Changing Places

Publish date: announced that Al Gardner, one of the founders of, joined the company.

Gardner, along with his entire programming and design staff, joined to collaborate on new product development.

“ will continue to enhance its core mission, which is to provide brokers and boatbuilders with a huge variety of web-based marketing and software solutions,” vice president and general manager Ian Atkins said in a statement. “Now we have the opportunity to leverage our newly expanded resources to take our strategic product development to the next level more quickly.”

Gardner’s background includes multiple successful entrepreneurial ventures, e-commerce system development, global software and hardware installation, and the establishment of new businesses processes and global networking platforms, the company said. is a division of Dominion Marine Media.

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Nautic Global Group named Doug Sexton senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Sexton replaces Rick Gasaway, who recently left Nautic to become chief executive of a firm based in Chicago, where he and his family live.

“Doug brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table,” Nautic CEO Mike Kitson said in a statement. “He has an excellent track record for working closely with marine dealers and helping them build their businesses.”

Sexton comes to Nautic from Larson Boats LLC, where he was vice president of sales and marketing. He has held domestic and international sales leadership roles at large marine original equipment manufacturers such as Genmar, Chris Craft Boat Co., Brunswick Corp., Tracker Marine and Outboard Marine Corp.


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