McDonald Remodeling

Our Team

 

We are all devoted to the home remodeling industry and its unique challenges and opportunities. Nothing is more satisfying than helping clients see new possibilities and maximizing the return on their investment, both emotionally and financially.

We believe that we are only as good as our people who are on your job every day. That’s why we employ our own crews, from seasoned carpenters and carpenters’ helpers through designers, project managers and the behind-the-scenes office staff who are integral to every job.

Jim McDonald

Jim McDonald

CEO

On what sets McDonald Remodeling apart, Jim says the company is part of a small group of remodeling firms dedicated to great design and exceptional craftsmanship—remodelers that surround themselves with good, talented people who are dedicated to that kind of thinking. Craftsmanship is huge for Jim. As he puts it, “McDonald Remodeling believes the excellence in execution of a design is paramount to the success of the design. We believe that good design is not a standalone thing—good design can come across poorly if the craftsmanship is less than excellent.”

Some might be surprised to learn that Jim comes from a long line of miners, having grown up on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Iron Range of Minnesota. He says his own work on a taconite mine taught him the value of hard work at an early age. Outside of work, Jim is passionate about helping the poor, particularly in Guatemala. He also keeps busy with projects around his own home.

Greg Alsterlund

Greg Alsterlund

Partner/President

Greg has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of remodeling, from digging drain tile to framing homes to designing kitchens to working home shows. The biggest part of his role, says Greg, is to listen to clients’ goals and lead the way for changes that will achieve those goals, through design, budgeting, options, and good-old-fashioned service. Greg says his favorite part of his work is “that people invite us into their homes and lives with the intent for us to make changes that will truly impact the way they live in their homes. I find it humbling.” In his free time, Greg loves spending time with his family and friends, especially having a nice dinner or relaxing at the cabin. Greg is a resident of Inver Grove Heights.

Todd Bjerstedt

Todd Bjerstedt

Designer/Project Manager

Along with his background in designing new and remodeled homes, Todd brings a diverse set of experience to his work at McDonald Remodeling, from dairy farming to welding to property management to real estate sales. At McDonald Remodeling, Todd sees his key role as helping clients solve problems with their homes. This problem solving is his favorite part of his work, apart from the people he works with. In his free time, Todd still enjoys welding projects, as well as hunting and gun collecting. Todd grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin and now lives in River Falls.

Tamra Mueller

Tamra Mueller

Designer/Project Manager

Tamra has been in the design and building industry for over 20 years. With a degree in interior design from DCTC in Rosemount, she’ focused on residential architecture—working with clients to design new homes and tackle challenging renovation projects. She is especially fond of remodeling; “From introducing a fresh, new design idea for the home to ultimately walking through a beautifully finished project with the client and seeing their appreciation and excitement, it’s such a rewarding experience!” Tamra is from Burnsville and resides in Eagan. In her free time, she enjoys the summer and loves being outdoors, visiting the river city areas like Stillwater and Prescott to meet friends for lunch, spending time with her family or just hanging out listening to live music on a patio.

Jeff Heikkinen

Jeff Heikkinen

Partner/Vice President

Jeff’s role at McDonald Remodeling focuses on the financial aspects of the business as well as production management. He really enjoys his work on the financial side, while still supporting the work that a great team of craftsmen and designers does for clients. Jeff started out his career in the construction business with a degree from Saint Paul Vocational Technical College and paired that with many years of experience in the field, mostly self-employed. Although he has framed many houses, Jeff’s favorite tasks have been the hands-on custom work that puts a unique stamp on a project. A little-known fact about Jeff is that he does farm work and forestry activities on his land in Northern Minnesota, tractor and all. Besides this, his free time is spent with his family, enjoying the great outdoors—cabin time, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, and supporting his kids’ activities.

Chris Wylie

Chris Wylie

Production Manager

Chris has worked for McDonald Remodeling for more than 15 years. Prior to that, he built new homes with his uncle’s company. Chris’s role entails keeping jobs on track and finished to McDonald Remodeling standards. His favorite aspect of the work is solving problems or questions that come up on site. In his free time, Chris likes to spend time with his family, coach little league, and hunt and fish. Chris lives in Farmington in a new home he built for his family.

