Derek working on a boat.

Derek

Apprentice Craftsman

Derek, a northern Michigan native from Charlevoix, MI, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Petoskey High School in 2017. He is diligently at work here in our four year apprentice program while also attending North Central Michigan College. When touting his status as Van Dam’s most eligible bachelor,

Derek is an avid hunter of deer, squirrel and goose and also enjoys fishing at a level of ‘anything that bites’ being his favorite catch. one of his current interests, cooking, could very well put his hunting and fishing successes to good use. He also spends time on hobby projects like his 1995 Chevy K1500 truck and working on his 14’ cedar strip canoe.

  • Started at Van Dam: June of 2017
  • Born in: Petoskey, Michigan
  • Favorite Project to work on: As a new Apprentice he will say ‘not sanding’ and is currently enjoying continued work in many areas aboard Italmas, the 44′ sailboat currently under construction.

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Steve

Co-founder
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Jean

Co-founder
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Ben

President
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Dave

Project Lead
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Trevor

Paint Shop Foreman
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Chad

Project Manager
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Thor

Master Craftsman
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Jesse

Metal Shop Foreman
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Dave

Handyman & Grill Master
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Charlie & Jeremy

Worldwide Sales
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David

Apprentice Craftsman
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Nick

Metal Craftsman
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Derek

Apprentice Craftsman
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Adam

Apprentice Craftsman
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Ralph

Purchasing
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Jason

Project Manager
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Aaron

Apprentice Craftsman
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Chuck

Apprentice Craftsman
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Stephanie

Accounting
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