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ERIK OLSON, PRESIDENT    Purpose:  Senior Project Manager and Client Services   Strength:  Project management, accounting and business development   When it Began:  Drawing floor plans at age 4 with my grandfather, an architect. I became one of the first five employees at Gardner Construction, an award-winning commercial firm in Minneapolis. I managed more than 300 Class A interior remodeling projects across the Twin Cities including Star Tribune headquarters, Sleep Number headquarters and Boston Consulting Group from preliminary budgeting through closeout.   Favorite Part of the Construction Process:  Meeting new people and building lasting relationships   Words to Live By:     “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”  – Abraham Lincoln

ERIK OLSON, PRESIDENT

Purpose: Senior Project Manager and Client Services

Strength: Project management, accounting and business development

When it Began: Drawing floor plans at age 4 with my grandfather, an architect. I became one of the first five employees at Gardner Construction, an award-winning commercial firm in Minneapolis. I managed more than 300 Class A interior remodeling projects across the Twin Cities including Star Tribune headquarters, Sleep Number headquarters and Boston Consulting Group from preliminary budgeting through closeout.

Favorite Part of the Construction Process: Meeting new people and building lasting relationships

Words to Live By: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” – Abraham Lincoln

ANDY BLESSING, PROJECT MANAGEMENT    Purpose:  Senior Project Manager   Strength:  Project management, building science and estimating   When it Began:  My dad was a custom home builder so I’ve always had a passion for architecture and building. I have been managing residential construction projects for more than 16 years and take great pride in collaborating with clients and architects to create their vision.   Favorite Part of the Construction Process:  Handing over the keys to our clients! It’s an amazing moment when their dream home becomes a physical reality.   Words to Live By:   “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works .” – Steve Jobs

ANDY BLESSING, PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Purpose: Senior Project Manager

Strength: Project management, building science and estimating

When it Began: My dad was a custom home builder so I’ve always had a passion for architecture and building. I have been managing residential construction projects for more than 16 years and take great pride in collaborating with clients and architects to create their vision.

Favorite Part of the Construction Process: Handing over the keys to our clients! It’s an amazing moment when their dream home becomes a physical reality.

Words to Live By: “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs

JOHN THELEN, SUPERINTENDENT    Purpose:  Site Superintendent   Strength:  Building knowledge, site supervision and management   When it Began:  I’ve always loved building—I guess you could say it’s in my DNA! I have more than 23 years of experience in residential and commercial construction, overseeing all operations on site.   Favorite Part of the Construction Process:  At the end of every day, you get to step back and admire all of the work that you accomplished.   Words to Live By:   “To step forward into growth or step backward into safety.”  – Abraham Maslow

JOHN THELEN, SUPERINTENDENT

Purpose: Site Superintendent

Strength: Building knowledge, site supervision and management

When it Began: I’ve always loved building—I guess you could say it’s in my DNA! I have more than 23 years of experience in residential and commercial construction, overseeing all operations on site.

Favorite Part of the Construction Process: At the end of every day, you get to step back and admire all of the work that you accomplished.

Words to Live By: “To step forward into growth or step backward into safety.” – Abraham Maslow

 
AMY MATTKE, MARKETING DIRECTOR    Purpose:  Client Services, Marketing and Graphic Design   Strength:  Connecting with clients, architects, designers and artisans and building meaningful partnerships   When it Began:  I grew up around my family’s commercial construction companies in the Twin Cities. I’ve been in the A/C/E industry for the past eight years. Before joining Telos, I worked for HGA Architects and Engineers, an award-winning commercial firm in Minneapolis.   Favorite Part of the Construction Process:  Walking through a newly finished build or remodel and experiencing a sense of bliss from the beauty—and the smell of fresh finishes!   Words to Live By:   “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”  – Maya Angelou

AMY MATTKE, MARKETING DIRECTOR

Purpose: Client Services, Marketing and Graphic Design

Strength: Connecting with clients, architects, designers and artisans and building meaningful partnerships

When it Began: I grew up around my family’s commercial construction companies in the Twin Cities. I’ve been in the A/C/E industry for the past eight years. Before joining Telos, I worked for HGA Architects and Engineers, an award-winning commercial firm in Minneapolis.

Favorite Part of the Construction Process: Walking through a newly finished build or remodel and experiencing a sense of bliss from the beauty—and the smell of fresh finishes!

Words to Live By: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

ANDY LARSON, SUPERINTENDENT    Purpose:  Superintendent   Strength:  An eye for detail, building knowledge and project oversight   When it Began:  I grew up working with my dad on my childhood home in Northern Minnesota. I also spent my high school summers as a laborer at my local lumber yard. Before joining Telos, I owned a residential construction company for more than 10 years.   Favorite Part of the Construction Process:  Building my skillsets to creatively overcome challenges that inevitably arise on any project propels me to continue showing up every day. It's very satisfying when I get to solve problems and see around corners to improve the end result. "Always be a student of the craft" is my personal motto.   Words to Live By:   “Imagination is more important than knowledge."  – Albert Einstein

ANDY LARSON, SUPERINTENDENT

Purpose: Superintendent

Strength: An eye for detail, building knowledge and project oversight

When it Began: I grew up working with my dad on my childhood home in Northern Minnesota. I also spent my high school summers as a laborer at my local lumber yard. Before joining Telos, I owned a residential construction company for more than 10 years.

Favorite Part of the Construction Process: Building my skillsets to creatively overcome challenges that inevitably arise on any project propels me to continue showing up every day. It's very satisfying when I get to solve problems and see around corners to improve the end result. "Always be a student of the craft" is my personal motto.

