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

W&O Realigns Leadership Team

overall company sales and growth, with emphasis on technical product solution offerings to customers. Nestel has been with W&O for over three years, and previously worked at Drew Marine and Drew Industrial in various sales and sales management roles focused on international business in Central America, the Caribbean, and the marine industry. Nestel graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in marine engineering and marine transportation.  

AJ Halavacs: Photo ZF Marine

ZF Marine’s Halavacs Dies at 59

AJ Halavacs, Pleasure Craft Product Line Manager, North and Central America at ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar LLC, the North American arm of ZF Friedrichshafen AG Marine Propulsion Systems, has died after fighting illness for a number of years. He was 59. “It’s a devastating loss to our team and to the industry” said Wolfgang Schmid, Director, Industrial Technology, Head of Marine Propulsion Systems Region North and Central America. “The consummate salesman, AJ had a gregarious personality not soon forgotten. It seemed that there wasn’t a person in this business

Palladium Announces VP of Business Development

recent V.P. of International Business at Savant Systems LLC., Arnold setup the Distribution and Field Engineering for the company and also developed and managed all B2B relationships in the International markets.  Those markets included Australia, New Zealand, ASIA, EMEA, Russia, South America, Central America /Caribbean and Canada.    In his early career, Arnold was a co-founder of Atlas Broadband, one of the Southeast's first DSL providers as well as the Director of Business for DirecNet a pioneering company in the high-speed wireless sector and ISP provider. During that time he was

Oscar Obregon (Photo: Dan-Bunkering)

Dan-Bunkering Promotes Obregon

(America) Inc. has announced the relocation as per March 1, 2017 of Oscar Obregon from Dan-Bunkering in Copenhagen where he was initially employed as Bunker Trader back in 2012. In connection with his relocation to Houston, TX,Obregon has moreover been promoted to Development Manager, Mexico & Central America. Oscar is originally of Mexican extraction making it an obvious choice to have Obregon focusing on maintaining and creating new business opportunities within this region.   The relocation is an example of the Dan-Bunkering Group’s internal mobility program, allowing the employees

Marcia Kull (Photo: Torqeedo)

Kull Named President of Torqeedo Group

her new role on May 1, 2017.   Kull joins Torqeedo from Volvo Penta of the Americas, where she was most recently Vice President, Marine Sales. Serving in this role since 2011, she led the sales teams in the recreational and commercial marine segments for Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. She joined Volvo Penta in 2005 and served as the company’s General Counsel and Vice President of Dealer and Consumer Relations. Prior to joining Volvo Penta, she was Senior Vice President of Operations for Genmar Holdings. Kull spent her early career as a partner in

Martin Bjuve (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Bjuve VP, Customer Support/Training

 Volvo Penta of the Americas has appointed Martin Bjuve as vice president for customer support and training. In this position, he will provide strategic direction and management for support and product training for dealers and customers across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.   Bjuve has served as vice president and chief financial officer at Volvo Penta of the Americas since 2013. In addition to his responsibilities in the finance department, Bjuve has led key manufacturing investment projects in the Americas. He has been with Volvo Penta since 2003, with

Ned Hunter (Photo: Harrington Hoists)

Leadership Change at Harrington Hoists

based hoist and chain manufacturer.        Hunter joined Harrington Hoists, Inc. as President and CEO in 2004. He was later named President and CEO of Kito Americas, Inc. where he added the infrastructure necessary to serve the company’s customers in North, South and Central America. In addition, Hunter has served as the leader of the EMEAOR region for four years.  Hunter holds a B.B.A. in Economics from Temple University.   In this new role, Lonardi will take on the leadership and responsibility for four Kito Group Companies including: Harrington Hoists, Inc

Mei Ling Chan (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Makes Two Hires in Asia Pacific

office.   Mei Ling Chan joins Global Maritime from oil and gas services company SapuraKencana Drilling where she was Business Controls Manager responsible for the management accounting, financial planning and analysis of 18 offshore tender rigs operating in South East Asia, West Africa and Central America. She has also held a variety of finance and management positions at Seadrill and has a degree in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.   Leong Weng Yoon has worked in HSE for nearly 10 years, most recently as HSE Manager for Mencast Offshore & Marine, where

Photo: Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta Expands N. America Training

; The regional locations will augment Volvo Penta’s primary North American training centers in Chesapeake, Va., and Burnaby, B.C. The company also schedules classes at a training facility in Vero Beach, Fla., for the large number of dealers in Florida, as well as special training sessions in Central America and North America. The technical training classes complement Volvo Penta’s extensive computer-based training program, which technicians can take online as their schedules permit.    

