Grand Banks adds three to “key positions”

SEATTLE –Grand Banks Yachts recently announced the addition of three personnel to key positions in design, development and quality assurance.

“Each of these new people brings vital expertise and a fresh perspective to our operations,” said Grand Banks CEO Bob Livingston. “They are all top performers in their respective fields, and we’re proud to welcome them aboard at a time when Grand Banks is bringing many exciting new models to market each year.”

Brent A. Perry, named Vice President of Quality Assurance for all of Grand Banks’ manufacturing operations, is responsible for ensuring that all new yachts meet the company’s exacting standards for construction, craftsmanship and performance. Perry will also lead efforts to incorporate new technologies and construction techniques that improve production speed and efficiency. He joins Grand Banks after having served as director of operations for Freedom Yachts.

Mike Kluftinger, Composite Manager at Grand Banks’ Malaysia factory, brings 17 years of manufacturing experience to the position, including seven years in management. He has extensively researched and implemented resin infusion processes and technologies, and is expected to continue to build on this experience with Grand Banks. Prior to joining Grand Banks, he worked at West Bay SonShip, where he led manufacturing and production operations as the company’s structural composites manager.

Newly appointed Yacht Designer Earl Alfaro brings more than 20 years experience in the development and design execution of mid-sized to large fiberglass motor yachts. He has worked in the past with Grand Banks in the development of the original Aleutian Series model, the 64RP. Alfaro previously served in key design and development roles with Palmer Johnson Yachts, Pursuit Boats and other top manufacturers.

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