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Lauderdale Marine Center plans boatyard upgrades

Lauderdale Marine Center said the construction of boatyard enhancements is scheduled to begin and that it named a new president, controller and operations director.

Improvements to the southwest portion of the upland Fort Lauderdale property, scheduled to begin in February, will expand the boatyard’s capacity to accommodate six additional yachts as large as 150 feet, including multi-phase, multi-voltage power capabilities of as much as 480 volts and additional vehicle parking.

Renovations at the adjacent River Bend Marine Center also are scheduled to begin and will include new drainage, paving of the upland boat storage area and new landscaping as preparations are made to incorporate the property into the Lauderdale center.

Lauderdale Marine Center also announced these appointments:

Doug West was named president. Prior to joining Lauderdale Marine Center, West was president of Rybovich for nine years. He will focus on the continued development of the Lauderdale Marine Center brand and customer experience and will lead the strategic and business planning efforts while managing day-to-day activities of the facility.

Kurt Winselmann, a certified public accountant and Coast Guard-certified captain, has been appointed controller. He brings 25 years of marine industry experience, including 21 at Seaboard Marine as controller of its Ship Management division and four years at Norwegian Cruise Line.

As operations director, Jennifer Lang will manage the leasing, office administration activities, human resources and coordination of IT support. Prior to joining Lauderdale Marine Center, Lang was regional manager and trainer for Bloomin Brands’ Carrabbas Italian Grill.

“These capital improvements will help us increase the number of large yachts we are able to service at Lauderdale Marine Center, which in turn will help bring more marine business to Fort Lauderdale,” Thad Paul, managing director of Lauderdale Marine Center owner The Carlyle Group, said in a statement.

“The addition of Doug West, Kurt Winselmann and Jennifer Lang to our team helps round out our management team since we acquired the property in July, and each will help us bring the property to the next level in terms of leadership, finance and operations.”