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ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) President and CEO Frank Peterson announced he will step down as President and CEO on December 31, 2021, and will retire on February 28, 2022. Peterson’s retirement comes as RBFF continues its mission to increase participation in recreational boating and fishing, thereby helping to conserve and restore aquatic natural resources throughout the U.S. Since joining RBFF as President and CEO in 2007, Peterson has been instrumental in leading the fishing and boating industries toward record engagement levels through innovative recruitment campaigns along with retention and reactivation efforts at the national and state levels. In 2020, an impressive 55 million Americans fished at least once, the highest number recorded since participation tracking began in 2007. Likewise, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)—which represents the North American recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers—reported more than 310,000 new powerboats were sold in 2020, meeting levels the recreational boating industry had not achieved since before the Great Recession in 2008. Both industries have continued to report strong engagement levels throughout 2021 despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and global supply chain obstacles. “Outdoor activities like fishing and boating enhance the quality of life for tens of millions of Americans like few things can, and that’s why RBFF is so deeply committed to increasing participation in the activities which help conserve our most beloved waterways for future generations to enjoy,” Peterson said. “Working alongside the RBFF team to help guide the record growth of fishing and boating the past 15 years has been the highlight of my career, both as a professional and outdoorsman.” Prior to joining RBFF in 2007, Peterson’s leadership had already produced unprecedented performance for a variety of organizations. He began his career developing and implementing successful corporate strategies for Mobil Oil Corporations’ U.S. marketing and refining segments. He went on to form his own business development services firm, significantly increasing sales for several private sector corporations. Peterson came to RBFF directly from Marketing General, where as Vice President he reorganized and exponentially grew a major revenue-producing services division. Despite his impressive track record, Peterson encourages his industry peers and  successor  to always look forward. “To sustain the Foundation’s success, there must be continued emphasis on understanding the information our audiences demand and the channels they rely upon to receive it,” Peterson said. “The water is open for all, no matter race, ethnicity, gender or age. Our ability to act on the needs of our audiences will serve to sustain the overall growth and health of our fishing and boating industries to levels that we once thought unimaginable.” About The  Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation  (RBFF) is a national, non-profit organization that has been leading the drive for over 20 years – in partnership with industry and government, and through its brands Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar – to increase participation in recreational boating and fishing, thereby helping to conserve and restore our country’s aquatic natural resources.           Employers and recruiters within outdoor recreation industry sectors post job opportunities on Outdoor Occupations to find qualified business professionals passionate about the outdoors.  Outdoor Occupations' job board service is free of charge for job seekers to search and apply for the latest new opportunities in the outdoors! -->Browse NEW Outdoor Industry Jobs Here<-- Outdoor Industry Jobs  |  Fishing Industry Jobs  |  Boating Industry Jobs  |  Hunting Industry Jobs Firearms Industry Jobs  |  Archery Industry Jobs  |  Bicycle Industry Jobs  |  Camping & Hiking Industry Jobs Wildlife Conservation Jobs  |  Paddlesports Industry Jobs
KENNESAW, Ga.– Marc Castillo is the new General Manager of G3® Boats, an independently operated subsidiary of Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit that produces aluminum and pontoon boats, effective immediately. Castillo replaces Terry Ickes, who is retiring from G3 after 21 years. A 25-year marine industry veteran, Castillo previously served as the Director of Development, Operations, Fabrication and Engineering for SAFE® Boats International in Bremerton, Wash., where his responsibilities included research and new product development, oversight of operations and fabrication and leadership development. He also oversaw engineering and continuous improvement for the entire organization. “The experience Marc brings fits perfectly with the culture of G3 Boats; at the same time, his skillset fits perfectly with our plan to grow and modernize G3’s products, processes and brand,” said Dean Burnett, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Boat Business and Marine Service Vice President, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit. “I look forward to watching his leadership in action as the company continues to deliver exceptional customer experiences on the water.” Prior to joining SAFE® Boats International, Castillo was the Operations Manager and General Manager for Palmer-Johnson™ Yachts in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He also held management positions with Burger® Boat Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. As well as Marinette Marine Group in Marinette, Wisconsin. Castillo graduated from the University of Michigan® with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He and his family will relocate to G3’s headquarters in Lebanon, Missouri this October. Ickes, who nearly doubled sales and sextupled revenue during his tenure, will stay on through early 2022 to facilitate a smooth transition. About Yamaha Marine  products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine U.S. Business Unit, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,400 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception.         Employers and recruiters within outdoor recreation industry sectors post job opportunities on Outdoor Occupations to find qualified business professionals passionate about the outdoors.  Outdoor Occupations' job board service is free of charge for job seekers to search and apply for the latest new opportunities in the outdoors! -->Browse NEW Outdoor Industry Jobs Here<-- Outdoor Industry Jobs  |  Fishing Industry Jobs  |  Boating Industry Jobs  |  Hunting Industry Jobs Firearms Industry Jobs  |  Archery Industry Jobs  |  Bicycle Industry Jobs  |  Camping & Hiking Industry Jobs Wildlife Conservation Jobs  |  Paddlesports Industry Jobs      
