Robert T. Smith

CEO & Founder

As CEO and Founder Rob is alive with vision and has created an environment of caring and service at Thain. Rob has worked throughout Africa and the United States, in business as well as service to Christ. As a leader in Christian business development, Rob collaborates with top executives in both nonprofit and for profit sectors. Rob is married to Merle for 42 years and together they have four children, a son and three daughters, they enjoy 11 grandchildren.

Albert VanRooyen

Albert VanRooyen

Project Director

Albert brings passion to boat design. He has been the driving force behind the development of Thain Electric, using his experience and knowledge to explore what’s possible. In charge of Product Development, Albert brings over 15 years of experience to the drafting table daily. Drawing on multiple fields of study, Albert is very creative in his designs relying on pragmatic yet exquisitely simple solutions to product challenges.


James Bird

Operations Manager

James has been with Thain for 5+ years. In addition to the critical roles listed, James pitches in on the shop floor when time permits helping to manage projects. James is a great asset to Thain and a key team member.


Andrew Ashmead

Lead Designer

Is a structural design engineer who specializes in yacht design and development. Specifically, he provides creative and technical solutions for design studios and shipyards, providing the means for them to deliver truly outstanding products to their clients. With an extensive background which includes both engineering and design roles on international teams, he is able to manage the technical, creative and organizational functions essential to manufacturing and production. While his core skill set is primarily design related, he also possesses strong experience with engineering, project management and production methodology.