NEW WAVES: The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association has named Sean Smith to be executive director of the trade group, replacing Terry McCann, who retired this past summer. Smith joined the association in 2001 as the director of marketing and communications. He has been the association’s managing director since January 2003. As executive director, Smith will increase his operational duties and continue to manage SIMA’s daily activities.

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MARKET DIRECTION: The California Market Center has hired Donna Maria Duarte for the new position of market editor. Duarte will identify top trends for visiting buyers, provide journalists with key picks from the facility, assist on photo shoots for in-house ad campaigns and consult on potential media partnerships. She brings more than a decade of experience to the position, including fashion editor titles at Real Simple and Lifetime magazines.