Changing Places


Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine moved to an expanded office complex and added two new positions.

“Our new location will give us the much needed working space and warehousing to accommodate our two new team members, as well as our plans in 2012 to add even more,” publisher Erik Kyle said in a statement. “It was a nice challenge to manage growth in such tight quarters, but at the same time availed us the opportunity to hire on and look for bigger digs. We plan to fill additional sales and distribution positions soon.”

Kate Komuniecki joined the team as content coordinator and as an additional graphic designer. A Toledo, Ohio, native, she received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Bowling Green State University and has several years of ad agency experience with nationally known clients such as Breyers, Hickory Farms and Ciao Bella while working in commercial rebranding, packaging and advertising design.

Dennis Mykols will be in charge of sales in the northern and western areas of Michigan. He has more than 25 years of selling business solutions and creating major events while working for Fortune 500 companies such as MDSI and Digital Equipment Corp.

In 1992, Mykols retired from Digital Equipment and bought the Wharf Marina, which he and his wife operated for 10 years. During his ownership he created and promoted two major American Power Boat Association Offshore Powerboat Races, which included national television coverage on ESPN and Speedvision.

Great Lakes Scuttlebutt officially moved to 7856 W. Central Ave. in Toledo, Ohio on Sept. 1.

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Charles Industries Ltd. announced that Joseph Burke Jr. joined the company as vice president of telecom sales.

With 25 years of experience in telecommunications and manufacturing services sales management, Burke brings extensive experience and industry recognition to his new position on Charles' senior management team.

Burke’s previous positions included group vice president with ADC Telecommunications, vice president of sales with Edgecom Corp., executive vice president with Fabrinet and, most recently, president and CEO of Quasar Technologies.

"Joe's telecom industry experience, strategic planning and successful track record in managing sales and marketing teams will be an invaluable asset to Charles,” Charles Industries senior vice president and COO Robert Novak said in a statement. “Our company is well-positioned for growth in areas that we've only just begun to penetrate, including wireless, utility and CATV markets. We believe Joe is the right individual to strategically lead our team in new directions while still improving on our reputation of exceeding our telecommunication partners' expectations.”

Charles Industries is a privately held diversified manufacturing and technology company servicing telecommunications, marine and industrial markets.

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Silver Ships appointed Sherry and Malcolm Wisch of Long Island, N.Y., as regional sales managers.

“We are very excited to have Sherry and Malcolm Wisch join our sales team,” general manager Jason Powers said in a statement. “Their vast and lengthy experience in the military, government and commercial boat markets is sure to have a positive impact on our business model for corporate growth and product expansion going forward.”

The pair will concentrate their sales and marketing efforts in the Northeast and Midwest territories and will have international responsibilities, as well. The Wisches previously were associated with SeaArk Marine.


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