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Featured People — July 2015 Issue

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Dr. Michael Twardowski
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Patrice Briand
Dr. Michael Twardowski has joined Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University as an ocean scientist and technologist to lead a research team focused on ocean optics. Previously, he was director of research and vice president for WET Labs Inc., where he led the advanced technology and research group.

Patrice Briand is the new territory sales manager for Superior Industries Inc. throughout eastern Canada. In this role, Briand will work alongside Superior’s dealers in the region to bring solutions to bulk material, handling customers in Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Hydroid Inc. announced the appointment of Sandor Becz to the role of vice president of engineering. The addition of Becz comes as Hydroid continues to grow and expand. Since the beginning of 2014, the company has increased its staff by 36 percent. Becz will lead all engineering activities at Hydroid.

Willard Marine Inc. announced the addition of Jimmy Sorenson as their regional sales manager for the Gulf Coast and Florida. For the past 14 years, Sorenson managed business for an aluminum boat manufacturer, including proposal and quote development for a team of sales representatives. Sorenson served 11 years with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Paddy O’Kane is now Aquamarine Power’s chief executive officer, replacing interim CEO John Malcolm. O’Kane has been Aquamarine Power’s chief technical officer since 2010. Prior to this, he was head of engineering and wind resource assessment at SSE Renewables.

Ocean LED USA has appointed Keith Bedford and Nick Daidone as territory sales managers. Both are responsible for sales activities supporting the needs of the company’s portfolio of accounts. Bedford will focus on the Southeast and West Coast regions, and Daidone will work with distributors and dealers in the Northeast and Midwest.

Commander Douglas T. Wahl, the United States Fleet Forces Oceanographer, will retire October 1, after serving 21 years. Wahl is an experienced oceanographer and meteorologist who had served on the staff of the Combined Joint Task Force. He has accepted a position at Science Applications International Corp. as a program/project manager.

Chris Malzone has joined QPS Inc. as general manager and will focus on business development in the Americas region. Malzone lives in California and further strengthens coverage by bringing greater presence on the West Coast. Duncan Mallace is to join the marketing and sales team in a full-time capacity.


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