Vice President of Product Development and Engineering
Mr. Ekern was appointed Vice President of Product Development and Engineering in July 2018 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.