Vice President of Operations
In March of 2019, Mr. Ekern was promoted to Vice President of Operations. Prior to this promotion, he served as Vice President of Product Development and Engineering after previously serving as Director of Engineering since May, 2011. A 20+ year veteran of product development in both the marine and automotive industries, Mr. Ekern is the holder of numerous patents and has led the team responsible for winning 5 NMMA Innovation awards since 2014. Prior to joining MasterCraft in 2008, Mr. Ekern held increasingly senior roles at Sea Ray, Brunswick Corporation and Johnson Controls in many diverse fields, including engineering, program management, product management, finance, and purchasing. Mr. Ekern holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in Mechanics from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.