Kevin Tamte

Kevin Tamte

Project Manager

Kevin’s key role for McDonald Remodeling is to manage projects and oversee the field team on each remodeling job. Before this, he worked at Menards in hardware and lumber, then gained on-the-job training in trimming for new home construction. Kevin also earned a degree in construction and cabinet making from South Central Technical College. He says his favorite part about working at McDonald Remodeling is that the team as a whole is very focused on giving the client a high quality remodel. Kevin lives in Cottage Grove.

Bryan Zahn

Bryan Zahn

CAD Drafter

Bryan has been at McDonald Remodeling for “a long time.” His key tasks are drawing and design, and his favorite part of this work is helping people see what can be done with their homes. In his free time, Bryan enjoys anything on the water, at least during the summer months. He grew up in Oronoco and currently lives in Inver Grove Heights.

Susan Wittine

Susan Wittine

Interior Designer

Susan’s role at McDonald Remodeling is to ensure that every project’s selections and finishes are carefully considered to achieve a well-articulated expression of a client’s vision. Susan has a BFA from the College of Visual Arts from the School of Visual Communications. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and has been working in the design industry since 2001. Susan loves getting to know a homeowner, how they live and what they envision for their new space. She finds helping them create beautiful solutions to achieve their project’s goals very rewarding. Susan, as one might guess loves spending time absorbing as much as she can on Instagram and Pinterest. You could also find her curled up with one of the latest issues of Elle Décor, Dwell, or House Beautiful in hand if she has a few minutes to spare.

Alisa Dragt-Hoffman

Alisa Dragt-Hoffman

Interior Designer

Alisa’s role at McDonald Remodeling is to ensure that every project’s room finish schedule is up to date and complete. Her favorite part about the work is the variety—every project is different, she says, and every client is working for a unique solution. Alisa has a degree in interior design from the University of Minnesota and worked for a high-end interior design firm in the west metro prior to McDonald Remodeling. As for pastimes, Alissa reads any fiction put in front of her and loves a good movie, though she doesn’t have much free time with two children at home. One thing people are surprised to learn about her is that she grew up on a farm. These days, Alisa calls South St. Paul home.

Elizabeth McDonald

Elizabeth McDonald

Office Manager

Elizabeth’s role at McDonald Remodeling is to manage office administrative tasks including invoices, change orders, and answering the phone. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys such varied activities as dancing, watching movies, writing, and playing games. Elizabeth lives in Inver Grove Heights, where she was born and raised.

Jim Lehto

Jim Lehto

Lead Trim Carpenter

Jim is a master trimmer and sums up his role at McDonald Remodeling as “adding the quality details that set McDonald Remodeling projects apart.” His favorite part about his work is making things look their best. Some people are surprised to learn that Jim was a baker for eight years, in another life. When not at work, Jim enjoys fishing, hanging out with friends, bowling, and playing volleyball. Jim lives in Crystal, MN, where he was born and raised.

 

Jeffrey Halonen

Jeffrey Halonen

Carpenter

Jeff sums up his role at McDonald Remodeling as “keeping the clients happy,” and he says his favorite part of working here is the people he works with. Prior to his work here, Jeff worked at a nuclear plant and ran his own business. One little-known fact about Jeff is that he used to race triathlons. These days, he spends his free time swimming, vacationing, and trying new places to eat.

Andy Haglof

Andy Haglof

Carpenter

Andy is a versatile carpenter with well over a decade of experience under his belt and a degree in carpentry from Hennepin Technical College. When asked about his work at McDonald Remodeling, he said, “I really enjoy the opportunity to do something different on any given day and adapting to the challenges to get the job done.” Andy grew up in New Brighton and now lives with his wife and son in Fridley. In his spare time he rides and races dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and gets out on the water for fishing the elusive Muskie.

Justin Kolflat

Justin Kolflat

Carpenter

Justin relishes the challenge of his work at McDonald Remodeling, which focuses on demolition and framing. After a hard day’s work doing just that, he likes to spend his free time resting up. Justin grew up in Crystal, Minnesota and lives in Brooklyn Park with his family.

 

Bruce Fischbach

Bruce Fischbach

Carpenter

Bruce’s role with McDonald Remodeling focuses on demolition and framing, but he has experience and training in framing, concrete, roofing and drywall. About his work, Bruce says he most enjoys the variety. And he doesn’t even get enough of it at work—in his free time, Bruce likes to work on small carpentry projects as well, for himself, friends, and family. Bruce lives in Inver Grove Heights.

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