Employee Spotlight – Peter Ireton

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Peter has been with us for a few months now working as a carpenter. He enjoys the job because it lets him be creative. His hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and biking. His ultimate vacation spot would just be anywhere in the mountains and if he won the lottery he would spend it on traveling the world one country at a time. He also plays the guitar. If he wasn’t working construction he would like to be a musician.

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Some things you may not know about Peter:

1. His first real job was at Spud’s Fish and Chips.

2. He hates beets.

3. His biggest pet peeve is when a driver slows down when they get near a semi truck.

4. Favorite movie of all time? Dumb and Dumber

5. If he could meet anyone in history he would choose Jimi Hendrix.

Aliyah at MCD

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Aliyah joined MacPherson Construction and Design just over four months ago. Since then she has been a fabulous help working as our interior design assistant. Aliyah went to Washington State University, another GO COUGS! She says if she didn’t go into design she would still want to do something artsy. She loves to draw and used to spend hours on hours sketching random things that caught her eye. Once upon a time she considered even being a tattoo artist! She loves working at MCD because of the people, and her favorite day of the week is by far MCD Fridays! Besides helping us in the design department, occasionally we snag her to help with other office tasks. She should be given an award for organizing Kathy’s files! She loves spending time with family, going to dog parks, and traveling. Her ultimate dream vacation would be to Hawaii.

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Fun facts about Aliyah:

1. If she could meet anyone in the world it would be an animator from Studio Ghibli.

2. She dislikes vinegar-y foods.

3. Her favorite movie of all time is The Holiday.

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Introducing Will!

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Will has been working with MCD for three months now thanks to Charla! We were thrilled she recommended him and we know she was thrilled to get a referral bonus! Will is our newest job foreman or as he likes to call himself, a miracle worker. His first real job he had was working at a fish cannery up on Alaska. If he wasn’t working construction he would probably be coaching baseball. If he could meet one person in history he would choose John Wayne. He loves spending time with his grandkids and if he won the lottery he would give the money to charity as well as spend it on family. Also worth noting, he hates sushi. haha. Welcome Will, we are so happy to have you!

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Welcome Kristin!

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Kristin comes to us from Wells Fargo and started with us just last month. She has already become an amazing member of the team as our assistant office manager. After working with MacPherson Construction on the banking side of things, she pretty much knew everyone (a definite perk!) and now works with the ladies in the office so say hi if you are around. When not at work, she likes snowboarding in the winter months, being a mom to her son Mason, and staying fit! She also loves coffee and if she won the lottery she would spend it on traveling the world.

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A couple of fun facts about Kristin:

Her favorite MCD moment has been the Concert Series we have had.

If she could be an animal, she would choose her own dog Sam.

Her least favorite food is peas.

Her ultimate vacation spot – Negril, Jamaica!

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Meet Jeff Dixon!

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We welcomed Jeff to the team recently as one of our new carpenters. His first day of “work” was actually the company crabbing trip in the San Juan Islands… not a bad way to start a new job! He loves working in construction because there is always something new to be learned or a new task to complete so there is a lot of variety and it isn’t like working behind a desk where every day is the same. He currently is spending a lot of time fixing up the old home him and his wife purchased a couple of years ago, and if he won the lottery he would love to start flipping houses just like Chip and Joanna from the TV show “Fixer Upper”. He attended Washington State University and of course we love having another coug in the office. He says if he could be any animal he would be a cougar of course!

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Quick Fun Facts about Jeff:

He would love to be a shark tank investor.

His biggest pet peeve is inefficiency.

He hates Kale.

His first job was busing tables at Red Robin.

He would love to meet Steve Jobs.

His dream vacation would be to Italy.

He loves the movie Top Gun.

 

Welcome Back Darrick!

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Although Darrick worked for us back around his time at Washington State University (eek how many years ago was that!?), he started working for us again on April 3rd of this year! He of course was familiar with the office atmosphere and a lot of the employees have remained the same since his time with us, but he is now working as an associate architect. His favorite MCD moments have been any and all crabbing events we have put on in the San Juan Islands, and he loves being back at MCD because he get’s to be surrounded by great people. Around the office you may hear him referred to as Samurai, you can probably take a wild guess of which employee gave him that name.

