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NMMA adds former congressional staffer to team


Jill Sims, a former staffer in Congressman Dave Reichert’s (R-WA-08) office, joined the National Marine Manufacturers Association as a policy and engagement manager. She will support the association’s advocacy and grassroots activities in Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

“Jill’s vast government relations experience, coupled with her time working on Capitol Hill and in the Midwest region, makes her an excellent addition to our team,” Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA senior vice president of government relations and legal affairs, said in a statement. “She will play a key role as we deepen our footprint and increase our state-level presence in the region.”

Sims most recently was operations and finance manager for Congressman Reichert.

Inmarsat names senior vice president


Satellite communications provider Inmarsat has appointed maritime communications technical specialist Peter Broadhurst to the position of senior vice president, yachting and passenger. Part of the Inmarsat team since 2014, Broadhurst will oversee the delivery of marine communications for pleasureboats and yachts. He will also continue in his role as senior vice president of safety and security.

“Having been involved in the superyacht and passenger sector for over 15 years previously, I am keen to drive forward the full profile of Inmarsat solutions for a variety of leisure yachts, boats and ferries as well as the specialty cruise sector, at a time when demand for on-board connectivity is growing,” said Broadhurst in a statement.

MarineMax welcomes new general manager to Brick location

MarineMax has named Dean Hallett as general manager of its Brick and Channel Club, N.J., stores.

Hallett served in the U.S. Coast Guard and worked in sales and management at Killinger Marine. He joined MarineMax in 2005 as a general manager in the Florida Panhandle region before he moved to the RV industry. Hallett and his wife Amy participate in marathons and triathlons and are in the process of moving from Florida to New Jersey with their black lab Leonard.

“I’m looking forward to having Dean on our team,” TJ Rose, mid-Atlantic regional president for MarineMax, said in a statement. “His roots in the marine industry along with his passion for the water will make him the perfect complement to our already outstanding management team.”

Dan Mundy is new president at Alexander Marine USA, Inc.

Alexander Marine USA, Inc., a brokerage and West Coast dealer for Ocean Alexander, Tiara, Pursuit, Azimut, Carver, Galeon and Regal, has selected Dan Mundy as president. He has owned multiple marine retail outlets in Colorado that were acquired by MarineMax. Mundy was regional president for MarineMax.

“We are very pleased to have Dan on board and look forward to leveraging his expertise and track record for success in guiding AMUSA today, and for many years to come,” Johnny Chueh, chairman and CEO of Alexander Marine USA, said in a statement.


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