Samson, the worldwide leader in performance cordage, announces a number of organizational changes in its commercial marine division implemented to deliver improved sales and technical support to its customers around the globe.
Dennis Sherman, a fifteen-year veteran of the Samson sales team, has been promoted to director of sales for its offshore division. Previously the offshore category manager, Sherman has been integral in developing the Samson offshore business model, and has an extensive technical background in synthetic rope applications. In recent years, he has focused on Samson’s international tug business, as well as making a significant impact on the growth of the company’s mooring business. “Dennis brings a unique skill set to this position. In addition to being a very successful sales manager for us, Dennis has the technical expertise to partner with our customers in developing custom solutions for the unique and demanding applications of the offshore industry,” say Samson President Tony Bon. Sherman holds a bachelor-of-science degree in business from the University of South Carolina. He works from his regional office in Statham, Georgia.
European and Middle Eastern Commercial Marine Sales
In further support of its European and Middle Eastern commercial marine customers, Samson announces the promotion of Robin Collett to general sales manager for these markets, and the addition of Giles Tennick as sales engineer.
Collett has been with Samson for four years and has a total of twenty-seven years in the rope industry. “Robin is valuable to us for a number of reasons: he has expertise in rope applications and experience in a variety of markets. He has proven valuable to us in the expansion of our tug, mooring and offshore business in the European and Middle Eastern region,” says Bon. Collett has a degree in business from the University of Northampton and works from his regional office in East Sussex, England.
Joining forces with Collett to serve the Europe and the Middle East regions is Giles Tennick, who will provide both sales and engineering support to these customers. “Delivering The Samson Advantage, a host of services that go above and beyond a standard rope sale, is a critical part of our business,” says Collett. “Having engineering expertise more readily available in this region will allow us to better support our customers with custom design and application-specific product education.”
Tennick recently retired from the UK Army with nine years experience as a maintenance-engineering manager. He will work out of his home-based office in Chesterfield, UK.
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Samson, the worldwide leader in performance cordage, announces the promotion of Michael Quinn to director of sales over its industrial division.
Quinn takes over the leadership role after eighteen month’s tenure by Terry Crump. Crump served in the leadership role for the industrial division in conjunction with his role as Samson’s director of sales for the Americas for its commercial marine division. “Under Terry’s leadership and strong focus on strategically growing the business, Terry and the industrial sales team have identified several exciting new opportunities in our industrial division,” says Samson President Tony Bon. “These new opportunities are once again creating the need for a sales director dedicated to industrial. In addition, we need to allow Terry the time necessary to focus on critical new business opportunities in our commercial marine division. I personally thank Terry for his efforts in the industrial division over the past eighteen months.”
Michael Quinn started at Samson as the customer service manager in 2007. In 2008, he began managing the recreational marine sales division. Previous to Samson, Quinn held both regional and corporate sales manager positions, in addition to various operations management roles in wire manufacturing. He also holds a bachelor-of-science degree from the Colorado School of Mines. Quinn is based in the corporate headquarters in Ferndale, WA.
“We are fortunate to have Michael in our organization. His experience here at Samson and his technical sales experience makes him an excellent fit for this position,” says Bon.
The Muskegon Sail and Power Squadron members will be offering their five week, semi-annual America’s Boating Course #3 beginning on Thursday, October 15, 7:00 pm. It will be held in the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum building by the submarine Silversides. This is great course for families. Please call 231 755 3476 for additional information.
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Starting today, four of our restoration-ready boats are listed on email with starting bids from $250 – $1,000
The Southport Sailing Foundation, based in Southport, Conn., today announced the launch of a new web site designed to help young American sailors plan more successful racing campaigns. The new site, called http://www.CleverPig.org, is designed for any sailor who wants to take the next step in their sailing career, whether he or she is a veteran racer aiming toward the Olympics or a young sailor preparing for their first national regatta.
NEWPORT, Rhode Island – A sail to Block Island proved dramatic when a major squall line approached the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship on July 27 and lightning poured down around the ship. In one big, bright, blast, the ship’s electronics and engine power were lost. The subsequent evaluation has included multiple dives on the hull, through-hull inspections, examinations of the rig for melting, charring or damage of any kind, and thorough investigation of damage to the top mast, running rigging, standing rigging, shackles, mauzings, ironwork, lightning rod, and lightning wire. The tall ship was hoisted out of the water Monday, August 18 at Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island to investigate the total impact of the incident.
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Though the current America’s Cup competition is in legal disarray and sailing syndicates associated with it are quickly unraveling, America’s Cup Charters in Newport, Rhode Island (USA), is managing the largest fleet of 12 Meters in the world and celebrating a half century of 12 Meter Class racing. The company has expanded by adding Easterner (US-18) and Enterprise (US-27) to its already overwhelmingly impressive fleet of thoroughbred 12 Meters, which includes Weatherly (US-17), Nefertiti (US-19), American Eagle (US-21), Intrepid (US-22) and Freedom (US-30). To America’s Cup enthusiasts, these names (and sail numbers by which they are readily identified on the water) are synonymous with the Cup’s finer days, when real men battled on the water, not in the court room, and real boats were of the awe-inspiring lines that have famously silhouetted themselves against the Newport skyline since 1958 when the 12 Meters made their debut in Cup competition. (more…)
CHARLESTON, South Carolina – The cloak was lifted this evening revealing the winning artwork and Official Poster for Charleston Harbor Fest 2008. Jason Fletcher was introduced to an enthusiastic crowd at the Art Institute of Charleston as the winner of the Official Poster Competition for Charleston Harbor Fest 2008. Fletcher is a graphic artist at The Post and Courier and no stranger to receiving top honors for his designs. In fact, Fletcher was honored earlier this year as the winner of the Official Poster Competition for the BB&T Charleston Food & Wine Festival. For this competition, artists were asked to submit original work that reflects Charleston’s rich maritime history while incorporating Charleston’s modern harbor and highlights of the annual Harbor Fest event. Fletcher will receive a $1,000 check for his winning design, and his work will be featured in event advertisements, promotions, and on retail items for sale. (more…)
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President, Tim Kernan commented, “Fred brings many years of experience having worked in top design offices such as Frers, Joubert-Nivelt, and most recently Andrews. We’re very excited about his groundbreaking research which has recently proven its effectiveness in the 32nd America’s Cup. Fred’s ongoing research with the aerospace department at Cal-State Long Beach will allow Kernan Yacht Design to offer our clients capabilities that few other design offices can match.” (more…)
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