Changing Places


Caravelle Powerboats, part of Sak Marine, said Doug Kichler was named vice president of international sales.

"Doug is a key person in Caravelle's international growth strategy, especially serving Europe, Australia and Latin America," company president Eugene Sak said in a statement.

Kichler has more than 30 years of experience in the marine industry, including the last 21 years at Volvo Penta, where he most recently was a senior national account executive.

He is a graduate of the University of Indiana with a master's in business.

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Krill Systems named Brian Staton its vice president of worldwide sales. He will be responsible for selling products in three vertical markets (recreation, commercial and government) and distribution channels, and for developing sales and dealer support.

"We are pleased to bring Brian on board as vice president of sales with Krill Systems. Brian brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge of building a top-notch sales and support team to our customers," company president Casey Cox said in a statement. "We are in an exciting period of opportunity, and Brian's sales capabilities will be an invaluable asset to bring Krill Systems' vessel monitoring, fleet monitoring and data acquisition reports to the commercial, recreational and government sectors."

Staton has 26 years of experience as a sales and marketing executive in the marine electronic industry. He served as a creative marketing and sales strategist for five major marine electronic brands and is a former president of Simrad USA.

He was most recently employed at Ship Equip as business development manager.

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Yamaha Marine Group announced the appointment of Jonathon Burns as department manager of marine business planning and marine/outboards supply chain operations, and the appointment of Ben Mallett as supervisor of marine/outboard supply chain operations.

Burns will have responsibility for business planning and supply chain management. Previously serving as market analyst supervisor, Burns has been involved in business planning for the Yamaha Marine Group and Yamaha companies, G3 Boats, Skeeter Boats and Precision Propeller Industries Inc.

He began his career at Yamaha in 2004 as a market analyst coordinator. Prior to joining Yamaha, he was sales coordinator at Skeeter Boats. He is a University of Texas at Tyler graduate with a bachelor's degree in business administration in marketing.

Mallett will oversee a team of account associates who fill orders placed by dealers and boatbuilders. Previously a market analyst, he began his career at Yamaha Marine Group in 2006 as Southeast regional sales coordinator. He holds an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University and bachelor's degrees in business administration in management and marketing from Valdosta State University.


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The newly authorized DESCEND Act requires anglers to use descending gear when releasing catches in federal Gulf of Mexico waters.

Coast Guard Foundation Names Chairman

Thomas A. Allegretti will lead the non-profit’s board of directors.

In-Person Charleston Show Opens Friday

Under Covid-19 guidelines, the South Carolina boat show has a modified format for the safety of attendees and exhibitors.

Polaris Sees Q4 Surge

The powersports manufacturer had solid gains in every segment, with boat sales up 20 percent.

ABYC Updates Board

The group added a new member and elected several officers, including Nancy Cueroni as chairman.

Quick Hits: January 27, 2021

ICOMIA release its latest state of the industry report; one of the country’s largest waterjet cutting machines goes online at Maine’s Front Street Shipyard; and T-H Marine Supplies names a new national sales and marketing manager.

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