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The Clean Marinas Program, the only privately administered program dedicated to maintaining environmentally sensitive marina and yachting facilities in the United States, named Rod Taylor as president of its board of directors.

Taylor, of Henderson, Nev., is the first Nevada resident to lead the organization, which began in California in 2004. He is regional vice president of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Forever Resorts, which operates more than 40 U.S. resorts and attractions, including several in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Taylor began his career in the marine industry at Lake Shasta in northern California in 1980. In 2001, he earned the designation of certified marina manager from the International Marina Institute. Working at Forever Resorts since 1995, Taylor manages multiple marina and resort properties, including Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina, Willow Beach Marina, Lake of the Ozarks Marina and Lake of the Ozarks State Park Marinas.

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Lumitec, a manufacturer of marine LED lighting solutions, hired Jonathan Falco as a design engineer for its Delray Beach, Fla., facility.

Falco graduated from Cornell University’s College of Engineering and brings more than 10 years of mechanical and aerospace engineering experience to Lumitec’s design team. Before he joined Lumitec, Falco was the principal design engineer at Array Connector, a vertically integrated maker of mil-spec electromechanical devices.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jon on board,” Lumitec president and founder John Kujawa said in a statement. “His deep technical expertise in the development and manufacture of electronic devices for extreme environments is an excellent complement to our team.”

Falco will join the design team of engineers and designers to take concepts from the whiteboard to the production floor. He will manage mechanical product components and contribute to the production of tools and fixtures related to production.


Yamaha sponsors Jacksonville show

Yamaha has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show that runs April 13 -15 at Metropolitan Park and Marina in Jacksonville, Fla.

Volvo Penta announces contest

Volvo Penta of the Americas is asking new engine owners to submit stories to its inaugural Boating Dreams contest and will award the winner with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

MIASF volunteers collect 32 tons of trash

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, organizers of the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup held on March 3, collected 32 tons of trash from 31 sites around the county.

New Jersey saltwater fishing show opens today

The Progressive Saltwater Fishing Expo opens today, nearly doubling its footprint as it moves from the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J., to the larger, more centrally-located New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, N.J.