Changing Places


KCS International, the parent company of Oconto, Wis.-based Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, recently named Paul Cherney the company's vice president of sales and marketing/general manager.

Cherney joins KCS after serving as the senior vice president of sales and marketing with Hatteras and Cabo Yachts.

"I am looking forward to the challenge of our day-to-day business as well as the challenges that face our entire industry." Cherney said in a statement. "We have a strong product portfolio and a very talented team in place. With our established brand identity in Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, strong distribution channel and a commitment from our owner, Mr. Stock, we are poised to make some large strides in the upcoming months."

Cherney brings with him more than 15 years of marine industry experience, including an instrumental role in the development and launch of Meridian Yachts in 2002.

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Jeffrey Grey joined the Newport, R.I., brokerage office of Sparkman & Stephens.

Grey has spent the majority of his 30-year career in the custom yacht building and the service sectors. He grew up sailing on Martha's Vineyard and then apprenticing with the Gannon & Benjamin boatyard.

He went on to establish his own boatyard and boatbuilding business in Duxbury, Mass., and comes to Sparkman & Stephens with a vast knowledge of the construction and repair of both power and sailing yachts.

In addition to his brokerage role, Grey will focus on the "after sales" relationship with S&S clients. He will also begin compiling an S&S yacht register, performing research and collecting data on the status and history of the S&S design portfolio.


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