Changing Places


Brunswick Corp. announced that Christopher Dekker and Keith Gibson joined the company's law department.

Gibson, 39, joined Brunswick Jan. 4 as division general counsel for bowling & billiards, while Dekker will begin his duties today as associate general counsel for litigation and employment.

Dekker, 41, comes to Brunswick from Caterpillar, where he spent the past eight years in various legal assignments for the Peoria, Ill.-based builder of heavy equipment. He most recently served as senior corporate counsel for Caterpillar Logistics.

Prior to joining Caterpillar in 2001, he served with two leading Chicago law firms. Dekker received his law degree from Chicago's DePaul University, after completing his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan.

Gibson most recently was assistant general counsel with U.S. Foodservice, a large food distributor based in Rosemont, Ill. Prior to that, he served as regional counsel for Connecticut-based UST Inc., a leading manufacturer of smokeless tobacco products and wine.

Gibson, who received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his law degree from DePaul, also had worked with several leading law firms in Chicago and Cincinnati before his corporate assignments.

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Maritime Capital Group, a leading boat loan originator, named Alan Swimmer president and CEO.

He will work closely with the company's current management team, including founder Bob Toney and Peggy Bodenreider, who was named vice president and national sales manager, respectively.

Swimmer, a marine finance industry veteran of more than 25 years, has operated several specialty finance enterprises, including Essex Credit Corporation and Beacon Marine Credit.  During his career, he has managed the origination of more than $4 billion in specialty loans and the acquisition of several performing and non-performing boat loan portfolios.

"Alan and I have worked together as business partners in other financial services enterprises," G. Robert "Bob" Toney, founder of Maritime Capital Group said in a statement. "He will lend his expertise to Maritime Capital Group and help the firm identify continued growth opportunities and expand service offerings to meet the market needs."

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Yacht broker Chris Leigh joined Mid Atlantic Marine Group as a regional sales director for Virginia's western shore.

Leigh, who will be working for the group out of his showroom, Oyster Cover Boat Works & Yacht Brokerage, in Gloucester, Va., has previous yacht brokerage experience with Bluewater Yacht Sales and with Rivercraft Marine.

Mid Atlantic Marine Group is the exclusive mid-Atlantic and Northeast dealer for Ocean Alexander yachts from 54 to 150 feet, the exclusive mid-Atlantic factory distributor and service center for Yellowfin Yachts from 17-42 feet and broker for power and sailing vessels to 200 feet.


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