Changing Places

Donovan Marine named Doug Morichika as its vice president of purchasing.

A buyer and Northeast general manager for Donovan since 2007, Morichika began his four decades in the marine industry in 1971 as general/sales manager for Hawthorne Marine Sales.

After 14 years at Hawthorne, he moved to Barclay Marine Distributors Corp., where he eventually became executive vice president. Later, he became Barclay’s corporate director of purchasing/division marketing director in charge of 17 purchasing agents and 12 distribution locations in two countries.

Now, as Donovan’s head of purchasing, Morichika will be responsible for all staff and decisions related to domestic and international buying.

“Everyone here puts the best interests of Donovan as their top priority,” Morichika said. “From the 300 families we employ to the over 4,500 customers we serve, Donovan Marine will always be a company that stands by its people. To me, this is the true secret to our tremendous success and continued opportunity.”

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Maretron, a supplier of vessel-monitoring and control systems for recreational and commercial marine markets, announced the promotion of Kip Wasilewski to director of sales for the Americas.

Wasilewski joined Maretron in 2007 and previously was Eastern U.S. sales manager.

“Kip has over 25 years of experience in the marine industry, and over three years with Maretron,” Maretron vice president of sales and marketing Larry Anderson said. “Kip is being promoted to director of sales for the Americas because of his success in growing Maretron’s business in the eastern United States that he has achieved though helping boatbuilders, dealers and boaters understand the value offered by Maretron vessel-monitoring and control systems.”

Prior to joining Maretron, Wasilewski was a professional fisherman, and he has held positions in sales and marketing for several marine electronics distributors, including Consumers Marine.

In his new position, Wasilewski will be responsible for directing all sales activities for Maretron in the Americas, which includes Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America.

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The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators named former Ohio Boating Law Administrator Pam Dillon as its new education director.

Dillon’s top three responsibilities will be to provide support to the NASBLA Education Committee, manage and maintain the national education standards as the primary staff for the Education Standards Panel and oversee and develop NASBLA's education grant program. Other duties include managing and overseeing the NASBLA education course approval process and representing NASBLA’s education interest.

“The association as a whole is thrilled to have her on board as a part of the NASBLA staff, and we will all undoubtedly benefit from her vast experience and love for the boating community,” NASBLA CEO John Johnson said.

Dillon retired in May as chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Watercraft. Within the division she held many positions, including commissioned state watercraft officer; Special Programs, public information and education manager; and deputy chief.

During a five-year break in service from the state of Ohio, she was executive director of the American Canoe Association (2002-07), working to develop strategic alliances with boating, outdoor recreation and paddle-sports education programs across the United States and Canada.


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