Tag Archives: Ben Speciale

A new era of power

By Adam Quandt Peanut butter and jelly, Mike & Ike, yin and yang, all things we’ve known to go together. But water and electricity? Not so much. However, with the help of new technologies, new partnerships and much more, marine manufacturers are changing that mindset. With an emphasis on creating more environmentally-friendly products to meet an evolving consumer expectation, boat ...

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Yamaha spearheads training program in Alaska

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Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit and the Alaska Maritime Education Consortium (AMEC) signed a Yamaha Marine Training Program Agreement under Yamaha’s Technical School Partnership Program. This Agreement will establish a comprehensive Yamaha marine technical training program throughout the state, specifically in remote regions. Governor Mike Dunleavy, Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and University ...

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Yamaha creates new Marine Procurement Division

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Yamaha announced the expansion of the Marine Procure Department into a new Marine Procurement Division, organizing the growing team into four departments along functional lines. This will allow the teams to develop specialists, who can perform more profound analysis, and strengthen internal and external communications. James Mills assumes the role of Division Manager, leading all Yamaha Marine Procurement departments including ...

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New NMMA-backed commission takes aim at AIS control

Members of the $689-billion outdoor recreation industry have established a blue-ribbon commission to stop and reverse the spread of aquatic invasive species in the U.S. The commission will convene leading biologists, environmentalists, policymakers, and resource managers to assess existing mitigation efforts and identify more effective eradication solutions. Findings from the analysis will be presented to Congress and the administration in 2023, with ...

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Yamaha Marine names GM of marine service

Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit announced the appointment of Joe Maniscalco to General Manager, Marine Service. In his new position, Maniscalco will oversee marine service training and support for Yamaha outboards and systems as well as Yamaha WaterCraft products. “With Joe’s direction, Yamaha service team members will continue to develop skills as subject matter experts to support the customer relationship ...

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Jeff Stone, senior VP of Skeeter Products, will oversee G3 Boats

Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit announced today that Jeff Stone, Senior Vice President, Skeeter Products, will now oversee G3 Boats. In his new role, Stone is responsible for manufacturing, operations, marketing and sales for Yamaha U.S. Business Unit subsidiaries G3 and Skeeter Boats. “Jeff’s steadfast leadership, experience and strong financial management principles will allow Yamaha to continue to invest in the people, ...

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Yamaha’s Ben Speciale honored with TRCP’s Conservation Achievement Award

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) honored Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit President Ben Speciale with the 2022 Conservation Achievement Award during the 14th Annual Capital Conservation Awards dinner on May 4, 2022. Recognized alongside Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), 2022 recipients of the James D. Range Conservation Award, Speciale received his award for his leadership in conservation ...

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Yamaha appoints Ron Campbell outboard sales division manager

Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit announced the appointment of Ron Campbell to the position of Division Manager, Outboard Sales. In his new role, Campbell will oversee all Yamaha U.S. dealer outboard sales initiatives and programs. He succeeds long-time Yamaha team member John Rigsby who retired in March of 2022. “Ron brings extended marine industry sales perspective to the position and ...

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Yamaha Marine names new marketing division manager

Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit announced the appointment of Susan Camp to the position of Division Manager, Marketing. In her new role, Camp will oversee Yamaha Marine advertising, events, tournaments and sponsorships, Yamaha pro staff and Yamaha Marine dealer education. She succeeds Dale Barnes, who retired in March of 2022. “Susan’s in-depth knowledge and years of experience within the Yamaha ...

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Sportsman Boats partners with Yamaha Financial Services

Sportsman Boats and Yamaha Motor Finance Corporation, U.S.A. announced a new multi-year exclusive financing agreement. Beginning July 1, 2022, Yamaha Financial Services will become the exclusive dealer inventory finance and retail finance provider for Sportsman Boats. “A seamless financing experience, both at the wholesale and retail level, was a logical next step in our ever-growing efforts to deliver a world-class ...

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