John O’Keefe has been named senior specialist, government relations for Yamaha marine. In the new position, he will be in charge of the company’s sustainability and conservation efforts and O’Keefe will facilitate Yamaha’s relationships with state and federal agencies that regulate fisheries.
“John’s expertise in government relations and knowledge of political functions on a state and federal level are strong assets to the Yamaha team,” Martin Peters, senior manager, government relations for Yamaha Marine Group said in a statement. “His new role builds up on years of experience and we look forward to the strong relationships he will continue to foster for Yamaha.”
Prior to accepting the new position, O’Keefe spent two years as a regional marketing coordinator in Yamaha Marine’s tournament and sponsorships department. Before joining Yamaha, he held sales positions and worked in the offices of Congressmen Phil Gingery and Bob Barr. O’Keefe also worked for the Republican National Committee and the Oklahoma Republican Party.
O’Keefe graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science in economics with a an emphasis on environmental science.