Changing Places

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Contender Boats appointed industry veteran Mike Collins to manage its Southeast U.S. sales territory.

"We are happy to welcome Mike Collins to the Contender team," owner Joe Neber said in a statement. "He is a natural salesman with an extensive list of contacts and a real knack for developing a dealer network. These are traits he will put to good use for us. Most importantly, as a longtime tournament angler he understands our brand, our market and the Contender customer."

Established in Homestead, Fla., in 1984, Contender Boats offers fully customizable tournament-grade deep-vee and stepped-hull fiberglass fishing boats from 21 to 40 feet.

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The new direct-to-consumer boating accessory company Direct Buy Marine announced its board of directors.

The Greeneville, Tenn.-based company said it offers boating accessories below wholesale prices with a sourcing and logistics strategy that increases environmental sustainability.

"We are excited to bring boaters the products that make it more affordable to enjoy their favorite family pastime while also having a positive impact on our environment and creating jobs," chairman and CEO Dave Peterson said. "Not only are we bringing our brand of innovation to the boating accessories market, we are also utilizing innovative ways to raise capital investments to fund our project."

The new Direct Buy Marine board is: Peterson, treasurer Jesse Metheny; secretary Eugene Barnard; marketing adviser Brad Burke; engineering/quality advisor Chris Hynes; and risk manager Robert Dennison.


Senator visits Tiara Yachts

Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., toured the Tiara Yachts headquarters in Holland, Mich., to meet the workers and learn about the impact of the company on the local economy, as well as the impact of boating on a state and national level.

Strong boat sales in February

Boat sales were up 2.5 percent last month in the main powerboat segments, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. data from 28 early reporting states, and up 1.1 percent across all categories.

Mixed messages on the economy

Markets tumbled on Monday as embattled Facebook sparked a tech selloff — the most recent illustration of the mixed economic indicators prevalent in the news.

Glastron adds Maine dealer

Expanding its dealer network in Maine, Glastron boats, a division of Groupe Beneteau’s Cadillac, Mich., operations, has named Branch Pond Marine as the newest addition to their distribution channel.