Our Team

Our Team

Below you will find the biographies of our GLBBS “Team Members”.  For the GLBBS “Board of Directors”, and the GLBBS “Program Advisory Board”, please see the related pages.

 


 

Ryan Hinnen – Executive Director-Development:

Ryan’s role at Great Lakes Boat Building School is to oversee and execute all marketing, promotional, outreach, and fundraising efforts on behalf of the school.

Having joined GLBBS in 2015, Ryan brings over 15 years as a strategic planner, marketer, and communicator.  He has over a decade of experience leading corporate initiatives and building lasting relationships, which includes public relations, sales, fundraising, and grant writing.

Prior to joining GLBBS, Ryan served as marketing and communications director for the Comprehensive Bleeding Disorders Centers headquartered Peoria, Illinois, a non-profit entity. He also was the head cheerleading coach at Bradley University where he was involved in recruitment, assisting students in securing financial aid, as well as development and hosting of recruitment events.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Bradley University.  He serves on the Les Cheneaux Area Chamber of Commerce and the Les Cheneaux Historical Society.  In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and paddle-sports with his family and the study of horology.

*Phone: 906-398-2099          *Email: ryan.hinnen@glbbs.org

 


Nikki Storey – Executive Director of Operations:

Nikki is the Executive Director of Operations. Nikki’s role at GLBBS is to ensure the efficiency of business operations as well as develop strategic organizational goals for the future. Joining GLBBS in 2015, Nikki brought over 10+ years of administrative experience to GLBBS.

Nikki believes GLBBS to be an asset to the Les Cheneaux area and is excited for what the future holds for the community. One of Nikki’s primary objectives is ensuring GLBBS provides students with the tools necessary to be successful in maritime careers.  She led the School through a successful accreditation process with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (http://www.accsc.org/).  Recently, she is shifting gears to focus on securing Title IV funding (Financial Aid) which will assist students who wish to achieve their personal goal of a career in boat building.

Nikki holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Lake Superior State University. Nikki serves on the Mackinac Economic Alliance Board and Les Cheneaux Community Foundation Board.  In her free time, you will find Nikki enjoying the waters of the Les Cheneaux Islands with her family.

*Phone: 906-398-2101          *Email: nikki.storey@glbbs.org

 


Sherry Lovegrove – Accounting Manager – Financial Aid Advisor:

Sherry Lovegrove joins the Great Lakes Boat Building School as the Accounting Manager and will also be responsible for Title IV Financial Aid Advisement.

Sherry comes to GLBBS with over 20 years of accounting, bookkeeping, and Human Resource Management experience. Sherry studied Accounting and Computerized Business Data Management at Lansing Community College, and is the owner of EUP Bookkeeping Services. Her extensive history in bookkeeping and accounting covers a wide range of positions and activities, giving her the knowledge and experience required to skillfully and efficiently perform her duties and responsibilities at GLBBS.

In addition to her interest in accounting, bookkeeping, and business management; Sherry enjoys boating, golfing, camping, and back woods trail riding with her husband. She also enjoys sewing and quilting.

*Phone: 906-398-2119          *Email: sherry.lovegrove@glbbs.org

 


 

Chris Ritchie – Admissions Advisor:

Chris grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and spent every summer on The Big Rideau Lake. Chris has been operating boats since he was 6 years old. Chris’ love affair with wooden boats started with his grandfather’s triple cockpit runabout called Lal-buddi, which Chris is now restoring. Chris has lived in the United States for last +/- 20 years.

Chris moved from Scottsdale AZ and is a 2017 Great Lakes Boat Building Graduate. Prior to becoming a student at GLBBS, Chris was an entrepreneur from the time he left high school. His love for wooden boats and business background made him a natural fit for the role of GLBBS Admissions Advisor and Career Services.

When Chris isn’t messing around with an old wooden boat, snowmobile or anything that “moves” in his shop, he enjoys the outdoors with his beloved dog, Gracie!

*Phone: 906-398-2088          *Email: chris.ritchie@glbbs.org

 

 


Matthew Edmondson – Instructor:

A native of the Great Lakes region, Matt first built a small outboard boat with his father at age 13. After completing the Career Boatbuilding program at GLBBS, Matt went on to work at Reuben Smith’s Tumblehome Boatshop where he worked on several award-winning restoration projects and a new fully custom runabout. Specializing in marine systems and propulsion, Matt is a certified Marine Systems Technician through ABYC, and a member of SNAME and RINA. Matt studies yacht design through Westlawn Institute and enjoys restoring old outboard motors.

*Phone: 906-484-1081          *Email: matt.edmondson@glbbs.org

 

 

What People Say

Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job on the
Marilyn Jean. Everyone loves her!

Wayne B., Commissioned Boat Client July 14, 2017

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