Changing Places


Crest Marine appointed Ernie Campbell its director of dealer services and sales administration, as well as regional manager for Michigan.

Campbell has been a regional manager for the Crest and Sunset Bay brands since 2003.

"We are excited about having Ernie part of the management team. He brings a high level of experience in the field and has proven administration skills as well as exceptional dealer relationships," Crest Marine president Joe Curran said in a statement.

The company also announced additional personnel changes:

Greg Fenton was named regional manager in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Northern Illinois.

Carter McLaughlin is the regional manager for Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia.

Rick Axt is regional manager for Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

John Ranker is now the regional manager for Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New England.

Terry Glover is the new regional manager for Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.

John Moore is now regional manager for Canada.

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Dometic Marine appointed Thorsten Lentz as project manager for the marine OEM market in Germany and Central Europe.


Based in Emsdetten, Germany, Lentz will be responsible for further strengthening sales of Dometic's extensive product range, which includes premium brands Marine Air and SeaLand. He has spent the last 20 years working as a key European distributor for Dometic products and joins the company with a wealth of knowledge and experience of Dometic and marine leisure OEM and aftermarket.

"With his extensive knowledge of Dometic and the European market already behind him, Thorsten will be a great addition to the company," said Ned Trigg, senior vice president of global system sales, in a statement. "Based at our German office in Emsdetten, Thorsten is well-positioned to further strengthen Dometic Marine's presence in Germany and Central Europe, which is key to the success of our 2011 strategy."

Dometic Marine, a division of the Dometic Group, is a global supplier of comfort systems and equipment for yachts and pleasure boats, and a major supplier of HVAC and sanitation systems to the commercial, workboat and military markets.

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Keyston Bros. appointed Dennis Bueker sales manager with responsibilities for account management and business development in targeted Florida markets ranging from Hollywood north to Daytona Beach.


A long-term marine and awnings industry professional, Bueker previously worked for 28 years for Astrup/Trivantage in multiple sales and management roles with responsibility for new product development, customer service and branch operations. In addition, he is presently serving a two-year term as chairman of the Marine Fabricators Association, with seven years on the board of directors.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dennis aboard and believe his years of industry experience, vast product knowledge and his wealth of contacts will be put to great use in Keyston's aggressive product development, customer service and expansion efforts," said Mike Hendrix, Keyston vice president and regional manager, in a statement.

Keyston Bros. is a leading North American supplier of fabrics, vinyls and leathers to multiple markets including marine, automotive, hospitality and awning.

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Northrop & Johnson added Katya Jaimes to its charter retail division, based in Fort Lauderdale.

Jaimes grew up in Russia and moved to New York after college, where she began working for a private megayacht management company.

"I am proud to be a part of Northrop and Johnson's truly amazing 'family' organization," she said in a statement. "Customizing unforgettable charter vacations for my clients with enthusiasm and vast knowledge is a welcomed challenge for me. The company gives me the tools through visiting charter yachts, experiencing great charter destinations and continual education to offer a personal approach to finding the best match possible for each client, with great attention to detail."

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Vero Marine Center added Gladwin Enns to its service department.

Enns is an avid boater and has an extensive history and wide-ranging background in the boating industry on the Treasure Coast of Florida. He previously worked at Taylor Creek Marine and Hewes/Maverick/Pathfinder boats in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Vero Marine Center is the area dealer for Grady-White, Hurricane deckboats and Yamaha outboards.


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