Vigor Industrial promotes Nichols, Fosheim

nicholsAPRIL 5, 2013—Seattle-based ship repairer Vigor Industrial recently announced the promotion of Bryan Nichols as Manager of its Sales and Marketing division, at left, and Grant Fosheim as Sales and Marketing Associate.

Nichols joined Vigor Industrial in 2011 as a sales representative. In his new role, he will supervise Vigor’s sales staff and play a key role in developing the company’s overall sales and marketing strategy.

“We are fortunate to have Bryan Nichols on our team,” said Vince Piscitello, Vice President of Business Development at Vigor Industrial.  “Bryan is a leading industry expert with extensive maritime experience in both the commercial and government sectors.”

During his 20+ year career, Nichols has been involved in every facet of the shipbuilding industry ranging from welding and fitting to senior management. He has performed everything from sales to estimating to contract negotiations for more than 35 vessel types including barges, fishing vessels, passenger ferries and tugboats, giving him a unique understanding of Vigor’s diverse customer base.
Nichols’ industry involvement also includes past posts on the Board of Directors for the Island County Economic Development Council and the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) along with serving as the Western Region Chairman for PVA.

Grant Fosheim joined Vigor’s marketing department in 2011 as a marketing assistant, where he excelled in deploying key marketing initiatives. Fosheim will work closely with Nichols on sales and business development for newbuilds and major refits while continuing to develop and execute Vigor’s strategic marketing plan.

“Grant has done an exceptional job in his marketing role,” said Nichols. “We have known for some time that he would be a great addition to the sales team. He understands our customers’ needs and knows how to get things done. I’m looking forward to his expanded role.”

Prior to joining Vigor, Fosheim worked for Union Bay Fabrication, a ship repair company in Seattle. Fosheim holds a Master of Business Administration from Western Washington University and currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Governors for the Seattle Propeller Club.

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