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Mustang Survival Promotes Grupa, Milligen

Mustang Survival's Michael Grupa will be transitioning from his current role as Director of Business Development, Professional, to join the Sales team as Director of Sales – US Professional & Military Major Accounts. Grupa joined Mustang Survival in 2009 and has been instrumental in shifting Mustang’s focus from selective markets in the first responder and commercial/ industrial marine categories to becoming an industry leader and full-line supplier of flotation and thermal protection products in these market categories. Mustang has also promoted Brian Milligen from Canadian National Sales Manager to Director of Sales, US Recreation & Canada Recreation/Professional markets. “Our sales team will benefit from Mike’s many years of experience and background in the professional and military markets while Brian builds upon his success and momentum in Canada and helps us focus our efforts on growing and expanding Mustang’s network of recreational dealers south of the border,” commented Glen MacPherson, Mustang Survival’s Vice President, Sales. “This organizational shift is part of our long term strategy to strengthen the brand in core markets, manage channels more effectively, and achieve revenue growth targets north and south of the border.”

Navico Expands Americas Sales Group

Chris Meyer

Navico — recreational marine electronics company and parent to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands — announced the addition of long-time pro-staffer Chris Meyer to its Volume Boat Builder and OEM sales team. In his new role as Key Account Manager, Chris is responsible for managing OEM sales as well as growing current and prospective boat builder accounts for the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands. A long-time member of the Lowrance Pro-Staff team and Product Validation group

ExxonMobil Consolidates In Scandinavia

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels has consolidated its Scandinavian sales and marketing operations in its new European and world headquarters in Leatherhead, U.K. Helen Flattum, who previously was with Esso's marine fuels operation in Norway, will relocate to the U.K., overseeing operations in Scandinavia. Flattum will be part of the company's Europe, Africa and Middle East sales team, headed by Sowmi Krishnamurthy, who previously headed industrial fuels marketing in the Asia-Pacific region for Mobil

Grand Banks Announces Appointments to Management

Grand Banks Yachts, Ltd., recently appointed two members to their worldwide corporate management team. Rob Livingston has been named vice president of marketing for the global manufacturer of Grand Banks, Eastbay and Aleutian Class yachts. In this capacity, Livingston has worldwide responsibility for brand marketing, overseeing advertising, public relations, promotions, online operations, collateral development and overall marketing management

FBM Babcock Marine Makes New Appointments

FBM Babcock Marine Ltd has appointed Nick Pearson as commercial manager and Craig Patrick has joined the company as sales manager for commercial vessels. Nick Pearson has joined FBM Babcock Marine from Three Quays Marine Services where he was business development manager. He is a Master Mariner who has spent his career in the marine industry, working with P&O, Stena Line, SWATH International and Samsung Heavy Industries

Nicolaisen Joins TWG

TWG said that Kirk Nicolaisen has joined its sales team, taking on the role of Offshore Energy Account Manager. Kirk is based out of Gulfport, Mississippi, and brings more than 16 years of experience developing business and serving customers in the offshore energy market. Kirk has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and has extensive experience specific to winches and offshore equipment. In this position, Kirk will be managing sales and growth within our offshore energy accounts for all brands

GAC Appoints Cox as Marketing Manager

GAC has appointed Matthew Cox as its Marketing Manager for the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, based in London. Cox joins the company following a career in the British Royal Navy, both at sea and ashore. He replaces Darren Martin, who will shortly move to GAC's Houston office as Marketing Manager, Americas. Neil Godfrey, GAC's Group Sales Director - Shipping Division, confirms that Matthew's appointment is a natural development for the Group's Global Sales Team

Chesapeake Ranger Tugs Under New Ownership

Grasonville, Md. — Fluid Motion has announced a transition in the representation of its Ranger Tugs dealership in the Chesapeake region, which will provide many benefits to the area's trailerable yacht enthusiasts. Mark and Tony Schulstad, owners of Mass Enterprises and Cutwater Marine Sales, have acquired Chesapeake Ranger Tugs, formerly owned by Chuck Wistar. Cutwater Marine Sales is part of a yacht dealership based in Grasonville, Md

Alps Wire Rope expands to Texas

Photo: Alps Wire Rope

Alps Wire Rope Corporation announced the opening of a new warehouse location in Houston, TX. Abe Guerrero will be joining the existing sales team of Rick Coughran and Bill Lee, to manage the facility. The demand for wire rope products from the region has led to the opening of the new distribution point. The new facility will provide Alps Wire Rope close proximity to customers and business partners in the area. In addition to Oilfield Products, Alps will stock Elevator Rope

Willard Marine Names Sales Team Additions

Bob Beck Jr. (left), and Renée St. Lawrence

Willard Marine, Inc. (WMI), a manufacturer of composite and aluminum boats for 57 years, announced the appointments of Bob Beck Jr. and Renée St. Lawrence to its sales team. Beck joins the WMI Sales and Training team with more than 24 years of experience in the U.S. Coast Guard where he held several ranks and also acted as the Supervisor of Coast Guard Units managing personnel, budgets and maintenance contracts

