Changing Places


The New England Science & Sailing Foundation appointed J. Michael "Mike" Smiles to the newly created position of vice president and director of advancement.

Smiles comes to the foundation from The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps founded by Paul Newman, where he served as chief development officer since 2003.

A longtime resident of Noank, Conn., and the former director of development at Mystic Seaport Museum, Smiles understands how outdoor experiential learning and the sea's influence can inspire self-reliance, confidence and appreciation for the environment.

Located in Stonington, Conn., the foundation serves the community through year-round instructional classes and programs in marine science, sailing and adventure sports.

"The leaders of NESS have established a center of excellence and inclusiveness reflecting the best of how philanthropy impacts our broad community. I am inspired by the incredible growth of NESS, thanks to the commitment of many friends to enable broad access to the sea through its unique offerings and special scholarship initiatives," Smiles said.

He will be part of an effort to raise funds to support the foundation’s mission and the acquisition of its waterfront facilities through a $3.5 million capital campaign.

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Little Harbor Yacht Brokers, a yacht brokerage division of The Hinckley Company, added Steve Barker to its Portsmouth, R.I. office.

The full-service brokerage specializes in the sale of high-quality custom and semicustom yachts, both sail and power, as well as consulting on new builds and refits.

Barker has served in a variety of roles in the marine industry for such companies as Goetz Marine Technologies, Baltic Yacht Builders and Concordia. He also was executive vice president of Nautor Swan USA.

Along with international sales experience, Barker has in-depth knowledge of custom and production boatbuilding and is an expert in high-tech construction technologies and design.


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Lippert Components Rebrands

The company’s core line of marine, RV and commercial products, including Lewmar and Taylor Made, will be branded as Lippert.

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Culture Summit 2.0

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Teak Isle Expands Operations

The Florida-based manufacturer purchased a 45,000-square-foot facility and two additional CNC routers.