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Meet Our Staff

John Kraemer & Sons staff

Back: Dave, Amber, John, Jeff, and Fritz.

Front: Steve P., Dustin, Janna, Gary, Kendra, Steve S., and Tom.

Our staff is committed to making every building or renovation project exceptional, from the moment we meet until long after we hand over the keys.

John Kraemer & Sons was founded in 1978 by the late John Kraemer and his son, current President Gary Kraemer. With Gary’s two sons John and Jeff in the business, the firm is now a third-generation company.

Gary Kraemer and his father John started the company in 1978. Gary has worked in every aspect of the company from laborer, to carpenter, to his current role as President of the company. He has over 40 years of experience in the construction business. Gary is committed to providing the finest quality, craftsmanship and customer service that his clients deserve. Gary is a true believer that a satisfied customer is not good enough. He strives to go above and beyond all expectations to make sure that all of his clients’ needs are completely fulfilled.

Gary recently earned his fourth Builder of the Year Award from the Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities. This honor is in recognition of trust, communication, loyalty and ethics, and is the most coveted distinction a member of the Builder’s Association can receive.

Gary is one of the select group of professional builders who have earned the Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) designation, identifying himself as one of the building industry’s top professionals. The CGB is an exclusive designation, emphasizing expertise in several areas key to home building and business management. This designation requires several hours of course study  and must be renewed every three years. Only three other builders in the State of Minnesota, and only 820 builders nationwide have earned this designation. Gary Kraemer truly stands apart in our industry. Gary is also a Certified Green Professional (CGP).

Gary and his wife Denise have been married since 1980. They have three sons – John, Jeff, and Evan. Gary is also very involved in his community. He has served on the boards of several charitable foundations and has been a youth baseball coach for two decades.

Gary Kraemer, President of John Kraemer & Sons

Gary Kraemer

President, John Kraemer & Sons

John Kraemer, Vice President & Director of Sales/Marketing

John Kraemer

Vice President & Director
of Sales and Marketing

John Kraemer brings sales and marketing expertise to John Kraemer & Sons. John and his brother Jeff represent the third generation of builders at John Kraemer and Sons. Named after his grandfather, John has been interested and involved in the family business since he was a child.

John is a tremendous advocate for our clients. He reinforces our motto that a “satisfied customer is not good enough.” He works closely with all of our customers to ensure that John Kraemer & Sons not only satisfies, but exceeds their expectations. Like his namesake, John thrives on working with people to bring their dreams to reality.

In 2006 John graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN where he studied business and communication. After college, John married his wife Lauren who he met on the very first day of freshman orientation. John also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. John, Lauren, their daughter Mallory, and son Samuel currently reside in Edina.

John’s presence ensures that John Kraemer & Sons’ rich history of building and servicing the highest quality custom homes will live on into the future.

Jeff Kraemer and his brother John represent the third generation of builders at John Kraemer and Sons. From a young age Jeffs love and passion for construction was very apparent. Growing up in a construction family, Jeff has worked in several different roles, from laborer, to carpenter, and now in his current role as a Senior Project Manager.

Jeff is a great advocate for our clients and is always working tirelessly to make sure that all of our clients are more than satisfied with their experience with John Kraemer and Sons.

Jeff has always been interested in the family business, which inspired him to go to college and earn his degree in construction management. In the Spring of 2009 Jeff graduated Cum Laude from Minnesota State University – Mankato with a degree in Construction Management, and immediately joined the family business upon graduation.

In 2010 Jeff married his high school sweetheart, Megan. Jeff, Megan, their daughter Brynn, and son Camden currently reside in Chanhassen.

Jeff’s presence ensures that John Kraemer and Sons reputation of building and servicing the finest homes in the state of Minnesota will continue on into the future.

