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.”
Marathon Boat Group, Inc. (“MBG”) announced that David Hegel has joined the company as its Director of Sales and Marketing to implement and support the strategic growth plans of the company.
Mr. Hegel will be responsible for developing and implementing growth strategies for the company’s product lines globally while evaluating and improving the Sales and Service network. He will be based in Raleigh, NC and will report to Mr. KK Tiwari, President of MBG.
“David impresses me not only with his key insights into the boating industry,” said Mr. Tiwari, “but also his deep understanding of the importance of the boat dealer. During the last 70 years, MBG has built a reputation of a world-renowned innovator, designer, manufacturer, and marketer of Canoes, Jon Boats, Fishing Boats and Pontoons under the “Grumman” and “DuraNautic” brands. David’s vast knowledge and years in the boat business will enhance the heritage MBG has already established.”
Mr. Hegel earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Technical Sales from East Carolina University. He continued his education at Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University in various courses on distribution, sales, and marketing.
An avid lake and offshore fisherman, Mr. Hegel began his love of boating while growing up at his father Skip Hegel’s boat dealership in South Carolina. His boating industry career began while he was in college working at Sea OX Boats in various roles including sales as well as at the Greenville, North Carolina boat dealership B&K Marine.
In 1990, Mr. Hegel joined Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) where he remained for nearly ten years. Among the positions Mr. Hegel held at OMC: District Sales Manager, Promotions Manager and Regional Sales Director for Johnson and Evinrude Outboard Motors. In 1999, David join the FLW Tour as Director of Sponsor Relations and helped FLW become a major fishing influencer in the boating world.
Mr. Hegel honed his brand and new product development skills after being recruited by a prominent boating industry leader into another industry. In addition to building a new sales division, Mr. Hegel lead strategic planning and new brand and product launch campaigns across multiple channels including specialty, Mass Market as well as dealer direct.
“Growing up and making a career in the boating industry, I have learned that the dealer relationship is tantamount to success,” Mr. Hegel said. “While spending recent years consulting brands and building sales teams, I have been waiting for the right boat company before returning and MBG’s dealer-oriented direction alongside its heritage is an extraordinary and exciting opportunity.”