What's New! at Sweeney Construction

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We've had some changes here at Sweeney Construction, which we'd love to share with you!



Jim Esser one of our lead carpenters has officially retired (at least part time).  He tells us that he'd love to come back on a part time basis! Jim joined us in 2000 after running his own remodeling company for over 40 years!   He plans on spending his his time golfing, traveling, remodeling his daughters house and watching his grandchildren's sporting events.  The staff and clients will miss Jim's expertise in project management, his wood working skills,and above all - his wonderful personality.

Ray Trent joined us in 2011 after retiring from 30 years in the armed service and graduating from the construction program at MATC.  Ray brought a wonderful work ethic along with discipline, and developed into a skilled carpenter.  His support to his fellow carpenters will be missed greatly, but he's on to traveling, working with the veterans, and the big Brother program in Madison.  He, like Jim, continually stops in to catch up with us. We enjoy the visits!

Katie Poole joined us in 2016 as our sales support/marketing coordinator, we loved her upbeat, helpful, energetic attitude!  She left us to be a full time mom - a very important position! She too stops in to join us for lunch occasionally!

Kelsey Sweeney -- Yes she's our daughter and what a gem she is!  She's one of those 20 something's that is wired to do IT and project development.  She has brought this company to the forefront of technology.  Our carpenters are plugged in and information is transferred accurately and effectively with production managers!  She's off to pursue a career in medicine, but will periodically check in to make sure we're taking good care of her technology project!

So who's who and what's new!

In our Production Division

Rich Deegan moved from a lead carpenter position to a newly formed Field Production Manager.  He will work closely with Lane Brown, our Production Manager in managing the remodeling projects within this company.  It's a complex system of managing the labor, materials, subcontractors, clients and timelines of the projects. Rich and Lane are developing into a well oiled team that will serve you, our clients well!

Ryan Whiting joined us as an apprentice carpenter in the fall of 2016.  He's a young man that's driven to become a lead carpenter and beyond!  Our carpenters recognize this ambition and have taken Ryan under their wings.  We could not have a more talented apprentice to learn the skills from our seasoned carpenters!   

Jeff Baumgartner joined us in the February on this year.  He, like many of our carpenters owned his own remodeling business which provided the business understanding as well as the expertise in carpentry and remodeling.  Jeff lives in Belleville with his family.  He's on the staff of the Fitchburg fire department and loves to watch his daughter play softball.  He fits into our company like he's been here forever - we are so fortunate to have him!  

​Jim Deegan joined us last fall as a lead carpenter.  Yes, he's Rich Deegan's brother - we here at Sweeney are literally family!  He brings exceptional carpentry and project management skills to our production division.  Jim and his wife just recently returned from visiting their son who is stationed in Germany.  

Sales and Marketing Divisions:  Kari Heller 

Kari joined us just recently as our new sales and marketing coordinator.  She's creative, organized, and very professional.  She's going to be a great addition to these divisions as well as the first voice/face you meet when you contact our company! She lives in Waunakee with her family and will very soon be moving/updating a newly purchased home - working for a remodeling company will have it's perks!

Finance Division:  Amber Stoltenburg and Diane Kapugi

Amber and her family are expecting a baby any day and will be on maternity leave until mid June. Diane Kapugi will be filling her position to provide a seamless transition in our finance division.

We are so excited to share our changes and look forward to this year!  We've added a talented group of people to help you with your dreams, design, and remodeling projects! 

Tim and Linda Sweeney