DROP TEAM

A company is only as good as the people that it is made of. That's why DROP is focused on culture and community above being just a corporation. Every member of our team is here because of attitude, aptitude, and drive. Together, we are what makes DROP Marine an industries leader capable of anything. Meet just a few of our team below to learn more about who we are and what we love.

Anders Malpass

Founder & CEO

The progressive founder and CEO of Drop Marine has a strong background in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering and business.

 

The beginning of the DROP Group of companies dates back to 2006 when Anders bought a division of a manufacturing company and later industrial power transmission component company. The construction of the present manufacturing and fabrication facility began in 2009, and today the 35,000 sq. ft., fully integrated manufacturing facility is home to Drop Marine & the Group. 

 

Anders' passion for products and manufacturing has started in his early years, working with Ford, General Motors, Timken, and others. This early experience guided his creativity and passion to continue developing new products through a systems approach. On his off days, you can find Anders developing ideas for automation, controls and mechanical product segments. His ideas always drive back to simplicity, standardization, automation, and sustainability. He is a person who can be found using on a daily basis the products he develops. His awesome and beautiful wife runs their life, which allows him to focus and to be the best in his field.

 

 

                                                                                 

"Being a leader is to ensure the team can lead Itself."   

 

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Matthew Barrett

Director of Marine Operations

Having grown up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Matt has been around all kinds of equipment from a young age. After his move to B.C. during high school he began his career working in construction, logging and cat skiing operations, gaining experience in various trades as well as gaining a strong understanding of different industries and businesses. Matt joined the Drop Group in 2015 and started work on the production floor as a Welder/Fabricator. Through the last few years Matt has moved into the Director of Operations role with Drop Marine, bringing his practical knowledge, operator experience and wealth of industry experience with him. He especially enjoys the process of building equipment from scratch and particularly loves the product development and testing involved in his role.

 

 

What is your weird/useless talent or party trick?

                 I have quite a few scars from logging and mountain biking, not sure it's a party "trick" though!

You are stranded in the wilderness. You have an iPod with only one artist's discography on it. Who is it?

               Sturgill Simpson

 

What is the last thing you did for the first time?

               Put an offer in on a house.

 

 

                                                                                 

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Ryan Jmaeff

Lead of Design Engineering

Ryan grew up in Nelson, BC, and started at Drop in 2013 as a production laborer. He worked into the role of product designer throughout his university degree (mechanical engineering). Currently, Ryan is the lead designer of our Marine product line and several R&D projects. He enjoys designing, building and tinkering with things in his spare time; including but not limited to machining, metal-fabrication, fine woodworking, electronics, computer systems and software.

 

What is your weird/useless talent or party trick?

                  Latte Art.

You are stranded in the wilderness. You have an iPod with only one artist's discography on it. Who is it? 

                 Am I stranded on purpose? I don't think I would listen to music if I was stranded in the wilderness, I'd probably work on getting un-stranded first.

What is the last thing you did for the first time?

              Over 240 in Vegas 300 round barebow.

 

 

                                                                                 

Steve Hackett

Lead of Production Engineering

Steve is a Mechanical EIT born and raised in the Kootenays. His previous experience in transportation and sawmilling industries allows him to provide unique and insightful value for Drop’s clients. His passion for life-long learning and professional development helps drive innovation, growth, and efficiency. Safety first, then teamwork. He enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, snowboarding, and spending quality time with family and friends. If prompted, he will discuss or debate sports topics until he realizes everyone has left the room.

 

What is your weird/useless talent or party trick?

              Nothing that can be shared professionally, you will have to catch me at a local watering hole.

 

You are stranded in the wilderness. You have an iPod with only one artist's discography on it. Who is it?

               Blink-182

What is the last thing you did for the first time?

              Made butter chicken from scratch, with moderate success!

 

 

                                                                                 

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Devin Gassoff

Shop Foreman

Devin moved to the Kootenays from Quesnel when he was 19. As a contractor he first worked for DROP as one of several contracts in the region. DROP recognized Devin's fabrication talent and invited him to join the team in 2014. When he is not welding perfection and managing the production line up at DROP Devin enjoys hunting, camping and fishing in the abundant wilderness of the Kootenays.

What is your weird/useless talent or party trick?

                 Juggling

You are stranded in the wilderness. You have an iPod with only one artist's discography on it. Who is it?

               Eric Church

What is the last thing you did for the first time?

              Went sheep hunting.

 

 

                                                                                 

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Rose Hird

Quality Control

Rose grew up in Slocan BC and joined Drop in 2011. Rose can be found ensuring everything that leaves DROP is of the utmost quality, handling shipping & receiving, and occasionally running the waterjet cutter. When Rose is not performing meticulous reviews of product quality, or lovingly prepping vessels and components for their travels to their forever homes; Rose enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and hiking the outdoors.

What is your weird/useless talent or party trick?

                 Don't have one.

You are stranded in the wilderness. You have an iPod with only one artist's discography on it. Who is it?

               Stevie Nicks

 

What is the last thing you did for the first time?

               Whitewater Rafting.

Cam Hoey

Marketing & Communications

The newest member of the DROP Marine team, Cam handles everything to do with advertising, marketing, and this website. Hailing from Guelph, Ontario and graduating from Carleton University in Ottawa; Cam escaped to BC where he worked in the ski industry  before settling in Nelson and joining DROP. He loves spending time with his wife and their dog and cat, DJ'ing, and trying every craft IPA in British Columbia. Still a ski bum at heart, Cam can usually be found on his snowboard, or on his bike when the snow is gone.

What is your weird/useless talent or party trick?

              Guitar Hero for sure. I'm accepting challengers once COVID is gone.

You are stranded in the wilderness. You have an iPod with only one artist's discography on it. Who is it?

               Touché Amoré

 

What is the last thing you did for the first time?

               Built a fence! Learned a lot.

                                                                                 

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Levi Davidson

Welder/Fabrication

One of the earliest members of DROP Marine, Levi has been with us since 2009 and actually helped build our current facility! He handles fabrication, welding, and everything in between to build our products to the highest quality possible. His hobbies include working on cars, JDM, and spending time with his family.

What is your weird/useless talent or party trick?

                 No one can beat me at Mario Kart. Except sometimes my wife.

You are stranded in the wilderness. You have an iPod with only one artist's discography on it. Who is it?

               I Prevail

 

What is the last thing you did for the first time?

               Hit 200km an hour in a car.

Christie Lawrence

Lead Non-Ferrous Welder

Christie is our lead welder, handling anything to do with steel and aluminum fabrication at DROP Marine. Before joining DROP in October 2020, she was a flight attendant and a photographer, among many other professions. Making good use of the Kootenays and their mountains, Christie enjoys skiing and recently took up mountain biking.

 

What is your weird/useless talent or party trick?

                 I'm not sure I have one, haven't gone to many parties lately.

You are stranded in the wilderness. You have an iPod with only one artist's discography on it. Who is it?

               James Brown

 

What is the last thing you did for the first time?

              Welded a bike frame.

                                                                                 

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WHAT CLIENTS SAY

Steven Hatt, Marine Maintenance Superintendent, Interfor 

Engineering and manufacturing the impossible. DROP has a one stop shop for innovative design and manufacturing. Design without manufacturing foresight can leave your project with a product impossible to manufacture. DROP's team of manufacturing engineers can take the design to the furthest edge of efficiency while respecting the manufacturability to give you the best product every time.