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The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology added two new instructors to its staff.

Nicholas Di Matteo is a returning instructor and will now be grading and counseling Westlawn students out of his home office in Stuart, Fla. An avid sailor, Nick served formerly as a senior project engineer and manager of Tom Fexas Yacht Design for more than 20 years. A Westlawn graduate, Di Matteo also has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

He has worked on mechanical and electrical engineering projects with the U.S. Navy Planning and Engineering for Repairs and Alteration as a subcontractor on naval frigates and destroyers.

Graduating Westlawn in the shortest time of any student in the past decade, instructor Eric Holohan has spent three years living aboard a 40-foot sailboat. He brings with him 20 years of experience in restoration, construction and maintenance of small craft. He is a Lloyds-certified marine surveyor and an ABYC master marine technician, holding ABYC certification in diesel, composite construction and electrical.

Holohan has his yacht master offshore and ocean certificates, with a radar license, and Safety of Life at Sea certificate. He has been working as an assistant designer to McCurdy & Rhodes, naval architects, and continues to assist in the current build of their 50-foot historical oyster dredger project.

Holding a U.S. Coast Guard 6-pack license, Eric was a past recipient of the Hargrave Scholarship for Westlawn modules 3 and 4, and will be interacting with students out of his Long Island, N.Y. home office.

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Power & Motoryacht magazine hired Sandra Purcella as its Southeast sales representative.

Purcella has been working in Florida's marine advertising industry her entire career. For the last 10 years, she has been president of her own marine-based advertising agency.

"Sandra knows the Florida boat market as well as anyone in the business," ad director Sean O'Leary said in a statement. "Her longstanding relationships with clients and knowledge of the marine media landscape will make her a huge asset to our sales team."

Power & Motoryacht is published by Source Interlink Media.

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OceanLED appointed Susan James as the company's new international marketing manager.

She joins the OceanLED team from electronic chart manufacturer Navionics, where she was responsible for the brand's core marketing activities.

Based in Massachusetts, Susan has more than 25 years experience in marketing, advertising, media relations and pre-press production. Her previous roles include leading and developing the marketing team strategy for companies such as Vacation Resorts International and the Sentinel Polyolefins Corporation.

Susan's appointment coincides with OceanLED's ongoing expansion plans for 2010. Her key role will be to work alongside the existing sales team to develop and maintain a clearly defined marketing strategy in line with brand objectives.

"I'm delighted that Susan has joined the OceanLED team. At such a crucial time for the business, it's vital that we have an experienced marketing team in place to ensure the brand name is communicated across the correct channels," CEO Lee Savage said in a statement.

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