The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation announced today that Maurice Bowen was appointed to its board of directors.
Bowen, vice president of marketing for boat operations in the integrated Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine Group marketing team, will bring more than 35 years of marketing expertise, according to Tracker.
“We are very excited to have Maurice on board with RBFF. His expertise in the boating industry will bring great insight to the team,” RBFF president and CEO Frank Peterson said in a statement. “We welcome his contributions as we work to build engagement and participation in boating and fishing.”
“RBFF is in a position to make a significant contribution to the introduction of a new generation of Americans to the excitement and wonders of the great outdoors,” Bowen said in a statement. “I am enthused about the RBFF mission and excited to have an opportunity to work with the very committed RBFF board and staff on its fulfillment.”
Bowen started his career with Ford Motor Co.’s Ford Division. After more than a decade in Ford sales and marketing operations that included a stint as a dealership general manager, he joined the marketing team assembled by Hyundai to launch its U.S. operations.
During 12 years with Hyundai Motor America Bowen earned an M.B.A. and held senior management positions as head of the company's strategic planning office and director of marketing. In 2001, he joined Tracker Marine Group as vice president of marketing.
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Ben Holtzclaw was named the managing editor at Salt Water Sportsman.
Holtzclaw formerly was the online editor for Bonnier’s Marine Group.
Holtzclaw grew up fishing in Melbourne Beach, Fla. He earned an undergraduate degree in liberal arts and a master’s in journalism from the University of Florida while working nights in the Gainesville Sun’s online department. He started at Bonnier right out of school as the online editor for Sport Fishing, Marlin and Fly Fishing in Salt Waters in 2006, and picked up Salt Water Sportsman in 2007.
“I am really looking forward to being a bigger part of a great team that I’ve worked with for years now,” Holtzclaw said in a statement. “I plan to use my digital experience to help Salt Water Sportsman grow into an industry leader online.”
Holtzclaw replaces Nick Honachefsky, who is returning to New Jersey to be closer to his family.
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Lonski and Associates LLC hired Adam Wilke.
Wilke was formerly with CNI Recruiting, Florida Today, Journal Communications, Cars.com and CarSoup.com, according to a statement.
Wilke's primary focus will be working on searches for industry clients in the marine, power sports, automotive and outdoor recreation industries.