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Marine Electrical Products, manufacturer of electrical and formed plastic components, hired Tom Austin as its new director of engineering.

Austin brings more than 20 years of marine industry experience to the position.  He will be responsible for new product development initiatives, new product design and prototype processes and all aspects of manufacturing and facilities engineering.

Prior to joining Marine Electrical Products, Austin served in various marine manufacturing roles, including general manager for Gibson Boats, vice president of manufacturing  at Tigé Boats and operations manager with Cobia Boats. He also served in various positions over 14 years with U.S. Marine, now Brunswick. 

“We are excited to have Tom join MEP,” president and CEO Brian Barbo said in a statement.  “His knowledge of the marine industry, manufacturing and managerial experience will further enhance our ability to provide the highest level of quality and service to meet customer requirements.”

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The American Sportfishing Association named Kenneth Andres as its new industry trade show director.

The association produces the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, which is the largest sportfishing trade show in the world. It annually attracts 7,000 sportfishing representatives from around the globe.

Andres succeeds Maria del Valle Hamilton, who oversaw significant growth in the trade show during the last decade.

Andres has been with ASA and the trade show since 2007 as an ICAST associate. He has an extensive background in trade show production, including work with Freeman and with Trade Show International Inc. and Team One LLC, both based in Florida.

“I’m looking forward to working with Ken in his role as ICAST director. He brings years of knowledge and experience, not only about ICAST, but the entire trade show industry, to this important position,” ASA president and CEO Mike Nussman said in a statement.

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