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Over 100 Years of Combined Industry Experience

Our Team at DESIGNfirst Builders Near Chicago, Illinois

Friendly and Professional

MEET THE AWARD-WINNING HOME REMODELING 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.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNERS

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

ARCHITECTS & INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Our in-house development team manages all interior design details from our 12,000 sq. foot showroom, assisting you in selecting the best options, materials and finishes such countertops, cabinetry, tile and more that represent your style and align with your budget. Our Coordination team manages 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 Chicagoland company.

OUR TEAM

Sales

Designer team member Heather Hudson

HEATHER HUDSON

Design Team Director
Design Manager team member Adam DeLay

ADAM DELAY

Senior Design & Plans Specialist
Designer team member Danielle House

DANIELLE HOUSE

Senior Architectural Designer
Designer team member Angel Condal

ANGEL CONDAL

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER
Designer team member Rick Heise

RICK HEISE

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER
Designer team member Matt Bolson

MATT BOLSON

Senior Architectural Designer

Jennifer Kruse

Architectural designer

Development

Greg Sutton

Architectural Coordinator

Fred Conforti

Senior Architect
Interior Design team member Diana Rizko

DIANA RIZKO

Senior Design Developer

Francesca Binetti

Design Developer
Development team member Linda Larisch

LINDA LARISCH

Senior Architectural Designer
Designer team member David Riano

DAVID RIANO

Permit Expediter

Dominick Sarno

Drafting Associate
Kordian Malolepszy

Kordian Malolepszy

Architect
Vanessa Briceno

Vanessa Briceno

Drafting Associate

Production

Janine Lieske

Production Manager

Mark Roder

Superintendent
Project Manager team member Gary Polcyn

GARY POLCYN

Superintendent

Jon Weber

Superintendent
Project Manager team member Rick DiVito

RICK DIVITO

Superintendent

Jacob Sosenko

Production Assistant
Construction Director team member Justin Lenz

Austin Lenz

Production Assistant & Warranty

Owners

Designer team member David Riano

Dan Schoendorff

Vice President
Interior Design team member Diana Rizko

Tony Slade

Owner

Operations

Controller team member Jack Phelus

JACK PHELUS

Controller
General manager Justin Lenz

Justin Lenz

General Manager

Marketing

Alyssa Moon

Marketing & Operations Supervisor

Hanah (HK) Brock

Creative Marketing Manager
Marketing team member Kim Porter

KIM PORTER

Marketing & HR Director

Krista Hansen

Marketing Coordinator

Purchasing & Fulfillment

David Bertucci

Purchasing Manager

Kevin O'Connell

Purchasing Agent

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