Changing Places

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The Marine Marketers of America announced the appointment of Thad Kubis as vice president and Courtney Chalmers, Josh Chiles, Kristen Frohnhoefer, Gaspare Marturano and Josephine Tucci as board members.

Kubis has been a board member for two years and was appointed to fulfill a position previously held by Eric Macklin, of Dufour Yachts. Kubis is president of NAK Integrated, a company that specializes in bringing together traditional and emerging technologies to help firms better engage prospects and customers. He is also an adjunct professor at the New York City College of Technology and a corporate trainer for the Direct Marketing Association.

Chalmers is director of marketing at Dominion Marine Media. She will co-chair the MMA website committee.

Chiles is the CEO and founder of Engaged, a social media firm specializing in the marine industry. He writes a blog for Boating Industry and produces webinars for the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Discover Boating program. He will co-chair the MMA’s newly organized social media committee.

Frohnhoefer is chief administrative officer of Sea Tow Services International Inc. She will co-chair the MMA’s membership committee.

Marturano is a specialist in utilizing the Internet and social media to increase product awareness and generate revenue through online sales. He offers his marketing, IT and sales experience to the public as an industry speaker and marketing consultant. He will co-chair the MMA’s social media committee.

Tucci is the marketing director for North America at TUI Marine headquarters in Clearwater, Fla. She will serve on the MMA’s Neptune Awards committee.


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