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Changing Places

Hake Yachts, LLC announced that Nick Hake, founder of Hake Yachts, was appointed president of the company.

Last year Indianapolis businessman Ted Gelov purchased Hake Yachts, a manufacturer of sailboats located in Stuart, Fla.

Hake will guide the company through its growth plan and lead its new product development.

"These are things I've done in the past, but with Ted's (Gelov) support and business guidance we have improved performance of the business as a whole," Hake said in a statement.

"We are growing, adding new models, and overall building on our foundation of high quality," he added. "I've said this before and will say it again, I am more excited now than at any time in Hake Yachts' history."

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Vicem Yachts USA, the U.S. sales and service operation for Vicem Yachts, named Todd Schenk as a broker representative in Connecticut.

Schenk has nearly 25 years of experience in the marine retail industry. He holds degrees in marina management and marine technology from Florida Institute of Technology, from which he also obtained his captain's license.

As a licensed broker, Schenk has been specializing in motoryacht sales for the last few years. In 2008, he opened and managed an independent sales office in Old Saybrook, Conn., representing new and brokerage motoryachts ranging from 50 to 150 feet.

"This prestigious New England boating area is an ideal market for the Vicem line of classic style luxury motoryachts," said Dirk Boehmer, president of Vicem Yachts USA, in a statement. "Todd's experience with and knowledge of the yachting clientele in the region will be a valuable asset to building the Vicem brand here and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with him."

* * * appointed Rik Beitel as director of sales.

Most recently, Beitel has been a partner in Total Offshore Yacht Sales LLC, a yacht brokerage in North Carolina. With more than 20 years of sales experience with such companies as O'Neill Wetsuits, DaKine Hawaii, G&S, Hobie Cat, Burton Snowboards, Bertram Yachts and MarineMax, he brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships to continue growing

"I'm excited about the service provides as the only free online water sports directory with interactive mapping," Beitel said in a statement. "It's the perfect tool for anyone looking for fun, instruction or just a relaxing time around the water."

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The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators created a new staff position, director of law enforcement, and selected Maj. John C. Fetterman to fill the new position.

After more than 32 years of service on the Maine Marine Patrol, Fetterman retired Dec. 31 from his position as Maine's coastal boating law administrator. He joined NASBLA Jan. 4, at which time he immediately assumed the responsibilities of managing the boat operations and training program, including supervising a new contractor position that will serve as the NASBLA boat operations and training program director.

A native of Pittsburgh, Fetterman attended the University of Pittsburgh. He joined the Bureau of Marine Patrol in 1977 as a field officer. Much of his career with the Marine Patrol was spent as chief pilot, flying some 12,000 hours in multiple aircraft.

In non-flight duties, Fetterman also supervised the bureau's special services where he focused on safety programs within both the recreational and commercial boating communities. In 2001 he was promoted to deputy chief. In that position, he served as the coastal boating law administrator for the state of Maine.

Shortly after being named Maine's coastal boating law administrator, Fetterman was elected to the executive board of the Northern Association of Boating Administrators. He joined NASBLA's executive board in 2005 as a member-at-large. He worked his way through the board's ranks, serving as NASBLA president in 2007-08.

Fetterman served as vice chair of NASBLA's new Homeland Security Committee when it was established in 2004, then served as committee chair in 2005. In June 2006, he was appointed to the U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council for a three-year term.

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Trac Ecological Products, manufacturer of environment-friendly products for onboard equipment cleaning and maintenance, announced that Andrew Armao has joined the sales team at company's Fort Lauderdale headquarters.

He will direct product sales and provide customer support for Trac's network of distributors and dealers throughout Florida.

Previously a sales representative in the marine sales division of Florida Detroit Diesel Allison, Armao is a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain with more than seven years of marine industry sales and marketing experience


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