Employee Spotlight: Al

By: Karah Hawkinson, Social Media Coordinator

It’s been a few months since I put up a blog post. We had some issues with the website, and between other priorities and getting someone smarter than me to fix it, it just took time. But it’s all working now, and I’ve even been able to touch up some things on the site!

In the meantime, we brought in a new Yard Foreman/Dispatcher, so it’s time to introduce you to Al!

 

(That’s him under the beard)

Al and his wife, Melissa, live in Big Lake with their two sons and two dogs. He likes living out here because it’s less congested than the Cities. It’s also a good place for Al’s hobbies, which include hunting, woodworking, welding, and cooking with his smoker – a convenient hobby since smoked BBQ is his favorite food.

His favorite thing about working at Country Lumber has been the people and personalities he works with – both employees and customers. We enjoy working with Al, too (even if he’s not a coffee drinker…)!

Next time you stop in, say hi to Al and welcome him to the team. If you’re lucky, he might show you pictures of some of his gorgeous woodworking projects!

Employee Spotlight: Jonathan

By: Karah Hawkinson, Social Media Coordinator

Jonathan is another black coffee-drinking, long-commuting, hard-working member of the Country Lumber staff (we seem to have a type…). He came to us after living all over the country and working for more than seven years as an architect. Those experiences give Jonathan a unique perspective, which he uses in his work – Commercial Building Materials Sales and Consulting.

Jonathan has been at Country Lumber for three and a half years, and his favorite thing about his job is completing large and small projects on iconic structures in the Twin Cities metro area.

Central Lutheran Church addition, Minneapolis

When he’s not selling building materials for cool projects, Jonathan enjoys going to live music events (more than 50 a year!). He also plays the drums, and enjoys outdoor activities like biking, kayaking, and hiking.

If you’re looking for commercial building materials and you want expert help with an architectural background and experience with unique projects, contact Jonathan at jonathank@countrylumber.us

Employee Spotlight: Chip

By: Karah Hawkinson, Social Media Coordinator

chip Chip Frederickson is the sales manager at Country Lumber, and the contact person for our Launch Center location on Lake Mille Lacs. Chip also manages a marina and builds townhomes on the lake. He lives up in Wahkon near the Launch Center location, but he can also be found in the office in Becker (and I thought I had a long commute!).

Chip has been with Country Lumber for over nineteen years, and his favorite part about his job is the relationships he has formed with the contractors he works with (‘the people we work with’ is a popular answer when I ask the staff what they like about their jobs, so thank you customers for being great!).

Chip enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing, boating, and golf. When I asked him what his favorite treat is, the answered ICE CREAM in all capital letters, so I think he’s pretty serious! But his favorite thing in the world is spending time with his teenage son and daughter, whom he also calls his proudest accomplishment.

If you’re in the market for a lakeshore cabin, check out Chip and Shooter’s Meshigun Point townhomes for sale on realtor.com. As I write this (July 2019) there are three available units of the ten built in the community. There are also a couple lots available, which offer a custom building opportunity.

Employee Spotlight – Diane

By: Karah Hawkinson, Social Media Coordinator

Diane is the Controller/Human Resources person at Country Lumber. Between the vendors, customers, and staff, she stays very busy! Lucky for all of us, her favorite part of her job is the people she gets to interact with.

Diane and her husband have two teenagers and a dog. They love the lake life – being outdoors, kayaking, gardening, attending their kids’ events, and going out on the pontoon are her favorite things to do.

Diane has worked at Country Lumber for four years. She represents us at Chamber of Commerce meetings and community events. She’s a big part of what makes our workplace work, and we’re glad to have her on the team!

Employee Spotlight: Jim

By: Karah Hawkinson, Social Media Coordinator

Jim Jim Dingmann is another fairly new face at Country Lumber. He has been with us for five months, working as an Estimator. Aside from being the “new kids,” Jim and I also share a preference for strong black coffee – the darker the better!

Jim lives in St Cloud with his beautiful wife of twenty-four years, Brenda. The couple are proud parents of two young adult daughters, Jennifer and Mikaela. When he’s not working at Country Lumber, Jim likes hunting, fishing, photography, woodworking, and riding motorcycle. His dream vacation would involve hitting the open road and going somewhere scenic on his motorcycle.