Words to Live By: “Imagination is more important than knowledge." – Albert Einstein

ANNA BUI, PROJECT OPERATIONS    Purpose:  Project Operations and Logistics   Strength:  Project operations and Procore, our construction software management system   When it Began:  I immigrated from Vietnam to Minnesota at the age of 22 and learned to speak English while attending Minnesota State University, Mankato. I became a project coordinator for a local commercial contractor where I developed a passion for the industry and gained an in-depth understanding of construction operations.   Favorite Part of the Construction Process:  Every day is something new. Each construction site brings new and interesting challenges.   Words to Live By:   “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.”  – Anthony Robbins

ANNA BUI, PROJECT OPERATIONS

Purpose: Project Operations and Logistics

Strength: Project operations and Procore, our construction software management system

When it Began: I immigrated from Vietnam to Minnesota at the age of 22 and learned to speak English while attending Minnesota State University, Mankato. I became a project coordinator for a local commercial contractor where I developed a passion for the industry and gained an in-depth understanding of construction operations.

Favorite Part of the Construction Process: Every day is something new. Each construction site brings new and interesting challenges.

Words to Live By: “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” – Anthony Robbins

 
MARTY FOSSEN, SUPERINTENDENT    Purpose:  Superintendent   Strength:  Material installation knowledge and site management   When it Began:  Building forts—and really cool ones, at that! Who would’ve thought fort building would become my career? I started building stuff while working on my master’s degree and found that building stuff suited me well. Before joining Telos, I attended “the school of hard knocks” for 20 years, where I oversaw hundreds of luxury residential remodel construction projects.   Favorite Part of the Construction Process:  When   the practical, functional side of design meets the aesthetic, artistic part. I love   building, creating and making tangible, usable, functional, well-designed spaces that work really well for people’s needs while feeding and fostering their spirit and soul.   Words to Live By:   “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”  – Winston Churchill

MARTY FOSSEN, SUPERINTENDENT

Purpose: Superintendent

Strength: Material installation knowledge and site management

When it Began: Building forts—and really cool ones, at that! Who would’ve thought fort building would become my career? I started building stuff while working on my master’s degree and found that building stuff suited me well. Before joining Telos, I attended “the school of hard knocks” for 20 years, where I oversaw hundreds of luxury residential remodel construction projects.

Favorite Part of the Construction Process: When the practical, functional side of design meets the aesthetic, artistic part. I love building, creating and making tangible, usable, functional, well-designed spaces that work really well for people’s needs while feeding and fostering their spirit and soul.

Words to Live By: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” – Winston Churchill

SOL MCCORMICK, CARPENTER FOREMAN    Purpose:  Lead Carpenter   Strength:  Framing, finishing and installation   When it Began:  I grew up in California and owned a landscaping business there for 14 years before settling in Minnesota with my family. Before joining Telos, I worked for a local residential contractor in St. Paul where I specialized in new home builds and historic remodels.   Favorite Part of the Construction Process:  I enjoy figuring out the solution to complex problems, seeing the direct results of my labor and building beautiful spaces for people to enjoy.   Words to Live By:   “No man is an island”  – John Donne

SOL MCCORMICK, CARPENTER FOREMAN

Purpose: Lead Carpenter

Strength: Framing, finishing and installation

When it Began: I grew up in California and owned a landscaping business there for 14 years before settling in Minnesota with my family. Before joining Telos, I worked for a local residential contractor in St. Paul where I specialized in new home builds and historic remodels.

Favorite Part of the Construction Process: I enjoy figuring out the solution to complex problems, seeing the direct results of my labor and building beautiful spaces for people to enjoy.

Words to Live By: “No man is an island” – John Donne

JOSIAH LUKES, CARPENTER    Purpose:  Carpenter   Strength:  Demolition work, framing and high-end finishing   When it Began:  I started working in home remodeling and construction when I was in high school. I now have more than 15 years of experience in custom residential construction.   Favorite Part of the Construction Process:  Seeing the fruits of my labor.   Words to Live By:  “Always leave the campground cleaner than you found it.” – The Boy Scout Rule

JOSIAH LUKES, CARPENTER

Purpose: Carpenter

Strength: Demolition work, framing and high-end finishing

When it Began: I started working in home remodeling and construction when I was in high school. I now have more than 15 years of experience in custom residential construction.

Favorite Part of the Construction Process: Seeing the fruits of my labor.

Words to Live By: “Always leave the campground cleaner than you found it.” – The Boy Scout Rule

 
 
TYLER JAROS, ACCOUNTING    Purpose:  Accounting, Payroll Services, Budgeting and Business Administration   Strength:  Honesty, integrity and professionalism   When it Began:  Accounting is in my blood. I graduated from the University of St Thomas and I love all aspects of accounting and financial planning.   Favorite Part of the Construction Process:  Seeing the end result and the project come to life.   Words to Live By:   “I Think Goals Should Never Be Easy, They Should Force You To Work, Even If They Are Uncomfortable At The Time.”  – Michael Phelps

TYLER JAROS, ACCOUNTING

Purpose: Accounting, Payroll Services, Budgeting and Business Administration

Strength: Honesty, integrity and professionalism

When it Began: Accounting is in my blood. I graduated from the University of St Thomas and I love all aspects of accounting and financial planning.

Favorite Part of the Construction Process: Seeing the end result and the project come to life.

Words to Live By: “I Think Goals Should Never Be Easy, They Should Force You To Work, Even If They Are Uncomfortable At The Time.” – Michael Phelps

 
 
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