Baja Marine names new vice president

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Baja Marine announced that industry veteran Nick Miller rejoined the company as vice president.

His primary responsibilities will be sales and marketing for the company’s Baja, Donzi, Fountain and Pro-Line boat brands. He will report to Baja Marine CEO Johnny Walker.

In addition, Presley Eley was named lamination manager and B.K. Millaway is the new director of customer service for Baja Marine.

Miller previously was president of NGM Consulting, helping companies to improve their sales, marketing and profitability. His clients included Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Marriott International, FTD Flowers, Gibson Musical Instruments and Featherlite Luxury Coaches. Prior to that, Miller was vice president of sales and marketing for American Marine Holdings, the former parent company of Fountain, Pro-Line and Donzi Marine.

“It’s great to have Nick back home again with Baja and our other boat brands,” Walker said in a statement. “His proven marketing, sales expertise and dealer development skills, along with his in-depth knowledge of our brands, will be of critical importance to our expansion plans as we grow the Baja line and reintroduce Donzi, Pro-Line and Fountain to the market in 2013 and beyond.”

“Craig Barrie, who has worked intensively this year on helping to relaunch Baja Marine, will now focus his efforts on Donzi retail sales and working with R&D for all four brands,” Walker added. “Craig, who has been instrumental in the introduction of Baja’s popular new DesignTech hull graphics line, has a great eye for style and tremendous knowledge of the performance boat industry.”

Eley, the new lamination manager, has worked in the marine industry since 1963, specializing in lamination. He worked for such well-known manufacturers as Bayliner, Buddy Davis Yachts and Fountain Powerboats before taking early retirement in 2008.

“Presley recently came out of retirement to return to the company he has such a passion for,” Walker said.

Millaway, Baja Marine’s new customer service director, began his boating career working for Fountain Powerboats from 1987 until 2001. During his years at Fountain he served as quality control manager, customer service manager and chief test driver. Since 2001 he has continued to work in the boating industry as customer service and parts manager for marine centers on the Eastern Shore.

“B.K.’s experience in customer service, both on the manufacturer side and on the retail side, will help us transition our four brands going forward,” Walker said.

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