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Pontoon builder Premier Marine appointed Bruce Hawkins as its national sales manager.

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“We’re excited to add Bruce to our team,” Premier president Bob Menne said in a statement. “With our recent acquisition of Palm Beach and Weeres, the expanded Premier family will benefit from Bruce’s extensive background and experience in all aspects of the marine industry.”

Hawkins has worked in the boating industry for more than 30 years, most recently as a yacht broker with Marine Sales and Solutions in Hilton Head, S.C. He also spent 12 years as vice president of sales and marketing with Stingray Boats and held sales positions at Outboard Marine Corp. and Forester Boats.

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SeaArk Marine announced the retirement of vice president of engineering Casmer “Cas” Kirby.

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Kirby began his career with SeaArk in 1991 and was promoted to vice president of engineering in 2006. During that time he led SeaArk’s engineering team through some of the most successful periods in the company’s history, SeaArk said in a statement.

“Cas’ expertise will be missed, but he leaves behind an extremely experienced, talented and dedicated team that will carry on the tradition of quality design that is second to none,” SeaArk president and CEO John McClendon said in a statement.

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Kirby will be succeeded by SeaArk’s engineering department manager, Ronald McGehee, who has been with the company for more than 20 years.

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