Changing Places

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Pelican Products appointed Jeff Cushing vice president of information technology.

Cushing brings several years of information systems management experience to the position. He is responsible for leading Pelican's information technology department, which serves the project management, information security, telecommunications and infrastructure of the company's global operations. He is also responsible for the rollout and management of SAP, the company's ERP software.

Cushing previously held positions at Hughes Aircraft, IBM, Farmers Insurance Group, Archive Inc. and Business.com. Most recently, he was director of information technology at LRN, a provider of online business ethics education programs for Fortune 1000 companies.

"I look forward to working with Jeff to ensure Pelican's infrastructure will accommodate the exponential growth that the company is experiencing and will continue to experience," Pelican CEO Lyndon Faulkner said in a statement. "Information technology is an essential part of any successful organization, and I'm confident that his unique skill set will be instrumental in helping our company maintain its market leadership."

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Mid Atlantic Marine Group named John Dennison its sales director in its Annapolis, Md., office.

Dennison has more than 30 years of experience, and he joins Mid Atlantic Marine Group with a background in the sales, service, marketing and business management fields of the maritime industry.

Prior to joining Mid Atlantic Marine Group, he served a versatile role at Selene Annapolis Yachts, completing sales, marketing, brokerage, consulting and project management functions for the trawler company. His experience also includes more than three years as a broker for Little Harbor Yacht Brokers in Fort Lauderdale, five years as a service and production manager for the Selene line at Ted Hood's Portsmouth Marine in Rhode Island and more than 18 years as the owner of Lone Star Marine Services in Fort Lauderdale.

Dennison has captained private power- and sailing yachts up to 125 feet and was the captain of a 148-foot oceanographic research vessel, which he ran for a year from West Africa to the United States. He also was the skipper on Alan Bond's Southern Cross II during the 1983 America's Cup.

"I feel confident that our growing presence in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast will allow us to reach a higher standard of service for our current clientele ... and to offer our services to a wider market of yacht owners and potential yacht buyers as we successfully grow our sales force despite the trying economic times in the maritime industry," said Michael Ladas, owner and managing partner of Mid Atlantic Marine Group, in a statement.

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