The Callen Team
Phil Callen, along with his brother Tom, founded Callen Construction in 1986. Callen started as a family-owned exterior home improvement company, the company quickly expanded into an award-winning home improvement and interior remodeling firm with locations in both Muskego and Brookfield. Phil is proud of the many long-term relationships that have been fostered with remodeling customers. It is his personal pledge that when you select Callen Construction for your remodeling investment, you will receive a quality project you will enjoy for many, many years.
HOME EXTERIORS SALES TEAM
Michael Wood, CR, VP/Sales Manager/Owner
Michael Wood started with Callen Construction in 2002 in sales, was promoted to Sales Manager in 2005, and became the company’s Vice President in 2013. Mike is responsible for creating many of Callen Construction’s programs, processes, and procedures, ensuring they give the best possible customer experience. As Sales Manager, his job is to train the sales staff so that you receive a consistent, thorough, and honest assessment of your home’s needs and, as a customer, have an advocate throughout your entire home improvement or remodeling project.
Mike is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Certified Remodeler (CR). NARI Certified Professionals commit to comprehensive review and testing in areas of business methods and practices, ethical conduct, building codes and construction law, planning and building site layout, and all trade skills required in remodeling. Mike has committed to professional conduct and participated in intensive studies on a broad range of critical industry issues.
Christopher Wittmann, CR, Sales Manager/Senior Sales Rep. – Exterior Products
Christopher is responsible for the direct sales of all of Callen Construction’s exterior home remodeling products, services, and solutions for many residential homeowners. He has worked for Callen Construction since 2006, specializing in roofing, siding, windows, doors, decks, porches and Home Energy Performance. Christopher is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Certified Remodeler (CR). To achieve certification, he underwent comprehensive review and testing in areas of business methods and practices, ethical conduct, building codes and construction law, planning and building site layout, and all trade skills required in remodeling.
Christopher regularly appears on WISN-AM 1130’s “The Remodeling Show” and also “The Milwaukee NARI Home Improvement Show” on Sports Radio AM 1250 WSSP. He also makes appearances on local television media regarding home remodeling solutions and contributes articles related to the remodeling industry to local print media.
Bob has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and is an expert in advising customers on diversified exterior projects. He is certified in Mill Run solid core siding and GAF Steep Slope Roofing. He has also completed Infinity Fiberglass Replacement Window sales training conducted by Marvin representatives.
Bob enjoys working one-on-one with his customers, consulting on their project needs and helping them realize their dreams. He has been a Callen Construction employee since 2007.
Lance Dahl, CR, Senior Sales Rep. – Exterior Products
Lance Dahl began his career in the remodeling industry 20 years ago as a commercial window glazier. He also operated his own window and door installation business for several years. In his current role, Lance conducts in-home sales of exterior home improvement products. He earned his Installation Masters Certification for window and door installation, is certified by the Vinyl Siding Institute, and is Lead Safe Certified in Wisconsin. Lance has also completed Infinity Fiberglass Replacement Window sales training conducted by Marvin representatives.
He is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Certified Remodeler (CR). To achieve certification, he underwent comprehensive review and testing in areas of business methods and practices, ethical conduct, building codes and construction law, planning and building site layout, and all trade skills required in remodeling.
Joe Thomas Joe.Thomas@callcallen.com
Joe Thomas joined Callen Construction in 2019 as an Exterior Sales Product Specialist.
He earned a degree in Meteorology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Joe has worked in the construction industry for more than eight years, previously operating his own home inspection business on Milwaukee’s North Shore. He is a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors.
Joe looks forward to helping homeowners make great decisions concerning their exterior home improvements needs.
A resident of Elm Grove, Joe enjoys hiking, boating, and snowboarding with his wife, two kids, and dog Maggie. As both of his children are nationally ranked swimmers for the Elmbrook Swim Club, he and his family and spend most weekends attending local, regional, and national swim meets.
Greg Kraemer, Exterior Sales Product Specialist
Greg Kraemer joined Callen Construction in January 2020 as an Exterior Sales Product Specialist.
He was raised in rural Jackson County, Wisconsin, working for his father’s advertising business and for his uncle’s dairy farm during haying season. Greg earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Greg has been in sales for 30 years, having spent the last 10 years working in the home improvement industry, first in ceramic tile installation and estimating and most recently in exterior remodeling. “I have always loved the people part of sales,” he said. “During my sales career, I have learned a very valuable lesson – put the needs of the customer first. Take time with the customer, ask them questions, listen to their answers and then based on those answers, recommend the best solution and products to satisfy their wants and needs.”
He has lived in the Town of Genesee for 23 years in a home he and his wife Mary Beth built in 1997. In his spare time, Greg is a huge movie buff who loves anything science fiction, including books and TV shows. Greg enjoys traveling with his wife and three daughters, camping, driving, or flying to locations all over America places where they can sit on a beach or go scuba diving.
