Changing Places


Matthew Dean was promoted to president of Dean Hardwoods, a major supplier of teak and other boatbuilding lumber to the marine industry.


He takes over for this father, Charles Dean Jr., a founder of the company, who will stay active in the business and serve as chairman of the board.

"It was really past time to accord him the title that he deserves, which I've had since soon after the founding of the company in 1967," Charles Dean Jr. told Soundings Trade Only. "It's time to recognize with the appropriate title what Matt brings to the company, which is just a huge contribution of time and energy. He's just dong a marvelous job."

Matthew Dean, who formerly served as vice president and general manager, has been with Dean Hardwoods since 2001, although his father says he has been peripherally involved for much of his life.

Charles Dean announced the promotion last week while he and his son were visiting with family friend Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who also serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Boating Caucus.

"[Burr] and Matt learned the news at the same time, Charles Dean said.

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John Peterson, president of Hunter Marine Corp., announced two promotions within the company.

Greg Emerson was named director of sales for North America and will have the responsibility of growing the sales volume for Hunter in this region. Emerson has been with the company for 30 years.

Scott McLaughlin, a 25-year-employee, was promoted to the new position of director of operations. He most recently served as manager of research and development. His area of responsibility has been expanded to include all of Hunter's manufacturing and purchasing functions.

"Both Greg and Scott are dedicated employees and have a flair for creative thinking and stand ready to continue to work hard, work smart and embrace the changes that will have to happen to be successful in this challenging environment," Peterson said in a statement.

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Clean Marine Systems appointed Keith McCord vice president of engineering and a partner in the company.

Clean Marine is expanding its product range with several new components for the marine industry to comply with coming regulations.

McCord will direct existing and new technology as it applies to the marine industry. He has an extensive background in the development of on-board diagnostics systems for the automotive sector, the company said.

"We are currently utilizing this advantage to bring the marine industry elegant and proven designs to solve the EPA/CARB mandates, as well as many other fluid-handling systems," the statement said. "Keith McCord will be in charge of all engineering and product development tasks. He will also interface with our vendors to assure our quality standards are being met."


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