Rinker Boat Company announced Monday that Kim Slocum will return as president and general manager effective immediately. The Rinker Brand was recently acquired by Bennington Marine in a sale that also includes Godfrey pontoon boats (Sanpan, Aqua Patio, and Sweetwater), Hurricane deck boats and Polar Kraft aluminum fishing boats.
Slocum returns to Rinker Boats after leaving 3 years ago. During Slocum's tenure, Rinker was one of the leading producers of stern drive boats including the Captiva and Express Cruiser lineups.
"It's a homecoming of sorts," stated Slocum. "During my absence, the Rinker brand and business remained near and dear to my heart and mind. I've remained active in the marine industry and have maintained contact with many of the employees, dealers and suppliers that I worked closely with throughout my career. I'm excited to reconnect with the Rinker 'family' and rebuild the strong relationships that were vital to this brands success."
"The decision to bring Kim back into the fold with the Rinker Boat brand and campus was not a difficult one" said Jacob Vogel, CEO of Bennington Marine. "Kim was instrumental in building this brand and is well known and respected throughout the industry and local community. We are ultimately confident in Kim's ability to re-energize the workforce, the Rinker brand, and the dealer network that has remained steadfastly loyal to a brand that has seen some tough times over the past several years."
The best captain for this boat. As he says the most important is the relationship in the dealer network, The Rinker Family.
Congratulations to Kim and many thanks to Jacob Vogel for bringing back Kim to Rinker company.
See you very soon Kim !!!
Kim Slocum is more than a President and General manager for Rinker Boat Co. He IS Rinker boats. Boaters building boats, that is a great moto to follow. Kim, is the only person capable of bringing back this fine company. Congratulations to both Kim and Bennington.
God bless America, finally some really good news from the boating industry.
This is the best thing in the world that could happen to Rinker.
Well said Allan! Allan and myself both worked with Kim Slocum for many years at Rinker Boats and know he is one of the most talented individuals in the Marine Industry. Its great to see Kim back at the helm.
I can't even explain how excited I am to hear this. Kim you are the absolute best person for the job, your knowledge is incredible, Allon Waggoner, great comments and great to hear from you! Feels like the good old Rinker days!!!! Maybe Bills Bay Marina needs to become a Rinker Dealer again! "P.S. Bills not there anymore".
You said you would be a part of it somehow, and here you are. Our sincere congratulations and best wishes.
Congratulations Kim! Good to see you back home. Best of luck. Wes