Leadership: Get the support you deserve
Fraser’s leadership team has the vision and plots direction, and oversees day-to-day operations for the entire shipyard.
Its overriding objective is to ensure positive outcomes for the company’s customers.
Our highly skilled and experience employees perform to the exacting standards of our uniquely demanding customer base. Talk to us about your toughest challenges.
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Dave Steininger – President/COO
Dave Steininger has been affiliated with Fraser since the fall of 2009. Steininger has extensive experience in finance, corporate capital structures and acquisition/strategic partnering arrangements over the course of his career.
He leverages his financial skillset for project management, strategic planning, and business plan creation and execution to help Capstan Corporation and the Company’s customers achieve their business objectives.
Prior to his role as President/COO at Fraser, Steininger held positions at organizations including EmpowerMX and several GE companies.
Derek Tanula - Shipyard Superintendent
Mr. Tanula has been with Fraser Shipyards for more than 20 years. A third generation Great Lakes maritime worker, Mr. Tanula has extensive experience in lofting, drafting, blueprint reading, and running the fabrication shop.
Mr. Tanula has been responsible for the construction of many complicated modules used to modernize the Great Lakes bulk carrier fleet.
In his current role of Yard Superintendent he oversees the Fraser workforce across a wide variety of projects.
In a key role for Fraser and its customers, Mr. Tanula ensures that all operational needs are met on schedule.
Tami Follett – HR Manager
Tami Follett joined the Fraser Family in 2020. As the HR Manager she wants to ensure that each employee reaches their highest potential while also effectively managing Fraser’s workforce to become as efficient as possible.
A few of the topics she is responsible for are the implementation of training, fostering and creating a positive work environment as well as employee well-being.
Prior to joining Fraser, Tami earned her Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management along with her SHRM-SCP certification.
She worked in several HR functions of small to mid-sized companies in a variety of industries and recently became familiar with the Maritime Industry while working with one of Fraser’s customers.
Dusty Waldo – Program Manager
Dusty joined Fraser Industries in 2020 as Program Manager to support the rapidly growing new-build side of the business, he brings over 12 years of Construction Management experience.
Having grown up in a construction family he has always had a passion for the industry because he enjoys creating infrastructure that others can rely on. He was born and raised in Idaho and grew up working for and learning from his father (who owns a construction company, is a developer, and owns his own water district!).
Dusty attended the Dunwoody College of Technology and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Construction Project Management. After graduating from Dunwoody he worked as a Project Manager/Estimator in Idaho for five years before moving to the Twin Port in 2012. Since that time he has worked for two respected construction companies in various roles including Project Manager, Estimator, and Vice President.
He has worked on a wide variety of projects including Utility and Road Projects, Civil Site Development, Marine Construction, Pile Driving, and Oil/Gas infrastructure.
Chief Naval Architect
Travis Husby – Chief Naval Architect
With Fraser since 2012, Mr. Husby earned a Naval Architect and Marine Engineering degree in 2010.
Prior to joining Fraser, he spent two years at Bollinger Shipyards (New Construction) and three years at Downey Engineering Corp.
He participated in the design and development of naval, offshore, and dredging vessels including LC-6, Hornbeck Super 320 OSV, and W315 CR McCaskill Cutter Suction Dredge.
His current responsibilities include modifications and repairs of existing vessels, as well as design work for jigs, fixtures, and the shipyard’s infrastructure.
Mr. Husby is a key liaison for maintaining the company’s “R” stamp and other required welding qualifications.
Matt James – Project Engineer
Matt provides marine engineering and design services for refit and repair, and manages projects ranging from urgent underway repairs to multi-million dollar layup and construction projects.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo.
Matt also has direct vessel operational experience from his time serving as captain of passenger ferries on the Great Lakes.
Prior to joining Fraser, Matt worked in industrial R&D and ship test & trials at Fincantieri Marinette Marine on the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship program.
Project Manager/Marine Engineer
Jacob Searl – Project Manager/Marine Engineer
Jacob Searl joined the Fraser family of companies in 2015. He is an experienced Marine Engineer/Project Manager who has overseen a wide variety of time-sensitive government and private contracts.
Searl’s recent accomplishments include his work on the design and installation of ship modifications for the Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping.
He has directed the construction and repair of large steel projects in the marine and mining industries, including the construction of two new 90,000 lb. dump truck bodies.
Using stress analysis and solid modeling, Searl also designed a mobile fixture for Great Lakes vessel repairs. And, utilizing Six Sigma workflow techniques, he developed time management improvements on a number of projects.
LeRoy Kolenda – General Foreman
Prior to his current role of General Foreman, Mr. Kolenda was responsible for the maintenance and modernization of several commercial bulk carriers of a Fraser Shipyards customer.
He is second-generation Great Lakes mariner and a graduate of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, where he was named Outstanding Cadet of the Year.
Mr. Kolenda earned his chief engineer’s license prior to being assigned a port engineer’s role with responsibility for multiple vessels.
