Chad Stewart- President
Chad began his career in construction at a young age. He started from the ground up, following in his father’s steps. His first role started at the age of 15, working summers and school vacations in the family owned Lumber Yard business which supplied Structural Buildings and other companies with building packages. His primary job was packing materials and loading trucks that would direct ship materials to the job sites. When he was old enough to drive he began delivering materials to job sites and performing site visits. When he was 18 he started working on a crew and building commercial and residential buildings for Structural Buildings throughout the State of Minnesota.
At the age of 22, Chad was promoted to Project Manager. He performed project coordination, scheduling sub-contractors, and on-site visits where he performed site supervision on all trades involved in each particular project. From excavation, to septic, wells, concrete, framing, electrical, plumbing and heating, interior finishing, landscaping, as well as any additional final touches that were a part of the turn-key, build-to-suit projects. He worked in this capacity for four years and then was promoted to Production Manager. As Production Manager Chad was responsible for maintaining a level of quality that stands out above the competition. As well as coordinating and scheduling all aspects of production with the salesmen, customers, drafting department, and deliveries while working hands on managing as many as twelve construction crews and twelve unique projects simultaneously.
In 2009 Chad became the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Structural Building’s as well as the Founder and Co-Owner of Structural Tower Services, Inc. Chad has acquired well over 25 years’ practical experience, and hands-on training while working for Structural Buildings, a successful, respected, and growing company within the construction industry. Throughout those years Chad has come to understand what it takes to make a company grow such as experience, drive-to-succeed, persistence, loyalty, integrity and an honest commitment to meet and exceed the expectations of the customer. In 2015 Chad purchased Structural Buildings, becoming the majority owner of the company and strives to carry on his father’s legacy. When he’s out of the office Chad’s time is spent with his daughter, family, and friends. He also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hunting, traveling, auto racing, snowmobiling, 4 wheeling and other sports.
Al Stewart- CEO
As founder and business partner with Structural Buildings Al feels that, “starting the company seemed like the natural thing to do! I still love to work with customers and help make their dreams a reality!” In his personal time Al enjoys his spending time with his family, friends and taking trips on his motorcycle in the summer and to Florida during the winter months.
Doug Heacherl- Minnesota Sales
Doug graduated from Mankato Technical College with a degree in Sales & Management. He paid his way through college with his first sales job. After college he worked selling grain equipment and buildings
His next job was route sales, after that he started his own tool route selling Cornwell tools. In 1996, Doug was offered a job at Structural Buildings when he stopped out to purchase a building. Doug has said “Structural Buildings is my home and I will never look back. I have watched Structural Buildings continue to grow and diversify, and am very proud to be a part of its success”.
Doug and his wife Julie live in Becker, MN and they have three children. His favorite hobbies include fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling.
Troy Engen- Frederic Branch Manager & Wisconsin Sales
Troy started working at Structural Buildings in 2013. Having over 30 years in construction, he has said that he” can’t imagine doing anything other than constructing buildings!!!”
He enjoys offering his ideas and goals with Structural Buildings to help the company solidify its reputation for service above and beyond industry standards, with quality products and ability to perform. Troy’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, and trapping and being apart of the Frederic, Wisconsin Community where he resides with his family.
Phil Rondeau- Minnesota Sales & Brainerd Lakes Area Branch Manager
Originally from the Lake Nokomis area of South Minneapolis, Philip resided in Big Lake, MN for the past 22 years until his recent move to Pine River, MN.
Hired as the Branch Manager for the Brainerd Lakes area, Philip brings nearly 30 years of experience in commercial construction and real estate development to the team at Structural Buildings, Inc.
An avid outdoorsman, Philip spends most of his free time hunting, fishing and ATV riding with his 3 daughters who share his passion for the outdoors.
Todd Johnson- Mankato Branch Manager & Minnesota Sales
I have been in construction all my life and truly have saw dust in my veins! During my 30 years I have worked as a laborer, owned my own construction company, held position of regional manager for a national post frame company, and a job supervisor for many projects small to massive steel frame projects.
My goals are to have all projects finish on time, on budget and to have happy customers.
