Changing Places


Marine electronics and accessories distributor Win-tron named Annette Schott as a sales associate.

"Annette brings a wealth of experience in sales and customer service to our company," president Edward Winder said in a statement. "I am confident that she will have an immediate positive impact for our customers."

Previously, Schott was order service manager of Consumers Marine, where she worked for 12 years. Prior to that, she was order service manager of E&B Marine.

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The National Marine Electronics Association appointed David Gratton vice chairman of the board of directors.


He replaces Jim Vander Hey, who is leaving the position to pursue a business venture outside the marine electronics industry.

Gratton joined the board in 2001. He is vice president of sales for Martek of Palm Beach, a full-service marine electronics dealership located in Stuart, Fla.

Gratton grew up in New York and was in the Air Force before working for Teledyne in Los Angeles, where he was engaged in environmental testing for the space shuttle. While with the Air Force, he flew with the Emergency Airborne Command as a radio maintenance technician.

In 1987 Gratton, who holds a CMET rating, joined Martek in Marmora, N.J., as service manager, and in 1997 headed south to start Martek of Palm Beach.

The NMEA board also appointed Bruce Angus to the executive committee.

Angus is a manufacturer director on the board. He is director of business development for Johnson Outdoors Inc., owner of the Geonav line of marine electronics.

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Southern Boating & Yachting Inc., publisher of Southern Boating and Marine Business Journal, named Louisa Rudeen Beckett editor of both publications.

Beckett served as editor-in-chief of Motor Boating and editor of ShowBoats International magazines before co-founding Turnkey Communications & Public Relations Inc. with her husband, Gary Beckett.

She assumes her new role July 26. She replaces Marilyn Mower, who is leaving to pursue a new opportunity in book publishing within the marine field.

"We are delighted to have an editor of Louisa's caliber at the helm of our two magazines," publisher and editorial director Skip Allen Jr. said in a statement. "She brings an incredible wealth of experience to the position and is well-known and respected throughout the international boating industry."

In mid-July, Turnkey will relocate to Fort Lauderdale and Gary Beckett will assume the role of president.

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