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.”
Jim Williams, Project Manager
Jim Williams was born in New York City, but gained his gentlemanly ways from a childhood spent in the south. “As production manager, I enjoy “choreographing” the many elements within each project.” Jim has been in a lead position at Jetton Construction since 1987. He is a licensed contractor with over thirty years of experience and also has a B.A. in dance.
Steve Weaver, Project Supervisor/Journey Carpenter
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.
Chris Tong, Project Supervisor/Journey Carpenter
Chris Tong started working with his hands in 1975 as a piece work framer in Fresno, CA. Since then he has developed a passion for both construction and architecture, putting his skills to the test when he built his own house from the ground up over five years.
Chris, who joined the Jetton team in 2008, greatly appreciates the variety and quality of projects, as well as the excellent community of staff and subs. In the future he hopes to do more design/build projects, always striving for a smaller global impact.
When he’s not building, Chris enjoys exploring the Sierras, cooking, practicing Aikido and spending time with his kids.
Robert Lee, Senior Project Manager/Estimator
Robert Lee, a native of the East Bay, has worked in high quality remodeling since 1988. Having extensively re-built his own home, Robert knows first-hand what it is like to be on the customer side of the construction project. “I take great pleasure in working with our clients to ensure that they achieve their remodeling dreams.” Beyond work he can be found enjoying his family and writing songs.
Steve Klucharich, Estimator/Project Manager
Steve, our estimator, is an LEED Green Associate. He draws on a wealth of experience as a finish carpenter and project manager. His skill at finding the highest quality at the best value makes him essential to the Jetton Team. He is excited to have the privilege of working with some of the most talented architects, designers and craftspeople in the Bay Area.
When not immersed in spreadsheets, he likes to cook, garden and coach his daughter’s softball team.
Sean Miskel, Journey Carpenter
Sean has been working as a carpenter for more than 25 years and is still fascinated by the problem solving and craft that goes into making successful architectural projects. His love of the medium began at twelve when he bought his first table saw. He has a large collection of antique tools, which keeps him connected to the history of the building profession. Sean says, ” I enjoy being a part of the team at Jetton Construction. We have a strong work ethic and a commitment to attaining the highest quality finished product. It is great to work with people who share my values as a builder.”
Beyond work, Sean is an accomplished chef with a penchant for Italian cuisine. He has expanded his collecting to include antique furniture and art glass.
Bill Cucci, Senior Project Manager/Estimator
Bill Cucci has been working as an administrative and estimating guru for over 35 years and has consistently kept pace with this ever-changing field. He is a wizard with the computer. Along with his financial and management accounting skills, he is proficient at Excel and Project. Bill values the unique collaborative effort in managing projects at Jetton. He is excited to be a part of the movement towards beautiful homes made almost completely out of recycled materials.
An Aikido black belt, Bill also enjoys running, refereeing soccer, riding his motorcycle on the coast, using Trig functions to cut unusual rafters and listening to Opera.
Galen Pimentel, Journey Carpenter
Galen Pimentel graduated from Bishop O’Dowd in 2005 where he was a valued member of the soccer team. He also rowed for the award-winning Oakland Strokes Crew team. He has now established himself in the carpentry trade and appreciates the continued team effort construction requires.
Michael Van Lokeren, Project Supervisor
From foundations to finish carpentry, Michael developed his expertise as a builder and supervisor working alongside his brother for over a decade in Santa Monica, CA. He moved to the Bay area in 2011 with his wife and first child. Michael is happy to have joined the Jetton team, which feels very much like a family business.
Michael studied Languages at Middlebury College in Vermont and is fluent in Spanish and French. In the ever changing construction industry, he recognizes that continuing education is essential to maintaining knowledge of the most current building technologies. Michael is a LEED AP and has completed a certification in construction management from UCLA.
In his free time Michael is amazed to watch his two daughters grow. He surfs up and down the coast and is a member of the USTA (US Tennis Association).
Tim Dawson, Project Supervisor
Tim first began working in construction with his father. He built fireplaces while earning a degree in philosophy. In the early 1980’s he moved from Indiana to California where he and Bill Jetton met as fellow carpenters. Tim has managed a number of projects for Jetton Construction over the past twenty years.
Tim has a passion for the outdoors and has spent a time whitewater rafting throughout the country including Alaska. For a few years he played a major role in the construction of Burning Man Temple. He lives in Stinson Beach where he is an active member of the Volunteer Fire Department.
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. It was a simple structure but he remembers it well and loved the feel, sound and smell of working with the wood. In college, he was put in charge of building a number of decks and other structures on campus and found that on many occasions instead of studying for tests he was out building various things. John has been involved in construction for about 28 years now and believes that there is a certain amount of respect that one attains from others as well as pride from within, which comes from being a good builder and having an eye on the end result of any construction project.
John also devotes his time as a volunteer each year with Habitat for Humanity which recently included an opportunity to work with President Jimmy Carter and his wife Roselyn, on a project in East Oakland. His upcoming volunteer project is helping to rebuild in Nepal after the recent earthquake damage .
John is an active participant in his daughter's Girl Scout Troop, an active volunteer within the city of Oakland, a lover of the outdoors, and most anything related to sports as well as the proud owner of a new dog, Glory.
Tod Ehmann, Journey Carpenter
Tod graduated from UC Davis in 2000 as a history major. While he finished up his coursework, he worked on a West Davis family owned farm, where he began his building career turning an acre of dirt into a blackberry patch.
After a brief stay in his hometown of Ukiah CA, he came to the bay and went to work landscaping in Berkeley. After two years of working with concrete, rock and trees, he moved on to work for the East Bay Conservation Corps, where he helped kids from East and West Oakland cut trails in the Berkeley and Oakland Hills.
2003 was a good year as he married the love of his life in June, then was hired on as a carpenter with Jetton.
Tod now has two kids who inspire him and make him laugh. When he's not playing with his kids, or working on his house, you might find him at an A's game or listening to a local band. He enjoys his work immensely and is proud to be a part of a talented, thoughtful, hardworking team.
Heladio Mendez, Journey Carpenter
Heladio Began working in construction in 1998. Coming out of high school, he noticed most of his friends getting into construction and decided to give it a try. He was immediately intrigued with the art of carpentry. Approaching his site manager who originally felt he was too young to work a chop saw, he gave Heladio small pieces of scrap wood to get familiar with the contouring of the wood. Within 3 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.
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.
Ashley Rene Smith, Administrative Assistant
Ashley graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture and Design. While in college, she embraced cooperative living which broadened her understanding of eco-design and taught her to view sustainability as a way of life. Ashley interned for Solar Community Housing Association of Davis as the Interior Design Coordinator for a year-long LEED Certified Building project. She is eager to learn as much as she can about the construction industry.