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Cook Remodeling

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Management

Jeff Cook, Founder, C.E.O.

Certified Graduate Remodeler
Bachelor of Science in Education, Arizona State University
40 years construction experience

Jeff resigned from teaching at a private Christian school to pursue his passion for home improvement. He takes great pride in ensuring that any structural changes for interior home remodeling, like a room addition, or patio enclosure look original to the home. He finds fulfillment in customizing homes to the owners’ satisfaction.

Jeff is disciplined in exercise, eating healthy, and enjoys sports and doing pilgrimages.  He hopes to go to the Holy Land.

Janet B. Cook, President

Certified Aging in Place Specialist
Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Nebraska
Full Business partner since 2000

From Educational Director to retail & hotel management, Janet’s life experiences have been preparing her for the challenge of growing the business to meet the ever-increasing demand for the Cook Remodeling experience. Janet’s strengths are vision, problem solving, organizing, system development, and customer care.

What does Janet have in common with Katherine Hepburn?

Spasmodic Dysphonia. What sounds like laryngitis is actually involuntary spasms of her vocal folds during speech.  Despite how she sounds, she feels fine!

J.J. Levenske, Chief Operating Officer

20+ years of experience
2014 employee of the year
Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin – Stout

J.J.’s travel adventures gave him the desire to forge into unknown territory to gain skills and growth. He joined an international firm and found that a kid from a small town could successfully compete in a large corporation. He took this vigor and passion to other facets of the construction industry during each step in his journey. He continues to push as hard as his will and intellect will allow him.

J.J.’s greatest satisfaction has been in the development of the people around him and how they have inspired him to be a better person and construction leader. He looks forward to helping Cook Remodeling develop a higher level of quality and customer service.

J.J. is married to Kelli and they have two boys who are into biking, camping, baseball, skiing and anything that can be enjoyed outside. He enjoys participating in those same activities with his family and they travel as often as they can.

Design and Sales

Rochelle Horn, CKD, Project Designer

26 years of experience

Starting in interior design selling carpet, window treatments and furniture, Rochelle found she had a love of transforming homes to something more beautiful. She then worked for several large insurance restoration contractors and would help facilitate a client’s dream remodel project staying sensitive to the budget to deliver a better than before home. Those same skills have translated very well into full service remodeling.

In 2002 Rochelle became a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) to further develop her talent, and has won NARI’s Contractor of the Year Award for kitchen remodeling projects on three separate occasions. Her work has been published, and she has won other awards, as well. Rochelle is active in the National Kitchen & Bath Association, has served as a local Board Member for 12 years, and is currently serving a third term as President.

Rochelle enjoys spending time with her daughter and daughter-in-laws as well as 8 amazing grandchildren. She loves to travel and is dedicated to personal growth and development.

Operations

Darlene Moore, Office Manager

Darlene has more than 20 years experience in management, construction, legal, and computer technical experience. She is highly motivated and very organized, and loves multi-tasking in a busy environment. Her project coordination experience makes it easy to work with the production team to ensure that our jobs are on time and on budget. She has worked for an architectural firm, and has a degree in computer aided drafting. Darlene is happy to be working with such a wonderful team of people at Cook Remodeling.

When she is enjoying her down time, Darlene spends her time with her husband Wayne, exploring the wonderful sights in Arizona. She also enjoys sewing, reading, knitting, and participating in church activities.

Karen Anderson, Controller

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Art, University of Nebraska

Karen works diligently to make certain the company’s finances are on the mark. Karen takes pride in ensuring billing is accurate, customers get the best prices for materials, and employees and vendors are paid on time. Although customers rarely see her, they appreciate her attention to detail in keeping their job’s on budget.

Karen worked for six years at a law firm before graduating from college. She then worked for an insurance company as a claims adjuster, and was promoted to supervisor. Karen’s strengths are accuracy and attention to detail. Wherever she goes, she is always the one “keeping all the ducks in a row!” She makes everyone’s job easier at Cook Remodeling.

Never afraid of a challenge, she’s hiked the Grand Canyon, rim to rim, three times! She appreciates a flexible workweek to enjoy her family.

