Marine Fabricator September/October 2022 - 34

Steven Wayne » Age 36
Southern Stitch Canvas
& Upholstery LLC
Gulfport, Miss.
Owner-Operator
15 years in the industry
Joelle Fisher » Age 34
Crescent Marine Canvas
New Orleans, La.
Co-owner
Five years in the industry
Steven Wayne specializes in custom-tailored
projects and enjoys every challenge,
large or small. One recent job
that was especially gratifying was fabricating
a heavy PVC bimini top with a
rigid enclosure for a 68-foot Princess
Viking. " The owner and the captain
were so fl oored by my work that they
said, 'You're our guy for our other
projects,' " says Wayne.
Sure enough, he got a call from the
captain. They wanted him to come out
and work on the owner's new 98-foot
Hatteras in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., rather
than using an area shop. " Being a smalltown
Mississippi boy and being fl own to
a boat mega-capital like Fort Lauderdale
is a feather in your cap, " says Wayne.
As a board member of the Marine
Fabricators Association, Wayne believes
in giving back. " We are like-minded
individuals. We can help people
with challenging projects and contribute
to our industry's growth, "
he says.
While earning a degree in apparel
design, Joelle Fisher realized she didn't
want to work in the fashion industry.
After a variety of jobs that included
working on boats in Washington and
Alaska, and attending a marine canvas
workshop, she pursued her dream to
build sails. That led her to New Orleans
and Denise Avellina, her partner in their
new marine canvas shop.
Fisher recognizes the unique qualities
each woman brings to the business. " I
am in my 30s and Denise is in her 60s.
We work really well together, and I believe
our difference of age brings a lot to
the table, " she says. " Denise has been
in the industry for over 30 years in
New Orleans, so she has built a lot
of trust with the customers. I help
bring the business up-to-date by
bringing in computer bookkeeping,
payment methods, websites and
social media. "
Kyle Van Damme » Age 32
Marine Tops Unlimited Inc.
Omro, Wis.
Co-owner
18 years in the industry
Kyle Van Damme, MFC, (on the left) is
gratifi ed to make his passion in life his
career. " I love boats and boating and
always have since I was a little kid riding
around the Great Lakes with my parents
on our family boat, " he says. Van Damme
grew up in the family business, working
summers during school. " By the time
I was in high school, I was dissecting
patterns and cutting out covers. Over the
last 10 years I have been patterning and
installing all the enclosures and covers
we make at our shop as well as doing
all outside sales and handling customer
relations, " he says.
Van Damme believes this industry
offers great careers for young people
and through his involvement in industry
organizations, he does his part to get
them involved. " I am always willing
to help this industry thrive and
grow, and one of the main ways that
will happen is continuing to bring
in passionate young people. "
Julie Swiler is a freelance writer based
in St. Paul, Minn.
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