Uniflite Announces Three Executive Appointments

Alva M. (Al) Hill has been elected senior vice president of Uniflite, Inc., fiberglass boat manufacturer headquartered in Bellingham, Wash., with an Eastern plant at Swansboro, N.C., while Steve Harris has been promoted to national sales manager, and Timothy J. Chalfant appointed chief engineer, according to James J. Doud, chairman of the board and president.

Mr. Hill will have overall responsibility for marketing, engineering, quality assurance, Bellingham production, the Valiant sailboat division, and industrial relations. He joined Uniflite in 1971 as director of government operations and in 1972 was appointed director of international sales. In 1974 he became director of marketing and was elected vice president-marketing in 1977.

Prior to his affiliation with Uniflite, Mr. Hill was with Emerson Electric Company in St. Louis, Mo., and ITT Gilfillan of California, where he was vice president for marketing.

Mr. Harris, based in Swansboro, has been with Uniflite for 10 years, serving since 1974 as Southeast regional sales manager.

He will continue his Southeast sales duties, but in addition will be in charge of the company's diversified sales program.

Mr. Harris was with Black and Decker and GTE Sylvania prior to joining Uniflite.

Mr. Chalfant came to Uniflite in 1977 as a project engineer and in 1979 was named new product engineer. Before that he was with Boeing for five years on the PHM patrol hydrofoil missile ship program.

Uniflite is one of the leading manufacturers of luxury power yachts, the Valiant offshore cruising sailboats, commercial fishing vessels to 66 feet, research and special purpose patrol vessels, and for two decades the largest supplier to the U.S. Navy of fiberglass combat and support boats up to 56 feet.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 45,  Jan 15, 1983

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