Jens Bering (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Bering VP, Marine Sales

, marine sales, the company announced.    Bering, who has 20 years of experience with Volvo Penta, will provide strategic direction for the company’s North America marine sales segment, with responsibility for commercial and leisure marine sales in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.   “Jens brings the breadth of experience to the role, having worked in engineering, sales and product management throughout his successful career with Volvo Penta,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “He is respected by employees

Philip Gibson (Photo: Marine Jet Power)

Marine Jet Power Names Gibson Americas Sales Director

Marine Jet Power, Inc. (MJP) has hired Philip Gibson as Director of Sales, responsible for sales and business development efforts in North, South and Central America.    Gibson brings to the role more than 30 years’ military maritime experience, having most recently served as a Regional Sales Manager for Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (Boston Whaler). He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2005 with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, where he served as a U.S. Navy SEAL and advisor to the international military and police forces for riverine and counter-drug operations.

Lars Ljungström (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Ljungström VP of Finance, CFO

 Lars Ljungström has been appointed to vice president of finance and chief financial officer (CFO) for Volvo Penta of the Americas, effective July 2017.    Ljungström will provide strategic leadership over finance, planning, budgeting and reporting for North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. He will also oversee coordination of IT systems and services, as well as legal and sales operations.    Prior to this appointment, Ljungström was CFO at GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, where he was responsible for finance and IT, internal control compliance

Keith Stanley, Product Line Manager, Pleasure Craft - North and Central America. (Photo: ZF)

ZF Marine's Stanley Takes on Dual Role

ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar LLC  said that Keith Stanley has assumed the position of Product Line Manager – Pleasure Craft for North and Central America. Stanley joined ZF in 2011 as Key Account Manager, and he was promoted to Engineering Manager in 2012, with responsibility for application engineering activities for the region. In his new role, Stanley will have responsibility for both activities.   Stanley has a long history of experience in the pleasure craft industry. Originally from North Carolina, Stanley completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at

UNF seniors Matthew Petrone (left) and Olivia Musselwhite (Right) each received $2,500 from Crowley toward their continued education. (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Crowley Gives Scholarships to Two Student Employees

until November. Crowley also extends formal internships when possible as an additional benefit to the scholarship recipients. Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million dollars in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students at select institutions of higher learning from Alaska to Central America.  The company has also donated more than $2 million over the years to support other educational programs. In 1994, Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr., formally established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of his father who led the company to extraordinary

Tony Kelleher (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta Names Kelleher VP Customer Support, Training

Volvo Penta of the Americas announced the appointment of Tony Kelleher as vice president for customer support and training.   Kelleher will be responsible to support both marine and industrial segments within the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He will serve as a member of the Volvo Penta of the Americas executive team and the extended aftermarket management team   Kelleher was previously director of the marine leisure segment with responsibility for OEM and dealer sales and partnership development for North America. He has also served as head of the service

Rick Meidel (Photo: Crowley)

Meidel Joins Crowley Fuels in Alaska

growing and continually improving the company.” Crowley Fuels provides transportation, distribution and sales of petroleum products to more than 280 communities across Alaska, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales, distribution and engineering services primarily in Alaska, the Caribbean and Central America

Michael Atwell (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Awards Scholarship to GLMA Cadet

graduation, he plans to pursue a career in the towing industry in his hometown of Annapolis. Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million dollars in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students studying at maritime academies and other select institutions in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Central America. In 1994, Crowley Chairman and CEO, Tom Crowley Jr., established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program, in honor of his father, and has also donated more than $2 million to support other educational programs. Crowley Maritime has awarded the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. scholarship

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