In 2006, Rowboat owner Bob Wilson approached me with a job offer that was a great opportunity. After 10 years of building residential docks, the chance to manage large marine construction projects was appealing. After I completed 4 months of Pierworks backlog, Rowboat purchased my equipment and website. I then became the production manager for the largest commercial marine construction company in the area. As production manager, I was responsible for the construction of large marinas on Lake Norman, Lake Wylie and the Pamlico Sound in Washington, NC. I even had the opportunity to manage the construction of over a mile of wetland boardwalk on the Lockwood Folly River in Southport, NC.
Rowboat then promoted me to Operations Manager which put me in charge of the day to day activities for the 40-50 employee company. This new role allowed me to manage projects that included bucket to barge dredging, seawall installations, marina refloats and repairs to an earthen dam. I was known for my attention to detail and bringing in the projects under budget. This position allowed me to manage and sometimes operate equipment such as barges, conventional cranes, long-reach excavators, ￼diesel push-boats, diesel hammers and more. During my tenure, no personnel or equipment were ￼seriously injured, while our production set new standards for efficiency and quality.
The “Great Recession” slowed down the commercial marine construction market, so I began to ￼consider opportunities in other fields. Having been offered a job with the largest commercial roofing ￼company in the US, I decided to submit my resignation to Rowboat.