TEAM

Partners

Jeff Brown

President
Our President and mostly fearless leader has watched Dexter Builders grow from a small deck project into a thriving nationally recognized enterprise.
Originally from Battle Creek, Jeff earned a Masters of Science in Geology from Western Michigan University, which he put to use with Chester Engineers and The Traverse Group for nearly 15 years.
Jeff grew up in a family owned trucking/distribution business, and it seemed just a matter of time before he started his own business. Unknowingly, Jeff took the advice of Mark Twain, “make your vocation your vacation” and started building projects on weekends and evenings. In a matter of a couple years, his service and reputation had built enough additional projects up to make the jump to full-time small business owner.
In his spare time, Jeff is an active member of the Dexter Rotary Club, participates in golf and hockey leagues, does watercolor paintings, and gives priceless advice to his son, Josh.

Tony Push

Partner, Project Manager
Tony became a Partner in 2004 when he rolled his own successful construction company into Dexter Builders. The addition of Tony to Dexter Builders was very important in our development as the successful company that we are today. Tony has developed integral relationships with many of our suppliers and contractors. He runs many of our important projects on a day to day basis and assists many younger Project Managers with their projects.
Tony grew up in Chelsea and now lives in a house he built on the west side of Ann Arbor. When not working, he attends his high school aged son’s sports events, and his daughter is attending graduate school in Maine. His family enjoys all the Michigan seasons at their cottage, boating, and he is a “casual” University of Michigan sports fan.

Vince Peters

Partner, CFO, Project Manager
Vince is a lifelong construction addict and a recovering engineer. Dexter Builders is not ashamed to admit that we have taken advantage of these character flaws. Vince has developed and fine tuned many of our innovative management and organizational programs. He acts as our CFO and also as a Project Manager on our larger addition and remodel projects where our clients know him to be extremely thoughtful and aware of their needs and concerns.
An Ann Arbor native, Vince earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. He worked more than 20 years for Chester Engineers and The Traverse Group as a Professional Engineer (PE) before joining Dexter Builders in 2003. He has served on the Board of Directors, as Treasurer, and as President of the Southeast Michigan Chapter of NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) where he made many significant improvements.
In the few hours during a week that he isn’t working, Vince tries to keep up with his wife and five sons and loves skyping with his two grandchildren.

Project Managers

Joe Palmer

Architect, Project Manager
Joe joined Dexter Builders in 2013 after Graduating from The University of Michigan with a degree in Architecture. Prior to attending college Joe served 4 years as a Ranger in the US Army, he served 3 deployments in Iraq. Joe grew up in Chelsea and worked with his father as a finish carpenter and building custom furniture.
Joe and his family live in Chelsea in a home they designed and built (designed by Joe – as directed by his wife). Joe and Rebecca have two young children that keep them on the go.

Kathy Barthauer

Designer, Showroom Manager
Kathy joined Dexter Builders in 2015 as our Designer and Showroom Manager. She is a graduate of Baker College with a degree in Interior Design and has over 14 years of experience as a designer putting her education to work. Customers love working with Kathy to make their project designs come alive and shine. Kathy and her husband live in Bellville and enjoy many weekends and evenings on the lake in their boat.

Rachel Hill

Project Manager
A customer favorite, Rachel specializes in the Design and Project Management of kitchens and bathrooms. She is awesome at listening to the dreams and ideas of her customers and then working through each step until the finishing touches are complete. She prides herself on keeping jobs on schedule and work areas clean.
Rachel is from Manchester where she worked for Bridgewater Lumber for nearly twenty years before joining us in 2008.
When she’s not working, Rachel likes to spend time with her son and daughter, and with her large extended family (six brothers and sisters), exercising, and completing projects around her house (on schedule and clean).

