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IYRS to host open houses in July, August

BRISTOL, R.I. – The International Yacht Restoration School is hosting two summer open houses for the public at its Bristol facility, on the afternoons of Wednesday, July 21 and Wednesday, Aug. 4. The events will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to an IYRS press release. The IYRS Bristol facility houses the school’s Marine Systems and Composites Technology ...

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Deep Impact names new sales director

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Deep Impact, a Miami-based manufacturer of high-performance powerboats, has appointed Tim Gallagher to assist with the 12-year-old brand’s restructuring and long-term growth as sales director, according to a company release. Gallagher most recently worked with the Cigarette Racing Team. “As a competitor to Deep Impact, I had been paying close attention to the changes occurring in ...

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Marquis Yachts names new VP of sales and marketing

PULASKI, Wis. — Marquis Yachts recently promoted of Erik Nelson to vice president of sales and marketing, according to a company release. In his new capacity, Nelson will be responsible for developing strategy and overseeing the implementation of tactics related to the marketing and sale of the company’s two brands, Marquis Yacht and Carver Yachts. Nelson started with the company ...

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Flats boat pioneer dies

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. — Bob Hewes, who developed and released the first production flats boat in 1969, died Sunday in Miami of bone cancer. He was 86. Together with longtime friend and outdoors writer Bob Stearns, he developed the Hewes Bonefisher, a model for the many other flats boats that would follow. Hewes is survived by his wife, Ida; daughters ...

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Yamaha Marine Group names vice president

KENNESAW, Ga. — Dean Burnett, former vice president and general manager for Century Boats, has accepted the position of vice president for Yamaha Marine Group. Burnett succeeds Ben Speciale, who became President of Yamaha Marine Group on May 1. “Dean has a depth of knowledge that is virtually unmatched in the marine industry,” Speciale said in a statement. “His experience ...

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Lewmar promotes sales and marketing director

HAMPSHIRE, United Kingdom - Marine equipment supplier Lewmar has promoted Matt Johnston to the new role of sales and marketing director, according to a release from the company. Johnston has been sales director since the business was reorganized 18 months ago. Now he will also take full responsibility for all marketing activities for the company on a global basis. "The reorganization within ...

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NMEA appoints new vice chairman

SEVERNA PARL, Md. — David Gratton, a dealer director and a partner in Martek of Palm Beach, Fla., has been appointed to the position of vice chairman of the National Marine Electronics Association, according to a release from the NMEA. He replaces Jim Vander Hey, who is leaving the position to pursue a business venture outside of the marine electronics ...

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Spartan Logistics announces new leader

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following the retirement of its founders, Ed Harmon and Jim Ranney, Spartan Logistics announced that Ed's son Steve Harmon will assume the role of managing director of the warehouse and distribution company. “My father founded Spartan in 1988, and has been an outstanding leader in the community, to our customers and to our employees ever since. His ...

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Scout Boats makes managerial changes

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – Along with recent new production employee hires, Scout Boats Inc. has made five key managerial changes at its South Carolina-based facility, according to a release from the company. Effective immediately, William Ferguson will head up the Plant A operation (boats 15’-24’) as the new production manager; Sherrie Ferguson was promoted to the company’s human resource manager. Gordon ...

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Pro-Line appoints director of marketing, dealer development

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — Pro-Line Boats has appointed Nick Miller to the position of director of marketing and dealer development, according to a release from the company. Miller started with Pro-Line Boats in 1986 as an assembly worker and worked in many positions for Pro-Line and Donzi prior to his 2003 departure. When he left he was director of marketing ...

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