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Changing Places

MCBC Holdings, the parent company of MasterCraft and Hydra-Sports Boat Co., recently named Shane Chittum chief operating officer.

Chittum, who comes to MCBC with 15 years of experience in human resources, finance, materials, operations and lean manufacturing, will be responsible for further streamlining and upgrading the company’s standard-setting operations.

“We have always been proud of our expertise in operations,” president and CEO John Dorton said in a statement. “However, we don’t rest easily. We are constantly looking to create the highest of benchmarks, which typically require top-grade talent like Shane. With his accomplished background, especially in operations and production systems, we are quite confident Shane will lead MasterCraft and Hydra-Sports to be the standard bearer for years to come.”

Prior to joining MCBC Holdings, Chittum was the director of global operational excellence for Visteon Corp. Prior to that role, he was in charge of Visteon’s operations in Monterrey, Mexico, as a multisite plant manager.

Prior to Visteon, Chittum held plant leadership positions in Lear Corp. He is an alumnus of Deloitte and Touche LLP, where he was an auditor for several years, and a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he was a human resource manager.

Chittum, in addition to his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, maintains professional certifications that include certified public accountant, certified lean manufacturing manager and a Shingo Prize examiner.

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Coastal Properties Management hired Timothy Dowling as general manager at its Fort Washington Marina in Piscataway Creek off the upper Potomac River in Maryland.

“Tim Dowling brings a tremendous background of marina and maritime business management to our exceptional team of managers,” Coastal Properties vice president of operations Bruce Wagner said in a statement. “Tim’s previous experience with the administration and operations responsibilities of Liberty Marina, Annapolis Boat Shows and as current owner of Annapolis Sailing School represents a strength and experience level we look for in a manager.”


Dowling will be in charge of the entire facility at Fort Washington Marina, offering one of the largest floating dock marinas off the Potomac River. The marina can accommodate vessels as large as 60 feet.

The facility also offers land storage with a 35-ton Travelift and boat repairs through on-site contractors.

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Marine industry veteran Vic Spellberg joined Peters & May USA as sales manager, based at the Fort Lauderdale office.

Spellberg, a Chicago native, grew up boating on the Great Lakes. He raced Secret Formula with Formula president Scott Porter in the late 1970s. During his 12-year racing career he earned titles that included back-to-back Southeast divisional championships in 1985-86.

A member of the American Powerboat Association, Spellberg was president of the Offshore Powerboat Racing Association for five years in the 1980s while he owned a Miami-based office products and furniture company.

He then changed careers and got back into boating as director of sponsor promotions for Formula. Last year, Spellberg joined the Cigarette Racing Team as director of sales and marketing and became a customer of Peters & May.

“We are pleased to have Vic join our team,” Peters & May CEO David Holley said in a statement. “We value his experience, knowledge of the marine industry and his sincere enthusiasm for all things boating and racing. It's one of the things that set us apart — we are boaters, and that enables us to understand our customers' needs so that we can offer the right solution, providing value and extra care.”

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Perko announced that retiring sales representative Wayne Mooers will be replaced by the Merifield Co.

“Wayne did a great job for us for over 33 years,” Perko president Fred Perkins said in a statement. “He was one of the best technical reps in the business and covered the important markets of California and Hawaii.”

Beginning Aug. 1, Merifield will represent Perko in that territory.

Founded in 1932 and based on Camano Island, Wash., Merifield is one of the industry's first marine manufacturers’ sales agents. The company once represented Perko in the Northwest.


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