Changing Places


Jim Coburn, past president of the National Marine Bankers Association, left Flagstar Bank earlier this year to form Coburn & Associates LLC.

The firm provides coaching and consulting services for banks, finance companies, dealers and other retail businesses, including strategic planning, business plans, sales plans and loan proposals designed to improve profit and productivity.

"We want to help businesses grow, eliminate sleepless nights, improve productivity and effectively free up executives' time," said Coburn, noting the firm was founded in 1995 but became an LLC earlier this year.

"We plan on introducing a new company name in the near future that better reflects what we do," said Coburn, who has 30 years of bank experience, with expertise in retail banking, consumer and floorplan finance in the marine, RV and power-sports industries.

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Bob Saxon, of Bob Saxon Consultants, was named chief executive for the Florida Yacht Brokers Association.

Saxon brings years of experience as a licensed Florida yacht broker to his new position, along with expertise in the fields of yacht and crew management, new-build project management and luxury yacht charter.

He replaces Rae Whitt, who served as executive director for 14 years prior to stepping down in mid-April to pursue other interests.

"After being a member of FYBA for the past several years, I am excited to have the opportunity to serve this vital organization in a more central role," Saxon said in a statement. "With several critical issues currently facing our membership, including the pending $18,000 boat sales tax cap, which is being considered by the Florida state legislature this week, I have already hit the ground running."

Prior to joining the FYBA staff, Saxon held a series of senior executive and leadership positions in the yachting industry. Most recently, he has served as a business and yacht management consultant through his firm, Bob Saxon Consultants.

In 2002-2008, he was president of Camper & Nicholsons USA, after selling his business, Bob Saxon Associates, to that firm. Saxon owned and operated Bob Saxon Associates for 15 years beginning in 1987. He also has served as president of The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals and vice president of Whittemore & Williams.

Saxon is also the founding president of the International Superyacht Society and currently serves as president during its 20th anniversary year.

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Springfield Marine Company appointed Gary Smith its national sales manager.

With more than 25 years experience in the marine and consumer products industries, Smith joins the company from Garelick Mfg., where he served as director of OEM and aftermarket sales. Prior to that, Smith held various senior level sales and marketing assignments in the Untied States and Europe with 3M.

Smith will be responsible for growing sales with marine OEM and aftermarket customers, as well as the RV segment, for the full line of Springfield products, and assisting with the development of new products and strategies to accelerate growth in all divisions of the company.


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