Changing Places


Jim Currie joined the National Marine Manufacturers Association as director of federal legislative affairs. He fills the position vacated by Mat Dunn.

Currie comes to the NMMA from the National Association of State Treasurers, where he was director of federal relations. He will be based in the NMMA's Washington, D.C., office and work in the government relations practice.

A retired Army colonel with 30 years of military service, Currie worked on Capitol Hill on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and for Sen. Lloyd Bentsen.

He has broad experience in political science and communications, having taught at the National Defense College and lectured at colleges and universities nationwide.

Currie hosted a TV show called "America's Army" and has written three books.

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Navico, parent of the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands, hired Chris Melena and Russ Stevens as its new regional sales managers.

Melena and Stevens will drive sales and support dealers, distributors and retail customers in the Great Lakes and New England regions, respectively. Each sales manager has more than a decade of experience in the marine industry.

"We are pleased to welcome Chris and Russ to our team," said Louis Chemi, chief operating officer of Navico Americas, in a statement. "Both have extensive sales experience in the marine industry, the perfect skill sets to represent our industry-leading brands and the ability to deliver the outstanding service and customer support that is the signature of Navico."

Prior to joining Navico, Melena was a regional sales manager with Raymarine in its Great Lakes territory. He entered the marine industry in 1993 and has held positions at Captain's Marine Supply and West Marine. He is a graduate of Miami (Ohio) University and lives in Catawba Island, Ohio.

Stevens was most recently sales director for On the Water Media. He has more than 12 years of experience and has managed sales and marketing teams in the boating and fishing industry. He lives on Cape Cod, Mass., and is a graduate of the University of Vermont.


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