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New Hands on Deck

Nancy Frainetti, Mastry Engine Center


Mastry Engine Center appointed Nancy Frainetti electric power sales manager. Frainetti is an electric industry specialist who has been involved in the sector for more than 20 years, according to a company statement.

“She will focus on building the electric division at MEC, targeting an increase in sales for MEC’s current Torqeedo range and raising the profile of some new brands in the company’s portfolio. She will also coordinate with MEC to facilitate installations, work with other battery and motor manufacturers, and negotiate with potential partners,” the statement said. MEC has been a Torqeedo dealer since 2015.

“We are confident that Nancy’s background in the electric industry will be a significant asset for MEC as we target growth in this division of our business,” said Kevin Carlan, president of Mastry Engine Center, in the statement.


Ken Loke, KVH Industries

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KVH Industries named Ken Loke vice president of the Asia-Pacific region, directing all initiatives for the company in that are. Loke previously was chief commercial officer and chief executive officer for Eutelsat – Asia Pacific, and senior vice president for General Electric Satellite for North Asia, Southeast Asia and the Oceania region. A Singaporean citizen, Loke speaks English, Mandarin, Bahasa and Cantonese.

“We are delighted to welcome Ken to KVH to direct our initiatives in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region, an important center of the maritime industry,” said Mark Woodhead, KVH executive vice president for mobile connectivity, in a statement. “Ken’s extensive background in the satellite industry and his deep familiarity with the region make him an invaluable leader.”


Collin Cordell, MarineMax

MarineMax named Collin Cordell general manager of two locations in Georgia — MarineMax Buford and MarineMax Cumming. Originally from Brunswick, Ga., Cordell previously managed an RV dealership, and he and his wife Jennifer enjoy being on the water.

“I am excited to announce that Collin Cordell has accepted the general manager role at our Atlanta stores,” Jay Rasmusson, MarineMax regional president, said in a statement. “Collin has a true passion for the water and boating, and has owned a boat since age 13. He also has an extensive retail background and a strong background in F&I, which will lend well to his new role.”


Jay Wissman, MarineMax

MarineMax Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina promoted Jay Wissman to service manager. He has worked in the boating industry since he was 15, when he started as a dockhand and moved up to bottom painter, forklift operator, towboat captain and yard hand. Wissman joined MarineMax as external service advisor in 2013.

“Jay’s industry experience and proven success in positions of increased responsibility have been instrumental in the continued success of the service department over the last five years and make him a natural selection for the role,” Tyler Layton, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach general manager, said in a statement.



Clearing the Waterways

In Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, it was estimated that there were 6,000 derelict boats in southwest part of the state. In most cases, boat owners don’t know resources are available to remove them because until recently there weren’t many.


A Window on the World

Inflation, supply-chain kinks and the continuing war in Ukraine continue to be serious concerns, but numerous companies with a global presence for exports are reporting optimism at the start of 2023.


BRP Announces Mexico Production Facility

The $165 million plant will open in early 2025 in Chihuahua and create up to 1,300 jobs while bolstering production capabilities.


C.G. Foundation Announces Scholarships

The program each year awards more than $500,000 to qualifying children of active duty, active duty reserve and retired Coast Guard members.


Propspeed Expands U.S. Sales Team

Josh McGuire and Cole Barone were named regional sales managers for the Northeast and West Coast.


Newport Boat Show Had $26.1M Impact

The September show drew more than 40,000 attendees last year, with boat sales estimated at $35 million to $40 million.


Consumers Feel a Bit Better

A key measure of U.S. consumer confidence rose in December as the economy added 223,000 jobs, the smallest gain in two years. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index rose to 108.3 from 101.4 in November.


How the ABYC Creates Standards

Standards are a full-time mission for the ABYC that goes beyond simply putting out a new supplement every July. As an organization built on a tradition of common-sense and real-world experiences, the ABYC works on standards development year-round with its Project Technical Committees.


Year Three of Five

Fear of an impending exodus, especially with concerns about a looming economic recession, has leaders at the MRAA, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation urging the industry to start focusing immediately on improving customer service as the primary way to retain these boaters.