The Great Lakes Group


The Great Lakes Group Announces New Management Hires

The Great Lakes Group is pleased to announce recent new hires to the Company’s management team:  Thomas Rigolo – Shipyard General Manager; Kirsten Buccigrossi – Director, Marketing & Communications; and Emery Eiber – Quality, Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (QHSSE) Manager.

Tom Rigolo is a senior shipbuilding executive with 25+ years of experience in hands-on engineering and high-level leadership. He has a proven record of creating efficiencies, quality improvements, and growth in some of the most successful shipyards in the country. Tom is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and has a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture from the United States Naval Academy.

Kirsten Buccigrossi has over 12 years of operations, logistics, and marketing experience in the maritime industry both afloat and ashore. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of  Akron and a 100-ton Masters License. Her focus will be on building upon the Company’s brand, presence, and business development opportunities through strategic marketing, public relations, business consulting, and project management.

Emery Eiber is a 2015 State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and a USCG 3rd Assistant Engineers license. He has gained a variety of marine engineering and vessel operations experience during his work as a 3rd Assistant Engineering Officer for The Interlake Steamship Company and as a Project Engineer Intern with Great Lakes Shipyard.

“Tom, Kirsten, and Emery each bring their own breadth of industry knowledge and experience that make them great additions to our company during this period of change, opportunity, and growth. We welcome them and look forward to working together. I’m very confident in each of them, and I know they will help us continue our ongoing efforts to raise the bar,” comments Joe Starck, Jr., the Company’s President.