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Brooks Marine Group, a Newport, R.I.-based marine industry recruiting firm, recently added Rig Reese and Meg Toppa to its recruiting staff.

Combined, Reese and Toppa bring more than 40 years of professional marine industry experience to the firm.

Reese will coordinate management and trade recruitment for Brooks’ boatyard and boatbuilding clients. Reese's background includes instrumental marketing and management roles at Hinckley and Oyster Yachts.

Toppa will lead recruiting efforts for talent in the South Florida and megayacht markets. She has held key marketing positions in a diverse range of boating-related companies, including an America's Cup syndicate, North Sails, Ferretti Group USA and ShowBoats magazine.

“I'm thrilled to grow our team with two talented and experienced individuals like Meg and Rig. In just the few weeks they've been on board, both have engaged in the business and have already made significant contributions,” Brooks Marine Group founder and president Neal Harrell said in a statement. “I trust this is a great indicator for the marine industry in that a recruitment firm is hiring for its own staff due to a large increase in open positions across the industry.”

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Citing a rapidly growing worldwide market for its gyro stabilization products, Seakeeper named Steve Shaw its newest field service manager.

“[Last year] was a very solid year for Seakeeper,” CEO Shepard McKenney said in a statement. “Even in these trying economic times, we continue to grow. Steve will be instrumental in responding to the service needs of our customers and partners worldwide.”

Originally from the U.K., Shaw has 16 years of experience in the U.S. marine industry. He most recently was the head of service for a large East Coast shipyard.

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