Changing Places


Nautic Global Group announced that the company's chief financial officer, Michael Kitson, will succeed CEO Robert Moran, effective immediately.

Moran, who is leaving his executive role with Nautic Global Group to pursue new opportunities closer to his home and family in Texas, will stay on as a member of the company's board.

"I am honored and excited to deepen my commitment to Nautic Global, one of the largest, most respected boat manufacturers in the country. For more than 60 years, we have delivered on our longstanding promise to produce 'a boat for every passion,' " Kitson said in a statement.

"As part of our growth strategy, we will focus on investing in affordable boats to get more families on the water, including in new products for both the Godfrey and Rinker lines," he added. "Nautic Global's focus always has been on providing quality boats that our customers want and I am committed to working with our clients and dealers to ensure we continue raising the bar and exceeding expectations."

Kitson has more than 20 years of leadership experience at public and private manufacturers. Before joining Nautic Global in 2010, he was president of Utilimaster Corp., a commercial vehicle manufacturer. Prior to joining Utilimaster in 1999, Kitson held financial roles during a 10-year career with Lilly Industries, a publicly traded manufacturer of paint and coatings for OEMs.

"With Nautic Global in a strong and stable position, with positive customer response to our new Rinker introductions and with Mike having proven himself to be the leader we wanted when we recruited him last year, now is the right time for this succession," Moran said in a statement. "I am proud of all the company has accomplished over the past few years, and I look forward to continuing my board-level involvement with Nautic Global."

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Navico, parent of the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands, hired John Schweitzer as its new regional sales manager for Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Based in Houston, he brings a lifetime of fishing and marine electronics experience. Schweitzer will drive sales and support dealers, distributors and retail customers for the full suite of Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G products. He also will work with Simrad Yachting professional accounts in the U.S. Gulf region.

"We are happy to welcome John to our outstanding Navico sales team," Navico Americas COO Louis Chemi said in a statement. "John joins Navico as we expand our sales coverage nationwide. His extensive sales management experience and expertise in the marine industry make him the perfect fit to represent our industry-leading brands and deliver the high-quality service and support our valued Gulf-area customers require."

Prior to joining Navico, Schweitzer was a regional sales manager with Southern Petroleum Laboratories. He has more than 30 years of experience in sales management, marketing and the manufacture of measurement and control products in the oil and gas industry.

A seasoned angler, Schweitzer previously worked with Navico as a member of its ProStaff and has represented several brand-name boats, as well as fishing and tackle companies, in the marine industry.

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The Seminole Marine Group, the builder of Sailfish and SouthWind boats, appointed Mike Carrigan Sr. as its director of dealer development for both brands.

"Mike brings nearly 40 years of experience to the position and will provide a valuable source of support for our dealer network," president Paul Hoppes said in a statement.

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John Fulweiler opened a maritime law practice in Quonset Point, R.I.

"I've been with a larger firm for more than 10 years," Fulweiler said in a statement. "That experience has been great, but the timing is right to offer a level of service and economy that's tough to achieve in that setting."

Fulweiler also has satellite offices in New York City and Fort Lauderdale.

The firm will specialize in admiralty and maritime claims. Fulweiler said he plans to continue to represent business owners, vessel operators, shipyards and marinas, as well as individuals.

He graduated from the marine affairs program at the University of Rhode Island and attended law school in Arkansas. He began practicing admiralty law in New York in 1998. He is admitted to the federal and state bars of numerous jurisdictions, including Florida, New York and Rhode Island, and holds a Coast Guard master's license.


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