Changing Places


The board of directors of Renaissance Marine Group promoted Jerry Wooley to president and chief operating officer of the company and its subsidiaries, Duckworth Boat Works and Weldcraft Marine Industries.

Wooley has been Renaissance's executive vice president and chief operating officer since September 2007. Prior to that, he was Renaissance's vice president of production and director of engineering and production.

Before joining Duckworth in 1997, he spent 12 years with The Boeing Co. in a variety of roles. He previously worked for the Navy as a civilian engineer on torpedo and target programs.

A native of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Wooley has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho and a master's in engineering management from Washington State University.

He also is trained in a variety of lean manufacturing processes.

"We are very pleased to promote Jerry Wooley into this expanded role as president of Renaissance Marine Group Inc. He has demonstrated tremendous industry leadership during the challenging downturn since 2007," said Daniel Larson, CEO of Renaissance Marine Group, in a statement.

"He led our product development team that introduced our highly successful Weldcraft Cuddy King series and the new Duckworth Offshore series, and he oversaw the integration of the Northwest Jet boats line into our production and sales team," Larson added. "He also managed our dealer development into Canada and Russia, both of which are continuing to grow."

Renaissance is the holding company for Duckworth Boat Works and Weldcraft Marine Industries. Renaissance builds and sells Duckworth, Weldcraft and Northwest Jet brand welded aluminum sportboats and fishing boats.

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Bob Saxon was named president of International Yacht Collection, effective Jan.1.

"There is no one better suited to expand IYC's worldwide brand, a strategic model that incorporates all aspects of the yachting lifestyle," IYC chairman Felix Sabates said in a statement. "Bob Saxon's unrivaled reputation, his understanding of the totality of the modern yachting business and his ability to understand owners and their needs are critical to our global expansion."

International Yacht Collection, including The Sacks Group Yachting Professionals, a division of Trinity Yachts LLC, is a privately held corporation based in Fort Lauderdale.

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Curtis Stokes & Associates, a growing high-end yacht brokerage based in Fort Lauderdale, added Wendy Umla to its sales team.

Umla is a licensed and bonded salesperson with captain and management expertise in yachts in the 85- to 171-foot range. Her professional career began in land-based industries. She worked in sales and executive positions for a large private vitamin and supplement manufacturer.


Her cruising experience has included numerous locations along the East Coast, the Caribbean and Bahamas, and three Atlantic crossings. She also has extensive experience in the Mediterranean and in New Zealand waters.

Most recently Umla was captain aboard M/Y Castaway, a privately owned 85-foot Lazzara Yacht. She was responsible for all aspects of the vessel, including boat handling, engineering, documentation, budgets, itinerary and trip planning. Previous to Castaway, Umla managed the complete refit of a 156-foot yacht, including overseeing a five-year Lloyd's survey for the owners.

Umla has certifications that include a Coast Guard 3,000-ton ITC Master.

"Her competency in so many aspects of yacht management and her experience with superyachts, in particular, gives Wendy a strong foundation for representing our high-end yachts," said Curtis Stokes, president of the brokerage, in a statement.

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Andy Baker joined Springline Yacht Sales, a Hunter dealer and yacht brokerage in Connecticut.

Baker had assisted the Springline team in the past with setting up boat shows and ferrying boats; his expertise in marine services makes him an important asset in the expansion of Springline, the company said.

Prior to joining Springline, Baker was the supervisor of maintenance at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he was responsible for operations and maintenance. He recently retired from 30 years of service in the Air National Guard.

He races competitively with the Thames Yacht Club and is commodore of the Cruising Club of New England.

"We are thrilled to have Andy on board with the team. He will be assisting not only with new and brokerage sales, but will also be exploring opportunities of a fractional ownership program for Springline and working in other exciting areas of the boating industry," company president Rick Dieterich said in a statement.


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