Mr. Kolenda’s day-to-day duties at Fraser include responsibility for safety, quality, and workforce training.
Clyde Gruebele – EHS Manager
Clyde began his career at Fraser Shipyards in the early 1980s as a Fitter/Welder. He moved on and spent several years in the construction industry working for MA Mortenson on a number of high profile military construction projects around the United States.
Clyde held various Safety Management and Project Management roles while with MA Mortenson.
He returned to the shipyard in 2010 to help manage the Safety program and has recently been promoted to the position of EHS Manager.
Safety & Training Coordinator
Amanda Sayles – Safety & Training Coordinator
Amanda has been part of the Fraser Team since 2016. She works with training, developing and improving safety policies and procedures, and assuring use of the newest and best available PPE.
Prior to her time at Fraser Shipyards, Amanda worked for six years with non-destructive testing, chemistry, and quality control for Twin Ports Testing and the United States Air Force.
Field Level Safety Coordinator
Michael DeCaprio - Field Level Safety Coordinator
Mr. DeCaprio joined the Fraser family of companies in 2017. He came to the organization from a leadership position with the United States Coast Guard.
In addition to his USCG experience, DeCaprio has an Advanced Welding Technologist degree from Lake Superior College.
Michael’s combined background in welding, electrical systems, and electronics systems – plus his leadership experience in the USCG – serves Michael well in his role as a Field Level Safety Coordinator.
Nick Hickey – Business Analyst
Nick Hickey has been with Fraser since 2014. As a business analyst, his duties include financial analysis, job focused labor and materials review, as well as assembling and evaluating bids with the management team for all of Fraser Industries.
Other responsibilities include capital expenditure analysis, equipment utilization audits, and management of the network infrastructure and data processing systems.
Prior to working with Fraser, Nick started his career in private wealth management and financial counseling.
Eric Polkoski – Purchasing Manager
Eric Polkoski joined the Fraser family of companies in 1996. As Purchasing Manager, Eric’s top priority is to find cost effective solutions to meet customer needs.
His significant industry knowledge and broad supplier base are assets to the Fraser organization and its customers.
Polkoski has a supply chain background that includes the sourcing of materials, equipment, and services for the Shipyard.
Prior to joining Fraser, he held a similar position in the construction industry.
Heather Boe - Purchasing
Heather Boe has been with the Fraser family of companies since 2016. In her role as Buyer, she works with both Fraser Shipyards and Lake Assault Boats to source the materials needed for both new builds and large repair projects.
She oversees the inventory management system and analyzes the bills of material for upcoming projects to ensure that everything is on hand when needed.
Prior to joining Fraser, Heather held a similar position with Cleveland Cliffs, a large multi-location mining company.
Susanna Johns – Purchasing Assistant
Susanna joined the Fraser family of companies in 2020. She works with the purchasing team at Fraser Shipyards and Lake Assault Boats to source materials for both new builds and large repair projects.
Susanna has a purchasing and supply chain background.
Sales Manager, Industrial Customers
Jim Petruga – Sales Manager, Industrial Customers
Jim Petruga has been with Fraser since 2015. He works with industrial customers for their fabrication, machining, and equipment rebuild needs.
Jim’s prior experience includes positions in General and Operations Management for a large North American based textile rental and processing company.
He is accustomed to working with customers that manage a wide variety of processes and require great service to run their businesses.
Linda Gran – Accounts Payable
Linda Gran has been with Fraser since 2013. She has a well-rounded background in business practices, accounting, payroll, and policies.
Linda works cross-functionally with purchasing and operations to ensure that cost information is flowing to both Fraser staff and customers.
Prior to working at Fraser, Gran held leadership positions in healthcare administration for Essentia and an accounting position with Barko Hydraulics.
Kathy Childs – Administration
Kathy Childs has been with Fraser since 2003. She is responsible for managing the job cost system used at Fraser. Childs works with operations, purchasing, and accounts payable to ensure that all costing is correct.
Kathy is the third generation in her family to work at the Shipyard, her grandfather was a crane operator that retired from Fraser in the 1990’s.
Her step-grandmother worked as an Administrative Assistant and retired in 2003. In addition, she had several uncles who worked at Fraser during winter layup seasons.
Alex Buckman – Project Accountant
Alex Buckman joined Fraser Industries in 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO.
As a Project Accountant Alex assists with cost analysis, management of projects, materials acquisitioning with best practice, vendor relations, and strategic planning.
Prior to working with Fraser, Alex started his career in resort management while bringing 10 years of hands-on experience in the construction industry.
Dea Gran - Accounts Payable
Dea joined Fraser Industries in 2018. She brings 20 years of office management experience working with accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and taxes.
At Fraser she works with purchasing and operations to ensure information is flowing to Fraser, Lake Assault and Northern Engineering and their customers.
Prior to working at Fraser, Dea held a management position at Olson Dental.