What we preach to our team is that our clients need to be cared for.

Jacob Aronson
Carpenter

“Relationships with homeowners are very important to me, because I don’t want to be this stranger in your home that’s swinging a hammer and making noise.”

Even though he’s a carpenter, brick homes have a special place in Jacob’s heart – it’s all about the symmetry. Read More

After going to culinary school and working as an EMT, Jacob traveled around the country building climbing walls – which is how he landed at Ben Quie & Sons. Some of his favorite clients are the pets he meets on the job, especially cats.  He is looking forward to buying and working on a home of his own.

Favorite tool: 5-in-1 Painter’s Tool, a very simple hand tool with a plethora of uses that I use every day.

Matt Beaver
Lead Carpenter

“A good day at work is when I can get in the groove of building something and at the end of the day see it accomplished.”

Matt wasn’t looking for a new job, but the opportunity to work on old houses every day was too good to pass up. Read More

After working as a solo remodeler for over a decade, he is excited about learning new techniques from his colleagues. When it’s called for, he’s not afraid to play therapist with a client. Remodeling can be scary, sometimes people just need to talk it out and know that they are in good hands.

Favorite tool: Festool Domino, a specialized tool for creating mortise and tenon joints to fuse two pieces of wood together. It only does one job, but it does it well and saves a ton of time.

Matt Edblom
Lead Carpenter

“It’s the details that go into it, and it is those challenging details that make the end product so much more rewarding.

With his dad being a General Contractor, Matt is no stranger to the construction field. In 2014, he got his official start in the industry. Read More

About eight years later, Matt joined Ben Quie and Sons as Lead Carpenter and earned the nickname “Fast Eddy.” At the start of each day, Matt pulls out his notebook and jots down his to-dos. If he can cross everything off that list, it’s been a good day. At work, he sees stair work as being the most satisfying. It’s the details that go into it, and it is those challenging details that make the end product so much more rewarding.

Matt loves to make conversation with clients and prides himself on being easy-going and friendly. It’s the small details like bringing in packages for clients that he believes help create a positive experience for the client.

Favorite Tool: Although detailed work is rewarding, life’s all about balance. That’s why a Sawzall is Matt’s favorite tool. There’s something liberating about the demo process.  You can let loose and quickly get done what needs to be done.

Jack McGrath
Project Manager

The more pre-planning we can do on a project the better prepared we are.

Jack is proud to be a part of Ben Quie & Sons and joins the team with many years of knowledge and expertise. As a Project Manager, he acts as a liason, by coordinating with the client, design staff, trade partners and carpenters to ensure a successful project. Read More

 

His greatest accomplishment is delivering the best value possible within a client’s budget and the established schedule.

Jack often tries to view the project from the client’s perspective. When making recommendations, he considers their specific needs rather than suggesting what is typically done. He also loves to stay connected to clients. In fact, after completing one of his favorite projects, homeowners still call him just to say how much they enjoy the kitchen and how well it has held up over the years.

Favorite tool. A Laser. There are so many applications for a laser that are critical to the work. It also saves so much time and confusion. The more pre-planning we can do on a project the better prepared we are, and a laser contributed tremendously to this.

Paul Gorton
Project Manager

“No matter what, you are just a handshake away from the person who is actually doing the work, putting the trim on the wall.”

When Paul and Ben first met, it was kismet. They shared so many connections and values, it makes perfect sense that they work together today. Read More

Paul has worn every hat in the building game – from being a “one-man band,” to managing multimillion-dollar new-construction projects. He brings a problem solving mindset to his work, and strives to constantly improve the level of service and quality in everything we do. As a watchdog for the client, he will look out for your best interest every step of the way.

Favorite Tool: A jointer. It makes things square and that’s something I can count on.

Leaf Enz
Lead Carpenter

“Working outside on a beautiful day, that is a moment where I think to myself: this is a really special job.”

Leaf comes from a family of people who fix things – from his grandparents on the farm who had to keep up all their own equipment, to his father tackling projects around the house. Read More

He carries on that tradition at Ben Quie & Sons, using his ingenuity to solve whatever carpentry problems come his way. His favorite days are when he can work outside, whether it’s on a warm autumn day or in the sub-zero winter.

Favorite Tool: Oscillating Multi Tool, it was first created to remove casts, but it’s very functional and can do jobs that other tools just can’t accomplish.

Wayne Holmberg
Lead Carpenter

“I usually listen before I talk.”

