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Gary Thompson – Class of September 2010

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Gary comes from County Down and initially trained as a graphic designer, but worked in various sales and marketing roles at the same time as running his own property development business.  A Daily Telegraph article on the Academy sparked Gary’s interest in boat building as an entrance to working in the marine sector.  Two weeks after graduating the 38 week course he started work with Wessex Resins and Adhesives as a Technical Marketing Assistant, providing technical advice and training to customers on West Systems and Pro-Set epoxies and helping create advertising and technical literature.  Gary visits yards all over the country and travels regularly (the Netherlands, France, Sweden and Finland to name a few of his destinations) meeting ‘great people restoring and building beautiful boats.’  Gary says the job is perfect for him because ‘it marries my past roles in technical sales and marketing to the time I spent learning at the BBA and building my foam/epoxy Herreshoff Haven.’  Gary says ‘attending the BBA was one of the best decisions I have ever made.’

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