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Regal Marine VP announces retirement

Regal Marine Industries vice president of sales and marketing Duffy Stenger will retire in June after almost 20 years with the company.

As part of the transition, Regal is adding two people to its sales team; Don Smith as vice president of U.S. sales and Barry Slade as vice president of international sales.

“We are grateful and blessed to have had Duffy a part of the Regal family for these many years,” Regal president and CEO Duane Kuck said in a statement. “During his tenure he has led our team to consistently increase sales and market share year after year. His contributions have been immeasurable, and we wish him the very best as he moves on to this next chapter.”

Smith comes to Regal with 29 years of experience in marine retail and wholesale, including sales, dealership and brand management, as well as manufacturing, marina and boatyard management.

Having managed at retailers MarineMax and Galati’s, as well as at builders Chris-Craft, Cabo and Bertram, Smith recently was general manager of the Hatteras Cabo Yacht Center.

Slade brings 25 years of boating industry leadership, having served as director of global brand management for the Sea Ray Boat Group while managing sales, marketing and overseas production and distribution of several Brunswick product lines.

A former international sales director for Hatteras Yachts, he built an international dealer network for custom yachts and also served as vice president for Baja Marine, directing global sales, marketing and customer service efforts. The company said his experience in international markets, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, will allow Regal to better understand the boating challenges and opportunities abroad.

“We are very fortunate to have both of these industry veterans coming on board to lead our sales team,” Kuck said. “Together, they bring a wealth of over 50 years of experience. We have an incredible dealer network, and I am excited to see what opportunities are on the horizon as Don and Barry lead our sales efforts to expand our reach, help our dealers grow their business and ultimately bring the joy of boating to Regal owners.”

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