Fountain Powerboats Appoints New President & CEO

Liberty Associates CEO Bill Gates names John Walker as new President and CEO of Fountain Powerboats.

Gates said "Mr. Walker's career spans over 28 years in the boat manufacturing industry and Liberty is confident of his executive management abilities and his integrity to move Fountain forward with its strategic growth plan for the future."

Walker is President of American Marine Holdings, owner of Donzi Marine and Pro-Line, and was recently appointed to the position of President and CEO of Baja Marine.

This announcement comes after founder of Fountain Powerboats Reggie Fountain resigned Friday.

Gates said "The entire team at Fountain Powerboats wishes Mr. Fountain the best of luck and the company would welcome him back any time."


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  • by Grass isnt greener on Dec 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM
    I guess Reggie Fountain, am not looking so bad after all now is he? People want to run him in the dirt, but now reality has set in let’s see how good ole Johnny Walker will be to his "NEW" employees. Reggie paid ALL of his employees very well, along with other incentives. Now people want to start complaining about $12 an hour!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2010 at 07:29 AM
    To pay someone who worked at fountain for 10 -15 years $12 an hour to come back to work is a slap in the face. Way to go BILL!!!
  • by Spottail Location: Washington on Dec 13, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    Maybe they will actually make a boat that local people can afford and will benefit poeple in our area. They can continue with the speed boats if they like but a boat like the old Sea Pro would do wonders with the right set up and engine.
  • by looking a job Location: washington on Dec 13, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    I used to work at fountain I know how to build the 38 cruise in the enegine compartment Im looking for work were do I go to apply.
  • by Undisclosed on Dec 13, 2010 at 07:56 AM
    Fountain has had hards times. Maybe Mr. gates will stop all the over paying of the upper top they have. To many advisors were working there. Under never managment I hope they start treating their employes like people again. Good luck.
  • by JERRY Location: WASHINGTON on Dec 13, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    PLEASE FIRE THEM ALL AND START OVER .THEIR IS ALOT OF GOOD PEOPLE LOOKING WORK.GOOD LUCK MR.GATES.
  • by To undisclosed... on Dec 13, 2010 at 07:17 AM
    If you look on their website it says to apply you need to go through the employment security commission and they will only consider people with prior marine/boating experience. I didn't see anything about only hiring former employees.
  • by Undisclosed Location: Chocowinity on Dec 13, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    Is is true Fountain will not hire new employess??? I have been told they are only going to call back laid off workers? Can someone please answer this question?
  • by POPPA Location: Winterville on Dec 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    Wellcome aboard Mr. Gates. We do wish you the best of luck with this awesome company. Also, many people are looking for you to continue producing fine Sports Craft in the coming months. We also are looking for this company to take good care of qualified personell and hiring those individuals that will produce good products. Many thanks for helping keep this fine organization open qualified people to feed their families and also for the many businesses that rely on you for taxes and the wholesalers that could benefit from this company. Regards, POPPA
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