsel Marine Services and Baia Yachts North America, in Stuart. He was also general manager of Herrington Harbour Marina Resort in Rosenhaven, Md.
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Mystic Seaport appointed J. Nathaniel Arata as vice president of advancement.
Arata will lead the museum's advancement department in its efforts to secure financial support from corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals to aid in the funding of the museum's year-round visitor exhibitions, ongoing restoration of the Charles W. Morgan, educational initiatives and day-to-day operations.
"We are fortunate to have Nat join our team," Mystic Seaport president Steve White said in a statement. "He brings with him more than 12 years of non-profit experience, 10 of which have specifically been focused on fund-raising and development."
Arata most recently served as director of institutional advancement for the Chicago History Museum, where he oversaw all aspects of fund-raising and contributed income. Prior to that, he worked as an officer for the Radcliffe Annual Fund at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and in the Capital Campaign and Corporate Relations Department at Old Sturbridge Village. He began his career as the assistant manager for the Salem Mission, a homeless shelter run by the Crombie Street United Church of Christ in Salem, Mass.
Arata earned his master's degree in humanities from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.