Our team members are our biggest strength and most important asset. We believe in hiring and retaining the best talent through generous incentives, ongoing training, and opportunity for growth. Our team’s dedication to customer satisfaction is one of the major reasons we are the premier design and renovation company in the Brandywine Valley.
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Assistant Project Manager
As President of First State Building & Design, Joe lives and breathes carpentry and construction. He started the company back in 2006 and has transformed it into the business it is today – a growing full-service home renovation company that designs and builds custom-crafted exterior and interior spaces. All with a customer-first approach. From meeting with clients to getting his hands dirty in the field, Joe continues to put his passion into what he loves.
Vice President of Operations and Interior Design Divisional Manager
Nancy oversees all staffing and day-to-day office activities of the office, as well as key departments including marketing, sales, production, and customer service. As the team leader for the Interiors division, she manages all aspects of our interior design projects including initial consultations, proposals, production, and planning to ensure quality and customer satisfaction.
Ron initially joined our team as a lead carpenter, honing his master carpenter skills to perfection. Now he leverages that expertise as our Computer-Assisted Design (CAD) professional. In this role, he creates all the structural and technical drawings for our exterior projects.
Pete began his construction career after serving in the 82 nd Airborne division of the United States Army. Now, some 40 years later, his master carpentry skills and experience are leveraged in overseeing many of our residential renovation projects.
As Project Manager, Matt manages all production aspects of our home renovation projects including our daily working crews and subcontractors with an emphasis on maintaining our high standards of quality in both workmanship and customer satisfaction.
Julia oversees the permit application process for the company, working with local townships and counties to ensure all our projects meet local standards and requirements. She also serves as the main liaison between our sales department and our project managers.
Chris may have spent the majority of his 30-year career as a graphic designer and web developer, but he has turned that passion into the role of our exterior designer. He is responsible for producing 3-D renderings of our exterior projects, including decks, pavilions, porches, patios, hardscapes, and landscaping.
A member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Kalee is FSBD’s lead interior designer. She serves as the point person for all kitchen and bath remodeling projects. She works with clients from initial consultation and proposal to the design stages and planning of the project, ensuring customer satisfaction every step of the way. In her spare time, she also oversees our line of Phantom Screen products.
With 28+ years of construction sales, management and hands-on experience, Rand is perfectly positioned to represent FSBD in a sales capacity. Rand works directly with prospective clients to understand their project requirements, create a design to fit their needs and help select the right materials for the job.
CJ brings 22 years of project management experience to FSBD. Initially focused on major deck projects (he is Azek certified), he has expanded his passion and construction knowledge to all our exterior services. His commitment to customer communication and satisfaction helps to streamline the FSBD sales process.
Kelly is the first friendly face you see when you stop into our main showroom on Wilmington Pike. As showroom manager, she oversees the appearance and inventory of the showroom (among many other duties). And if you contact our office, it is Kelly’s voice you will traditionally hear first — reinforcing our philosophy of a personalized (human) experience.
Dave knows a lot about home renovation. After all, he lives in a house that was built in 1722 (and has needed a lot of work over the years). He’s been a carpenter since he got out of college and with his personal and professional renovation experience has helped FSBD grow over the years.
A resident of Reading, PA, Tom brings over 15 years’ experience in the carpentry business.
Todd has been in the industry for many years and is truly a master carpenter. As a lead carpenter for FSBD, he utilizes his master level skills to build high quality exterior projects for us and overseas the execution of the overall quality workmanship for each project.
With 30+ years of carpentry experience, Ed, has been in and around construction since high school. He initially did interior finishing work, including drywall, painting, and finishing carpentry. This has expanded into general construction and home renovation, most recently with FSBD.
Miguel has been working in the construction industry for 15+ years now. He likes this industry so much that he does home renovation for us full-time professionally and part-time personally. His ongoing passion for expert workmanship helps to maintain our high-quality standards here at FSBD.
Riley began his apprenticeship carpentry education by attending Hodgson Vocational High School and has been honing his industry skills for the past 7+ years.