Changing Places

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Ranger Tugs appointed Kirk Hawley as sales manager of its 21- to 29-foot trailerable boats built by Fluid Motion.


He will assume his new position at the end of this month and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Kent, Wash. Hawley brings more than two decades of experience in the marine industry to the position.

He most recently was brand manager for a global sportfishing boat brand, where he managed and monitored sales, product pipeline and portfolio as well as global market requirements and product strategies. He has spent 12 years in the marine industry after working for 23 years in the retail grocery industry.

“Kirk brings a comprehensive understanding of sales and marketing to Ranger Tugs and will be able to apply his experience in refining our sales cycle process, as well as growing the Ranger Tugs sales opportunities on a national level,” company vice president Jeff Messmer said in a statement.


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