In this day and age of where people change jobs on average every 2 years and will hold 11 jobs in their lifetime, Seaview stands out. The team is full of people who count their time at Seaview in decades, not years, and consider themselves Seaview “lifers”.
Phil thinks of Seaview as his extended family and considers family to be his greatest investment and proudest accomplishment. Regardless of how much the company has grown, Phil has maintained his commitment to the family environment and close ties that have defined Seaview Boatyard from its inception.
Phil Riise - Founder, CEO
A native son of Ballard, Phil Riise was born and raised in the heart of the Norwegian community and inherited the solid work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit of his Scandinavian ancestors.Phil began his career in the marine industry in 1969 while still a student at Ballard High. A job at Sailboat Headquarters working as a boat detailer and rigger was the first step toward his destiny. Read More
Tiel Riise - President
Tiel represents the second generation of leadership in the Riise family business. Don’t mistake this for case of entitlement though, as in the Riise family everything is earned and nothing is taken for granted. Starting out with a summer job at the age of 14 assisting the Travelift operator at Seaview East, Tiel has worked his way up through the organization. Read More
KYLE ELSASSER- OPERATIONS MANAGER SEAVIEW NORTH
Kyle was born and raised in Whatcom County, he began his career at Seaview Boatyard as a wee lad. Kyle has worked at Seaview for ten years becoming a valued staple of the Bellingham operation. In his free time he enjoys playing baseball, watching hockey, and spending time with his family. When he’s not working at Seaview or hanging out with his family, he’s known for striking poses on the water!
Andy McBride - Service Writer Seaview West
Andy began his maritime career in 1974 doing bottom painting, fiberglass work, and commissioning for Offshore Yachts at Shilshole Bay. He then worked for Boeing as a tool and die maker until 1981 when he met up with Phil Riise at Seaview West Boatyard and came onboard as a rigger. Andy branched out into all areas of the yard eventually becoming manager of Seaview West.