Steve Van Dam posing for a photo in front of stacked up wood.

Steve

Co-founder

Trained as a wooden boatbuilder in the early 1970’s with one of the pioneers of epoxy and wood boat building in North America, Steve, along with his wife Jean, started Van Dam Custom Boats in 1977. Together they built their first small shop and never looked back. Even though they are stepping back from their operational roles, their energy and passion still pervades every area of the business. While son Ben is now President of Van Dam Custom Boats and has taken over responsibility for shop operations, culture and finance, Steve is still at the shop almost every day helping in multiple ways to drive the business forward. Everyone knows that Steve is still checking out everything that goes out the door and is constantly challenging the entire team to never give up its pursuit of perfection.  Constant improvement has been ingrained in the Van Dam Culture since the day it was founded.

Steve and Jean have been married since 1972 and have never lost their love for each other and the enterprise they founded together. They have two children, son Ben, now president, and daughter Brie a scientist in Alaska. When not at the shop, Steve takes great pleasure in helping his children with whatever projects they may have and building fun stuff in general. He loves to race on his cross country skis in the winter, race his mountain bike and bicycle tour with Jean in the summer, and can still usually be found at the front of the starting line for one or two 10k foot races each year. He also will be on the water more in Star’s Echo, a sailboat the company built in 1991. In his spare time, he serves on several volunteer boards to give back to his community. Steve’s personal motto is: “Never quit doing!”

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Steve Van Dam posing for a photo in front of stacked up wood.

Steve

Co-founder
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Jean

Co-founder
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Ben Van Dam posing for a photo next to a boat.

Ben

President
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Dave working on a boat.

Dave

Project Lead
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Trevor

Paint Shop Foreman
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Chad working on a boat.

Chad

Project Manager
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Thor working on a boat.

Thor

Master Craftsman
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Jesse working on a boat.

Jesse

Metal Shop Foreman
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Dave

Handyman & Grill Master
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Charlie & Jeremy

Worldwide Sales
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Kim

Marketing
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David working on a boat.

David

Apprentice Craftsman
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Nick working on a boat.

Nick

Metal Craftsman
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Derek working on a boat.

Derek

Apprentice Craftsman
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Adam working on a boat.

Adam

Apprentice Craftsman
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Ralph

Purchasing
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Jason working on a boat.

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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