All good organizations are defined by its members and Dodson Boatyard is no exception. We are truly a team however, 17 year veteran Alden Holdridge probably deserves the title “First among equals” more than anyone. What a wonderful surprise it turned out to be as Alden possessed vastly more innate abilities than what might have been inferred on his resume. He brought intellect, mechanical aptitude, problem-solving skills, dedication, a strong work ethic, and exceptional personal skills to every assignment he is given. He has grown to become an essential force in and contributor to the growth of Dodson Boatyard. He is a superb master mechanic, the go-to person for internal computer software/hardware issues, and a service manager extraordinaire, including complete oversight of our winter storage/service operation in Hopkinton, RI. Further, he is frequently the operator and mobile technician on Dodson Boatyard’s “fast attack” service vessel ALERT (see associated article in this newsletter.) As Alden’s career blossomed so too has his personal life. He and his wife Jen share their lives and home in Mystic with their three terrific children. We are exceptionally fortunate to have Alden on our staff.