Marine Movers: Garmin International appoints DeVries

Garmin International has promoted Greg DeVries to the position of Senior Sales and Marketing Manager – Marine and Recreation. DeVries’ primary duties will include supporting Garmin’s Regional Sales Managers and developing a strategic marketing plan to increase the distribution of Garmin’s marine and recreation products. An eight-year veteran of Garmin, DeVries has had extensive management experience in the marine retail industry.

In all, Garmin has created three Senior Manager positions to further support its dealer and distribution network and to take advantage of quickly developing marketing and sales opportunities. While DeVries will oversee the company’s marine and recreation business, Matt Harrah has been appointed to manage the company’s mobile and automotive OEM business, and Jon Peckman has been promoted to coordinate Garmin’s national accounts. All three managers will report to Dan Bartel, Director of Recreation and Consumer Sales.

“These new positions will allow us to better serve our rapidly expanding consumer markets,” said Bartel. “As Garmin continues to pioneer new GPS applications — like our automotive, fitness, Marine Network, and PDA categories — it’s increasingly important for us to have a group of managers that can devote their full attention to serving and growing these areas of our business.”

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