New Owner takes Helm of Topaz USA

Topper International LTD. Introduces Andrew and Heather Fournel as the
the new Topaz US Distribution and Operations team

Andrew and Heather will oversee day to day operational activities, drive sales, and develop new
opportunities to grow Topaz’s presence in US recreational sailing.

For immediate release: Kent, UK January 12, 2024
Topper Sailboats International has named Andrew and Heather Fournel as their
US Distribution and Operations team for Topaz Sailboats, effective January 1, 2024.
Reporting to UK Sales Director, Rick Reading, the Fournels will work with Hardy
Peters to smoothly transition the Topaz brand and clientele to the new operations
team. Topper thanks him for his years of commitment to the brand. The Fournels
will continue to work and grow the clientele base, improve communications, and
continue to strengthen Topaz US relationships around the country.

From Andrew and Heather: “We are thrilled to be aligned with Topaz. We are
lifelong sailors and adventurers and bring the sales and operational expertise to
expand Topaz brand boats to a wider base. Topaz is a family-focused company,
clear about its identity and commitment to offering a premium but durable
product to the beginner to advanced sailor. Most importantly, our partnership
gives us the opportunity to strengthen the relationship with a network of
independent and specialty retailers who share our focus on family, community,
sustainability and growing recreational sailing in the US.”

About Andrew and Heather
With a combined 40 years as retailers, Andrew and Heather bring a sales and
marketing focused approach to growing sailing in the US. Working for both the
nation’s top retail companies and creating their own successful watersports retail
and rental business. This has prepared them for this new challenge of unifying all their
experiences and abilties to see the dream of rekindling the nation’s love for
sailing brought to life. Keeping a focus on community, environmental
sustainability and family will always remain at their core and guide their business

About Topaz and Topper International
Topper International LTD. was founded in 1988 and currently resides in Kent,
England with over twenty-five employees. The flagship Topper sailboat was
originally designed in the late 1970s and remains a recognizable and popular one
design boat worldwide. Their Topaz range of rotomolded sailboats offers sailors a
fun, durable, more affordable, and recreationally oriented alternative to
traditional fiberglass hulled boats. Topper stands at the ready to offer support to
Topaz USA as the Fournel’s bring new approaches and innovations to grow their
established brand.

Contact: Andrew and Heather Fournel

Topaz USA
5300 HWY 70 W
Morehead City, NC 28557

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