The Callen Team
Phil Callen, along with his brother Tom, founded Callen Construction in 1986. 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 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
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’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.
Brad has spent over 20 years in the construction industry with Callen. As a sales representative, Brad is dedicated to keeping current with knowledge and trends in the construction industry and utilizes his vast experience to provide his customers with the best products, services, and solutions. His experience and certifications include Certified Window Installer; GAF Master Elite Certified Roofing Expert; Vinyl Siding Institute graduate; Gutter Topper Leaf Protection System Authority; and an Infinity from Marvin Specialist. He also is a specialist in green technology and providing homeowners energy-efficient ways to update their homes. Brad had been on the exterior products sales team at Callen since 1988.
Christopher Wittman, CR, Senior Sales Rep. – Exterior Products
Christopher is responsible for the direct sales of all of Callen’s exterior home remodeling products, services, and solutions for many residential homeowners. He has worked for Callen 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 25 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 employee since 2007.
Lance Dahl, CR, Senior Sales Rep. – Exterior Products
Lance Dahl began his career in the remodeling industry 15 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.
Adam has been in the home improvement industry for eight years, doing both construction and assisting customers with selections of windows, doors, roofing, siding, and gutters. “I’m an on-the-go person and I enjoy the variety of people I meet every day and seeing the changes they make in their homes,” he said. Adam adds that all the projects he works on are “special projects.”
Adam is a graduate of Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical where he earned a degree in construction management. He has also completed Infinity Fiberglass Replacement Window sales training conducted by Marvin representatives. When he is not at work, Adam likes being outdoors – hunting, camping, fishing, and staying fit. A native of Winona, Minn., Adam and his wife, Chelsea, reside in Pewaukee with their two Labs.
Thom Kohlbeck, a resident of Germantown, joined Callen as an Exterior Sales Representative in 2017.
A native of Bay View, he attended the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and Ealing College in London, majoring in English with a Public Relations and Speech Communications minor. Thom has more than 25 years experience in consultative sales, working mainly for major technology companies. He wanted to break away from the large corporate culture and sought work with a reputable, locally based company in hopes of finding a more fulfilling career. Thom’s personal interest in home improvements and quality workmanship brought him to Callen. “Everything I have experienced with Callen has been second to none,” he said. “You don’t thrive or survive in this industry for over 30 years if you aren’t doing the right things for your customers.”
Specializing in windows, entry and patio doors, skylights, roofing, siding, soffits/fascia, gutters and gutter protection systems, Thom has completed Marvin’s Infinity Fiberglass Replacement Window training conducted by Marvin representatives. “My focus is on helping customers find the right solutions for their exterior home remodeling needs,” he said. “I like to approach my customers in a consultative, low-pressure way. I look at things from the homeowner’s viewpoint and strive to find a solution that will resolve the customers’ situation.”
During his free time, Thom is an avid fisherman and outdoorsmen, plus he enjoys spending time with his wife and their five children. He enjoys attending his kids sporting events, local festivals and concerts, and vacationing at the family’s summer cabin in Northern Wisconsin.
Paulette Sodemann, 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 designer since 2006. Paulette has been the recipient of 5 Wisconsin Remodelers awards.
Marie Vos Owens
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 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 3 Wisconsin Remodelers awards.
Jeff offers more than 25 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.”
Doreen Schofield, CR, CKBD
Doreen believes that everyone deserves to live in beautiful surrounding, big or small, and has spent the past 20 years designing homes in southeastern Wisconsin. She gets to know her clients, their lifestyles, their needs, their wants, and helps them achieve a beautiful look that is entirely their own. Her work has been featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and presented in the MBA Parade of Homes and The Breast Cancer Show House. Doreen has been the recipient of 2 Wisconsin Remodelers awards.
Katie Yttri earned her Associates Degree in Interior Design from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2009. With more than seven years of interior design experience, Katie is responsible for assisting Callen clients in the design and selection process. She helps determine the best way to incorporate what the clients need in the available space, with a strong background in tile and flooring products.
Marissa Shaffer joined Callen as a Designer in December 2017. The Hartland native, who currently lives in Pewaukee, has worked in the remodeling industry for three years. She earned an Associates Degree in Interior Design from Waukesha County Technical College.
Marissa’s role at Callen is to help create a remodeling design from a client’s vision, making the remodeling process as easy and stress free as possible, while achieving the end result of bringing the dream remodel to life. With a specialization in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, Marissa brings an eye for design to the remodeling process from her previous experience in interior design, decorative product sales, and engineer drawing software.
When she’s not busy planning her January 2018 wedding, Marissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, particularly going to the family cottage for a mini getaway.
Steve Turzinski, Project Manager
Steve Turzinski, who joined Callen 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, who moved to Milwaukee at the age of 18, joined Callen 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, 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, 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.
Allen Boelk, Project Manager