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Changing Places

Springfield Marine Co., which specializes in marine seating and accessories, announced the appointment of Bill Walker as Upper Midwest regional sales manager.

With more than 15 years of experience in the marine industry, Smith joins the company from Sierra International, where he served as assistant product manager. Prior to that, he was a business development manager at Mercury Marine.

Smith will be responsible for growing sales with marine OEM and aftermarket customers, as well as the RV segment, for the full line of Springfield products and assisting with the development of new products and strategies to accelerate growth in all divisions of the company.

In addition to Walker, the new Springfield Marine sales team includes Danny Sweeney, director of sales and marketing; Doyle Bridges vice president/general manager; and Ben Givens, the Southeast regional sales manager.

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International Yacht Collection added Susan Flammia to its luxury yacht vacation division.

With a yachting tenure that spans 20 years and broad experience in all aspects of the industry — both on land and at sea — Flammia rejoins colleague Jennifer Saia in presenting and managing luxurious vacations for exclusive clientele through IYC. Her most recent post was at Yachting Partners International.

Flammia’s legacy includes making a critical lifestyle change from the cold of New England to the warmth of Fort Lauderdale and, ultimately, the call of the sea. She began as a stewardess and quickly realized a passion for food. Soon becoming a chef, she went on to cooking aboard both charter and private yachts and experienced firsthand the rigors of crew work and the benefits of traveling to exotic destinations.

In 1992, she transitioned to land-based support of luxury travel, founding A Yachting Holiday, the respected luxury travel venture. In addition to organizing client itineraries and vacation fulfillment, she personally traveled to varied destinations to ensure that her clients’ expectations would be realized.

As an IYC charter agent, Flammia works directly with the chartering public as well as travel agents, matching the perfect yacht to the precise needs of varied charter clients. This includes knowing the yachts and their crew, in addition to extensive familiarization with global destinations.

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