Changing Places


Mike O'Connell was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Larson Boats.

O’Connell will have a range of responsibilities, including operations, sales and marketing functions. He will report directly to Al Kuebelbeck, president and CEO of Larson, and will have direct involvement with all four brands built in Larson’s facility — Larson, Seaswirl, Triumph and FinCraft.

He has more than 27 years of experience in the marine industry, most recently as vice president of planning and business development of Rec Boat Holdings. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in management positions within the Genmar group of boat companies.

“Mike is well-known and well-respected throughout the marine industry. The addition of Mike to an already strong team in Little Falls will significantly help us grow our market positions as an industry leader throughout all four boat brands being manufactured in the Larson facility in Little Falls,” said Irwin Jacobs, chairman of Larson’s parent company J&D Boats, in a statement.

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Prospec Electronics promoted Josh Berry to special markets manager, where he will now assist with catalog and packaging artwork, advertising and oversee the company’s public relations.

Berry joined Prospec in 2002 in the quality control department and worked his way into sales. For the last seven years, he has called on OEMs, distributors and retailers in the Midwest and West.

“Josh has a great eye for detail. I'm confident he'll take on these new roles aggressively and help take Prospec to the next level,” Prospec president Dave Sykes said in a statement. “He's worked in many aspects of the company and knows our product and customer very well.”


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