Bronstien to help BellPort with acquisitions

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Ambassadors Marine Group company BellPort has hired Jim Bronstien, former president and owner of Rybovich Spencer and recent chief executive officer at Broward Marine, to help develop and direct the company’s plans to expand its East Coast service operations, AMG said in a press release yesterday.

“Jim’s experience and industry knowledge is a tremendous asset to BellPort in its pursuit of shipyard acquisition and development on the East Coast and in the Gulf region,” said Everett Babbitt, AMG’s president.

For 22 years, Bronstien and his family were the sole owners of the Rybovich yacht yard and boatbuilding company before selling the company to the Huizenga family in 2004. Bronstien’s role as president and owner covered all aspects of business ranging from human resources to operations to marketing to customer service to administrative, financial and executive management. He later spent one year heading up operations at Broward Marine assisting a new owner in establishing systems, procedures, policies and organization.

In his involvement with BellPort, Bronstien will be responsible for leading BellPort’s efforts to expand the company’s shipyard operations from the West Coast to the East Coast.

“I’m always open to new opportunities and new challenges,” Bronstien said. “Given the extensive background of experience and knowledge that I have developed over the years I feel I can be of great service to Bellport as they look to increase their stake in the service industry.”

“After speaking with Jim and hearing about the things he’d done at Rybovich it is clear Jim will bring to our East Coast operations the same expertise BellPort Newport Harbor Shipyard has provided to the West Coast,” said Jesse Salem, AMG vice president of shipyard operations. “Our goals and philosophies are very much aligned. We’re both interested in the establishment of successful shipyards that operate with extensive customer service, professionalism, and in an environmentally friendly manner while providing modern infrastructure to the bays, harbors, and marinas in which they are located.”

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