General Manager

Dave brings nearly 20 years of fabrication and construction management experience to share with Vanport and the marine industry.

Dave, Vanport Marine’s General Manager, joined the Vanport Marine team in 2021, he brings with him nearly 20 years of fabrication and construction management experience to share with the marine industry. He has experience in many different types of fabrication and erection projects such as: steel bridges, high-rise commercial projects, hydro projects, pressure vessels, nuclear reactors, and other complex structures.

After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Oregon State University in 2003, Dave went on to become an AWS Certified Weld Inspector as well as a NACE Coating Inspector Level 1. His degrees and certifications enable him to provide innovative and industry leading solutions to complex projects.

Dave’s duties include most aspects of the business, he oversees all business operations for both shop and field. His first priority is to ensure the safety of all employees, while exceeding client expectations. Dave develops and implements growth strategies to position Vanport Marine to be able to provide the services client’s desire. He is respected for his vast knowledge of fabrication and construction, and ability to push critical projects across the finish line on time and under budget.

When not at work Dave enjoys spending family time with his lovely wife and two children. Together they enjoy traveling and camping as much as possible. Dave’s passion is fishing, if you cannot find him in the office there is a great chance he is out in pursuit of his next catch in the Pacific Northwest.

“We do not have problems, we have challenges, and a challenge is nothing more than an opportunity we didn’t ask for, therefore we really have an opportunity to succeed!” – unknown