Don

Paint & Varnish Craftsman

Don was born and raised in southeast Michigan. He lived in the area for many years before fulfilling his lifelong dream of living “Up North”. Don has a wife and two cats at home. His now-grown daughter attends Ferris State University.

Boat building is in Don’s blood. His grandfather worked for Chris Craft for many years. Don always dreamed of following in his footsteps.

When Don isn’t working on boats, you can find him toying with old cars, riding his antique motorcycle, and downhill skiing. His true passion, however, is traveling. Don has so far been to 40 countries and has many more on his bucket list!

 

  • Born in: Algonac, MI
  • Degrees/Certifications: Certificate in Plastic Injection Molding from Schoolcraft College in Livonia
  • Favorite project to work on: As a paint and varnish pro, Don loves to see the wood grain come to life after a few coats of varnish.
  • Favorite Fundamental: “There are so many, but #18 has to be my favorite. Check your ego at the door.”
  • Best thing about working at Van Dam: The TEAM atmosphere!

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Erika

Vice President
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Jeremy

Worldwide Sales Manager
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Chad working on a boat.

Chad

Shop & Project Manager
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Matt

Project Manager
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Jesse

Metal Shop Foreman
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Nick working on a boat.

Nick

Metal Craftsman
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Fred

Metal Craftsman
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Trevor

Paint Shop Foreman
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Don

Paint & Varnish Craftsman
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Thor

Master Craftsman
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Dave

Project Lead
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Heather

Designer
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Tim

Marine Designer
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Derek

Apprentice Craftsman
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Chuck

Apprentice Craftsman
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Adam

Apprentice Paint & Varnish
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Stephanie

Accounting
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Ralph

Purchasing
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Jessica

Office Manager / Marketing Coordinator
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Dave

Handyman & Grill Master
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