Changing Places


Yachts International magazine appointed Jill Bobrow, formerly of ShowBoats and Boat International USA, to the position of editor at large.

"Jill brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, including creating her own publishing company and a magazine startup," said Yachts International publisher Karlene Pack in a statement. "She will be a great asset to our magazine."

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Vicem Yachts announced the latest addition to its sales team - David Croom, representative for North Carolina and South Carolina.

Croom is a qualified yacht salesman with more than 20 years of experience exclusively in the marine retail industry of the Carolinas.

"There is an interesting dynamic with the Carolinas," said Dirk Boehmer, president of Vicem Yachts, in a statement. "More and more young families and retirees are relocating there, making this prestigious coastal region an ideal market for both Vicem luxury motoryachts and, especially, sportfishers."

Croom began his yacht sales career in 1986 as a broker for American Yacht Sales, representing Bertram and Davis Yachts, among others. He complemented his fishing-boat expertise with cruising yacht sales experience by working on behalf of Hatteras, Viking, Tiara and Grand Banks.

In 2006, he founded Total Offshore Yacht Sales, based in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., specializing in sportfishing and cruising yacht sales, and related yacht management.

Croom holds a degree in business and finance from the University of Georgia and attended the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

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Pelican Products named Brent Finemore vice president of government sales.

"It's a great thing when you can bring someone of Brent's caliber on to the Pelican team," company president and CEO Lyndon Faulkner said in a statement. "Pelican prides itself on the support of our troops. We are conscious that when we design a product it has to work in the sort of environments they use them. Having Brent come on board from the 'inside' will complement our existing team, already focused on the men and women in the government and military sectors."

Finemore served 20 years in the Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel. During his military career he held several positions, including product manager for defense satellite communications systems at Fort Monmouth, N.J., and chief acquisitions plan division, DISC4, Department of the Army.

Finemore's private sector experience includes more than seven years at General Dynamics. Most recently he served as senior director of business development and sales at SATCOM Technologies, and prior to that as director of mobile deployable at SATCOM Communications, GDC4S.

He holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Maine and a master's in administration from Central Michigan University.

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The Hodgdon Group appointed Edward Roberts director of sales and marketing.

Roberts is an industry veteran, having led the sales and marketing efforts at Grand Banks for many years, including the development of the Eastbay product line. He later spent nearly six years at Hinckley, leading that builder's marketing and product development efforts, including the first automated convertible-top boat and the latest iteration of the Picnic Boat.

Based in East Boothbay, Maine, Hodgdon is a nearly 200-year-old family owned boatbuilder.


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