Changing Places


Cummins Onan filled three technical and managerial positions within the company's marine division.

Neil Phelps is the new marine business development manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, where he will be responsible for identifying business opportunities and sales channels to support revenue growth.

After serving for 14 years in the Royal Navy, Phelps worked for U.K. shipbuilders Vosper Thornycroft and Berthon Boat Co. He has extensive experience with Cummins Onan products for all consumer marine markets.

Noah Cotton was named marine application engineer and he will be responsible for enhancing the customer's experience by ensuring that Cummins Onan marine generators are applied and installed properly.

Cotton previously was a service engineer supporting the RV business, working directly with distributors, dealers, OEMs and end users. In 2008, he took a lead role in ensuring that new product launches deliver the parts, information, tools and training that customers needed. Cotton has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Minnesota State University.

Ming Han is the new marine marketing manager in the consumer business. He will be responsible for developing the marine marketing annual plan for the Cummins Onan Marine business, working with the product manager, business development managers and regional sales offices.

Han joined Cummins Power Generation in 2008 and gained experience in global market intelligence and analyzing market trends. Prior to joining Cummins, he was a marketing director with China's largest duty-free store operator, working in functions that included strategy, marketing planning, business development and channel management.

Ming has a master's degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in business economics from the Renmin University of China in Beijing.

Cummins Onan Generators is a brand of Cummins Power Generation, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc.

* * *

Oyster Marine is expanding its U.S. headquarters with the appointment of Dan Wurzbacher to the sales team.

He will serve as U.S. sales manager at Oyster Marine's Newport, R.I., location and will handle new yacht sales in the Oyster fleet throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

Wurzbacher has been in the marine industry for seven years, including his captaincy of S/Y Argo, a 110-foot Langan Design Schooner. He has completed crossings of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans and has more than 50,000 miles of bluewater cruising experience, including extensive landfalls.

He has overseen several major refit projects and comes to Oyster from a career in brokerage with Berthon USA in Newport.


Future Sales Focal Point

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks if inventory levels and other concerns will be a factor in boat-show participation. Take the survey here.

ABYC Releases ‘Largest Update’ of Standards

The 61st supplement of its Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft includes electric propulsion and electrical systems.

Fort Myers Tech Receives Training Support

Yamaha and the Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay donate to the college’s new maintenance certification program.

LCI Reports Record Q2

The parent of OEM supplier Lippert Components saw a 108 percent increase in net sales to $1.1 billion.

Cox Marine Addresses the Supply Chain

The diesel outboard manufacturer brings all sub-assembly production in-house to obviate delivery issues.

Boat Shows and Dealer Week Are Calls to Action

Shows are one of the best ways to connect face-to-face with customers, and MRAA’s signature conference can give insights into achieving retail success.