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Fountain Powerboats named Nick Miller its new vice president of sales and marketing.

Miller comes to Fountain with 25 years of marine industry sales and marketing experience at the manufacturing and retail levels, including a 17-year stint with Pro-Line Boats and Donzi Marine, where he was heavily involved in dealer development, serving in a variety of production and sales roles, up to and including vice president of marketing.

"Over the many years I have known Nick, I have found him to be highly resourceful, motivated and energetic," Fountain Powerboats president and CEO John Walker said in a statement. "He is liked and respected by boat dealers, as well as marine industry media, and I feel he is the best possible fit to direct the sales and marketing initiatives of Fountain Powerboats."

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New World Yacht Builders, which does business as Northern Marine, named Randy Cowley its vice president of sales and marketing.

"Randy brings over 40 years of experience in the yachting industry with him, which includes owning his own dealerships nationwide; to introducing and branding some of the boating industry's most well-known product lines, in addition to hundreds of thousands of miles at sea, either campaigning ocean racing sailboats or motoryacht cruising with his family," company president Andy McDonald said in a statement.

New World Yacht Builders is based in Anacortes, Wash.

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Senator visits Tiara Yachts

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