I spend my free time scuba diving, doing fine woodworking and studying aviation. I live in Lake Crystal, MN.
Bob Thompson- Operations Manager
Bob has spent most of his life working in the building trades, and considers himself lucky to have a broad range of knowledge in every facet of building construction.
He has owned his own construction company that focused on residential and light commercial construction. The construction company grew into a full service building center which he started and ran for almost 15 years. Bob also worked as a consultant for business startups and expansions. The knowledge he gained from these experiences helps him to understand the concerns and needs of our customers better.
Bob says that his goal is “to make each new customer happy as well as a friend!!!”
When not working he enjoys spending time at his home in Lake Crystal, MN with his 2 children, Collin and Sierra and his granddaughter Bella which are the most important parts of his life. They also have many pets so his home is never lonely! Bob also enjoys scuba diving, and his favorite spots to dive are Cozumel Mexico and on ship wrecks in Lake Superior. He takes many photos of his underwater adventures.
Steve Spencer- Minnesota Sales
Steve grew up in the small town of Clearwater, where the majority of his family still resides. In 1961, his grandfather started Spencer Drywall, a passion that he later passed down to Steve’s father. Growing up around drywall, as well as his father’s ability to be a “handyman” gave him the hands on experience in all around construction.
In addition, Steve was fortunate enough to work for Circle G Farms of Clear Lake for most of his adult life. From this, he not only gained a true love for farming but also many other useful skills that he’s grateful to have. In 2016, he started doing some sub-contracting for Structural Buildings also, which led to where he is today.
In 2008, Steve bought his first home in Becker, MN. It was a “fixer-upper” that needed a lot of work. Without hesitation, he got right to work using the skills he had learned over the years. After that, he purchased 5 acres in Clear Lake so he could build his next home in the country. Looking for an affordable way to build, he decided to build a Post Frame Home. Steve contacted Al with his drawings, and he sold him a materials package. With the help of his dad and some great friends, they spent the summer building my new house.
In 2011, he met his fiance Jaclyn. Together they have a 17-year-old daughter, a 4-year-old son and a new baby girl which keeps them very busy! When they have free time, they enjoy camping, ice fishing, playing golf, and volleyball.
Jackie Wipper- Marketing & Minnesota Sales
Jackie grew up in Palmer, MN and continues to live in the Clear Lake area to this day. She studied criminal justice and psychology at SCSU, and then devoted four years to taking care of her beautiful children, and her beloved grandfather. During her new journey at Structural Buildings, Jackie enjoys challenging herself both creatively and professionally everyday and is always excited to see what the future holds working with the Structural team.
Kari Heid- Minnesota Sales
Born and raised in rural Minnesota has taught Kari the work ethic that she uses on a daily basis when working with her customers. She married Chad in 1996 and they have two awesome children, Andrea and Charlie. Her family lives in Big lake, MN and enjoys camping throughout the State of Minnesota and hunting in North Dakota. Both kids are very active in sports and most nights you can find them at a field or in an arena.
The knowledge that she applies every day comes from her education at Dunwoody Institute (Architectural Drafting and Estimating) and her field experience. She started working with builders through the lumber yard where she began as a project manager and transitioned into sales. Then she took employment working directly with a building company as a project manager. In 2004 when the housing market crashed, she found employment in the material handling field. Again starting as a project manager and transitioning into sales.
Since starting with Structural Buildings in March of 2016, she has been able to apply her knowledge and experience to present solutions for so many great people.
Scott Nelson- Wisconsin Sales
Scott has been with Structural Buildings since 2014. Prior to that, he was part of a family owned business where he began in 1975. This was a farm related business constructing silos, buildings as well as the sale and installation of equipment. In 2001 they began to focus on pole buildings, houses and garages.
He is in his 10th year as a school board member for the Frederic WI school district, where he resides with his family. Scott likes to hunt and fish and spend time with family at their lake property.
He enjoys the opportunity to get out and meet people and strives to be good friends with them. Scott enjoys being a part of the sales team at a great company like Structural Buildings and to be successful at what he does.
