TEAM PROFILES

Bill Jetton
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Bill Jetton | President and Founder
Bill Jetton grew up in a small town on the gulf coast of Texas.  He earned his BA in economics from the University of Houston in 1973. He left for California shortly after graduation and began apprenticing as a carpenter in Mendocino. “As a young man, I was drawn to carpentry because I liked working with my hands and being part of a team.  Building my company has been exciting and fulfilling in both respects.  Once I started building I never wanted to stop.”


Robert Lee | Principal
Robert has over 25 years of hands-on management experience in the custom residential remodeling field. Sustainability, quality, professionalism, beauty, function, and value are his guiding principles. Growing up in a family of graphic designers and engineers, he developed an eye for the deeper sense of order that only great building and design can provide. As a Principal of Jetton Construction, Robert takes pride in having clients who are as delighted by the process as they are by the final product. Outside of work he enjoys playing music with his school parent band, musing about urban housing and transportation policy and spending time outdoors with his wife and two teenage sons.


Michael Van Lokeren | Principal

Michael brings over two decades of experience in custom residential construction. For ten years, he worked alongside his brothers in Los Angeles to establish a business that earned distinguished projects. In 2011, he joined the Jetton team and discovered that it felt very much like a family business. Michael is pleased to work in a uniquely rewarding field where the artistry of architectural design meets the functional beauty of a well-built home that performs for its owner. He earned his BA from Middlebury College in French and Spanish, studied Construction Management at UCLA, and is a LEED AP. When he’s not pouring through plans and details, Michael enjoys playing alongside his wife on their coed soccer team and spending time with their two daughters.

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Jim Williams | Senior Project Supervisor
Jim Williams was born in New York City, but gained his gentlemanly ways from a childhood spent in the south. A licensed contractor with over thirty years of experience, Jim has been in a lead position at Jetton Construction since 1987.  He also has a B.A. in dance and enjoys “choreographing” the many elements within each project.

Gordon Drake | Project Supervisor
Growing up in Marin County with a father and brother who are both builders, Gordon was immersed in construction from a young age. As a child, his family went to a rural island to build a series of homes that were off the grid, an experience that instilled in him a sense of both idealism and practicality. After studying Liberal Studies at SFSU, Gordon got his contractor’s license and worked throughout Marin county for 20 years on remodels and new construction. When he’s not working on some of the finest homes in the Bay with Jetton, Gordon enjoys boating, backpacking, and spending time with his family in San Rafael.

Steve Weaver

Steve Weaver | Project Supervisor
Steve Weaver earned a B.A. in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz. His interest in vernacular architecture and ruins gives him a unique perspective on the remodeling business. As he sums it up “I am fascinated by new uses for old structures.” Steve has been working in construction since 1984. He is committed to craftsmanship, enjoys the process of building and appreciates a well-designed architectural space.

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Randall Cline | Project Supervisor
Randy went into construction at an early age and has grown to enjoy the complexity and creativity of building not just the structures themselves but also the team that makes it happen. He has extensive experience in managing all aspects of high-end residential projects in the Bay Area. Randy is a native of San Rafael and happily resides there with his family of four.  With any free time he enjoys surfing, running and reading.  He earned his BA in International Business at the Dominican University and studied project management at UC Berkeley.

George Romweber | Project Supervisor
George was just twelve years old when he began his first construction project - a two-story structure with a roof deck built from scraps left by his neighbor’s remodel. It was perfect for sleepovers, and George was hooked. At 16 he began a four-year apprenticeship with a master builder and architect in his home state of Indiana, before moving to California to study biology at UC Berkeley and remodel homes in Lake Tahoe. George now lives in Oakland where he enjoys running his kids to the point of exhaustion and eating breakfasts built around bacon

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John Lancaster | Journey Carpenter
John has been interested in construction since the age of four when he built his first tree fort with his mother. As a carpenter, he believes that there is a certain amount of respect that one attains from others as well as pride from within. John also devotes his time as a volunteer each year with Habitat for Humanity; he and his family volunteered in Nepal to help rebuild after the recent earthquake damage. John is an active participant in his daughter's Girl Scout Troop, an enthusiastic volunteer within the city of Oakland.

Galen Pimentel | Journey Carpenter
Galen grew up in Oakland and was immersed in the construction trades at an early age.  He has worked at Jetton since 2006 and has  established himself as an excellent carpentry artisan and appreciates the continued team effort construction requires.

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Heladio Mendez | Journey Carpenter
Heladio Began working in construction in 1998.  Coming out of high school, he was immediately intrigued with the art of carpentry.  He began with pieces of scrap wood to get familiar with the contouring of the wood and within three months he was making miter joints, casing, and painting his creations. He lives in Marin with his family and enjoys playing soccer with his son. His dream is to build a home for his family.

 

Daniel Corcoran | Journey Carpenter
Daniel is a third-generation carpenter from County Cork, Ireland, where he learned the carpentry trade from his father. After secondary school, he studied at the Cork Institute of Technology where he completed an Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery and a Certificate in Architecture and Interior Design. He then went on to travel all over South America, which led to a two-year carpentry stint in Melbourne, Australia that allowed him to explore much of Southeast Asia. Daniel settled in Oakland with his wife, where they like to spend their free time hiking and going on weekend trips.

Cale Smith | Journey Carpenter
Raised in an eclectic South Bay community, Cale was surrounded by tradespeople who taught him the value of quality craftsmanship. After building homes with his uncle in Hawai’i, Cale graduated with a B.A. in History from UCLA and settled back in the East Bay. He has completed a major remodel of his own home and understands the process intimately from both the professional and homeowner points of view. Cale enjoys building both modern and rustic structures in which structural joints are finish details and believes in the value of a structure that is built to endure.

Alberto Diaz | Carpenter
Alberto earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Universidad Internacional in his home state of Cuernavaca, Mexico. When a family member offered him work in construction he took to it quickly, appreciating a job where he could physically see the results of his work and be proud of what his hands could create. Over the next several years Alberto (who goes by the nickname Beto) sought out new skills and gained more experience, and is grateful to now be working for Jetton where he feels appreciated and has opportunities for growth. He lives in Concord and enjoys traveling and going to the movies with his wife.


Mario Madrigal | Carpenter

Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Mario immigrated to the U.S. in 1993. After working at a bakery in Orange County for a few years, he moved to the Bay Area where he began pursuing his interest in construction. Over his two decades of experience, Mario has always been motivated by seeing clients satisfied with their new or renovated homes. Now settled in El Sobrante, he likes to take solo walks, learn about new cultures, and eat excellent food.

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Lisa Suardana | Office Manager
Lisa has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Lisa enjoys being a part of the integrated team effort that is involved in every construction project Jetton undertakes. She is committed to implementing systems to smoothly manage the financial details of the building process. When not at the office, Lisa can be found in her garden. As a transplant to Berkeley from New England, Lisa enjoys spring in February and growing California native plants year round.


Toni Dort | Administrative Assistant
Toni began working in construction administration a few years ago and fell in love with the excitement of supporting a project from start to finish. She has had the opportunity to work for several excellent companies, expanding her knowledge with each one. Originally from Walnut Creek, Toni values spending quality time with her friends, family, and dog (preferably at the beach), and enjoys planning and hosting events for all occasions.