Marathon Boat Group, Inc. (MBG) announced David Porthouse has joined as its Director of Operations. Previously the Chief Operating Officer of Champion Boats, Inc., Porthouse is an engineering and operations veteran of marine, sporting, shooting and trucking indus- tries.

Porthouse will be responsible for production, quality, engineering, new product design and plant man- agement. He will be based in Marathon, NY and will report to KK Tiwari, President of MBG.

“Marathon Boat Group is investing in maximizing our production capacity, improving our manufacturing facility and implementing industry best-in-class Lean Principles,” said Tiwari, “And we sought a strong groundbreaker to ensure we achieve these goals. David’s leadership success at Champion Boats driving the development of manufacturing and engineering strategies perfectly aligns to deliver on Marathon Boat Group’s commitment to our customers and dealers.”

An avid inshore and offshore angler, Porthouse earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Univer- sity of Texas – Austin. He was also recognized as a National Merit Scholar. Highly active in his communi- ty, Porthouse has been a youth baseball League and division coordinator with 10 years coaching and mentoring experience along with school advisory board contributions.

In 1993, Porthouse joined Champion Boats and, as the COO, expanded both domestic and international distribution along with building new engineering, manufacturing and design teams. Later, as the COO of Triumph Systems, a training systems/targets manufacturer for the shooting industry, law enforcement and military, Porthouse successfully designed and implemented its global supply chain strategy.

“MBG is embarking on exciting investments in facility improvements, innovation and production process optimization,” Porthouse said, “I am thrilled to be part of the transformation of this iconic brand. I look forward to bringing to the MBG team and its dealers my extensive boat fabrication experience, along with my knowledge of rapid expansion and current product line refresh to address our customer needs.”