Omnia Fishing is excited to announce the addition of Mark Prondzinski as the new Head of Product.  The company is making significant investments in its technology and platform to help customers get the right products for success on the water. Mark will lead that charge.   Mark has over 20 years experience as a technology entrepreneur and web and mobile product leader. Prior to joining the Omnia Fishing team, Mark led the Product Team at Minnesota-based start-up InboxDollars, helping to position the company for an acquisition in 2019.  Throughout his career, Mark has built and managed a wide diversity of products and product teams - ranging in industries from healthcare to rewards programs with successes at the start-up and enterprise level. Post-acquisition, Mark's recent experience at Prodege was focused on driving growth in user engagement and retention for a portfolio of more than 120 million active users spread across 7 direct-to-consumer rewards program brands.  He is data driven like the rest of the Omnia team. Outside of work, Mark is an avid baseball fan, enjoys cooking and supporting the local Twin Cities restaurant and brewery community, and is always looking forward to the next opportunity to hit the road and travel with his family of four. Mark is still only an aspiring angler and is looking forward to getting further immersed in the Omnia Fishing team.          Employers and recruiters within outdoor recreation industry sectors post job opportunities on Outdoor Occupations to find qualified business professionals passionate about the outdoors.  Outdoor Occupations' job board service is free of charge for job seekers to search and apply for the latest new opportunities in the outdoors! -->Browse NEW Outdoor Industry Jobs Here<-- Outdoor Industry Jobs | Fishing Industry Jobs | Boating Industry Jobs | Hunting Industry Jobs Firearms Industry Jobs | Archery Industry Jobs | Bicycle Industry Jobs | Camping & Hiking Industry Jobs Wildlife Conservation Jobs | Paddlesports Industry Jobs
CHANDA WILL WORK WITH RBFF LEADERSHIP TO INCREASE FISHING & BOATING PARTICIPATION   ALEXANDRIA, VA (September 30, 2021)  –The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced Dave Chanda as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. In his new role, Chanda will manage all aspects of RBFF operations and assume responsibility for meeting the strategic goals set by RBFF leadership. Chanda, who originally joined the RBFF team in 2017 as Vice President of State & Federal Engagement, brings to the role more than 30 years of leadership expertise. “What an incredible honor to be selected to lead RBFF,” said Chanda. “I have had a 23-year long association with this organization and have always been a steadfast supporter of their goals and mission. I look forward to continuing to work with this talented team as we continue to grow fishing and boating opportunities throughout the country.” “Dave has made tremendous progress advancing state recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) efforts during his time at RBFF,” said RBFF Board Chairman and ZEBCO Past President Jeff Pontius. “We believe he has the knowledge and expertise to continue driving forward RBFF’s successful initiatives while also identifying innovative new solutions that will both support stakeholders and keep fishing and boating relevant with today’s consumers.” Prior to joining RBFF, Chanda had a 37-year career with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, including 11 years as the agency’s Director. Chanda is the former president of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and was a key player on RBFF’s Board of Directors for nine years. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University and is currently pursuing a Masters’ Degree in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University. Chanda succeeds Frank Peterson, who joined RBFF in 2007. During Peterson’s tenure, RBFF contributed to marked increases in fishing license sales, attracted millions of new anglers to fishing, and helped grow the percentage of adults who participate in recreational boating to record numbers. “I’ve known Dave for many years, and I can’t think of a better person to carry forward the important work we do to increase participation in fishing and boating and the critical conservation efforts that rely on it,” said Peterson. “Adding to Dave’s extensive experience working with state and federal agencies, he is surrounded by a talented group of marketing professionals who are dedicated to RBFF’s mission.” “I also want to thank Frank and acknowledge his leadership in working on behalf of the boating and fishing communities these last 15 years. He has been a good friend and mentor,” added Chanda.  Chanda officially assumes his new role on January 1, 2022.        Employers and recruiters within outdoor recreation industry sectors post job opportunities on Outdoor Occupations to find qualified business professionals passionate about the outdoors.  Outdoor Occupations' job board service is free of charge for job seekers to search and apply for the latest new opportunities in the outdoors! -->Browse NEW Outdoor Industry Jobs Here<-- Outdoor Industry Jobs | Fishing Industry Jobs | Boating Industry Jobs | Hunting Industry Jobs Firearms Industry Jobs | Archery Industry Jobs | Bicycle Industry Jobs | Camping & Hiking Industry Jobs Wildlife Conservation Jobs | Paddlesports Industry Jobs
