Changing Places


The board of the Michigan Boating Industries Association announced the selection of director of communications Nicki Polan as the trade group’s interim executive director.

“Nicki has been with the MBIA for 24 years and has in-depth knowledge of our industry, our members, our boat shows and our programs,” MBIA board chairman Jim Coburn of Coburn & Associates said in a statement. “Nicki brings a wealth of experience and focused dedication to her new position at MBIA, and we look forward to her leadership.”

Polan has been the trade group’s communications director for 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in management and marketing from Walsh College in Troy, Mich. She is a member of the Michigan Society of Association Executives and a graduate of the MSAE Academy.

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Gowrie Group, an independent insurance agency based in Westbrook, Conn., hired marine industry expert Dan Cooney as a commercial/marine insurance producer.

Cooney will work with commercial entities, marine businesses and yacht clubs across the United States to help them put into place comprehensive insurance coverage and risk management plans. He is based in the firm’s Newport, R.I., office.

Prior to joining Gowrie Group, he was associate executive director of US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport. Previously he also served as executive director of the state of Oklahoma’s Washington, D.C., office and worked in sales and marketing for and Yahoo.

Founded in 1974, the Gowrie Group is a privately held property/casualty agency with a large marine insurance group.

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Northrop & Johnson named Fiona Maureso charter director and Andrea Pothier as charter manager.

Maureso and Pothier will lead the Northrop & Johnson charter division in the South of France and work alongside Solenn De Braux, a charter broker who was based in the French office for Northrop & Johnson.

The company said Maureso brings a wealth of knowledge about the industry and more than 25 years of experience as a retail broker and charter manager. An active member of MYBA — The Worldwide Yachting Association, Maureso serves as vice president and is chairwoman of the information technology panel.

Before joining Northrop & Johnson, Pothier was part of YPI Charter as a charter manager after spending two years with the group’s corporate marketing division.

Northrop & Johnson said her practical experience, along with her university background in marketing, makes her well qualified to identify and promote the unique selling points of the yachts in her care and to communicate effectively with their owners and captains.

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