Ian Atkins Promoted to Vice President/General Manager of YachtWorld.com/Boats.com
Leader of European office promoted to manage leading websites worldwide
SEATTLE, Wash. – September 17, 2008 – The nation’s leading marine Web-based resources, YachtWorld.com & Boats.com, divisions of Dominion Enterprises, today announced that Ian Atkins has been promoted to Vice President/General Manager of YachtWorld/Boats.com.
In making the announcement Jack J. Ross, President, Dominion Advertising Media said, “Ian has been Group General Manager of YachtWorld/Boats.com since July, 2007, having joined the business just after it was created in early 2000. Initially, Ian led the group’s International Division, and managed the start-up and development of the company’s operations outside North America. Simultaneously, Ian was instrumental in formulating overall strategic direction along with the company founders. Since Dominion Enterprises’ 2004 acquisition of YachtWorld/Boats.com, revenues have tripled under Ian’s leadership, a reflection of the fine contributions he has made.”
Atkins is a high profile marine industry veteran and has spent over 30 years in the recreational marine industry including seven years as CEO of Europe’s largest boat retailing group and three years as CEO a UK sailboat manufacturer. Atkins is also a committed yacht racer with several national and world championship campaigns behind him.
Commenting on his promotion Atkins said, “This announcement is really in recognition of the progress we have made as a business. It publicly acknowledges the commitment and energy of 80 YachtWorld and Boats.com staff, around the world, who have driven the company forward over the last few years. We look forward to continued future success.”
About YachtWorld.com & Boats.com (www.YachtWorld.com, www.Boats.com)
Together, YachtWorld.com and Boats.com are the single most powerful and effective global marketing solution for the boating industry. With over 140,000 new and used boat listings worldwide offered by over 4,000 brokers, dealers and builders in 115 countries, YachtWorld.com and Boats.com are visited by over 4 million boating consumers every month who click through over 95 million page views. YachtWorld.com is the premier online sales channel for yacht brokers around the world, providing a complete suite of online marketing services through BoatWizard™, its proprietary back-end tool. Boats.com provides marketing and Web services to new boat dealers and builders, and offers a “For Sale By Owner” classified service. Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., YachtWorld.com and Boats.com have European headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales offices in Germany, Italy and Russia, and sales representation in Dubai, Australia and China. Both companies are business units of Dominion Enterprises, based in Norfolk, Va.
About Dominion Enterprises (www.DominionEnterprises.com)
Dominion Enterprises, a division of Landmark Communications, is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, real estate, apartment, recruitment and marine markets. The company operates a variety of businesses that offer Internet marketing, Web site design and hosting, lead generation, CRM, and data capture and distribution services. The company has more than 40 market-leading Web sites reaching more than 12.5 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 500 magazines with a weekly circulation of over 5 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the company has nearly 6,000 employees nationwide and annualized revenue of more than $946 million. For more information, visit http://www.DominionEnterprises.com.