Changing Places

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The Marine Retailers Association of America announced that Paul Sexton joined Norman-Spencer affiliate Western Marine Insurance Services as vice president of boat/yacht product development and distribution.

He will be responsible for the development of a new boat/yacht program and national distribution strategy, primarily circulated through marine dealerships.

Sexton brings 15 years of product development and sales experience to his new position. He began his insurance career with American Modern Insurance Group in Cincinnati, where he was responsible for rate, form and underwriting development and distribution of all national recreational marine programs. He was also influential in the development, delivery and growth of the company's commercial marine programs.

"I am thrilled to join this established and well-respected recreational marine insurance operation," Sexton said in a statement. "I look forward to hitting the ground running on the development of national recreational marine products for Norman-Spencer. Implementing unique, comprehensive and user-friendly boat and yacht programs will greatly complement our existing recreational marine programs and services."

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Christopher Hoffman joined Cobham Life Support-ACR Products as the director of business development for beacon technology.

In his new position, Hoffman will oversee all marketing and development efforts relating to beacon products and technologies, as well as directing growth initiatives.

Hoffman brings a wealth of experience in the area of satellite detectable, emergency locator beacon development to Cobham Life Support-ACR Products. As chairman of three committees for the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, he is considered an expert on COSPAS/SARSAT systems, as well as 406 MHz emergency locator beacons.

Most recently, Hoffman was vice president of development for Procon Inc.'s GES division. He also served as technical director, business development manager and engineering manager for McMurdo Limited; engineering manager for Nova Marine Systems and engineering manager marine for Graseby Dynamics.

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