Changing Places


Curtis Stokes & Associates added Bransom Bean as a new sales associate to be based in Isle of Man in the British Isles.

Bean is a seasoned seafarer, author and international executive whose work in the yachting community gives him unique opportunities to represent Curtis Stokes & Associates, the company said. As a business coach focusing on marine businesses, he helps individuals and entities identify and achieve their goals.

His maritime experience ranges from recreational powerboating and sailing to serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. In 1996-97 he raced in the BT Global Challenge - a 33,000-mile race - west about, under sail and south of both Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope as a crewmember in Commercial Union Assurance.

A founder and first executive director of the U.S. Superyacht Association, he is also a member of the International Superyacht Society; the Professional Yachtsmen's Association; Boating Writers International; the Yachting Journalists Association; the Royal Ocean Racing Club; the Propeller Club; the U.S. Navy League; the Merchant Navy Association; and the Submarine League.

"I appreciate Bransom's business sense and the successes he encountered in launching and managing his businesses," company president Curtis Stokes said in a statement. "He was sought after repeatedly in the business world, and I expect that trend to continue as he networks in the yacht brokerage industry. He has an outgoing personality and has a strong commitment to the yachting industry as a whole."

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U.S.-based marine manufacturer's representative E&P Marine named Christoph Witt as a marine sales consultant based in Germany.

Witt has years of sales and marketing experience in the recreational marine industry. He has worked for companies such as Aqua Signal and Torqeedo.

"E&P Marine is committed to continued worldwide expansion of its represented line of recreational marine products, particularly in the European market," the company said in a statement. "We extend our most sincere welcome to Christoph."

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Annapolis, Md.-based Atlantic Spars & Rigging hired Matt Patterson as sales manager and Jonathan Deboer as rigger.

Patterson is relocating from Dallas after enjoying a long career in sales management at Nautica International. During the last year he has been in charge of a two-boat program in lightning class boats for the Pan American Games in Mexico.

Deboer is relocating from Chicago, where he has spent the last year at Crowley's Marina, working in the rigging division. He also spent a few years working for a rigging company in Marina Del Ray, Calif., gaining the knowledge of working on furlers, swaging standing rigging, rod heading and custom splicing.


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