Changing Places

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Dean Taylor resigned as brand manager for Windsor Craft Yacht Company, a former Genmar brand.

"My time with Genmar has been rewarding both professionally and personally. I have had the great honor of working for one of our industry's most prominent ?gures; Mr. Irwin L. Jacobs, along with many other talented people," Taylor said in a letter to colleagues, coworkers and friends.

"Having made a career in the marine industry, it was the ultimate achievement for me to work at Genmar and I have enjoyed each and every day," he added.

Taylor said he planned to explore new opportunities outside of the marine industry.

All of Genmar's boat lines were sold at auction earlier this month, following the company's bankruptcy filing in June 2009.

Windsor Craft's assets were purchased at auction by Platinum Equity's affiliate Project Boat Holdings. It was later announced that J&D Acquisitions would purchase the assets from Platinum Equity following the close of the sale, which was set to take place last Friday.

Genmar founder Irwin Jacobs is the chairman of J&D Acquisitions. The company is a partnership owned by John Paul DeJoria and Jacobs Trading Co.

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Pelican Products, a leader in the design and manufacture of advanced lighting systems and virtually indestructible cases, announced the retirement of Norman Barstow Jr. after 50 years of service to Hardigg Industries, which Pelican Products acquired in December 2008.

Norm will retire as chief packaging engineer for Hardigg Cases, where he mentored and guided the development of military and commercial packaging solutions.

"We will all miss Norm's amazing camaraderie and dedication as a team player, as well as his significant contributions to the company, his infinite wisdom and his knowledge of superior packaging design," president and CEO Lyndon Faulkner said in a statement. "We cannot thank him enough for his time and service and feel his dedication is a testament to Pelican's/Hardigg's retention of talented and successful employees."

Pelican also announced the promotion of Ellenmary Michel to vice president of worldwide human resources.

For the last 12 years, Michel has administered all of Pelican's compensation, benefits, organizational design and development plans, as well as several other key functions through three multimillion-dollar corporate acquisitions. She has also headed up recruiting and local regulation compliance for Pelican's global expansion, which includes 12 different countries with 22 offices and six manufacturing facilities.

Prior to joining Pelican, Michel served in human resources management roles at Bryant Mold & Die, M. Stephens Mfg, and Reuland Electric. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Cal State-Long Beach and a master's from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Dive N Dog named Justin Whirledge director of sales and business development.

He comes to Dive N Dog from The List, where he served as a business development executive. Prior to The List, Whirledge held various sales and brand management positions in Georgia and South Carolina.

"We are excited to continue to grow our team with the addition of an internal director of sales and business development," president Scott Rowles said in a statement. "Justin will give our OEM clients direct access to Dive N Dog for more efficient processing of estimate requests, orders and product inquiries."

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