Changing Places

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Norman-Spencer Agency Inc. announced that Phil Keeter joined its marine insurance services division as vice president of dealer services.

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“It has been my privilege for the last 25 years to work with dealers and recognize their needs. Their necessity for additional profit centers and cost controls for their businesses in the insurance arena have always been very apparent,” Keeter said in a statement. “By joining the national leader in consumer and commercial marine insurance, I will be able to help dealers achieve new and unrealized profits.”

Keeter began his career in 1959 by opening a dealership in Tulsa, Okla. In 1972, with 12 other dealers, Keeter helped form the Marine Retailers Association of America. After 23 years as president of the MRAA, he retired in 2011.

“Phil has been a friend and a valued business partner for a quarter century,” Norman-Spencer CEO Paul Norman said in a statement. “It is a natural progression for Phil to join our team and to continue his relentless efforts to provide every dealer with the ability to pursue new ways of earning revenue, especially in these trying times for the industry.”

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Nautic Global Group recently hired Vann Knight to lead the company’s engineering and research and development efforts as director of engineering across all brands.

Knight formerly was the director of engineering and design engineering manager for Brunswick Corp. and the Brunswick Boat Group, supporting such brands as Boston Whaler, Triton and Trophy. Most recently, he was the manufacturing engineer manager for Nacco’s Materials Handling Group.

Knight was an officer in the Army during most of the 1990s after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also has an M.B.A. in management from Wake Forest University.

“We are extremely excited to have Vann join the Nautic Global Group team and lead our engineering department,” Nautic COO Jim Orbik said in a statement. “Vann has an extensive marine industry background and has amassed a great deal of relevant experience that will help our organization as we grow.”

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