Changing Places

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Pontoon builder Premier Marine appointed Rick Jones regional sales manager.


“We’re so pleased to welcome Rick to the Premier family,” Premier president Bob Menne said in a statement. “His broad knowledge of the marine industry will make him a great addition to our team.”

Jones has worked for many high-end boatbuilders, including Chris-Craft and Cobalt Boats, and previously owned a dealership, Dockside Marine, on Lake Conroe, Texas.

Jones will be based in Houston and cover Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.


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