Stidd Systems announces personnel move

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Stidd Systems hired marine industry veteran Sean O’Leary in the newly formed position of seat sales development.

O’Leary spent the last 14 years in marine magazine and digital advertising sales. Starting his publishing career at Time Inc.’s Marine Group, he managed multiple sales territories and was advertising director for Salt Water Sportsman and Yachting magazines.

In 2004, he co-founded Boat Digest and Center Console Angler. Before joining Stidd, O’Leary was publisher for Soundings and director of advertising for the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Daily, which is published by the Active Interest Media Marine Group.

In addition to his seat sales development role, O’Leary will oversee Greenport, N.Y.-based Stidd’s online seat marketing and PR efforts and will develop new and enhance existing customer relationships.

He will join the marine seating manufacturer’s sales manager, Fred Miner, and program manager Rich Wagner at the Oct. 30-Nov. 3 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

“We are delighted to be joined by Sean O'Leary. His extensive marine industry experience and understanding of our niche market will be of great value to our continuing ability to satisfy the needs of our customers,” Stidd CEO Walter Gezari said in a statement. "Sean will spend a lot of time selling new OEM accounts and reinforcing our Stidd philosophy of providing innovative, military-tested products to meet every customer’s need.”