Changing Places


Atlantic Challenge named George Sprague the new manager of Apprenticeshop, a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship.

Sprague is a 2008 graduate of the apprentice program and has worked in support of Atlantic Challenge's waterfront programs since that time. In his new role as Apprenticeshop manager, he will supervise the shop programs and waterfront operations of Atlantic Challenge.

"I am very pleased that George has agreed to join our team," executive director Eric Stockinger said in a statement. "Having been through the program, George understands our philosophy of experiential education. He also has a natural leadership quality and a 'get it done' attitude that will benefit all of us."

Sprague has worked on the Rockland, Maine, waterfront in many capacities, as a crewmember on commercial vessels, as well as supporting several traditional wooden-boat building projects in the region, including the recent rehabilitation of the schooner Timberwind.

His background also includes 11 years of military service where he served as an active duty Marine and in the New Hampshire Army National Guard. His service included 15 months of active duty in Iraq with Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In addition to his work at the Apprenticeshop, Sprague is pursuing a degree in small business management at the University of Maine and teaching courses at The Woodturning School in Damariscotta.

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Manitou Pontoon Boats hired four experienced independent sales representatives.

William Walters will cover Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Rick and Jackie Axt are covering Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and the Florida panhandle.

Jay Trotter will cover Florida and Bob Greenwood is covering the entire Northeast.

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Moeller Marine Products named Lee Davenport its engineering manager.

Davenport will be leading the engineering, quality and tooling functions at the company.

Davenport most recently was the engineering manager for Excellance Inc., a manufacturer of emergency vehicles, and was responsible for all aspects of vehicle design and engineering.

A seasoned industry veteran with an extensive design and engineering background, Davenport has been instrumental in developing and implementing world-class engineering systems for several global automotive tier-one suppliers.

Davenport holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA in finance.

Moeller Marine Products is a leading manufacturer of rotationally molded fuel and water tanks serving a diverse customer base.


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