Changing Places

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Yamaha Marine Group recently announced several employee promotions, including three to division manager positions.

Bob Popiel was promoted to division manager. Popiel started with Yamaha in December 2005 as department manager, technical training, customer assistance and product quality. In March 2008, he was promoted to assistant division manager of marine service. In his new role, he will lead the entire marine service department.

Mark Tracy, formerly assistant division manager of marine OEM sales, was promoted to division manager. A 12-year Yamaha veteran, Tracy has held positions within the company that include district marketing manager for the Southwestern United States, district marketing manager for the east coast of Florida and Eastern regional manager for the dealer sales group.

Kyle Rippe, formerly assistant division manager of marine finance and accounting, was promoted to division manager. A 14-year Yamaha employee, Rippe previously held positions within Yamaha Motor Corp. in Cypress, Calif., in the cash department, financial planning and financial reporting/consolidation. He transferred to the Yamaha Marine Group in 2003 as marine group accounting/financial planning manager.

Adam Hall, formerly assistant regional manager of OEM sales, was promoted to regional manager. Hall, who began his career at Yamaha in December 2002 as a dealer sales coordinator for the Northeast and Midwest regions, will report directly to Tracy and will manage OEM accounts in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and New England.

Lastly, David Meeler, former product marketing information manager, is now a propeller specialist. Meeler has been with the company for more than 10 years and has held positions in the service, parts and accessories and marine marketing divisions. In his new position, Meeler's responsibilities will include marketing, analysis, development and training for all Yamaha propeller brands.

"Our No. 1 priority at Yamaha is to support our customers, and these people have made outstanding progress in that regard," Yamaha Marine Group president Ben Speciale said in a statement. "I am confident that each of these professionals will continue to enrich the Yamaha team in their new positions, as well as strengthen the company and the customer support Yamaha provides."

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