Paul Belmont, Exterior Sales Product Specialist
Paul Belmont joined Callen Construction in January 2020 as an Exterior Sales Product Specialist.
Paul has been working in the construction and remodeling industry since the early 1990s. His well-rounded experience includes owning his own exterior remodeling company, working for other high-end remodelers, and many years in sales with product distributors. “My varied experience gives me an advantage as I have seen the home improvement and remodeling business from many sides. I know what works best based on the situation,” Paul said.
Married with two daughters, Paul enjoys spending time with his family in northern Wisconsin snowmobiling. Paul also likes golfing and he has a great passion for high performance cars. He works with the Paris Town Board on the Great Lakes Dragaway Committee and has volunteered on the Paris grade school T.A.S.K. committee.
Paulette Sodemann, CKBR, Senior Designer
With an associate’s degree in interior design, Paulette has been creating beautiful interior spaces for the past decade. Her studies have included building construction, kitchen & bathroom planning, interior lighting and color theory. She has taken numerous courses from the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association, including residential Green, Advanced Kitchen & Bath Design, Designing with Color, and kitchen & bath ventilation.) She is also qualified to do commercial design and is a SEN Certified Designer (SENCD). Paulette has been a Callen Construction designer since 2006. Paulette has been the recipient of 6 Wisconsin Remodelers awards.
Marie Vos Owens – Designer
A lifelong creative and design enthusiast, Marie is a SEN Certified Designer (SENCD) with more than 20 years of experience in design and construction. Marie joined Callen Construction so she could redirect her focus from running a business to her true passion, which is creating and designing for clients, transforming kitchens, baths, and lower levels into aesthetically pleasing, functional areas. Marie has been the recipient of 4 Wisconsin Remodelers awards.
Jeff Billstrom – Designer
Jeff offers more than 30 years of experience in project design and sales. Specializing in full-house remodels, additions, lower levels, kitchens and bathrooms, Jeff has designed several projects that have earned gold and silver awards in the annual Milwaukee/NARI Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year competition, and one of his lower level designs was featured on HGTV’S “Bang for Your Buck.”
Heather Brannan – Designer
Heather Brannan joined Callen as a designer in July 2018. She resides in her hometown of South Milwaukee, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Drafting and Design with an emphasis in Architecture from ITT Tech.
With her lifelong passion for architecture combined with more than six years of remodeling industry experience, Heather truly enjoys transforming homeowner’s dreams into reality. “Based on information collected from the initial consultation in Callen’s Muskego showroom and a following home visit, I will create 3D designs, construction drawings and assist with material selections to bring those dreams to life.” she said. “After the project starts, I visit the project sites and maintain daily communication between project manager and homeowners to insure a smooth and enjoyable remodeling experience.”
In her remodeling career, Heather has won a Wisconsin Remodeler Award and a Contractor of the Year Award at the national level. She has participated as an exhibitor at local home improvement and remodeling shows and has been a guest on the WISN-AM 1130 “Remodeling Show.”
Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with family, playing sports, vacationing, attending concerts and festivals, camping, fishing, gardening and cooking.
Tom Lawler – Designer Tom.Lawler@callcallen.com
Tom Lawler joined Callen Construction as a Kitchen and Bath Designer in April 2019.
He studied drafting and design at Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College. With nine years experience in the remodeling industry, Tom will work with and provide customer service and guidance to those renovating their kitchen and bath, overseeing projects to completion.
A native of Wisconsin, having been raised in Elm Grove and currently residing in Brookfield, Tom enjoys spending time with my wife and two children plus being outdoors golfing, kayaking, and camping in summer and skiing in the winter.
Steve Turzinski, Project Manager
Steve Turzinski, who joined Callen Construction in 2000, has served as one of the company’s Project Managers since 2005. In this position, he is responsible for scheduling, product ordering, cost management, and customer relations.
A Certified Lead Safe Renovator, Steve is registered with the State of Wisconsin as a Certified Dwelling Contractor.
In his free time, Steve enjoys traveling with family and participating in a dart league. He also likes working on home remodeling projects with family and friends.
Wade Avinger, Project Manager
Wade Avinger, who moved to Milwaukee at the age of 18, joined Callen Construction as a full time Exterior Product Installer in 2005. Having become an expert in the installation of windows, siding, and roofing, Wade now serves as a Project Manager for our window division.
He attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown where he studied business and played on the football team. Through continuing education, Wade has earned several certifications, including being Lead Certified, Installation Masters Certified, and Certified by the State of Wisconsin, plus he is a Certified Pella Contractor.
At Callen Construction, Wade oversees all window and patio door projects, ordering and coordinating installation of the desired products, as well as managing service related to window projects.
When not at Callen Construction, Wade coaches football at Martin Luther High School, plus he is active in his church. He enjoys attending concerts, musicals, and other performances that feature his children, plus golfing and fishing with his family. He also enjoys cooking and smoking meat, especially for family get-togethers.