Terry Tjaden, show manager for the Southern California Marine Association for the last 23 years, will retire from the marine industry effective June 30, the association announced.
"I have countless things to be thankful for, especially the many dear friends that I have made during my career," said Tjaden. "The boating business has been my life for nearly 40 years and it has been a rewarding and enriching experience. I take with me a lot of priceless memories that I will cherish always."
Tjaden began his boating industry career in 1971 as a regional sales rep for Mercury Marine. He joined the SCMA as show manager in December 1986. In 2007, Tjaden was presented with the association's highest honor, the lifetime achievement award.
"Terry is a unique and very special kind of person. He has the patience of Job and a rare talent for connecting on a personal level with people he does business with," SCMA executive director Dave Geoffroy said in a statement. "I've been in the marine industry for a very long time and, without question, there's no better boat show manager in this business. While we'll miss his knowledge, insight and flawless work ethic greatly, his retirement is truly well deserved."
Tjaden say he and his wife Gina plan to relocate to Bend, Ore., early this summer.
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Connie Connor joined the staff of Prestige Yacht Sales in Essex, Conn.
Connor is a trawler specialist, having just completed 10 years in new and brokerage boat sales of Nordic Tugs and other cruising trawlers. She has been an avid powerboater with extensive cruising experience on the Great Lakes, the New York State canal system, the Hudson River, the Chesapeake and the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida.
Connor belongs to or serves on the following: Essex Yacht Club, Essex Board of Trade, Matthews Boat Owner Association, the Delta Society and the Nathan Hale DAR Society.
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Rusty Stewart was appointed sales manager at McMichael Yacht Brokers.
Before joining McMichael 11 years ago, Stewart was the international production and U.S. sales manager for a company in the women's apparel industry. He splits his time between Westchester County, N.Y. and Charlestown, R.I.
McMichael Yacht Brokers and Yacht Yard is celebrating its 75th year of service to the boating community.