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Pursuit Boats names new president

S2 Yachts president and CEO Tom Slikkers said Bruce Thompson was promoted to president of Pursuit Boats.

S2 Yachts president and CEO Tom Slikkers said Bruce Thompson was promoted to president of Pursuit Boats.

Pursuit said Thompson, who has spent 30 years in the marine industry, began his career at the company in 2004 as vice president of manufacturing, guiding Pursuit “through one of the most challenging economic climates the marine industry has ever experienced.”

Thompson previously led the product development and engineering team at Sea Ray Boats.

“Bruce has consistently demonstrated solid leadership, backed by his extensive marine experience,” Slikkers said in a statement.

“Bruce and the Fort Pierce team have been able to consistently deliver positive results. He has implemented effective process and discipline within our entire organization. We are extremely proud of his accomplishments within the company and look forward to a bright and successful future with his leadership.”

Pursuit said that under Thompson it has introduced award-winning boats that include the SC 365i, DC 265 and ST 310.

The products have not only won awards for design and performance, but they also feature a host of patents and patents pending that parallel that of a much larger organization, the company said.

“It has been a great honor to work with a legend such as Leon Slikkers,” Thompson said. “I am excited and grateful to have the trust of the Slikkers family and look forward to preserving the legacy Leon has created through 70 years of boatbuilding. I have the pleasure of working with a very experienced management team and a talented and dedicated workforce, and I look forward to an extremely bright future at Pursuit Boats.”

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