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Leadership Team

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NARI Certified

Timothy Ferraro, CR, GCP

Owner
Architectural Design Specialist

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For Timothy, there is no greater reward then visiting with homeowners 2, 5, or 10 years after their remodeling is complete and seeing that the home still looks and functions great. He loves stories about how an addition or new kitchen has enhanced the family’s life in daily experience and special events. Creating these one-of-a-kind, personalized remodeling solutions for peoples’ homes is why he started Bluestem Construction and what fuels his passion.

In over 20 years of remodeling projects, Timothy has done every step himself. This direct, deep experience gives him an insight that, along with creativity, allows him to solve almost any type of remodeling challenge. Expanding on his formal education in the Arts, he is always developing his knowledge with certifications and professional training. Timothy holds both the Certified Remodeler and the Green Certified Professional designations from the National Associations of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Building a strong team that shares his values and passion is now the most important thing that Timothy does to bring a fantastic remodeling experience to homeowners. Our clients also say they benefit from his careful listening and they trust that they and their home are both getting the care they deserve.
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Tamatha Miller

Director of Client Services
Lead Interior Specialist

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As she manages our integrated design-through-construction process, Tamatha brings leadership and client connection to the forefront. Starting with the first design conversation, to completion of the final details, her passion is to find the personalized vision and voice for each homeowner’s project.

Experienced with formal training in all aspects of Fine Arts, Tamatha has honed her residential and commercial design skills over the last 12 years through on-going professional training and practice. Her diverse background (including set design for corporate events and theater, commercial artistic fabrication and commissioned artwork) inspires the creative, personalized and award-winning design solutions you see in our portfolio.

With over 24 years of continuous experience in client care, 12 of which being in management and training, our Clients cannot say enough good things about their experience working with Tamatha. Quite simply, they know that they are heard and understood – even if it isn’t spoken. When there are two or more decision makers, she excels at connecting the (sometimes diverse) opinions. She believes that great design stems from listening and solid collaboration. She will always have your best interests at heart and strives to bring an unexpected creative edge to your project.
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Client Services

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Mike Lotz

Kitchen Designer
Cabinetry Specialist

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Not only trained in Architectural Technologies and Kitchen Design, Mike has been a professional musician. He likens the elements of great home design to great music; the designer is the composer, putting all of the elements into perfect rhythm and harmony.

This attuned sensibility is paired with over 15 years of experience improving the function, flow and aesthetics of countless kitchens. Mike knows that the most successful projects are a fluid collaboration between the designer and homeowner, and his greatest satisfaction comes from knowing the new kitchen will be a happier and more satisfying place for years to come.

Homeowners love the way Mike takes their wish list and turns it in to plans they can visualize. He earns their trust through careful listening and devising creative solutions. His enthusiasm for each project generates the energy and drive to actualize an amazing new kitchen. One you will enjoy for years to come.
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Susi Strothman

Architectural Design Specialist

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Known for her cohesive and highly thoughtful designs, Susi has 17 years of architectural design experience in the remodeling field. Her remodeling approach is one that personalizes new living spaces for a homeowner’s lifestyle and aesthetics, while maintaining the home’s historical integrity.

A graduate of St. Olaf College where she studied economics, Susi earned her Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota. She was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture for 14 years and is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Susi is a fifth-generation Minneapolitan with a passion for old houses of every vintage, with experience working on homes from circa 1838 to the present. Finding a great solution for the space, lifestyle, budget and future of each unique home is Susi’s number one motivation. She loves seeing the look on a client’s face when she shares design possibilities, when the results are exactly what they envisioned – and most of all, when the remodel looks better than they ever imagined.

A choral singer since she was five, the idea of melody and harmony is one Susi applies to design: “There is the overall proportion and architectural congruency that make up the melody of the design, while the details, subtle anomalies and moments of delight, enrich the design with harmony – just like music.”
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Travis Anderson

Project Lead

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Working as a Project Lead for Bluestem Construction is ideal for Travis – it combines his interest in building science with customer service and construction management. Whether he’s ensuring building code compliance or meeting on-site with clients, Travis takes pride in his work, striving to exceed the highest expectations. A former business owner, Travis studied electrical engineering, computer science and business in college.

What drives Travis to succeed on every project he undertakes, is the sense of accomplishment that comes with a job well done and knowing he’s helped homeowners realize their vision. His favorite client activity is exploring remodeling options and creating innovative solutions for customer needs.

Travis works with clients and Bluestem Construction trade specialists to ensure the remodeling process is streamlined and as stress-free as possible. He enjoys showing clients the progress made in creating new spaces and completing improvements, communicating with homeowners each step along the way.

Travis believes his experience in construction and project management has taught him the value of a collaborative approach to remodeling: “What I’ve learned is that I can do anything, but can’t do everything. It takes a good team to bring a project together.”
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Field Production Staff

Ron Altenburg
Project Lead
Mike Blad
Project Lead
Mason Gast
Carpenter

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Support Team

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Celeste Eide

Office Manager

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When customers meet our office manager, she immediately puts them at ease. Celeste’s positive attitude is infectious, and her strong background in customer service makes client communication effortless and productive. Her motto: “Treat people exactly how I would like to be treated.”

Celeste pursued a degree in marketing at the University of Moorhead and also studied business law and actuarial science. She’s worked in the fire protection, insurance and printing industries, where she gained extensive experience managing crucial details.

An accomplished office manager with expertise in QuickBooks™ and other essential business software, Celeste is a calming “people person” who enjoys managing the diverse needs of our customers. She brings value to our company and clients in numerous ways, but especially by ensuring the financial aspects of each project run smoothly and as planned. She understands how important it is to answer every customer question promptly and accurately.

Celeste loves working in the remodeling industry because she’s motivated to help others. She wants to make each client’s experience with Bluestem Construction a rewarding journey – and the end result to be everything they had in mind.
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Stacy Pampuch

Accountant Specialist

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Whether making sure the paper work is perfect or accounting for each penny of a project, Stacy often asks, “How can we do this better for our Clients?”

Her passion for a great client experience comes from over 20 years of retail, small business and customer service work. She quietly drives the background details that make our systems function. Beyond just numbers, she supports our team in continually improving the tools that let us deliver.

Stacy wants our clients to relax in knowing that the financial details are clear, transparent and correct. And, homeowners appreciate having a friendly voice to assist with answers to your pressing questions.
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