Member updates: Derecktor, BOW, Show Management, AME, MPT and more March 18, 2015

Derecktor Shipyards has entered into a license agreement with Netherlands-based Damen Shipyard Group to act as an official builder of Damen designs. Derecktor will offer customers pilot boats and wind farm support vessels that combine the international experience of Damen designs with its own American craftsmanship.

Boat Owners Warehouse is adding 1,800 square feet of retail space to its location at 311 SW 24th St., on State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale and giving the facility a facelift. The estimated completion date is May, and they are open during the construction.

Show Management has hired Brett Keating as vice president of consumer marketing. Keating is responsible for ensuring that Show Management attracts the visitors that its exhibitors most want and for the quality of the visitor experience at its shows.

Advanced Mechanical Enterprises is adding a second-floor machine shop to their operations space in the east yard of Lauderdale Marine Center. The 500-square-foot second story mezzanine will house additional office space needed as a result of an increase in product and service sales.

Maritime Professional Training has hired Anthony Thigpen as a senior career counselor. Thigpen is responsible for overseeing career guidance and the development of a new Military-to-Mariner program for the Fort Lauderdale-based school. He previously worked at Hornbeck Offshore and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Yacht broker Thomas “Skip” Fields, 83, has passed away. Fields was president of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida from 1986-1988. In Florida, he was sales manager at Saltaire Marine & Striker Aluminum Yachts before opening Skip Field Yacht Sales in 1988, and he also contributed to the Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament.

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