I asked Jim what he likes about working at Country Lumber, and he said that he likes the working environment where, “we can work hard and still have an enjoyable experience.” The fun and productive environment is a direct result of our great staff at Country Lumber. We’re glad to have Jim as part of our team!

Employee Spotlight: Karah

By: Karah Hawkinson, Social Media Coordinator

The Blog is Back!

We’ll be featuring new posts at least twice a month to introduce you to our staff and keep you up-to-date on building trends, new products, and information about all things building and remodeling. Remember to follow us on social media, too. We have lots to share and project photos of what builders and homeowners are doing with materials from Country Lumber.

Employee Profile – Meet Karah

Karah and husband Scott at the Neon Boneyard Museum, Las Vegas

I’m Karah Hawkinson, and I’m the newest employee here at Country Lumber! (Seriously. I started one week ago today!) I work just a few hours a week maintaining the website, blog, and social media accounts. In my other life, I’m a professional historian. I have both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in history, and I work as the Program Coordinator at the Sherburne History Center here in Becker.

Though both of my jobs are in Becker, I live in Coon Rapids with my husband, Scott, our son, Jacob, and a beagle-mix named Cashew. 2019 is a year of milestones for our family. I have a milestone birthday this year, my husband and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary, and Jacob is graduating from high school. He’s also moving to the Seattle area this fall to attend college, where he will study to become a minister.

When I’m not working or commuting back and forth, I like to read, bake, and watch sports. I’m a rabid Vikings fan, and I also enjoy watching boxing and hockey. I serve on the deacon board at my church.

In the world of building and remodeling, I like a warm and cozy aesthetic. My favorite current trend is the way the rustic/farmhouse style has brought the emphasis back to homes that are lived-in, and traditions like family dinner around the table.

If you have pictures of projects you’re doing with Country Lumber products, I’d love to see them, and maybe feature them on social media. Email images and information to photos@countrylumber.us. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Employee Spotlight: Lee McDowall

I grew up in Becker, MN and graduated from Becker High School. I married my high school sweetheart, Tiffany, in 2014. We have two children, Sierra (2) and Owen (5 months). I enjoy spending time outdoors biking and camping with my family.

 

I started in the construction business by building pole sheds. In February 2017, my family and I moved back to Becker and I started working at Country Lumber. I started as a delivery driver and have recently been promoted to yard foreman.

Employee Spotlight: Kevin Rasset (Kegger)

I have worked at Country Lumber since April of 2005.  I drive our boom truck.  Deliveries can take me all over the state, but generally I’m in the twin cities metro area.

I’ve been married to Rose for 35 years, we have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.  My favorite things to do outside of work are 4 wheeling, motorcycling and cooking.  I own a 1966 Dodge Coronet that’s driven in the summer.

 

Kegger’s wife Rose keeps our lunchroom filled sweet treats all year long.

Employee Spotlight: Rick Olson

I have been with Country Lumber since the beginning, 1983. I helped with the building in 1983 and opening the doors in 1984. I am currently the yard foreman. I was born and raised in Becker and currently live on the family farm. I have been married to Bonnie for 26 years, have 2 children (Kari and Cory), 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Bonnie and I still farm our family land. Over the years I have seen lots of changes here at Country Lumber and in the industry. Country Lumber has been a great employer and Shooter has been a good friend all these years.

*After 35 years at Country Lumber, Rick retired in 2018

Employee Spotlight: Randy Wirz

I have been with Country Lumber, in Sales and Estimating since 2009. I have been in the lumber business for approx. 25 years in truss design, production, and sales. I graduated from St. Francis high school, then attended Northwest Technical Institute for Architectural Drafting and Design. My background is in carpentry and drafting and I still enjoy building things and helping people out with their projects.

I have been married to Nikki for 23 years and we have a 14 year old daughter Zoey. We are a busy family and live in Nowthen, Mn. which is where I grew up, with our 2 Labrador Retrievers.

In my spare time I enjoy all kinds of hunting, fishing, and spending time at the family cabin.

Give me a call if I can help you out with a project.