Like the craftsman homes he works on, Wayne isn’t very loud or flashy. For more than 30 years he’s been quietly “learning on the job” and acquiring over 60,000 hours of experience that have made him an exceptional carpenter. Read More

A south Minneapolis native, he started working summers “hauling trash and stuff.” He enjoys solitude and spending time at the family cabin. For him, a good day is when things go mostly as planned and he doesn’t find anything “odd.” Wayne plans to do more traveling in the future. Maybe he’ll take a plane but he’ll probably just drive his truck.

Favorite Tool: Cordless drill. It’s super versatile.

Jeff Schwartz
Office Manager

“I enjoy working behind the scenes, making a difference by helping someone else be successful.”

Jeff is the glue behind the scenes, keeping the office running smoothly, and that’s just the way he likes it. In the winter, you can find him driving his trusty Toyota Avalon through the snow, harkening back to his first job as a school bus driver. Read More

Favorite Tool: Quickbooks, it was a difficult process to make the transition from our old software, but everything works much smoother now.

Josh Meyers
Carpenter

“Carpentry is a good fit for me.”

When Josh moved into an old house in St. Paul and began fixing it up, he began to suspect that working behind a desk might not be for him. A former freelance designer and youth pastor, he found a love for carpentry working on his home in St. Paul. “There’s a lot of stuff to fix.” Read More

From his first day on the job as an apprentice carpenter, he has put his enthusiasm to work. Helping to build a new porch on a historic home in St. Paul has been his favorite project so far, but every day on the job has been special to him. “Every day has been a firehose of information,” he says. “I’ve learned something new or overcome a challenge or solved a problem. Those are good days.”

Favorite Tool: A hammer. It’s the same tool my great-grandparents used to build their house almost 100 years ago.

Matt Woosley
Apprentice Carpenter

“I can get along with anyone.”

Matt’s ability to jump into new, unfamiliar challenges has always been a benefit to everyone around him. “I’m a good problem solver,” he says. “People call me to do something, and I can just figure it out.” Read More

Jobs in home staging and warehouse management revealed his affinity for fixing, building, sanding, and crafting. He puts his skills to use at home, playing music, designing homes for his three lizards, and creating interesting projects like a wind chime made from beach glass and sand-blasted grapevine.
He’s very happy to have the opportunity to use his creativity and talent on the job. He has his sights clearly set on a path from journeyman to master carpenter.

Favorite Tool: A multi-tool because it can do just about anything.

Katie Post
Director of Project Development

I was the first woman in Minnesota to obtain her Certified Remodeler Certification from NARI in the early 90s

As Director of Project Development, Katie makes sure that projects flow through our development process smoothly and accurately. Read More

Katie Post has worked in residential remodeling since she was 21. She was the first woman in Minnesota to obtain her Certified Remodeler Certification from NARI in the early 90s. Over the years, she’s worn many hats-finance, fieldwork, owner, drafting, design, and production manager. Years ago, Katie worked at Ben Quie & Sons part-time, doing project management. When the opportunity arose to return to the team, it seemed fitting.

Any project that fits the original integrity of the architecture of the home and modifies it for modern living is Katie’s favorite type of project. A good day is feeling fulfilled by accomplishing something you set out to do or helping someone else do the same. 

What we do, working in clients’ homes, is very personal. Listening to our clients about their needs and wishes to transform their homes is key.

Favorite tool: A coffee maker. There are multiple ways to use it and you can tell a lot about people by their choices.

Melissa Buchanan
Designer

It’s my goal to help homeowners feel listened to and help them navigate the many design selections that they need to make over a short period of time.

Melissa grew up in a family of tradespeople.  Growing up, her dad would make her run around and do his beadwork in cubbyholes and closets.  As she grew older, she decided woodworking was where her interests were.  Read More

 Melissa learned cabinet making and furniture design and eventually specialized in kitchen design for many years. This led to owning a decorative concrete company for several years—an obvious transition.  After returning to interior design, someone dear to her guided her to Ben Quie & Sons.

Melissa feels honored when she’s selected to work on a residential project. Building and remodeling is an extremely intimate and new experience for most. It is her goal to help homeowners feel listened to and help them navigate the many design selections that they need to make over a short period of time. 

A good day for Melissa is when after a few good solid hours of work and there’s something tangible by the end. She explains, it could be design work, something I made, or simply an organized closet.” To her, nothing is better than earning a good admiration period. Or in other words, where you can lean back and say, I did that.

Favorite tool: Festool Track Saw.  I am a lone wolf with short arms. The versatility of a track saw helps me manage sheet goods in a tight space before I head over to the table saw.