Changing Places

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Scout Boats announced five managerial changes at its South Carolina-based facility.

William Ferguson will head up operations at "plant A" (boats 15'-24') as the new production manager; while Sherrie Ferguson was promoted to human resource manager.

Gordon Peters was named the new warranty manager and Dennis Essenmacher will take over as purchasing manager. Also, James Pate is the company's new Florida sales manager.

"We have a tremendous team of talented, skilled employees at every level within our organization, and these five new appointments are no exception," said Scout CEO and founder Steve Potts.

Scout builds sportfishing, fish 'n ski, walkaround, flats and bay boat models ranging from 15 to 35 feet.

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Yachting Solutions president Bill Morong appointed Jeff Lowell general manager and director of sales for its yacht brokerage division, Cannell, Payne & Page.

Cannell Payne & Page was acquired by Yachting Solutions last year from founders Bill Cannell and Jim Payne, who have elected to stay on as brokers.

"We are indeed fortunate to have attracted a manager with the background and skill sets of Jeff Lowell," Morong said in a statement.

Lowell recently completed the development of a high-end marina project in Exuma, Bahamas. From 1986 to 2008, he was president/CEO of Boothbay Regional Boatyard in Boothbay, Maine, overseeing 40 employees and the repairs and restoration of many classic vessels, as well as the construction of new yachts.

A graduate of North Yarmouth Academy and Maine Maritime Academy, Lowell has served on the board of directors of the Boothbay Region YMCA, Maine Marine Trades Association, American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, and the Marine Training Systems School in Thomaston.