With the first consumer-ready, 42-foot-long Marine Technology, Inc., center-console model currently in lamination—the 42-footer showcased at the 2012 Lake of the Ozark Shootout in August was for all intents and purposes a running plug—and slated for its official unveiling at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show, the Wentzville, Mo., company has brought on industry veteran Tim Gallagher as its director of sales. Gallagher will be based in South Florida, where he currently lives and most recently worked as the director of sales and marketing for custom high-performance center console manufacturer Deep Impact Boats.
“The new center console is really what has driven my move to MTI, and I’m excited about it,” said Gallagher in a telephone interview this afternoon. “Because of its patented hull design, it rides and handles like no other center console on the market. You have to get into the boat to truly understand it. Because of the hull, it can turn really tight but it stays really flat. It’s a V-bottom, but it has a lot of running characteristics of a catamaran. That’s why Randy (Scism, the principal of MTI) patented the bottom.”
“I’ve always loved the high-performance world,” he said. “I lived that life when I working for Cigarette.”
While Gallagher will sell all boats in the MTI line, which except for the new center console model are catamarans, he said that his new position will not affect its relationship with the company’s existing dealers, most notably Pier 57 Marine.
“Pier 57 is far and away MTI’s biggest dealer,” he said. “That isn’t going to change.”