Paul Lopez

Project Manager
Paul grew up in Chelsea and now lives in Grass Lake. Paul is our “go to” expert for difficult framing projects. He spent 10 years as our framing crew leader before we sweet talked him into working out of the office. Once he figured out that the office was air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter he liked the idea. His area of concentration is exterior remodeling and framing projects.
In his spare time Paul enjoys softball, golf and boating. Paul is enduring the ups and occasional downs of having 2 teenage sons.

Josh Meyer

Project Manager
We are very happy to have Josh as part of our team, he joined us in 2012 and soon became a great player. Josh was born in Virginia, but grew up in many other States following his father’s career as a college basketball coach. Fortunately for Dexter Builders, Michigan basketball brought the Meyer family to Ann Arbor, where his father is an assistant coach at The University of Michigan.
Josh played college basketball at Taylor University in Indiana. Before moving to Ann Arbor Josh worked as an outside sales rep and operations manager for Fastenal and Cummings. He tries to take advantage of all that the Ann Arbor area has to offer. He is a huge sports fan, and also likes to mix it up on the court, field, or golf course.

Gary Wolkie

Project Manager
Gary joined Dexter Builders in 2014. He has 25 years of construction experience which he puts to use managing many of our larger projects. Customers appreciate his experience and ability to keep a project moving, and that he is very thoughtful and helpful. Gary and his wife live on the west side of Ann Arbor, they have a son in high school and a daughter in college.

Adam Shell

Estimator
Adam grew up in the Flint area and is a graduate of EMU – Construction Management. He spent 11 years in the Navy following high school where he served on a submarine for 3 years, and spent the remaining time as a Seabee. Adam has traveled the world be didn’t get to see much. He and his wife have a young daughter and live in Dexter. You might see him at UM football games where he is an usher at home games.

Kathy Pieske

Project Coordinator
Kathy grew up in Manchester and still lives in the area with her family. Kathy spent 15 years with Bridgewater Lumber working with contractors and now is enjoying being on the other side of the table. At Dexter Builders, Kathy concentrates on kitchen and bath projects.
When not working or helping out family, Kathy loves to bake cakes for friends and many weddings. We always know that a company party will have a great ending with one of her awesome cakes.

Office Staff

Jordan Beecham

Marketing
Jordan joined Dexter Builders in 2012 and coordinates our marketing and public relations efforts. Prior to joining Dexter Builders Jordan spent 8 years as a marketing representative with GMR promoting products at trade shows. Jordan grew up in Battle Creek and graduated from Western Michigan University in 2010.
Jordan is the star goalie on the Dexter Builders’ Over 50 Hockey Team. He is a couple decades under the age 50, but it is very difficult to find goalies over 50 years old. Jordan also plays hockey on a couple other teams throughout the year. He’s also a budding gourmet chef, and proud owner of Eggroll – his English Bulldog.

Monika Frost

Accounting
Monika grew up in Albion and now lives in Tecumseh with her young daughter. She joined Dexter Builders in 2015 and works as our in-house bookkeeper. Monika also helps with customer service talking with new customers on the phone and scheduling appointments. Prior to joining Dexter Builders, Monika was Office Manager at Jackson Plumbing & Heating Co.

Pam Kent

Office Manager
The pleasant voice of Dexter Builders is our secret weapon.
As our office manager since 2006, Pam handles our administrative, scheduling, and accounting responsibilities with charm and expertise. She works very hard to keep everyone and everything at Dexter Builders running smoothly.
Before joining Dexter Builders, she held similar positions at 3M and Gelman Sciences for almost twenty years. Originally from Chelsea, she knows this area well and enjoys working with so many homeowners.
When she’s not juggling many balls at the office, she likes to spend her time with her grandchildren, and her husband on their boat.

Field Crew

These guys are the fuel that runs our well oiled machine. Each one has their own particular set of skills from rough framing to finished carpentry, demolition, or cleanup. With a passion for building and remodeling our crew makes sure the quality of work that is done on your home meets the standards that they would set for their own home. Many of them have been with us for over 10 years

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