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IGY Marinas recently appointed Lee Hicks, the former dockmaster from Yacht Haven Grande Marina in St. Thomas, as the new general manager of American Yacht Harbor on the east end of the island.

A former captain and co-pilot, Hicks’ strengths lie in customer service, staff management and berthing occupancy, IGY said.

American Yacht Harbor has 126 slips for yachts up to 110 feet. The marina plays host to four U.S. Virgin Islands tournaments and is the most centrally located marina to the North Drop. Popular species include Atlantic blue marlin, white marlin, yellowfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo.

The marina also is home to many sportfish charters. Amenities at American Yacht Harbor include retail shops, bars and restaurants.

“We are very excited to once again promote from within our company; this is something we take great pride in. Our exceptional staff and management work extremely hard to bring customers the best service the industry has to offer, and IGY recognizes and rewards its employees for their efforts,” IGY executive vice president for operations Kenny Jones said in a statement.

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The Marina Industries Association in Australia named Marcus Anketell, CEO of the marinas division of Ardent Leisure Management Ltd., to its board.

Anketell joined d’Albora Marinas in January 2011. He had been the Northern Region manager for AMF Bowling and, before that, he was in the hospitality and tourism industry. He has almost 20 years of experience in hotel and resort management and operations and has undertaken business consultancy roles locally and abroad.

D'Albora Marinas, owned by the Australian Securities Exchange-listed Ardent Leisure Group, is operated by Ardent Leisure Ltd. and is Australia's largest marina group, with seven marinas in New South Wales and Victoria.

Marina Industries Association chairman Andrew Chapman said in a statement that “d’Albora Marinas is a dominant force in the marina industry in Australia and is a significant supporter of the activities and objectives of the MIA. I speak on behalf of the MIA board in welcoming Marcus. His wealth of experience in the leisure industry generally and the marina industry in particular will ensure he contributes to the continued growth and development of the industry in Australia and overseas.”

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Nyco Product Co. added Jim Monson to its national sales team as retail accounts manager for the Zing Boat Cleaners brand.

Nyco acquired the Zing brand in March of 2012, but it had been solely made and packaged by Nyco for more than a decade. The brand includes Zing Original Formula Boat Hull Cleaners and Zing Formula IV Aluminum Pontoon/Boat Cleaners.

Monson brings more than 20 years of experience in the specialty chemical cleaning and MRO markets.

Nyco said Zing is well-known in the industry as one of the most effective boat hull and pontoon cleaning products, designed to safely remove grease, grime, lime deposits, algae stains and even challenging zebra mussels from the undersides of boats.

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