Quick Hits: September 2, 2020

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The American Boat & Yacht Council has promoted 14-year team member Casey Bates to certification manager. She had been ABYC’s education coordinator and had started her career there as an intern. In her new role, Bates will oversee all aspects of the council’s robust technician certification program. “It’s an honor to receive this promotion as certification manager,” said Bates in a statement. “I’m grateful to work with the ABYC team and continue to support marine professionals around the globe working toward certification and professional success.”

Captains For Clean Water, the Florida-based advocacy group founded to address the mismanagement that has led to the state’s water crisis, have added two new members to the team. Capt. Mike Holliday is the nonprofit’s new program and outreach director. Based in Stuart, the fishing guide and outdoor scribe — who’s previously worked in marketing for outdoor brands — will lead efforts to grow CFCW’s presence in the outdoor space. Jessica Pinsky has been named director of public affairs and policy. A seventh generation Floridian, her deep roots in the Sunshine State led her to advocacy work with the Florida Economic Council as its founding executive director. “Our incredible supporters enabled us to add Jessica and Mike to our team of passionate conservationists and their invaluable skills and experience will help advance our vision of clean water and healthy estuaries for future generations,” said CFCW executive director Capt. Daniel Andrews in a statement

Marine ultrasonic transducer manufacturer Airmar Technology has announced the opening of a sales and support office in Cape Town, South Africa. It will be the hub for both Airmar and Marport — the latter develops technology for commercial fishing fleets and was acquired by Airmar in 2013 — and led by Craig Santer. “Craig is uniquely qualified to manage our Airmar and Marport business in South Africa,” said Airmar founder CEO Steve Boucher in a statement. “His 14-year career has revolved around successfully handling the sales, installation and service of marine electronics for both commercial and leisure vessels. We’re pleased he will be at the helm of our South African office.”


G.G. Schmitt Names Business Unit Director

Ross Kennedy joins the Patrick Industries-owned marine hardware manufacturer.

Marine Connection Opens New Complex

The waterfront location in Aventura is the company’s seventh Florida retail and service facility.

Shockwave Unveils New Suspension Module

The S6 module has an integrated height adjustment and can be paired with any seat that has a common bolt pattern.

Industry Mourns Paul Fletcher

Fletcher, who founded Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Co. in 1975, was 77.

New Leadership at Roscioli Yachting Center

OneWater Marine has been named James Brewer managing director of the facility.

PressureMate Introduces On-Board Pressure Washer

The 12-volt system has a patent-pending plunger design that produces 600 psi of pressure.

ABYC Introduces Entry-Level Certification

The Marine Service Technology program now includes a year-end exam to help launch students into marine-industry careers.