Roundup: New hands on deck and retirements

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Steve McGovern

Steve McGovern

Mack Boring chairman retires

After 42 years with the company, Steve McGovern, chairman of Mack Boring & Parts Company, has retired. McGovern, who joined the company in 1975, is a third-generation family member of Mack Boring.

McGovern worked during transformations within the industry throughout his career at Mack Boring, starting with the change of wood hull design to fiberglass all the way to the market acceptance of cleaner, more efficient common-rail diesel engines.

The company says McGovern was integral in the North American success of Yanmar, which was new to the market when it partnered with Mack Boring in 1974.

“Mack Boring has been and will always hold a special place in my heart and I wish all of you the continued success that my family and I have worked hard to build,” said McGovern in a statement.

“We are thankful for the hard work and dedication Steve brought to Mack Boring and the industry over his 42 years with our company,” said Mack Boring & Parts Company president Patrick McGovern. “Steve’s passion and involvement with our dealers and trade shows were second to none.”

Alex Kramer

Alex Kramer

MarineMax names sales director

Alex Kramer has joined the MarineMax team in the newly-created position of national sales project manager.

“We are excited to have Alex on board! His background and experience are exceptional. MarineMax will utilize his skill set to refine and optimize the sales of our new, used, and brokerage boats,” stated MarineMax COO Chuck Cashman in a statement.

Alex joins MarineMax after eight years with Galati Yacht Sales where he was most recently their operations manager.

Alex has experience as a broker, business manager, coordinated logistics for all of Galati's boat shows among other duties. In his new role, he will support the MarineMax sales team through many projects queued for implementation along with additional sales related support.

Kelly Kraning

Kelly Kraning

Marquis-Larson Boat Group names sales director

Kelly Kraning has been promoted to director of sales for Marquis-Larson Boat Group, makers of Larson, Larson FX, Larson Escape, Striper, Carver Yachts, Marquis.

Previously, Kelly was the national sales manager for Carver and Marquis Yachts. In his new role, Kelly will continue to be responsible for the sales of Carver Yachts and the Marquis line, when Marquis returns to the market, fall 2019.

“Not only has Kelly been a key to the growth and success of Carver, but he too has been a tremendous asset behind the scenes supporting the internal requirements and operations for the Larson Boat Group brands,” said Marquis-Larson Boat Group president and CEO Rob Parmentier in a statement. “Kelly’s understanding of internal operations, knowledge of the market and organizational skills are what we need in this role and he will do great as the director of sales.”

The company’s five sales representatives will work directly with Kelly, who has been with the company for more than 25 years. He started in manufacturing working on the line assembling boats while attending school to be a welder.

Over time, Kelly advanced to various other manufacturing supervisory positions before joining customer service where he worked directly with the sales department and the boat owners, to manage the special request/build process for new construction builds for the company.

Walker Bay adds RIB sales manager

Walker Bay Boats named veteran RIB salesperson Antoinette Crespo to the team.

As sales and business development manager, Crespo is responsible for Walker Bay’s global dealer network.

“Antoinette brings a solid knowledge of our industry along with existing relationships with distributors and dealers where she has proven to be a valuable asset,” said sales and marketing director Michael Carroll in a statement.

Crespo has over a decade of experience in the RIB industry, working with Lifeline Inflatables of Miami and Zodiac Marine USA.

She will be traveling to meet new dealers and maintain and support existing dealers with promotions, training and inventory management.

Sunsail names marketing manager

Jody Krebs

Jody Krebs

Jody Krebs has joined the team as Sunsail Marketing Manager Americas.

Krebs brings more than 25 years of marketing experience with national brands. Career highlights include national marketing responsibilities, regional Babies R Us marketing, ad agency experience for national retailers. She has also worked in marketing in the marine industry.

"Personally, my passion for water and travel spills well over into my personal life where I have had the good fortune to experience concurrently,” said Krebs in a statement. “I have a very strong water gene and love being on, in, or near the ocean. Additionally, this summer I have served as part of the crew aboard the Heineken Light Boat promotional experience here in the Tampa/St. Pete market as first mate and brand ambassador, marrying my two passions once again.”

Greg Marlo

Greg Marlo

The Moorings names business development manager for Canada

The Moorings has named Greg Marlo as its new Canada business development manager. The Moorings is one of the world’s largest yacht chartering agencies.

Having worked closely with The Moorings as a broker agent, Marlo brings product knowledge and industry experience to the company, particularly with market development for the Canadian and Great Lakes regions.

After spending 10 years in the general aviation industry as a commercial pilot and aircraft broker, Marlo transitioned into the marine industry after his first sailing charter, which happened to be in the Bahamas with The Moorings.

Since becoming a part of the yachting business, Marlo has broadened his scope by completing his Advanced American Sailing Association certification, Canadian Yachting Association certification, and IYT Master of Yachts training.

In his role as business development manager, Marlo will focus on building the Canadian and Great Lakes markets. He has already launched a promotional Moorings vacation giveaway.

“His passion for boating comes through both in his business presentations and personal blog, and we are thrilled to have someone like that on board as the new Canada Business Development Manager,” said The Moorings sales and marketing vice president Josie Tucci in a statement.

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