Mercury Marine names VP of global operations


Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer announced that Chris Drees was promoted to vice president of global operations.

Drees currently serves as president of Attwood and as vice president and general manager of Brunswick Marine P&A Products. During his eight years at Attwood, Drees served as chief operating officer, then as president until his most recent role.

“Chris is a perfect fit to become the vice president of global operations at Mercury Marine,” Pfeifer said in a statement. “His experience in the industry and his broad business management experience, including operations, make this a perfect fit. We are fortunate to have Chris take the lead on global operations at Mercury Marine.”

Between 1998 and 2006, Drees held a variety of positions within Mercury, including roles in purchasing, sales and marketing, and finally as general manager of propellers, according to a letter sent by Pfeifer.

Drees earned a degree in business management from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and an MBA from Marquette University.

Currently based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Drees and his family will relocate to the Fond du Lac area of Wisconsin. He will work at Mercury’s world headquarters in Fond du Lac.


ABYC Foundation Seeks Nominations for Educator Award

The award recognizes “an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians.”

P.R. Firm Rushton Gregory Signs ePropulsion

The Chinese manufacturer of electric propulsion products introduced a standardized lineup earlier this year.

Dometic Updates Pro-Trim System

The new design allows boaters to trim the outboard and adjust the jack plate without removing their hands from the wheel.

Brunswick Partners with Carnegie Robotics

Through the alliance, Brunswick aims to enhance its autonomous technology offerings.

Nicole Vasilaros to Depart NMMA

The group credits the senior vice president of government and legal affairs for “countless contributions to the protection and expansion of the recreational boating industry.”

Site Unseen

A website is often the first interaction a customer will have with a dealership, but it must provide more than an online brochure or they will click elsewhere.

C.G. Amends Documentation Rules

Federally documenting a boat now must be done every five years, rather than annually.

The 2021 Top 10 Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards

The marine industry consistently honors products and people. The industry, however, has not recognized forward-thinking companies that are moving the industry in new directions. Soundings Trade Only’s mission is to reflect, inform and inspire.