West Marine plans to open approximately 20-25 additional retail stores in 2003, along with 20 West Marine Express outlets. The company, which stocks personal watercraft accessories in addition to its traditional boating wares, reported yet another quarter of revenue growth, with sales up an average 5.8 percent over the previous year's quarter.
Leading model kit manufacturer Revell-Monogram recently announced that Pro endurance racer Mile Follmer and his Yamaha WaveRunner will be the subject of a February 2003 release. The 1:25 scale, glue-together model will include a pre-painted figure of Follmer himself, along with Follmers own sponsor-logoed Yamaha, a wave base and trailer.
Kawasaki's Bob Moffit, Vice President Marketing and Product Management - Motorcycles and Watercraft, will be retiring at the end of the year, leaving the company after 27 years.
Moffit started with Kawasaki in 1975, and has held positions in marketing, research and development, and sales. In addition, he served 11 terms as Chairman of the Motorcycle Industry Council's Board of Directors, and two terms as Chairman to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
"Leaving Kawasaki was not an easy decision after so many years of involvement with the industry, the company, and all of the people I've been fortunate to interact with," said Moffit. "But it is certainly fulfilling to reflect on 27 years of relationships that have made the experience an enjoyable one that I will never forget."
"My field sales background has been an invaluable asset, and my association with our many dealers is foremost among many pleasant memories."
Kawasaki plans to announce a replacement to Moffit closer to the end of the year. "Kawasaki and its employees, dealers, and vendors will all feel a sense of loss when Bob retires," said Steve Hamada, KMC president, "but his presence will continue to be felt through the many products, programs and policies in which he was instrumental."
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