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Jeanne began her career at 16 as a server at Elias Brothers Restaurant in Holland. She went on to work at Life Savers for five years until she started her family. When her boys started getting older, Jeanne went to work at Herman Miller as a member of a production line, she then moved on to the Continuous Improvement Team at Herman Miller’s chair plant. Jeanne was promoted to a Continuous Improvement Leader at the Herman Miller Spring Lake facility. In 2000, Jeanne left Herman Miller and started her own successful painting business. She moved back into the food and beverage industry working part time at The Barn.
Jeanne joined the Boatwerks team in July of 2010 as a Server and Bartender; she quickly moved into management after one season where she became a Front of the House Manager. In 2013, Jeanne was promoted to the Assistant General Manager position since then Jeanne has been promoted to General Manager as of January 2014, where she is responsible for all Front of the House Operations. Jeanne resides in Holland with her husband, Tom and daughter Sam. In her spare time Jeanne enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.
Assistant General Manager
Kimberly has worked in the food service industry for 17 years. She grew up in Northern Illinois where her first job in high school was working as a custard girl in a locally owned store. She started with the local Applebee’s franchise in 1999 and soon moved through all the hourly staff positions front and back of house. Moving into management Kimberly was offered the opportunity to open a new location starting from the ground up. She spent over 8 years with the franchise growing in her management and customer server skills. Kimberly also spent time managing for Breads of the World in Dayton, OH where again she had the opportunity to open new Panera locations. Once again in Northern Illinois she worked for Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano serving in the dining room and on banquets. Shortly after stepping up to become the Banquet Coordinator.
Kimberly moved to Holland in the fall of 2013 with her family looking for a calmer environment to raise their then 1 year old son. Fiancée Jacob also works in the restaurant industry and their son attends a local preschool. She started at Boatwerks in November that same year as the lunch hostess and helping out with miscellaneous office work. She was asked to join the Shift Supervisor team for the summer season. Over the past year and a half Kimberly has proven herself to be a valued member of the Boatwerks team. In the spring of 2015 they were able to purchase a house in the Washington Square neighborhood and are happily settling into their Michigan home.
Shawna began her career in the restaurant industry at 15 years old as a server for several local restaurants like Muzzy’s, Schooner, and The Salad Bowl. After graduating from Holland High School she began working as a Quality Control Technician and Service Parts Specialist for Johnson Controls, where she received several Leadership Certifications. Shawna has excelled in many positions with us here at Boatwerks since she joined the team in 2007. Beginning as a server she quickly moved her way up to Supervisor, Front of the House Manager and most recently has been promoted to Human Resource Manager. A few of her responsibilities include scheduling for a staff of over 130 employees, handling our social media, payroll for the entire restaurant, including the Banquet and Catering Department, and any and all Human Resource related issues and responsibilities.
Steve started working in the restaurant industry at the age of 22 after completing his three years of service in the United States Army. Steve was stationed in various locations including 15 months in Korea, and has received Veteran status for his service.
Steve’s 18 years of experience, and superior customer service skills have gained him much recognition in the industry.
In his free time he enjoys movies with his son River, working out, and watching his favorite sports teams. During his many years in the business he has enjoyed meeting new people the most, and enjoys making people smile.
Jon Woudstra graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School in 1993. He held his first restaurant job while in high school and had been in the culinary field ever since. His culinary experience consist of, but is not limited to, Sous Chef at Prince Conference Center, and kitchen manager for Creative Dining Service. Jon also has been able to expand his culinary talent by working with some of West Michigan’s finest chefs, and other fine dining establishments within the Grand Rapids area.
Jon has spent time traveling Canada’s eastern seaboard, most of the contiguous United States, Central America, Bermuda, and the Caribbean Islands. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, camping, beaches, hunting, fishing, and time with his wife and kids.
Scott Adams attended West Ottawa High School, graduating in 2001. His first cooking job was Pigeon Lake Lodge in Holland where he discovered his love of food. He decided to peruse his new found passion and move to Traverse City where he attended The Great Lakes Culinary Institute at Northwestern Michigan College, receiving his culinary certificate and degree. While in Traverse he worked with a variety of chefs and with the School developing his skills and knowledge.
Some of his culinary adventures have taken him to Mackinac Island, Vail Colorado, and Australia. Scott moved back to Holland in 2013 and began working with Boatwerks as Sous Chef. In Scott's spare time he enjoys running, biking, traveling, spending time with friends and family and his wife and children.
William "Billy" Abbott born in Shelby Michigan, moved with his family to Holland in 1988 from the Silver Lake area. Having an interest and passion for cooking delicious food, he started his first restaurant job at the age of 15 working for the Northside Holland Russ’ Restaurant.
Over the last 20 years Billy has worked in a variety of food service establishments, from pizza and sandwiches, to fine dining French cuisine.
In his free time Billy enjoys hiking, fishing, gardening, spending time with his wife, and dog Oliver.