Changing Places

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Zodiac of North America, a subsidiary of Zodiac ZMP, the world's largest builder of RIBs, inflatable boats, life rafts and safety equipment, appointed Mauricio Gomes to be the company's new regional sales manager for the Southeast /Offshore region.


Todd Kelly was named the new West Coast /Midwest regional sales manager.


Aside from the Southeastern states, Gomes is responsible for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He brings years of manufacturing sales experience and knows English and Spanish. Gomes has a master’s degree in marketing administration from Paulista University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He will be based at his home office in Jacksonville, Fla.

Kelly, who has boatbuilding and marine retail sales experience, has a bachelor’s degree in international management from California State University, San Marcos. He will be based at his home office in San Diego.

“We are pleased to add these two gentlemen to our sales team,” Gary Durnan, vice president of sales for Zodiac of North America, said in a statement. “We’re excited about their potential in these markets as we look to expand our market share and further improve on dealer/customer deliverables.”


Maine Boatbuilders Show opens tomorrow

In its second year in a new location, the Maine Boatbuilders Show opens tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Portland Sports Complex. Sail and powerboats, plus engines and accessories will all be on display.