Marine Connection adds to leadership team

Marine Connection, a Boating Industry Top 100 Dealer with nine Florida locations has appointed three senior managers to its leadership team.

Timo Turkki, a 30-plus year employee and most recently Marine Connection operations manager since 2012, has been promoted to general manager with responsibility for overall dealership operations. He will be based at the dealership’s West Palm Beach headquarters location.

“Timo has been a long-standing, invaluable asset to Marine Connection and brings a wealth of experience and an exceptional work ethic to this critical new role,” said Danny Goldenberg, Marine Connection CEO. “We have re-organized a large territory from Islamorada to Vero Beach and Timo will be key to successfully focusing and streamlining operations in these important markets.”

Boaters Exchange, a Marine Connection Company with sales and service locations in Rockledge and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., has appointed Vanessa Benson as general manager overseeing a staff of 40 employees and revenues of $30M-plus. A retired US Army colonel, Benson is a highly accomplished executive with a leadership career in worldwide military missions and large corporate organizations. In her new capacity, Benson takes the helm at this Boating Industry Top 100 ranked dealership, which represents boat brands including Everglades, Cobia, Hewes, Pathfinder, NauticStar, Bennington, Avid, and Yamaha.

“Vanessa brings a wealth of executive leadership experience to her new role at Boaters Exchange and will be instrumental in long-term strategic planning as we continue to aggressively grow and further develop this market,” said Goldenberg.     

In addition, Marine Connection has also appointed Carol DeBarry as corporate CFO overseeing accounting management for all statewide retail locations; she will be based in West Palm Beach. DeBarry brings 25-plus years of financial expertise to this newly created executive position and is responsible for managing projected revenues of $120M in 2023.

“We are very pleased to bring in a highly experienced financial expert to lead and manage our corporate accounting operations and to help best position us for future growth and acquisitions,” said Goldenberg.

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