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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.



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