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13 RIVER ROAD, MARION, MA.

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CHRIS@COLLINGSMARINE.COM
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CHRISTOPHER COLLINGS

OBJECTIVE
Identify new opportunities in project development or
management, or sales management utilizing experience and
skills acquired during more than 20 years of business experience
in the marine industry.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
A veteran of the marine industry with experience in light
manufacturing, product development and business
management. I have traveled extensively (domestic and
international) and am comfortable negotiating contracts with
international vendors and clients, as well as coordinating OEM
equipment contracts and product realization with customers.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Jan 2009 – present: RCS Group and Safe Roof Systems Inc
Mattapoisett, MA
VP Sales&Marketing
•Direct sales and marketing strategies for manufacturer of
facilities monitoring, maintenance, and repair products.
•Identify and qualify new markets and package products to
meet changing client requirements.

Feb 2001- Dec 2008: Imtra Corporation New Bedford, MA


Product Manager – Custom Equipment
•Develop and manage multiple product categories
including; anchor windlasses systems (Muir Windlasses),
passerelles and deck crane systems (Besenzoni Spa),
and windshield wiper products (Exalto) in the USA.
•Identify new product needs and interface with marketing
department to launch new products.
•Specializing in the coordination of custom and special
order equipment for use by production boat builders and
custom yards.
•Coordinate product development process between boat
builders and equipment manufacturers.
•Negotiate equipment contracts with boat builders.
•Manage inventory of equipment delivers for OEM builders.
•Develop installation guides and service standards for
customers and service agents.
•Coordinate and host technical training and sales clinics at
manufacturing facilities in Italy and USA for salesmen
and independent service technicians.
•Support and advise salesmen and independent
representatives.

1991-2001 Quantum/Thurston Sails East Greenwich, RI


Sail designer/operations manager
•Operated sail-making business in East Greenwich, Rhode
Island.
•Designed sails for custom cruising and racing sailboats
with CAD software programs. Built sails and instructed
customers in their operation to achieve maximum
performance
•Negotiated the franchise agreement between a 3
generation family owned business and a national
franchise (Quantum Sail Design Group).

1988-1990 Thurston Sails


Bristol, Rhode Island
Sail designer/operations manager
•Sail designer and floor manager

EDUCATION

1983-1987 The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio


BA , Anthropology
Co-majors Foundry Sciences and Fine Arts-sculpture,
and a minor in computer programming
Apprentice sail designer (part-time) in the Columbus
Sail loft of Greg Fisher; sailed competitively on
Lake Erie

1981-1982 Castleton State College Castleton, Vermont


Fine arts, specializing in sculpture and metals casting

1980-1981 The Landing School Kennebunkport, Maine


Degree in Boat Design and Construction
MENTORING AND SERVICE

• Mentor to the Junior Robotics program for Middle School


boys and girls in Marion.
• Chairman of the July 4 Planning Committee, Marion, MA.
•Rhode Island Marine Trade Association (RIMTA)– Board
Member representing marine manufactures throughout
Rhode Island (1994-2001)

PERSONAL DETAILS, INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES

Born in New Zealand in November 1961, emigrated to the U.S


with his family and now holds dual New Zealand/US citizenship.
Married to Kathryn and the father of two children (9 and 11,
enrolled in Marion schools).

The Collings family is active members of the Beverly Yacht Club -


Marion, MA, the Mystic River Mud Head Sailing Association -
Niantic, CT, and the East Greenwich Yacht Club (retired).
Offshore and one-design sailboat racing (husband-and-wife team
winners of the 2008 Bullseye National Championship) , family ski
trips, and extensive boating throughout Southern New England.

REFERENCES
John Muir, Muir Windlasses. Hobart, AUS cell line
+61418120521

Tom Magauran, Chenco Corp Marion, MA 617-529-


6134

Steve Thurston, Quantum/Thurston Sails, Bristol RI. 401-254-


0970

Craig Tovell, Pres. Total Telco Inc. Columbus, OH. direct line
614-360-1398