Changing Places

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Canadian boatbuilder WestWinn Group named Neil Gilbert its director of product development.

“Neil Gilbert brings an extensive amount of experience in boat design, business development and project leadership. This addition to our senior management team has been made to develop key territories. Mr. Neil Gilbert’s experience and enthusiasm will enable us to expand in new markets,” chief executive Byron Bolton said in a statement.

Gilbert joins WestWinn Group as a certified journeyman boatbuilder with extensive design and implementation credentials from builders that include Campion Marine, Doral International, Malibu Boats and Southport Boatworks.

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At its 84th annual conference, the Outdoor Writers Association of America elected Mike Walker president for 2011-12.

A member of the group since 1989, Walker is a public relations professional, radio personality and columnist.

“Mike Walker brings to the office of president a long affiliation with OWAA and many years of service on the board,” executive director Robin Giner said in a statement. “He also serves the interests of both individual members and our supporting groups, agencies and businesses and will work with the board to make sure the needs of both groups are well-served.”

Walker is a life member and former president of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. A former board member of Boating Writers International and a founding member of the Marine Marketing Association, he is also a member of the Auto Writers Association.

He is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and the Counselors Academy of the Public Relations Society of America.

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