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Hinckley yachts loses its leader

MARCH 15 —The Hinckley Company  president and CEO Gerard “Gerry” DiSchino died suddenly at his home in Saunderstown, R.I., last Saturday. He was 50.

“It’s just a sad, sad thing,” says Nancy Austin, Hinckley’s director of marketing. “He was a great guy to work for.”

DiSchino joined the Hinckley Company in January 2000 as executive vice president and general manager of its subsidiary, the Ted Hood Company. In 2002, he was promoted to president of the Hinckley Yacht Services Division. A year later he was named chief operating officer and was responsible for the company’s five service yards and boatbuilding operations in Trenton, Maine. By September 2004, DiSchino took the helm as CEO.

Born in Wellesley, Mass., DiSchino graduated from BostonCollege in 1978 and received a master’s degree in business administration from BabsonCollege in Wellesley. Prior to signing on with Hinckley, DiSchino worked at the Norton Company for 15 years and spent two years at the former New England Container Company. DiSchino was also the president of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and was a member of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce.

DiSchino is survived by his wife, Robin; and his children Lindsay, Daniel and Meredith. Contributions to DiSchino’s memory can be made to the DiSchino Children Scholarship Fund, c/o 60 Beauchamp Dr., Saunderstown, R.I.02874. For more information, click here .

Jason Fell