PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Harken Yacht Equipment has named Around Alone sailor Tim Kent as Harken’s sales manager, the company reported in a recent statement.
In his new position, Kent will work closely with both Harken’s aftermarket and OEM sales operations worldwide. Kent will also work with Harken’s distributor offices around the world, Harken’s five offices in the U.S. and its operations in the United Kingdom, France and Italy.
“Tim comes to us with extensive experience in sales and sales management – this was the first attribute that impressed us,” said Olaf Harken, the company’s vice president. “He possesses a great mix of sales management experience and of course some serious sailing experience that helps significantly in our industry: we are delighted to have him aboard.”
Kent, a life long sailor, recently finished second in Division II of the Around Alone race aboard his Open 50 Everest Horizontal. Prior to joining Harken, Kent was a sales manager for Prentice Hall, a well-known U.S. publisher of college text books. Kent is no stranger to the marine business either, having run a boatyard and sailboat sales operation in Detroit, Mich.
Harken also has named JJ Hausmann a sales representative for the company’s sailing gear, canvas and accessory market. In his new position based in Harken’s Pewaukee headquarters, Hausmann will work with Harken’s existing accessory dealers and work to grow this network both in and outside of the sailing market.
“The addition of JJ to the Harken team will strengthen our position in these growing areas of the company like our Hoisters, Sailing Gear and Canvas products” said Harken president Peter Harken.” We are delighted to have him aboard.”
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Hausmann was a salesman for Globalcom, Inc. a Midwestern communications firm. He is a competitive C-Scow sailor and an enthusiastic downhill skier.
Harken, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of sailboat hardware and accessories. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wis., Harken manufactures in the United States and Italy. Its network includes offices in Rhode Island, California, Florida, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.