Airmar Technology Corp. announced that vice president Peter Braffitt died Oct. 25 at his home in South Carolina. Braffitt was 54.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my colleague and friend,” Airmar founder and CEO Stephen Boucher said in a statement. “Peter made an indelible mark on the reputation and success of Airmar and our subsidiary, Gemeco Marine Electronics. His leadership, knowledge and dedication to our customers was unmatched, and he will be greatly missed not only as a professional but as a personal mentor to many of his team.”
Braffitt joined Airmar in 1987 after serving in the U.S. Army and left to run his own company before returning to Airmar several years later as sales manager. In 2005, he transitioned to Gemeco as business development manager, eventually becoming director. He also had served on the board of the National Marine Electronics Association since 2020.
“Peter’s natural ability to make an instant connection with others and to build long-lasting friendships and business partnerships was one of his many gifts,” said Jennifer Matsis, Airmar vice president of sales and marketing. “The marine industry has lost a beloved and respected member of our community.”