Jeff Kraemer, Vice President & Senior Project Manager at John Kraemer & Sons

Jeff Kraemer

Vice President & Senior Project Manager

Janna Ryan, Chief Financial Officer at John Kraemer & Sons

Janna Ryan

Chief Financial Officer

Janna Ryan is the Chief Finance Officer at John Kraemer & Sons, Inc. and is responsible for the accounting operations. She works closely with clients and subcontractors in the financial area of the projects.

Janna has worked at John Kraemer & Sons for over a decade. She started her construction accounting career in high-end commercial contracting before moving to upscale residential in the early ‘90s. Her experience and attention to detail is a definite asset.

Amber Henslin is part of the dynamic duo that comprises our accounting department. Amber is the Business Manager at John Kraemer & Sons and is responsible for the accounting operations, working alongside our CFO, Janna Ryan.

She works closely with clients, subcontractors, and our Project Managers in the financial area of the projects.The daughter of a builder, Amber has been involved and interested in the construction industry since she was very young.

Amber holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management and minor in Business Administration from North Dakota State University.

Amber Henslin, Business Manager at John Kraemer & Sons

Amber Henslin

Business Manager

Kendra Pettis, Office Manager at John Kraemer & Sons

Kendra Pettis

Office Manager – Wayzata

As Office Manager at John Kraemer & Sons, Kendra Pettis is behind the cheerful smile that meets everyone who comes in our door, and the friendly voice who greets our callers. Kendra has worked in the construction industry for over fourteen years. She’s knowledgeable on all aspects of the business and brings a vast background to our team.

When not working, Kendra enjoys spending time with her family attending professional sporting events or the theater.

Jessa is our Office Manager; she is the friendly voice you hear on the phone when you call or see her at the office. She has extensive experience taking care of an office and all the people that make it a family. She is a certified Administrative Professional with over a decade of experience in customer relations. Jessa is very passionate about making sure that everyone has everything that they need to be successful.

When she is not at the office, Jessa enjoys spending time with her Husband, attending professional sports games and arts & entertainment events. She also enjoys crafting and a good baking challenge.

Jessa Erdman, Office Manager at John Kraemer & Sons

Jessa Erdman

Office Manager – Edina

Steve Poppen, Senior Project Manager at John Kraemer & Sons

Steve Poppen

Senior Project Manager

Like all of us at John Kraemer & Sons, Steve Poppen grew up in the construction industry learning how to pound nails with his father.

Steve brings a great understanding of residential construction to the table along with a very detailed, fair and organized style of management. He has 25+ years of experience in the homebuilding and remodeling industry.

On the front end of a project Steve is in charge of setting budgets and bidding for our clients. However, his job does not stop there. Even after a project begins, Steve works tirelessly to ensure that each of our clients are not only receiving the best quality, but the best value as well.

Fritz Westphal is a Senior Project Manager at John Kraemer & Sons. Fritz manages both renovation and new construction projects, as well as assembling and managing budgets for our clients.

A native of California, Fritz earned his degree in Construction Management from Arizona State University, and worked for prestigious builders in Arizona and Seattle, working on high-end commercial and residential projects before moving to Minneapolis.

Fritz is also a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Fritz’s deep knowledge of construction, as well as his emphasis on collaboration and customer satisfaction is what Architects, designers, and our clients love about him.

Fritz resides in Minneapolis with his wife Brenda and two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and any outdoor activity you can think of.

Fritz Westphal, Senior Project Manager at John Kraemer & Sons

Fritz Westphal

Senior Project Manager

Tom Larson, Senior Project Manager at John Kraemer & Sons

Tom Larson

Senior Project Manager

Tom Larson is a Senior Project Manager at John Kraemer & Sons. Tom brings over 20 years of construction experience and a natural talent for finding creative solutions to the building process.

Tom works intimately with our clients to help them through the construction process and make sure their budgets are being respected during the ongoing design and construction phases.

Steve Bodine is a Senior Project Manager at John Kraemer & Sons. He brings over 30 years of experience in both residential and commercial construction. Before joining John Kraemer & Sons in his current role, he enjoyed owning and managing his own business as a General Contractor. Steve enjoys taking on new challenges and building strong and productive relationships with clients and teams. Steve prides himself on his strong attention to detail and keeping projects aligned with timelines and expectations.

