Tad & Jessi Dowker – Owners
Tad is a graduate of Elk Rapids High School and Michigan Technological University. He holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree. As he went through high school and college he would work through the summers as crew leader for local dock companies. His best friend and current right hand man Jeremiah Steffen was along for most of those summers. After graduating college he was hired in Elk Rapids and thought the days on the water installing docks were behind him, but with Jeremiah he decided to take on a couple dock jobs for supplemental income. NorthShore Dock, LLC started with 12 jobs in the spring of 2007 with Jeremiah and Tad working only weekends. Little did they know this was the beginning of something much larger; the company grew exponentially over the next several years. The key to our growth was doing the job correctly the first time, exceeding customer expectations, and keeping a good line of communication open. Now that the company has grown what sets us apart from other companies is our team of employees. We train our employees to have the same attitude we had from day one-caring about the customer and providing a quality service. We have a high retention rate for seasonal employees and strive to add key employees each year, giving you a reliable service with a proven method of success.
Jessi is a graduate of Elk Rapids High School and Michigan Technological University as well; she has degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Accounting. After working locally in the accounting field Jessi quit her full time job to work for NorthShore Dock, LLC. She currently oversees the accounting functions and scheduling for NorthShore Dock, LLC.
When not working Tad & Jessi are kept busy by their three children Mason (9), Kaelyn (5), and Waylon (1). Family hobbies include hiking, boating, fishing, Jeeps, and off-road racing.
GAIL GRAMMER – SALES MANAGER
Gail joined the NorthShore team in 2019, bringing with her over 20 years experience in dock and hoist sales in Northern Michigan. Whether you are considering a dock or hoist for your residence or Lakefront Association, Gail’s extensive knowledge will help you determine the perfect solution for your unique location, taking into consideration your intended use and budget. Gail will survey your waterfront, create design options, and submit the resulting proposals for your approval in a timely and professional manner.
A Northern Michigan native, Gail enjoys boating and traveling with her husband. They are often joined in their adventures by their 2 daughters and son in laws. Gail is also the proud “GiGi” of her 4 year old granddaughter.
JEREMIAH STEFFEN – BARGE MANAGER/OPERATOR
Jeremiah has been with NorthShore Dock, LLC since startup in 2007 and has become an integral part of our business. He graduated from Elk Rapids High School and has over 22 years of docking experience. He is the right hand man of our business. Jeremiah has a vast knowledge base and diverse skill set that continues to evolve and grow with the company. Outside of work Jeremiah does volunteer work for the Elk Rapids Harbor Days and the Vasa Race. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, metal fabrication and outdoor based activities.
Ethan Dowker – Inventory Manager
Ethan is a graduate of Elk Rapids High School and Ferris State University, where he has degrees in Accounting and Business Management. He started with us back in 2008 and was initially a part-time employee making money for college. Through the years he has progressed through the company as a crew leader and has recently moved into the position of Inventory Manager. He is a very dedicated employee with a solid work ethic. Outside of work Ethan enjoys time with his cats, reading and games.
Mike Davis – Crew Leader
Mike started with NorthShore Dock, LLC in 2014 and has over 11 years of experience docking. He is very reliable, has a great work ethic and is detail oriented. He loves to be on the water and enjoys the physical aspect of work. Outside of work Mike loves hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities; he also competes locally in bass fishing tournaments.
Justin Thomas – Crew Leader
Justin graduated from Elk Rapids High School and has 12 years of docking experience. He has been with NorthShore Dock, LLC since 2016. He is a powerful force in the workplace and uses his positive attitude to encourage others to work hard and succeed. When he’s not out working in the water he’s out playing in it. He enjoys boating, camping, four-wheeling and riding anything with an engine.
Zach Thomas – Crew Leader
Zach was born & raised in Northern Michigan. He graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 2008 and was introduced to the dock & hoist business in 2009. Zach started working at NorthShore in the spring of 2015 and has had the pleasure of working with a great group of people ever since. Zach looks forward to working with customers to bring professional timely service.
In his free time Zach can usually be found working in the garage building vehicles or working on some sort of motorsport. He also enjoys camping, off-roading and exploring.
JAMES DUNN – BOAT LOGISTICS MANAGER
James graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 2017. He grew up in Michigan, spending part of his youth in Utah. He began working at NorthShore Dock, LLC in the spring of 2019. He handles boat logistics, working efficiently while paying close attention to detail when installing and removing boats, PWCs and hoist canopies. Most of the year you can find him riding dirt bikes and motorcycles. In the winter he is a well-practiced snowboarder.
DOMINIC DAWSON – SERVICE MANAGER
Dominic started with NorthShore Dock, LLC in 2020. With his vast background in welding, electrical and customer service he will be a very strong addition to our team. Dominic is a lifelong Northern Michigan resident and understands the importance of communication, quality and customer service. His leadership and creativity are highlighted through his achievements and the quality of his completed projects. Outside of work he enjoys camping, kayaking, hunting and four-wheeling with his friends and family.
KYLE SUSINKO – SERVICE TECHNICIAN
Kyle started at NorthShore Dock, LLC in 2019. With his vast knowledge of mechanics and building, he applies problem solving toward challenging situations. He graduated from Kalkaska High School in 2012 and achieved the title of 3rd place winner for the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference for Motorcycle Service Technology in 2010. He is forward driven and strives every day to further his skill set in all aspects of his position. His hobbies include powersports, building homes, kayaking and camping with his three daughters and wife.
SHANE DIGIOVANNI – MARINE MECHANIC
Shane has lived in Elk Rapids for the majority of his life, he graduated from Elk Rapids High School then went on to complete marine training in Florida. He has been a marine technician for over 12 years and is Yamaha certified. Shane is a self proclaimed tool addict and values a clean, organized work environment. He strives to be on time and dependable. Shane loves big boats, including big center consoles for off-shore ocean use. Outside of work you can find him boating with his two kids and friends, enjoying vacations in the Florida Keys, riding in his jeep off roading, and being outdoors.