Designing is definitely his passion. If he wasn’t designing custom homes for us, he would probably still be designing other projects of a different scale such as furniture. He loves furniture design and fabrication, vintage motorcycles, live music, metal and wood work, and of course architectural design. If he won the lottery he would use his winnings to design and build a custom home for his parents. If he could meet one person in history it would be Louis Kahn who is of course one of the United States’ greatest 20th century architects. Kahn’s projects include the Salk Institute in La Jolla California, Phillips Exeter Academy Library in New Hampshire, and the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. We are thrilled to have Darrick back with us. His office is upstairs so be sure to stop in and say hello!

 

 

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Employee Spotlight – Kim Lazo!

9Kim Lazo recently joined the MCD team as our “Office Ninja” helping everyone with what needs to get done from filing, running errands, organizing, you name it. She is working with us part time which is awesome since it allows her to be her own business owner on the side.  She is creative, artistic and dang crafty. Her hobbies include hiking, backpacking, skiing and mountaineering, and if she won the lottery she would spend the money traveling the world. Her ultimate vacation would be a trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

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Some fun facts about Kim:

1. Her favorite movie of all time is Dirty Dancing

2. If she could be an animal it would be an Emperor Penguin

3. Her biggest pet peeve is slow drivers in the left lane

4. If she could meet anyone in history it would be Teddy Roosevelt

 

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Our First Female Laborer Charla!

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It is about time we get some ladies out in the field! A warm welcome to Charla Conrow who goes by Char. She may be only 4′-11″ but she has a bigger truck than most of the men in our office do! Char comes to us from Black Rock Construction and before that Pacific Tool Inc. She loves what she does because she is constantly learning and working with her hands. Her hobbies include her riding her Harley, which is quite an impressive feat considering her feet almost don’t touch the ground, as well as rescuing dogs. As a matter of fact if she won the lottery tomorrow she would buy a big plot of land just for them to enjoy! Fun Fact: Her ultimate vacation spot would be going to the rain forest.

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Welcome Mo!

Mohamed Alhethail joined the MCD team a couple months ago. His experience has been working for Concrete Traditions, so he knows about prep, pouring, install and finishing. He also worked for Bullet Proof Welding in steel erection, and for Natural Factors as a remodeler. Mo is OSHA Certified and is a Certified Disaster Worker. He works Friday and Saturday nights working security as a bouncer as well. He was a referral from another employee Fletcher and he has already proven to be a great addition to the team, and like many of our employees, he has an awesome commute living in Issaquah. He is a “jack of all trades” and will be out on the job site working along side the rest of the team. He loves working construction because you get to break things during demo (and then rebuild them of course!) He loves tools of all kinds, enjoys music, collecting knives, and spending time with family, and absolutely hates Brussels sprouts. His ultimate vacation spot would be in the Bahamas or in Fiji.

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Some things you may not know about Mo:

1. He can make some seriously good pancakes, and should be given an award for cooking his lady dinner!

2. If he could be any animal it would be a bear and he would take advantage of hibernation!

3. His favorite movie of all time is the Perfect Storm.

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Our Interior Designer – Carrie Kinkade

carrie proOne of our most recent hires is Carrie Kinkade! She works as one of our interior designers and we were so thrilled to have her join the MCD team. She received a BFA in Interior Design from the Northwest College of Art and has worked as a Designer and Project Manager for multiple companies including Old Time Woodwork, Rainier Woodworking Company, Coyote Design Architecture and Planning PLLC, and most recently before coming to us at Renewal Remodels and Additions. She has strong management skills as well as being incredibly hardworking, creative, and detail oriented. She has also won a number of awards for her work including most recently in 2016 winning the REX Entire House under 150k, and REX Entire House 150-300k categories as well as the BIAW Whole house under 150k and the 2016 People’s Choice awards.  She loves working in the design world because she get’s to do her passion, and her hidden talent is selecting the most expensive anything when she goes into a store. Ha, we like to think that means she has excellent taste!

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Fun Facts about Carrie:

Her favorite movie of all time is Fried Green Tomatoes.

Her hobbies include Beekeeping, woodworking, and sport bike riding.

Her ultimate vacation spot is Maui (though we are trying to convince her that Puerto Vallarta is really the best!)