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Digital Era Media Inc. named Terry C. Smith national sales and marketing manager for Boatdealers.ca.

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Smith has more than 30 years experience in the boating industry, including sales and brokerage in the United States, Bahamas, Canada and Europe. His experience also includes representing custom and semicustom yacht builders, creating the London and Hamilton boat shows, establishing the Canadian Marine Acceptance Corp. and teaching the marine technology (computerization of marine operations) program at Georgian College.

"His experience and deep understanding of the boating industry is extremely valuable as we prepare to take our new version of Boatdealers.ca to its full market potential," said Chris Perera, president and CEO of Digital Era Media, in a statement. "I'm more than confident that Terry will be a great leader for our sales team."

Boatdealers.ca is a popular destination for millions of boat buyers and sellers, with major supporters including Yamaha, BRP, and Mercury Marine offering targeted exposure for boating manufacturers, dealers and brokers.

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The Shakespeare Electronic Products Group of Columbia, S.C., appointed Richard Belfrage its European sales manager.

"Richard Belfrage has many years of experience in the marine trade, including senior roles at Raytheon, SMG, Simrad and, more recently, at Tack Tick," said Don Henry, director of Shakespeare's Marine Product Group, in a statement. "We are indeed fortunate to have a man of his qualifications joining our European operation. Richard will take over when Tim Christie retires in early 2010."

Christie was formerly the owner and managing director of Communication Aerials Ltd., manufacturer of the V-Tronix antenna range, and Shakespeare acquired that business in February 2008.

"Shakespeare would like to thank Tim Christie for his efforts ensuring the successful transfer of the business," said Roger Evans, managing director at Shakespeare's U.K. operation, in a statement. "We wish him a long and pleasant retirement.

"We are delighted that Richard has agreed to join us and he brings a wealth of experience in both U.K. and export sales," Evans continued. "Our 2009 European sales are above budget, and we are all confident that Richard will continue Tim's successful work on the V-Tronix and Shakespeare brands."

Both Christie and Belfrage will be on the Shakespeare stand number 02.407 in November at the METS exhibition.

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