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Charles Industries named Fred Kolacki as its marine group national sales manager.

Kolacki’s responsibilities include the coordination and management of Charles’ worldwide marine sales representative team. He also will lead and oversee the implementation of strategic sales and customer development to achieve profitable growth and market share objectives with Charles’ marine OEM, distribution and retail customers.

He will be responsible for driving pricing strategy and marketing plan development and execution while providing leadership and input to new-product development and design.

Kolacki brings extensive experience in marine AC and DC electrical systems, customer development, marketing, product development and manufacturing. Prior to joining Charles, Kolacki worked at Novatron Corp., a global manufacturer of custom instrument switch panels, control panels, AC/DC distribution panels and electrical wiring harnesses for the marine and specialty vehicle industries.

His areas of expertise include strategic business planning and implementation, business development, product design and development, thermoplastics molding and forming, injection and rotational molding, and production processes.

Kolacki has served the American Boat and Yacht Council as a member of its technical committee and chairman of the educational committee.

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Rich Gulak joined Thunderbolt Marine, a repair and refit facility on the Wilmington River just outside Savannah Ga., as vice president and general manager.

Thunderbolt said Gulak has worked closely with the company through the years while managing the Savannah Bar Pilots' fleet of vessels and marine surveying. His 29-plus years in the marine industry also include service with the Coast Guard, maritime law enforcement, marine repairs, consulting and expert witness services.

Thunderbolt, which works on boats as large as 200 feet, has floating docks, an adjacent marina and a four-bay service building.


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