Jim McManus, president and CEO of the Hinckley Company, died this week after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 52.

"Jim was appointed to the role in June of 2007 and was often heard to call it his dream job,” said a company statement. “He worked tirelessly to see the company through its darkest times in 2008-2009, and led the company to the extraordinary heights it has reached in recent years. Never boastful or arrogant, Jim was the consummate optimist finding the best in everything and bringing out the best in all of those he touched.”

McManus, said the statement was instrumental in bringing new investors to Hinckley in 2010. "The company developed and launched a series of five highly successful new models and acquired Hunt Yachts in 2013 under Jim’s leadership,” said the statement.

McManus was a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School who had worked in corporate finance with Lehman Brothers. While at the Aramark Corporation, he served successively as President of three operating divisions and later served as president and CEO of the Zoots Corporation. He was an avid boater who loved to spend weekends aboard his Hinckley Talaria 44.