Host and marine fabricator Kyle VanDamme, MFC, co-owner of Marine Tops Unlimited Inc., sat down with Keith Purves, MFC, of Trivantage, Jeff Newkirk, MFC, Precision Custom Canvas, and Johannes Lombard, marketing manager for Canvas Designers, recently at the Marine Fabricators Conference in St. Pete Beach, Fla. The guests shared stories from their different backgrounds—from what it was like growing up in the family business to being recruited by a sailmaker and coming into the business after a career in the yachting industry. They discuss the marine industry and hiring for character, teaching skills, learning a craft and managing a multigenerational staff. They also touch on building an environment of belonging and end with succession planning and how to prepare for selling a marine business. Listen to the podcast here.