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Ian Atkins was promoted to vice president/general manager of YachtWorld/Boats.com.

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YachtWorld.com and Boats.com are owned by Trade Only’s parent company, Dominion Enterprises, of Norfolk Va.

“Ian has been group general manager of YachtWorld/Boats.com since July 2007, having joined the business just after it was created in early 2000,” said Jack J. Ross, president of Dominion Advertising Media, in a statement. “Initially, Ian led the group’s international division and managed the startup and development of the company’s operations outside North America.

“Simultaneously, Ian was instrumental in formulating overall strategic direction along with the company founders,” Ross continued. “Since Dominion Enterprises’ 2004 acquisition of YachtWorld/Boats.com, revenues have tripled under Ian’s leadership.”

Atkins has spent more than 30 years in the recreational marine industry, including seven years as CEO of Europe’s largest boat retailing group and three years as CEO of a United Kingdom-based sailboat builder. He is also a sailracer with several national and world championship campaigns on his sailing resume.

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Paneltronics has promoted industry veteran Brian Criner to engineering manager.

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Criner will be responsible for the direction and supervision of Paneltronics’ engineering department. The Hialeah Gardens, Fla.-based company manufactures electrical power distribution panels and control systems, switch and instrument panels, custom enclosure assemblies, and electrical components for the marine, automotive, commercial vehicle and specialty vehicle industries.

Prior to joining Paneltronics, Criner spent 18 years as electrical engineering manager (product development and engineering) at Sea Ray Boats and several years as new technology program manager.

“Brian’s extensive marine electrical engineering and management experience, [and] his understanding of boatbuilding and on-board electrical and electronic systems are strong assets to Paneltronics,” said Pedro Pelaez Jr., vice president of Paneltronics, in a statement. “He will bring a boatbuilder’s perspective to the position, and his vast knowledge of marine electrical systems and standards will be a key benefit to our customers looking for better on-board electrical solutions.”

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