Chad Stewart- President
Chad began his career in construction at a young age. He started from the ground up, following in his father’s steps. His first role started at the age of 15, working summers and school vacations in the family owned Lumber Yard business which supplied Structural Buildings and other companies with building packages. His primary job was packing materials and loading trucks that would direct ship materials to the job sites. When he was old enough to drive he began delivering materials to job sites and performing site visits. When he was 18 he started working on a crew and building commercial and residential buildings for Structural Buildings throughout the State of Minnesota.
At the age of 22, Chad was promoted to Project Manager. He performed project coordination, scheduling sub-contractors, and on-site visits where he performed site supervision on all trades involved in each particular project. From excavation, to septic, wells, concrete, framing, electrical, plumbing and heating, interior finishing, landscaping, as well as any additional final touches that were a part of the turn-key, build-to-suit projects. He worked in this capacity for four years and then was promoted to Production Manager. As Production Manager Chad was responsible for maintaining a level of quality that stands out above the competition. As well as coordinating and scheduling all aspects of production with the salesmen, customers, drafting department, and deliveries while working hands on managing as many as twelve construction crews and twelve unique projects simultaneously.
In 2009 Chad became the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Structural Building’s as well as the Founder and Co-Owner of Structural Tower Services, Inc. Chad has acquired well over 25 years’ practical experience, and hands-on training while working for Structural Buildings, a successful, respected, and growing company within the construction industry. Throughout those years Chad has come to understand what it takes to make a company grow such as experience, drive-to-succeed, persistence, loyalty, integrity and an honest commitment to meet and exceed the expectations of the customer. In 2015 Chad purchased Structural Buildings, becoming the majority owner of the company and strives to carry on his father’s legacy. When he’s out of the office Chad’s time is spent with his daughter, family, and friends. He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hunting, traveling, auto racing, snowmobiling, 4 wheeling and other sports.
Al Stewart- CEO
As founder and business partner with Structural Buildings Al feels that, “starting the company seemed like the natural thing to do! I still love to work with customers and help make their dreams a reality!” In his personal time Al enjoys his spending time with his family, friends and taking trips on his motorcycle in the summer and to Florida during the winter months.
Doug Heacherl- Minnesota Sales
Doug graduated from Mankato Technical College with a degree in Sales & Management. He paid his way through college with his first sales job. After college he worked selling grain equipment and buildings
His next job was route sales, after that he started his own tool route selling Cornwell tools. In 1996, Doug was offered a job at Structural Buildings when he stopped out to purchase a building. Doug has said “Structural Buildings is my home and I will never look back. I have watched Structural Buildings continue to grow and diversify, and am very proud to be a part of its success”.
Doug and his wife Julie live in Becker, MN and they have three children. His favorite hobbies include fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling.
Troy Engen- Frederic Branch Manager & Wisconsin Sales
Troy started working at Structural Buildings in 2013. Having over 30 years in construction, he has said that he” can’t imagine doing anything other than constructing buildings!!!”
He enjoys offering his ideas and goals with Structural Buildings to help the company solidify its reputation for service above and beyond industry standards, with quality products and ability to perform. Troy’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, and trapping and being apart of the Frederic, Wisconsin Community where he resides with his family.
Greg Nelson- General Manager
Greg grew up in the Anoka county area and still lives there today with his Wife Sarah and their two daughters Allie & Hannah. He started his career in sales 30+ years ago and has 20+ years’ experience as a General Manager.
Greg stated that he ” joined Structural Buildings because they have proven themselves as a stable sustainable company through strong & weak economic times. They have a rich tradition in building quality construction and thousands of satisfied customers. My goal is to help continue growth, diversification and expansion into new markets for Structural Buildings”.
In his free time, he enjoys time with his family, trying new restaurants, Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, motorcycling and boating.
Terry Skoczen- Controller
Originally from North Branch, MN Terry and his wife Audrey now live in Rice,MN. Terry started his career with Structural Buildings over 20 years ago! He has seen the company grow and diversify over these years and knows the business inside and out. In his spare time, they enjoy spending time with their two sons, being involved with their church, the local Eagle Scout program, gardening, and collecting of antique farm equipment.
Todd Johnson- Senior Field Superintendant
Todd has been in construction all his life and says he “truly have dust in my veins”! During his 30 years he has worked as a laborer, owned his own construction company, held the position of regional manager for a national post frame company, and a job supervisor for many projects small to massive steel frame projects.
Todd says “My goals are to have all projects finish on time, on budget and to have happy customers”.
In his free time, Todd enjoys scuba diving, doing fine woodworking and studying aviation. He also lives in Lake Crystal, MN.