METTAWA, Ill. –  Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced that Kris Neff has been named President, Boston Whaler and Nick Stickler has been appointed Vice President of Category Management and Strategic Planning at Mercury Marine. Both announcements are effective immediately. Neff joined Brunswick in 2005 and over the past 16 years, has excelled in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility across many divisions. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Category Management and Strategic Planning at Mercury Marine. Under his direction, Mercury launched some of its most innovative products including the February 2021 launch of the 600hp V12 Verado as well as the Company’s 1st Mate Safety System, which won multiple Innovation Awards at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Stickler also joined the company in 2005 and has held multiple leadership positions including President of Fort Wayne Operations where he ran both the Harris and Cypress Cay businesses and most recently as President of Boston Whaler. Stickler has guided Whaler through a time of incredible growth both in product portfolio and capacity, including with the recent re-opening of the Flagler facility in Florida which is adding further capacity to meet record demand from Whaler’s customers. “I am truly thankful for the opportunity to lead a world-class organization such as Boston Whaler,” said Neff. “We have an incredible team of colleagues and partners with an extremely passionate customer base. Under Nick’s leadership, the Whaler team has done a tremendous job establishing a solid platform to build upon and grow the legacy of one of the marine industry’s most iconic brands.” “Mercury Marine is one of the most established and well-known brands in the marine industry and I am excited to join its leadership team,” said Stickler. “I have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Mercury while running both Fort Wayne and Boston Whaler and am excited about the opportunity to make an impactful addition to Mercury’s award-winning portfolio of products. Kris and his team have helped Mercury grow market share over the past few years with a host of award-winning products and I look forward to developing the next evolution of propulsion systems.” Neff holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a master’s degree in Engineering, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Neff started his career with Ford Motor Company as a Manufacturing Engineer before joining Brunswick in 2005. Stickler holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Automotive Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Stickler also started his career with Ford Motor Company as a Powertrain Design Engineer before joining Brunswick in 2005. About Brunswick Headquartered in Mettawa, Ill., Brunswick Corporation’s leading consumer brands include Mercury Marine outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; Mercury global parts and accessories including propellers and SmartCraft electronics; Advanced Systems Group, which includes industry-leading brands like MotorGuide, Attwood, Mastervolt, Blue Sea Systems, CZone, and ASG Connect system integrators; Land ’N’ Sea, BLA, Payne’s Marine, Kellogg Marine, and Lankhorst Taselaar marine parts distribution; Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils; Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Crestliner, Cypress Cay, Harris, Heyday, Lowe, Lund, Princecraft, Quicksilver, Rayglass, Sea Ray, Thunder Jet and Uttern boats; Boating Services Network, Freedom Boat Club and Boat Class.  For more information, visit  brunswick.com .       Employers and recruiters within outdoor recreation industry sectors post job opportunities on Outdoor Occupations to find qualified business professionals passionate about the outdoors.  Outdoor Occupations' job board service is free of charge for job seekers to search and apply for the latest new opportunities in the outdoors! -->Browse NEW Outdoor Industry Jobs Here<-- Outdoor Industry Jobs | Fishing Industry Jobs | Boating Industry Jobs | Hunting Industry Jobs Firearms Industry Jobs | Archery Industry Jobs | Bicycle Industry Jobs | Camping & Hiking Industry Jobs Wildlife Conservation Jobs | Paddlesports Industry Jobs
Charleston, SC –  Edwin Lewis, Chairman & CEO of Marolina Outdoor Inc. has announced effective immediately, Pete Angle will move from his current position of Chief Marketing Officer to serve as the company’s President. In addition, Mike Cottell, current Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Marolina, will serve as Chief Operations Officer. Lewis is pleased to add Chris Russell as Vice President of Marketing for both Huk and Nomad. Angle will be instrumental in charting the path for continued rapid growth and expansion of the Marolina Outdoor brands. Angle has most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer for Marolina Outdoor Inc., where he was responsible for all areas of strategic marketing and the direct-to-consumer business for all brands. In his professional life, he has also served in marketing roles for Plano Synergy, O. F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., and Under Armour. Cottell is an apparel industry vet who has more than 40-years’ experience leading global teams across multiple brands to bring trend-right, quality products to consumers. With his leadership, Marolina looks to strengthen relationships, improve execution with a renewed focus on long-term success. Mike served previously as Senior Vice President of Ralph Lauren. Russell will be responsible for the executive management of all marketing and brand strategies. “With a career spanning 20+ years within the outdoor industry and being a lifelong sportsman, we know Chris will leverage his vast marketing capabilities and network of contacts to benefit Marolina Outdoor and our brands,” adds Lewis. Russell recently served as Marketing Director at Plano Synergy, where he was responsible for all strategic marketing and campaign execution for Plano and Frabill. In his professional life, Russell has also served in marketing roles for Shimano America and Eagle Claw Fishing. “Mike, Pete and Chris bring years of experience and proven skill sets that allow them to truly understand our consumers and the challenges of our marketplace. Under their leadership, the future of Marolina Outdoor is poised for continued success,” says Lewis. About Marolina Outdoor Inc . was founded to bring deep-seated product expertise across all outdoor categories. Our innovative designs and technologically focused products create the foundation of our authentic outdoor apparel. Huk clothing represents a fresh take and a unique understanding of angling needs, offering functional styles that appeal to anglers of all ages. NOMAD is motivated to provide quality apparel so that hunters can maximize their experiences to hunt and provide sustenance regardless of the size of the game or where their pursuits lead them.    
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