Jean

Co-founder

Growing up in northern Michigan, Jean taught sailing in the summer and skiing in the winter through high school and college. She graduated with a master’s degree in education, but after marrying Steve (and not being able to teach him anything) she decided to pursue a career in the health field to pay the bills while Steve worked at getting their fledgling business in operation. After the birth of her and Steve’s two children, she made the decision to become more active in the business management of Van Dam Custom Boats. Balancing family life and managing a business has been a challenging and rewarding experience, as every working mother can attest.

Jean has passed off the day to day financial responsibilities but stays involved at the highest levels. She now spends more time pursuing her volunteer interests and helping to care for her granddaughter and newly arrived grandson.

Jean serves on the board of the local farm market and is on the finance committee for the Little Traverse Conservancy. She helps out at Raven Hill Discovery center, whose focus is exposing children and adults to the connections between science, history, and art, and volunteers with the Top of Michigan Trails Council.

After all that, and a couple replacement parts, she can still be seen with Steve riding her bike in the summer and cross-country ski racing in the winter. She’s even won her age group in the prestigious American Birkebeiner cross country ski race.

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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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Emily

Marketing Coordinator
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Erika

Vice President of Finance & Administration
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