(CAMAS, Wash.) — Furuno USA has hired George Toma as the company's new commercial business development manager. Based in Houston, Toma will play a key role in establishing and developing business relationships with commercial shipowners, operators, and builders around the country to promote the Furuno product line.
Toma comes to Furuno with 40 years of experience in the maritime industry. He has served on the board of directors for RTCM (Radio Technical Commission for Maritimes), and received the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award in 2013 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association. A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., who has also held an unlimited tonnage/all oceans navigation license and has served on various merchant vessels in both the U.S.- and British-flag fleets, Toma's maritime roots run deep.
Toma previously held the position of president and general manager of Transas USA, and was responsible for the marketing, sales, support, and distribution of all of their products and services throughout North, Central, and South America. He assumed the role of vice president of global sales for Transas Marine Ltd., out of Portsmouth, U.K., in 2016. Prior to Transas, Toma worked as the director of worldwide customer service and support at Sperry Marine, and also worked with Radio Holland for six years.
Furuno USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Furuno Electric Co. of Nishinomiya, Japan. With two offices in the U.S., a subsidiary company in Panama City, Panama and hundreds of dealer and reseller accounts, Furuno USA is the exclusive distributor and service center for Furuno products throughout the Americas.
For more information, visit www.furuno.com.