Changing Places


IMA Yachts added veteran yachting industry expert Beverly Grant to its staff.

Grant, the founder of the Fort Lauderdale-based catering and crew placement firm Culinary Fusion, will serve as director of crew solutions for the international yacht owner advocacy firm.

"We are delighted to welcome Beverly to the IMA Yachts team. As our new head of crew solutions, she brings a wealth of experience and depth of knowledge to the table that immediately will benefit both our clients and the rest of our staff," IMA Yachts' COO Mark Tortora said in a statement.

Grant began her career as a yacht chef in 1975 and worked in that capacity for more than two decades. In addition to founding Culinary Fusion, Grant also has owned three restaurants and served as advisor and director of crew placement and catering for The Grateful Palate.

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KZValve named Barry Kitrell as the company's new marketing and product line manager.

Kitrell has a background in management, marketing and sales, and is returning to the company after leaving in 2005.  He received his undergraduate degree and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska.

Jim Fedde will now release marketing responsibilities and focus on sales, customer service and managing the field sales representatives. His new position is sales and customer service manager.

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John Arway, a 30-year veteran of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, was chosen as the agency's next executive director.

"John brings a wealth of professional experience and institutional knowledge to the executive director post," said commission president Thomas Shetterly. "He is an avid angler, boater and hunter with a passion for the outdoors. He embraces the Resource First management philosophy and understands that only by protecting aquatic resources can we accomplish the other part of our mission, which is to also provide fishing and boating opportunities."

Arway had served as chief of the Environmental Services Division within the Bureau of Fisheries.

Arway has been the environmental adviser to the executive director and other agency staff for more than 20 years. In addition to leading the Environmental Services Division, he represents the commission on numerous committees and boards.

He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in biology from Tennessee Technological University.