Yamaha Marine Group announced several employee promotions and organizational changes in the marine marketing division, including the promotion of Martin Peters to senior manager of marine communications and government relations.
“One of our top priorities at Yamaha is to continue to strengthen our brand, and I believe these structural changes will help us in that regard,” Yamaha Marine Group president Ben Speciale said in a statement. “I am confident each of these professionals will continue to enrich the Yamaha team in their new positions.”
Peters joined the group in 2006 and leads teams that create communication, government relations, education and sponsorship strategies to support the group’s brand, goals and objectives.
He serves on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Sanctuary Business Advisory Council and the Natural Resources Policy Committee for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and he is a member of the board of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, the Government Relations Committee of the Center for Sportfishing Policy and the Government Relations Committee of the American Sportfishing Association.
He also is chairman of the Boat PAC at the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
Separately David Ittner, formerly marine tournament and sponsorship manager, has been promoted to manager II for tournaments and sponsorships. A Yamaha employee since 2008, Ittner is a 20-plus-year marine industry veteran and is responsible for overseeing all tournament and Yamaha Pro Angler sponsorship initiatives.
Austin Roebuck, formerly government relations coordinator, was promoted to manager I for communications and dealer education.
Roebuck joined Yamaha in 2014 after working as a political staff member at the federal and state levels, and he is now responsible for communications and dealer education initiatives. He will also continue to support government relations efforts.