Dan Brehm- Minnesota Sales
Born and raised in North Central Wisconsin, rural area of Medford. Married my wife, Cathy, in June of 1982 and we live in Ramsey, MN. We have two children; Kyle – 31 and Kelsey -26. Our son Kyle and his wife Jill have two children, Daniel (5), Reagan (3).
Basically, I grew up with a hammer in my hand. I worked as a carpenter along with my dad and brother until 1986 at which time we relocated to the Twin Cities area and I continued by work in residential construction. I worked with a National residential home builder initially as a Job Supervisor until I accepted the position of Customer Service and Warranty Manager. My duties included quality inspections of the homes as well as designing, estimating, and managing of home additions & remodeling projects. In June of 2011 I grabbed the opportunity to team up with Al and Structural Buildings. I truly enjoy meeting and presenting to customers what Structural Buildings has to offer.
Activities: Most of my free-time is spent with family at our cabin on Leech Lake. Night time walleye fishing is a passion of mine. Rifle and muzzle hunting white tail is a close second.
Owen Kuhnly- Wisconsin Sales
I grew up on a pig & beef cattle farm in Lindstrom, MN where I still live to this day with my wife Nena and our 14-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son. Growing up I worked for my dad’s farm implement business, graduated from Chisago Lakes High School, and also spent two years at UMD. After that I worked as an auto mechanic for 10 years, as a head tech at Kuryakyn for 14 years, and also started my own motorcycle shop as a side business in 2010. In 2012, we added to that business by setting up a tent in Sturgis where we sell and install chrome accessories for motorcycles this day. I am looking forward to working for Structural Buildings and belonging to a company that has a long history of quality workmanship and products.
Gary Kalla- Drafting
I began my drafting career in 1994. I started working with Structural Buildings 1999 as draftsman/designer. I appreciate having a role in making a customer’s projects coming to life on the computer (CAD) then seeing the finished buildings with happy customers!!!
I live in Sauk Rapids, Mn and enjoy golfing and softball in my free time.
Jeff Kruse- Minnesota Crew Foreman
My name is Jeff Kruse, and my beautiful wife Maya and myself live in Sartell, MN. I have been building with Structural for 12 of my 13 yrs. in the construction trade. I love post frame construction and enjoy challenging building projects. I always tell customers, “If you can dream, Structural can build it!!!” I thoroughly enjoy meeting new customers and helping them get the building they want!!!
Kevin Warzecha- Purchasing & Production
I entered the post frame construction in the late 70’s, working for a large company. That is where I was first introduced to Al Stewart, we worked together on many projects thru out Minnesota and Iowa. I then moved on to help a regional company start a new post frame construction division. Al’s and my path’s again crossed, and I was offered a position with Structural Buildings where I am proud to say I have been for over 20 years!!!
Joan and I have two grown children, each with children of their own. I enjoy collecting a multitude of items from tokens to old farm related items. I also enjoy old lithographs and do a little farming at our home in Royalton, MN.
RESIDENTIAL POLE BARN BUILDING
- Don & Marcielle R.
RESIDENTIAL REMODELED HOME
- Dorothy and Roger K. — Pillager, MN
POST FRAME BUILDING
- Gary G. — University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
POST FRAME BUILDING
We love the way our building turned out!"
- Harold & Sharon K.
POST FRAME BUILDING
I would not hesitate to recommend Structural Buildings for work in the future."
- James B.
COMMERCIAL RETAIL MUSTARD SEED LANDSCAPING
Though price is never the most important aspect of a quality project, we have always felt Structural has given us the best value for our money. They also start their projects on time and finish on schedule, which isn't always easy given the variety of conditions and weather we experience in Minnesota. Though we have had very few concerns after construction, Structural has always responded quickly and fairly to any questions we have had and they stand behind their commitments 100%.
We have worked with literally dozens of builders and contractors and I can honestly say that none have been better to work with than Structural Buildings. Whatever your project, whether it be large or small, detailed or simple, I highly recommend you consider Structural as one of your options. If you do, I think you will see the difference right up front and you will be glad you did!"
- Mark D. Halla Steward