Repurposed Containers Fill Gap in South African Retail

Photo: 27 Boxes

A short drive west of Johannesburg on the edge of a fading bohemian high street stands 27 Boxes, a mosaic-colored retail center built entirely of old shipping containers.   Opened in August, it consists of 27 iron containers stacked Lego-like into three floors of stores ranging from a

Front Street Shipyard Partners with Norwegian Ferry Builder

Photo: Front Street Shipyard

Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, is partnering with Brødrene Aa in Hyen, Norway, to market, sell and build carbon fiber ferries throughout the United States under the new company name Arcadia Alliance.   Working in conjunction with Maine Composites Alliance and Martin Grimnes

Diebenow Joins Fathom

Bill Diebenow joins Fathom as director of sales, affinity and special accounts Photo linkedIn

  Fathom, the pioneer in social impact travel and Carnival Corporation’s 10th and newest brand, has named industry veteran, Bill Diebenow as the company’s director of sales, affinity and special accounts. In this role, Diebenow will lead a robust sales team and focus on new

Lumishore Appoints IMTRA as Distributor in N. America

Eric Braitmayer, CEO, IMTRA and Eifrion Evans, Managing Director, Lumishore

Lumishore USA, pre-eminent manufacturer of underwater lights, announced today that their product line is available and supported in North America by master distributor IMTRA, the leading manufacturer and importer of quality marine products. IMTRA joins SeaWide Distribution as the sole distributors

Engine Performs in Roll Over Test

The rescue vessel Nh 1816 is rolled over during a recent test with KNRM.

Engines customized for new Dutch search-and-rescue lifeboat vessels keep running after full rotation on axis. In thrashing, unforgiving seas, a capsized rescue vessel used to be a symbol of defeat. To withstand harsh conditions, sea vessels are designed to right themselves when overturned

Holland America Line Promotes Christine Thurlow

Christine Thurlow is now director of national accounts sales, North America

  Holland America Line has promoted Christine Thurlow to director of national accounts sales, North America, on the company’s National Accounts Sales team.   Thurlow will report to Charles J. Dunwoody, CTC, senior director, national accounts, North America

Matson Senior VP Hoppes to Retire

Dave Hoppes (Photo: Matson)

Matson Announces Upcoming Retirement of Senior Vice President, Ocean Services, Dave Hoppes; John Lauer to Succeed Hoppes, Chris Scott to Succeed Lauer    Dave Hoppes, Matson’s senior vice president, ocean services, will retire March 31, 2015, the company announced

Canadian Pacific Hires Marsh as Sales VP

Picture Courtesy: Canadian Pacific Railway

The appointment of Tim Marsh as senior vice president sales and marketing by Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd is aimed at bolstering its battered intermodal business, says a report from Globe and Mail. Marsh, who brings 25 years of international shipping industry sales and marketing experience

WAGO Appoints Regional Sales Manager for Northwest Region

Jeff Zimmerman, WAGO Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest Region (Photo courtesy of WAGO)

Electrical interconnect and automation solution manufacturer WAGO has appointed Jeff Zimmerman as Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest region, the company announced today.    Zimmerman will coordinate WAGO’s sales and marketing activities in Oregon, Washington and Idaho

GNS Announces Senior Appointments

Maritime navigation services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) announced the appointments of Phil Stothard as Chief Information Officer and Kieron Abernethy as Chief Revenue Officer. Both assume their roles with immediate effect.  

W&O Realigns Leadership Team

From left to right: Fred Loomis and Todd Nestel (Photo: W&O)

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, has promoted two long-time employees to Vice President as part of the company’s continued focus on providing engineered solutions

Thuraya Debuts Most Advanced Satellite Phone

The Thuraya XT-PRO builds on the success of the highly popular Thuraya XT and introduces new features and functionality for an enhanced user experience.

  Thuraya Telecommunications Company today launched the industry's most advanced satellite phone, the Thuraya XT-PRO. Targeted at professional users across a range of market sectors including government, energy, media and NGOs, the Thuraya XT-PRO is the only satellite phone to feature

Aggressive Superyacht Investment Pan for Blohm+Voss


 Fred van Beers, the newly appointed CEO for Blohm+Voss, unveil details of an aggressive new investment plan in the superyacht sector.    Over the next year, the company is restructuring some independent divisions under the same roof

Stoody Debuts Technical Services Hotline

Jonathan Cropper

  Stoody, an ESAB brand, has recently launched the new Stoody Tech Services (STS) hotline to provide a valuable resource to distributors and applicators seeking answers about product selection and the application of hardfacing and high alloy joining consumables. 

Dometic Promotes Trigg

Dometic Group promoted Ned Trigg to Executive Vice President of Dometic’s Marine division.   In his new role, Trigg will be the business leader for the Marine OEM and Aftermarket divisions for the Americas region. This includes sales, application engineering, customer service

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