Changing Places


John Smith joined TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale as a business development representative.

Smith is charged with all facets of business development and marketing for each of the company's divisions. He brings more than 15 years of combined maritime sales and marketing experience to the position.

Most recently, he was the advertising sales manager with New Wave Media, publishers of Maritime Reporter, Marine News and Marine Technology Reporter. In addition, he served in the Coast Guard as a law enforcement officer, boarding small- to medium-sized vessels in the 1980s.

"John W. Smith is a welcome addition to the TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale team," director of sales Barney Hauf said in a statement. "With his combined maritime and sales/marketing experience, his ability to identify new business opportunities and his attention to customer service; John has hit the ground running and is already making an impact on our business."

Larry Acheson founded TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale in 1989. The company operates from three ports, providing towing and assistance to boaters in all of southeast Florida and the Bahamas. TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale also offers commercial charter and launch services, and a skilled yacht towing and assistance division.

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Matthew Amata was recently named president of National Liquidators, a leading vessel recovery and remarketing firm, and president of MariTech Services, a vessel maintenance and repair service and an affiliated company of National Liquidators.

Amata has been with the company since 2001 and, prior to his promotion, he served as vice president of National Liquidators. In his expanded role, he will have full operating responsibility over National Liquidators and MariTech Services.

"Matt has been instrumental to the growth and success of the company," company chairman G. Robert Toney said in a statement. "His leadership will help guide both companies in the right direction."


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