Changing Places

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Yamaha Marine Group announced that Ben Speciale officially assumed the role of president. He takes over for the retiring Phil Dyskow.


Speciale had previously served as vice president of operations and planning.

As president, Speciale will direct the marine group, including all U.S.-based marine activities and subsidiaries. He will oversee Yamaha's boat companies and subsidiaries, including Skeeter Products, G3 Boats and Precision Propeller Industries.

Yamaha has approximately 2,000 marine dealers and is an OEM engine supplier to 120 independent boat brands in the United States.

Speciale joined Yamaha in 1987 with marine parts and accessories, and has held positions in marketing, promotions and strategic planning. He was promoted to vice president of operations and planning in 2005.

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Regulator Marine appointed Chris Wainscott as a Florida/Alabama independent sales representative.

Wainscott will spearhead a new initiative to restore Regulator as a major presence in those markets, the company said.

Prior to this appointment, Wainscott was the senior vice president/general manager at Hydra-Sports. A 20-plus-year industry veteran, he held various positions with Genmar and OMC, and has worked extensively on the East Coast, largely in Florida.

"Chris has extensive marketing and sales experience and a superb reputation with dealers he has partnered with over the years," Regulator president Joan Maxwell said in a statement. "His vast knowledge of the Florida boating industry will be essential in Regulator attaining its long-term goals in this crucial area of the boating market."


American Sailing Association reaches milestone

The American Sailing Association recently certified its half-millionth sailor. Since the association was founded in 1983, its affiliated schools and instructors have taught and certified more than 507,000 people to ASA’s 101 Keelboat Sailing standard.

First set of tariffs on aluminum sheet announced

The U.S. Commerce Department announced the countervailing tariff amounts on aluminum sheet from China, with varying amounts imposed on different Chinese suppliers that are scheduled to take effect within two to five business days.