Changing Places

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Euro Marine Trading added Ken Luczynski to its sales team.

He has more than 10 years of experience in the sailing industry, ranging from his early days in sailmaking with U.K. sailmakers to his most recent Class 40 work.

He also was a top 10 U.S. ranked Finn sailor who competed in the finals of the U.S. Finn Olympic trials. Luczynski is the co-skipper for the Class 40 Toothface, on which he and Mike Dreese are competing in the Atlantic Cup. Afterward they will compete in their second Bermuda 1-2 together.

"His involvement in the Class 40s has given him ample time for hands-on experience with many of our brands, such as Antal, Karver, and nke Marine Electronics, which are commonly found on these boats," the company said in a statement.

In his new position, he will primarily focus on developing new business, but also service existing accounts for Antal, Karver and Reckmann.

Euro Marine Trading in Newport, R.I., has been a source for performance European marine equipment in North America for more than 25 years.

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Donald L. Blount and Associates, a Virginia-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, announced that Gordon Hatchell is the newest member of the firm.

"With 40 years of a broad array of managerial and technical experience with special projects for complex Navy combatant craft, Gordon will expand the competitive edge DLBA holds for the design of high-performance military craft," vice president and chief operating officer Robert Bartee said in a statement.

Blount and Associates' project base consists of three components: custom designs for private clients; production boat/refit/yacht management; and military/commercial design and engineering.

As the marine business climate rises, Hatchell has taken on dual responsibilities for program management and business development of the military/commercial design and engineering component to increase the time available for current staff to pursue the other two components, the company said.

Hatchell previously served as supervisor and program manager for the Special Projects Branch's combatant craft department of the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock division in Potomac, Md.

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