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Maritime Capital Group, a leading marine financing organization, named Bonnie Summers marine finance specialist.

In her new position, Summers will cultivate relationships with yacht brokers and dealers, and oversee the company's new business development on the West Coast.

Summers has a background in sales and finance, as well as diversified business experience, including marine management and lending, customer service and corporate communications.

Her prior experience includes serving as vice president and area sales manager of Essex Credit Corporation, a national marine finance company, where she was responsible for Southern California loan production. Summers' other experience includes real estate sales for Century 21 Beachside in Huntington Beach, Calif., and working at the FDIC.

Summers is a member of the California Yacht Brokers Association and the Southern California Marine Association.

Maritime Capital Group is a leading provider of boat lending, assisting buyers with loans customized for their individual financing needs. The company has locations in Capistrano Beach, Calif., and Fort Lauderdale.

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Southern Boating and Marine Business Journal publisher Skip Allen Jr. appointed three new sales representatives to Southern Boating's advertising staff.

Carl Mischka will manage West Coast sales, Bryce Muir will manage the Northeast, and Lou Fagas will handle the magazine's charter, brokerage, dealer, real estate and luxury goods advertising.

Allen noted that the 14 states of the mid-Atlantic and Southern regions, coupled with the Bahamas and Caribbean, account for the bulk of the magazine's circulation. These areas, he believes, are most likely to see the quickest recovery from the recession, and offer the greatest growth potential for the marine industry.

Mischka, an avid sailor, has 39 years of advertising experience, representing numerous marine and non-marine titles. Muir, a boating enthusiast, comes aboard after a career in IT, most recently with Scientific Games, where he served as senior project manager responsible for building statewide infrastructures for a variety of state lotteries.

Fagas has worked in marine advertising sales since 1988, serving previously at Power & Motor Yacht magazine before opening the U.S. sales office for Boat Internationalin 2005. He is a member of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association.

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Benjamin Ford was recently admitted to the Maine State Bar Association and joined the law firm of Verrill Dana.

While in law school, Ford focused on the intersection of the marine industry and law. He researched and wrote on such legal topics as environmental compliance, copyright infringement, negligence liability, and construction contracts - issues that present challenges to the marine industry.

Prior to his legal career, Ford worked for West Marine, beginning in sales and progressing to management.

Ford can be reached at (207) 774-4000 or bford@verrilldana.com.

Verrill Dana is a full-service law firm with more than 100 attorneys conducting a nationwide practice from offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine, Boston, Hartford, Conn., and Washington, D.C.

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