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AIM promotes Marine Group publisher

Active Interest Media announced Thursday that Gary DeSanctis was promoted to vice president and general manager of the AIM Marine Group. He had been the Marine Group publisher.

DeSanctis joined AIM in 2010 as the publisher of Yachts International and was later named vice president of sales for the Marine Group.

“Gary has done an extraordinary job in building AIM’s Marine Group into a market leader by fielding an exceptional team and developing innovative products for the industry,” Active Interest Media president and COO Andrew Clurman said in a statement.

“I am thrilled to be part of the AIM family, where creativity is encouraged and innovation is rewarded,” DeSanctis said.

Along with Yachts International — the No. 1-selling luxury yacht magazine in the United States — AIM’s Marine Group includes PassageMaker, Power & Motoryacht, Sail, Soundings, and Soundings Trade Only magazines, and

AIM also owns Show Management, a world leader in boat-show production that includes the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach and the Palm Beach International Boat Show, three of the world's largest and most important in-water boat shows.

Prior to AIM, DeSanctis held positions as president of ShowBoats International and publisher and vice president of sales for Yachting and Motor Boating magazines at Time Inc.’s Time4 Media division. Prior to that, he was advertising director for Yachting magazine.