Find out about the people behind PassageMaker Magazine and PassageMaker Events

Peter Swanson | Editor-In-Chief
Award-winning writer Peter Swanson grew up sailing on Buzzards Bay, then went on to an ill-timed stint at the U.S. Military Academy. With the Vietnam War winding down, he dropped out and went on to graduate from UMass in Journalism. He worked as a reporter and editor for New England newspapers for 20 years before setting a course to the islands on his 30-foot sailboat. Along the way he worked as a catamaran captain, diesel mechanic, delivery skipper and freelance writer. Returning stateside, he worked as an editor for Yachting and PassageMaker magazines, and later became communications director for the builder of Great Harbour trawlers. He participated in both the Nordhavn Around the World adventure and the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally. He piloted a GH N37 from Florida to Ensenada, just south of San Diego, and later took another N37 from Ensenada to San Francisco. He’s has nearly 20,000 nautical miles under way in trawlers, much of them blue-water passages. He holds a 50-ton captain’s license and was recently certified by the National Marine Electronics Association as a basic installer.

Mark Fusco | Associate Editor
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Geoffrey Leech | Associate Publisher
Geoff has been with PassageMaker Magazine since the summer of 2003. In his role as Advertising Sales Director he is responsible for a spirited team of talented sales professionals covering print, online and event sales. His passion for boating evolved from his childhood spent exploring the Chesapeake Bay in variety of watercraft.
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Kieran Conaty | Advertising Sales Associate
Kieran joined PassageMaker back in 1999— when the magazine published four times a year. Over the past thirteen years, Kieran has enjoyed witnessing the trawler market explode into the mainstream of the marine industry. He hopes to soon own a trawler/cruiser and live out the cruising-under-power lifestyle. Kieran’s hobbies include kayaking, fantasy baseball and writing bios in the third person. As an Advertising Sales Associate for PassageMaker, Kieran works with industry reps to create a powerful, results-oriented advertising experience. If you have any questions on advertising, feel free to contact Kieran at the email or number below.
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Will Carlsen | Event Sales Associate
Will joined PassageMaker in the Spring of 2006. He grew up in the Annapolis area where he acquired a love for the water at an early age. Will handles the exhibitor sales on both land and water, for the PassageMaker Events Series and has enjoyed meeting readers and advertisers at various locations around the country.
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Vicky Shoemaker | Web Ad Sales & Ad Traffic Coordinator
Vicky came to PassageMaker in July of 2007. She works with our advertising partners to expand their branding into the internet and the ever-growing new market there. She manages the coordination of ads for the print magazine. She also helps during our PassageMaker Events Series, where she is a jack-of-all-trades.
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Whitten (“Whit”) Hall | Marketing Manager

Pamela Batchelder | Business Manager
Pamela comes to PassageMaker as the Office Manager with a strong background in management and finance. After graduating from UMUC in 2004 with her MBA she became the VP of finance and operations for a contracting company in Annapolis. Before that, she had a great deal of experience in many areas of business from accounting, operations, human resources, contracting, and management. Pamela was raised in Forestville, Maryland and decided with her husband to move here to Annapolis in 2002. When she isn’t working she keeps busy with her children Thomas, Joseph and Catherine and all of the family pets. Her family is proud to sponsor four Naval Academy midshipmen each year. She has a diverse range of hobbies from gardening, music, dance, working out, reading, sewing, and dog training. For all you Redskin fans she was a Redskins cheerleader years ago to a Super Bowl championship team.
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Efrem Zimbalist III, Chairman & CEO

Andrew W. Clurman, President & COO

Brian J. Sellstrom, Senior VP & CFO

Patricia B. Fox, Senior VP, Operations

Joseph Cohen, VP, Controller

Marcia Orovitz, VP, Newsstand

Kristy Kaus, VP Research

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Gary deSanctis, VP & General Manager of the Marine Group

Jennifer Jones, VP, Marketing & Events

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