Front Line

Kevin Smith, Production Manager

18 years of experience

Kevin began his career in the commercial construction industry with building large healthcare, schools, and multi business projects. After earning his degree in computer Science/Electronic Engineering, he worked in sales and marketing for international medical equipment manufacturers. Still drawn to construction, he started his own luxury home building company and specialized in Green Build construction, luxury landscape/hardscape, & custom swimming pools. His homes have been selected to be on the covers of Homes and Land Magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden, as well as have been featured in the New York Times.

With a specialty in large complex projects, Kevin brings to Cook Remodeling his a desire to deliver a positive experience and a unique masterpiece to the clients. Kevin and his wife Debra have two daughters that are pursuing graduate degrees in the healthcare fields. The couple enjoy the outdoors; hunting, fishing, hiking, golf and “just being out there.”

Jeff Gorszczyk, Division Manager – Small Projects Division

Certified Project ManagerUniversal Design Certified RemodelerCertified Graduate RemodelerCertified Aging in Place SpecialistCertified Lead Carpenter
25 years of experience
Employee of the Year 2009-2010

Jeff started in the construction industry with the desire to create something of beauty and value with his hands. He enrolled in classes, and with sufficient training, started his own remodeling company. In the interest of excelling in client services, he gained certification in energy efficient new home construction. He continually takes design courses in Kitchen Remodeling and Bathroom Remodeling as well as in Green Remodeling to keep current.  Jeff is committed to continuing education and meeting the standards to gain national professional certification.

Jeff’s strengths are his dedication, imaginative problem solving, and hard work. He loves fixing things and making people happy, and fulfilling client’s dreams.

Jeff enjoys sports, golf, and was offered college scholarships to pitch baseball. He married Brenda in May of 2006, and they have 4 children from previous marriages. They like to motorcycle ride in their free time.

Lee Gringas, Project Manager

12 years of experience

Lee brings a diverse professional background to Cook Remodeling with strengths in commitment, discipline, and being personable. He grew up in San Diego and joined the U.S. Army after high school. He studied at the College of the Redwoods in Northern California.

Lee is very passionate about construction and enjoys helping homeowners create and reach their remodel dream. He is grateful to be a part of an award winning team at Cook Remodeling.

Lee and his wife Shelly have four children (Britney, Jacob, Justin and Lee). The couple enjoys spending time with family, traveling and sports.

Bill Kochendorfer, Project Manager

Kevin Shepler, Master Carpenter

39 years of experience
Employee of the Year 2004-2005

Kevin started in high school taking construction classes to develop his carpentry skills in his vocation. He has experience in building homes, 4-plexes, and many years of home remodeling. He took college classes to be certified a Rescue Squad Volunteer, where he served for seven years. Kevin worked for 15 years in his father’s home improvement and renovation business, Master Builders, until his father retired.

Kevin’s strengths include his ability to make additions look like they were originally built with the house. He is very dependable, responsible, and knowledgeable. He enjoys meeting new people, and doing custom remodeling projects fit for each individual.

Joshua Bombard, Carpenter

Josh developed his passion for home improvement by helping his father remodel their family home. In high school, Josh built stage props for his high school theater troupe. After graduation, Josh went to work as a carpenter.

Josh moved to Phoenix from the suburbs of Chicago in October of 2013 to pursue greater career opportunities. He loves the challenge of making all the pieces of the remodeling project fit together to create a functional and elegant end result.

In his free time, Josh enjoys hiking, target shooting, gold panning, and tinkering in the garage.

Vern Quevli, Chief Quality Officer

Employee of the Year 2006, 2007
Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Arts University of Minnesota

Vern has worked as a field auditor, setting up corporate offices, and supervising 100 employees. He has 13 years experience in property management.

Vern’s strength is working with people. He is helpful, trustworthy, friendly, and reliable. He is on call to make sure when the project is done it looks like we were never even there. He monitors the order, cleanliness, safety and security of the job sites.

Vern enjoys doing volunteer work for “Neighbors Who Care,” and for the church they attend.

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