Team - Design First Builders

The Heart of Our Company

MEET THE AWARD-WINNING TEAM THAT BRINGS YOUR PROJECT TO LIFE.

Working with DESIGNfirst, you won’t have to worry about coordinating and budgeting for designers, contractors, and other necessities—we handle everything for you. Our Chicago design/build firm manage the entire project with a diverse team of in-house experts, who work together to simplify the process for homeowners and make high-end designs accessible to more people. Get to know the people behind DESIGNfirst that keep our clients coming back, year after year.

DESIGNERS

Our architectural design team spend hands-on time with homeowners, developing project ideas into real plans. They consult with you in your home, sketching, rendering and finding creative solutions, and ultimately package projects and start turning a vision into a reality.

DEVELOPERS AND COORDINATORS

Our in-house development team manage all interior design details, helping you find the best materials like countertops, cabinetry and tile that represent your style and align with your budget. Our Coordination team manage all of the paperwork and permitting, to ensure everything is in place before construction begins.

PROJECT MANAGERS

Our project managers work in the field, supervising the construction process. They make sure that everything is completed to specification, and that all of our work meets your expectations. If you need anything during the building process, your project manager is there to help. Our Chicago design/build team and process make renovating and remodeling more efficient, more cost-effective and more easily-managed than any other Chicago-land company.

OUR TEAM

TONY SLADE

Owner & Lead Designer

DAN SCHOENDORFF

Owner/ General Manager

JENNIFER KRUGMAN

Controller

TARA SODERSTROM

Marketing Manager

JACK PHELUS

Executive Admin - Data Analysis & Support

SANDRA BURAK

Administrative Service & Marketing Coordinator

ADAM DELAY

Design Manager, Consultant, & Principal Marketing Associate

DANIELLE HOUSE

Senior Designer

MARK MACHAJ

Lead Designer

PHILL CHAMBERS

Architectural Designer

HEATHER HUDSON

Architectural Designer

MIKE MOFFIT

Project Coordinator

SAMUEL PAVLOVCIK

Director of Architecture (ALA, NCARB)

KORDIAN MALOLEPZY

Architect

DIANA RIZKO

Interior Design & Development

JODI WEBSTER

Interior Design & Development

JUSTIN LENZ

Director Of Construction

MATT MCCAW

Director of Project Development

GARY POLCYN

Senior Project Manager

DAVID FISHER

Project Manager
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