This local guy enjoys the seasons in Minnesota with his 3 sons and wife of 25 years. When not on the job site, Steve enjoys fishing, baseball, cycling and being on the water.

Steve Bodine, Senior Project Manager at John Kraemer and Sons

Steve Bodine

Senior Project Manager

Dustin Propp, Project Manager for John Kraemer & Sons

Dustin Propp

Project Manager

Dustin Propp is a Project Manager who values hard work and solid relationships with his clients. He says he always had a passion for building and felt called to this industry.

Dustin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Minnesota State University and spent 3 years doing commercial construction before joining John Kraemer & Sons. He’s proud to be part of a company known for quality work and high standards, and he will put in however many hours it takes to get the job done right.

Mona Hurkadli is a Cabinet Designer for John Kraemer & Sons. She enjoys working together with clients, architects, and interior designers to help create beautiful custom cabinetry.

For the past 14 years, Mona has had the privilege to work alongside her clients in creating practical, elegant and comfortable rooms. She always listens intently and spends the time to make sure no detail is overlooked. She puts great emphasis on helping clients choose design elements that are unique, functional, and best reflect their personal tastes.

Her work has appeared all over the northeast coast and the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Her cabinetry designs have been published in magazines and trade publications.

When she’s not designing cabinets, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two sons. They can often be found working on puzzles, making forts, and playing with Matchbox© cars. Mona holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Berkeley College in New Jersey.

Mona Hurkadli, Cabinet Designer for John Kraemer & Sons

Mona Hurkadli

Cabinet Designer

Steve Schirber, Building Performance Engineer

Steve Schirber

Building Performance Engineer

Steve Schirber’s expertise comes from over 20 years of service in the construction industry, specializing in diagnostics, insulation, building systems and performance based outcomes.

Steve has a BCE in Structural Engineering from the University of MN and is a BPI certified Envelope Specialist and Building Analyst, NRPP Radon measurement specialist/mitigation provider, and an AIA Continuing Education Provider.

Steve has worked in Partnership on various research projects with the University of Minnesota and is currently an industry partner for the Northern Lights Building America Team.

Megan Monse earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design from Dunwoody College of Technology (CIDA accredited).

Growing up in Aitkin, MN, Megan’s father built multiple homes for his family and brought her along to jobs. Megan claims those experiences inspired her and even today, interior design and décor are her passion.

Megan loves working on “DIM” (Do It Myself) projects and that enthusiasm carries over into her professional work. “Getting positive feedback from clients is an incredible feeling and makes you want to keep striving for better ideas and designs. Knowing the trust they put in you was a good choice is such a heightening moment.”

Megan Monse, Design Coordinator for John Kraemer & Sons

Megan Monse

Design Coordinator

Denise Hansen, Safety Director at John Kraemer & Sons


Denise Hansen

Safety Director

Safety for our employees, subcontractors, and clients is paramount at John Kraemer & Sons. Denise Hansen is our Safety Director. Denise keeps close tabs on all of our projects, both large and small, to ensure that workers are operating in a safe environment, and OSHA standards are being met or exceeded.

Denise is also a certified OSHA instructor. She completed her certification in Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry at Northern Illinois University.

Denise is also very active in the community and enjoys spending time volunteering at Children’s Home Society, The American Red Cross, and Minnesota Warriors Hockey.

John Kraemer & Sons

Employee Photo

John Kraemer & Sons is unique in the fact that we employ all our own job superintendents, project managers, and finish carpenters. Each client is assigned a job superintendent who will remain on-site each day until their home is completed. This personal relationship is the foundation of each John Kraemer & Sons project, and sets us apart from most builders whose superintendents manage multiple projects at a time.

Since our finish carpenters are all on staff, we have the horsepower to get projects completed for our clients on time, on budget, and with the highest quality imaginable.

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