KILGORE, Texas – Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit announced today that Jeff Stone, Senior Vice President, Skeeter Products, Inc., will now oversee G3 Boats, a leading manufacturer of aluminum and pontoon boats. In his new role, Stone is responsible for manufacturing, operations, marketing and sales for Yamaha U.S. Business Unit subsidiaries G3® and Skeeter® Boats.
“Jeff’s steadfast leadership, experience and strong financial management principles will allow Yamaha to continue to invest in the people, facilities and equipment that will make our brands stronger for the future,” said Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit.
Serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Skeeter Products, Inc., since 2001, Stone manages product development, engineering and manufacturing of all Skeeter products including bass, deep v and saltwater bay boats. He is also responsible for marketing, sales, customer relations, human resources and all financial reporting functions of Skeeter Boats. During his tenure as Senior Vice President, Stone helped Skeeter grow its market share from 8 to 20 percent.
Stone reports to Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit.
Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, based in Kennesaw, Ga., markets and sells marine outboard motors ranging in size from 2.5 to 425 horsepower. It also markets and sells fiberglass, jet-drive sport boats ranging from 19 to 27 feet, and personal watercraft. The unit includes manufacturing divisions of Yamaha Marine Systems Co., Inc., including Kracor of Milwaukee (rotational molding), Bennett Marine of Deerfield Beach, Fla. (trim tabs), and Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers of Indianapolis (stainless steel propellers). Yamaha Marine Group is a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., based in Cypress, Calif.
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