Changing Places

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A sales and marketing group headed by Jared Mikacich was recently formed to provide an alternative to marine supply companies.

The JLM team includes West and East Coast industry experts who together have more than 50 years of experience.

Mikacich has more than 20 years in the marine industry, serving in such roles as vice president of North American sales for Maxwell Marine, president of Mikker Sports, and general manager of Olympic Boat Centers. Mikacich has also worked in sales as a regional account manager for Watch Captain and, and as a consultant for United Yacht Broker.

"In this economy, marine businesses should have flexibility with their marketing dollars, and JLM is on the forefront of the future of sales and marketing with the idea of outsourcing the management of this area of the marine industry while reducing the financial burden on the company," Mikacich said in a statement.

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The next generation of the De Vries family took directorship of the Feadship Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw yard in Aalsmeer, Netherlands.

Rob and Roderick De Vries are joined on the new board by three directors from outside the family: Bas Nederpelt, John Veldman and Dennis van Haasteren. The board of directors will be officially installed July 1.

Henk and Tom de Vries, who have led the yard since the 1990s, now will devote their attention to the De Vries Group. The De Vries Group consists of the two Koninklijke De Vries yards in Aalsmeer and Makkum, plus subsidiary companies Slob, Akerboom, STI Engineering and ITS.

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