Changing Places


David Goehring was named president of Nordic Tugs, following the death of president/CEO Jim Cress. Gary Miller will serve as chairman of the board of directors.

A 14-year veteran of the marine industry, Goehring most recently served as executive vice-president of Burlington, Wash.-based Nordic Tugs, where he ran day-to-day operations for the company since 2005.

He started his career at Nordic Tugs in 1996 as company controller and was promoted to chief financial officer in 2000. Prior to joining Nordic Tugs, Goehring worked with Cress, managing brokerage finance for Cress’ yacht dealership, Skipper Cress Yacht Sales. He has held accounting positions with a variety of companies during the last 20 years, including Parker Paint Co., Rabanco Corp. and Safeco Insurance Co.

Goehring studied accounting at Seattle Central Community College. He resides in Skagit County, Wash.

Miller has more than 30 years of financial management experience and currently serves as president of private investment firm Cumberland Capital Corp. Prior to his position at Cumberland, Miller held several executive positions including chairman and CEO (and a founding partner) of Fore Star Golf; controller, treasurer and then executive VP of finance and administration for AFG Industries, Inc, and held various financial positions at Rockwell International Corp.

In addition to his 11-year tenure on the Nordic Tugs board of directors, Miller has also held board positions at United Stationers, Inc., and Pinnacle Entertainment.

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Zodiac of North America hired Commander (Ret.) Steve Seigel to lead its military and professional business unit.

Seigel’s naval career includes both enlisted and commissioned service in multiple SEAL and Underwater Demolition Teams, and the U.S. Special Operations Command. Following his operational and command tours, he reported to the USSOCOM acquisition and logistics directorate after completing the Defense Systems Management College.

As the program manager, Seigel established the Combatant Craft Program Management Office, which combined the MK V, Naval Special Warfare RIB, and eventually, the SOC-R under one management effort. The CCMPO streamlined various independent levels of effort for each craft by defining commonalities and leveraging program funding.

“This is a unique opportunity to join Zodiac. The Homeland Security and Homeland Defense organizations as well as DOD use Zodiac boats to complete critical missions and tasking,” Seigel said. “The opportunity to join the sales and manufacturing team supporting our military, state and municipal first responders is an important responsibility.”

After retiring from active duty in 1998, Seigel’s industry experience included program management, business development and director positions.  

Zodiac of North America Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zodiac Marine and Pool, a Carlyle Group portfolio company. Based on Stevensville, Md., Zodiac is a leading manufacturer of inflatable boats and RIBs.


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