Phil Rondeau- Minnesota Sales & Brainerd Lakes Area Branch Manager
Originally from the Lake Nokomis area of South Minneapolis, Philip resided in Big Lake, MN for the past 22 years until his recent move to Pine River, MN.
Hired as the Branch Manager for the Brainerd Lakes area, Philip brings nearly 30 years of experience in commercial construction and real estate development to the team at Structural Buildings, Inc.
An avid outdoorsman, Philip spends most of his free time hunting, fishing and ATV riding with his 3 daughters who share his passion for the outdoors.
Steve Spencer- Minnesota Sales
Steve grew up in the small town of Clearwater, where the majority of his family still resides. In 1961, his grandfather started Spencer Drywall, a passion that he later passed down to Steve’s father. Growing up around drywall, as well as his father’s ability to be a “handyman” gave him the hands on experience in all around construction.
In addition, Steve was fortunate enough to work for Circle G Farms of Clear Lake for most of his adult life. From this, he not only gained a true love for farming but also many other useful skills that he’s grateful to have. In 2016, he started doing some sub-contracting for Structural Buildings also, which led to where he is today.
In 2008, Steve bought his first home in Becker, MN. It was a “fixer-upper” that needed a lot of work. Without hesitation, he got right to work using the skills he had learned over the years. After that, he purchased 5 acres in Clear Lake so he could build his next home in the country. Looking for an affordable way to build, he decided to build a Post Frame Home. Steve contacted Al with his drawings, and he sold him a materials package. With the help of his dad and some great friends, they spent the summer building his new post frame home in Clear Lake, Mn.
In 2011, he met his fiance Jaclyn. Together they have a 17-year-old daughter, a 5-year-old son and a one year old daughter which keeps them very busy! When they have free time, they enjoy camping, ice fishing, playing golf, and volleyball.
Jackie Wipper- Marketing & Special Events Coordinator
Jackie grew up in Palmer, MN and continues to live in the Clear Lake area to this day. She studied criminal justice and psychology at SCSU, and then devoted four years to taking care of her beautiful children, and her beloved grandfather. During her new journey at Structural Buildings, Jackie enjoys challenging herself both creatively and professionally everyday and is always excited to see what the future holds working with the Structural team.
Dan Brehm- Minnesota Sales
Born and raised in North Central Wisconsin, rural area of Medford. Married his wife, Cathy, in June of 1982 and lives in Ramsey, MN. They have two children; Kyle – 31 and Kelsey -26. Their son Kyle and his wife Jill have two children, Daniel (5), Reagan (3).
Dan stated “basically, I grew up with a hammer in my hand”. Dan worked as a carpenter along with his dad and brother until 1986 at which time he relocated to the Twin Cities area and continued to work in residential construction. He worked with a National residential home builder initially as a Job Supervisor until he accepted the position of Customer Service and Warranty Manager. His duties included quality inspections of the homes as well as designing, estimating, and managing of home additions & remodeling projects. In June of 2011 he grabbed the opportunity to team up with Al and Structural Buildings. Dan says he truly enjoys meeting and presenting to customers what Structural Buildings has to offer.
In his free-time, Dan enjoys spending time with family at their cabin on Leech Lake. Night time walleye fishing is a passion of his, along with rifle and muzzle hunting white tail.
Scott Nelson- Wisconsin Sales & Estimating
Scott has been with Structural Buildings since 2014. Prior to that, he was part of a family owned business where he began in 1975. This was a farm related business constructing silos, buildings as well as the sale and installation of equipment. In 2001 they began to focus on pole buildings, houses and garages.
He is in his 10th year as a school board member for the Frederic WI school district, where he resides with his family. Scott likes to hunt and fish and spend time with family at their lake property.
He enjoys the opportunity to get out and meet people and strives to be good friends with them. Scott enjoys being a part of the sales team at a great company like Structural Buildings and to be successful at what he does.
Christy Hylla- Human Resources & Administration
Brandon Wiley- Minnesota Sales
Brandon grew up in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and began his sales career with a part time job while attending the university of Minnesota.
He went on to become a GM of a major health club chain where he was in charge of driving sales through managing the sales team and personal trainers along with day to day operations.
Over the last 16 years Brandon has been dedicated to building a Real Estate business and helped many families navigate successfully through the home buying and selling process. He has worked in both resale and new construction and has become well versed in the building process from start to finish. His attention to detail, great follow up, organization skills, and genuine desire to truly help his clients has been the key to his success and allowed him to create many lasting relationships and some life long friends from those he has helped along the way.
Outside of work Brandon resides in Big Lake, MN and is focused on family with his Fiancé, 4 children, and two dogs. They enjoy hunting and fishing, and going on family vacations.
