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NauticStar names new sales staff

Shelly Walker

Shelly Walker

NauticStar Boats has named Chris Jost and Shelly Walker to its sales team. Jost will take over as regional sales manager for the Midwest and the West Coast. Walker has taken the international sales manager position to support new dealers in Canada and expand NauticStar’s sales outside North America.

“I am very excited to have Shelly and Chris join our sales team,” says Larry Krestan, vice president of sales and marketing in a statement. “Both of them are exemplary individuals with an enormous amount of experience in the marine industry, Chris coming from Yamaha and Shelly from MasterCraft. They will cover markets that we have not penetrated very well and I am looking forward to having their expertise in the field.”

Walker has been the international sales manager for NauticStar Boats’ parent company, MasterCraft Boat Holdings, for 5 years. She moves to NauticStar leaving a well-established MasterCraft international presence to concentrate on introducing NauticStar to markets abroad. The statement noted that Walker has 15 years of international business leadership experience while at MasterCraft and other marine companies. Walker holds an MBA from St. Thomas University and a Certificate of Global Affairs from New York University.

Jost was most recently district marketing manager for Yamaha Marine Group in the Wisconsin market. He worked in that position for three years. He has wide-ranging experience in marine business management, project management, customer service, and sales. Chris holds a BS Degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

NauticStar Boats was acquired by MasterCraft Boat Holdings family in 2017. The Mississippi-based builder was founded in 2002. It is located on 17 acres in Amory Mississippi. It builds bay boats, deck boats and offshore center console boats from 18 to 32 feet. 

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