Burger Boat Company Names 2022 Associate of the Year

MANITOWOC, Wis., (Jan. 19, 2023) - Burger Boat Company, one of the world's oldest and most respected yacht builders, has named Dave Burton its 2022 Associate of the Year. The award celebrates Dave’s commitment to continuous improvement of his skills, knowledge, and leadership.

Recognizing Dave as Burger’s Associate of the Year celebrates the exceptional value he has become to the team. Dave, who is a member of the metals department, is a self-starter. One example of this exceptional trait is the initiative he took to learn and master Burger’s bending equipment. In addition, he is a leader within his department who promotes efficient pre-assembly of various components. Dave can always be trusted to utilize his time wisely and advance himself, and others, to the next steps in the workflow.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate Dave as Burger’s 2022 Associate of the Year,” says Jim Ruffolo, Burger Boat Company’s President and CEO, “Dave’s loyalty, dedication, and ever-present quest for quality and reliability make us all better. Dave’s positive attitude, sense of urgency, and great sense of humor inspire us all! His use of knowledge and ability to communicate ideas clearly demonstrate his leadership. Dave’s willingness to train and strong work ethic exemplifies the personal traits Burger seeks, and which all guests will experience when they visit our shipyard.”

Dave’s strong work ethic and high-quality standards have given him the opportunity to mentor and provide a positive example to youth apprentice students. His impressive attendance and initiative demonstrate his dedication to the team.

Dave, reminiscent of previous Associate of the Year recipients, helps raise everyone’s enthusiasm level through the personal examples he sets. It is because of these positive examples, his technical proficiency, good nature, humor, and dedication to helping the Burger team achieve the highest standards, he has been named Burger Boat Company’s 2022 Associate of the Year.


Burger Boat Company, founded in 1863, builds and designs vessels in aluminum and/or steel, to 260 feet (80m) and is recognized worldwide for design, quality construction, seaworthiness, and reliability. Burger is one of the oldest and most respected custom builders in America. Working with in-house designers and engineers, as well as highly acclaimed designers from around the world, Burger continues to raise the bar in quality, technology, and innovation. Burger works intimately with each owner to develop and achieve a pristine vision of their ideal vessel. Based at its state-of-the-art shipyard in Manitowoc, Wis., in the United States, Burger forges trusting relationships to achieve an owner or designer’s vision through a collaborative process. The talented team at Burger also offers exceptional custom furniture, as well as refit and repair services.

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