Matt Lindberg– Wisconsin Field Superintendent
Matt Lindberg grew up in Minneapolis and joined the military after high school serving in the Army Reserves for 3.5 years and Navy active duty for 5 years doing construction as a Seabee. He started framing houses in 1999 and started his own carpentry construction business in 2008. Matt has has been working as a Sub-Contractor since 2011.
When not working, Matt resides in Milltown, Wisconsin. He is a busy father to 4 children; ages 20, 10, 4, and 2. Matt enjoys sports, fishing, camping, hiking and kayaking and spending time with family and friends.
Jason Halle- Wisconsin Sales
Born and raised in western Wisconsin, Jason lives in New Richmond with his wife Beth, his 12 year old son, and 9 year old daughter. He was born into a family owned construction business and says that when you were tall enough to reach over the side of the dumpster you were put in charge of clean up. After his college years at University of Minnesota-Duluth, he jumped right back into the building business owning his own company for many years.
Having years of experience on all sides of the building business, project management has always been the most fun. “Make it happen” is his motto and bringing projects to life for his customers is a passion. When we finish the job with a smile and a handshake I know that I’ve done my job.
When not working you will find him with his family fishing, coaching middle school baseball, or “at the hunting shack”.
Jason is working out of the Rice Lake area of Wisconsin.
Sandy Hansen- Production Scheduler
Sandy grew up in Anoka, MN and has remained in the general area most of her life. She now resides in Ramsey, Mn and has four children; twin daughters and 2 sons. In addition to that Sandy also has 4 grandchildren. Her work history includes 5 years of banking, and 15 years in the manufacturing industry for Metal Sales Manufacturing. Her time at Metal Sales included working in their credit dept, customer service/inside sales, inter-branch transfer coordinator, purchasing, accounts payable and receivable; with extensive experience in office administration. For fun, she enjoys golfing, traveling, riding motorcycles, live music, and spending time with family.
Kevin Warzecha- Purchasing & Production
Kevin entered the post frame construction industry in the late 70’s, working for a large company. That is where he was first introduced to Al Stewart,as they worked together on many projects throughout Minnesota and Iowa. He then moved on to help a regional company start a new post frame construction division. Kevin and Al’s path’s crossed again, and he was offered a position with Structural Buildings where he says “I am proud to say I have been for over 20 years”!!!
Kevin and his wife Joan have two grown children, each with children of their own. They enjoy collecting a multitude of items from tokens to old farm related items. He also enjoys old lithographs and does a little farming at our home in Royalton, MN.
Ron Bartels- Production Manager
Gary Kalla- Drafting
Gary began his drafting career in 1994. He later started working with Structural Buildings 1999 as draftsman/designer. Gary has said that “I appreciate having a role in making a customer’s projects coming to life on the computer (CAD) then seeing the finished buildings with happy customers”!!!
Gary lives in Sauk Rapids, Mn and enjoy golfing and softball in his free time.
Ralph Brown- Project Manager
Ralph grew up in a west-central Minnesota farm community. He has worked as a project manager in the construction industry for 30+ years, working with commercial projects that utilized a variety of construction types including: pre-engineered steel buildings, conventional structural steel, precast concrete and wood frame. The majority of the projects utilized a design/build construction process. Types of construction projects that Ralph has managed include: manufacturing, offices, grocery stores, warehouses, cold storage, senior assisted living and the remodel of existing facilities.
In his free time, he enjoys time with his family, grandchildren, fishing, hunting, camping and outdoor activities.
Amy Jilk- Wisconsin Office Manager
Amy has been a Wisconsin resident all of her life. She has twenty years of office and administration experience; with fifteen of that working for a residential contractor as a project manager. Her recent move to their property up north made it possible to pursue her career here at Structural Buildings. She is looking forward to helping the company continue to succeed and grow.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband & her Golden Retriever at their new property near Luck, WI. They also enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, sightseeing and have a goal to visit as many National Parks as they can.
Abel Lipoff– Wisconsin Crew Foreman
Brad Thomas- Wisconsin Crew Foreman
Brad grew up in Frederic, WI and graduated from Frederic High School and continues to live In the area today. He went to Waldorf University in Iowa and got his Associates Degree, then went to UW – Superior and got his Biology Degree. He has worked at Structural for 3 ½ years and with Troy 1 year before that. He enjoys fishing and hunting in his spare time.
Bill Buggert– Wisconsin Crew Lead
Jason Richter- Wisconsin Machine Operator
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Though price is never the most important aspect of a quality project, we have always felt Structural has given us the best value for our money. They also start their projects on time and finish on schedule, which isn't always easy given the variety of conditions and weather we experience in Minnesota. Though we have had very few concerns after construction, Structural has always responded quickly and fairly to any questions we have had and they stand behind their commitments 100%.
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