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. Jeff remembers from the start of working in construction he had such a good feeling at the end of the day seeing what had been accomplished, that he went all out doing remodeling. From his days of passing out flyers door-to-door to offer our services, to now owning a nationally recognized remodeling firm, Jeff still takes great pride in knowing that his customers are satisfied from the results of brining good people to their project. Jeff is disciplined in prayer and exercise, eating healthy, being “green”, and sharing life with his wife, Janet.
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 Cook Remodeling’s services. Janet has an entrepreneurial spirit and she is also a health coach, who helps people have more energy as they look and feel better by making one simple change.
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!
Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin – Stout
20+ years of experience
2014 employee of the year
J.J. first realized he has a passion for the construction business in 8th grade when he was on the “crew”. He cared more about digging that hole correctly than his supervisor did – and he has never let up since! 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.
Now, 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 efficiency, quality and customer service.
J.J. and his wife, Kelli, and their two sons share his love of travel, adventure and physical activity.
NARI Contractor of the Year
National Kitchen & Bath Association, local President
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 home that was better than before. 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 her work has since been published, won countless awards, including NARI “Best of Show.”
Rochelle enjoys spending time with her family, which includes 8 amazing grandchildren. She loves to travel and is dedicated to personal growth and development. She has a heart for helping single mothers and volunteers for the “Sorjourner Center” for women and children in crisis.
32 years of experience
Steve was born in Minneapolis and is of Scandinavian decent. He moved to Arizona in 2004 and continued with his already extensive sales and construction career. Steve has over 30 years of experience, and was raised in the construction industry through working for his father at an early age. By the age of 21, Steve started his own construction company. Steve loves to meet new people and has a passion for learning about what they want to achieve in their home remodeling project and making it happen. It’s very rewarding.
Steve’s other passion also includes making and building – but in particular – car restoration! However much he loves tinkering and completing projects, but doing the laundry is not one of them. If he would love to have a super power of invisibility so he would not have to do laundry ever!
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 jobs are on time and on budget. She has worked for an architectural firm, and has a degree in computer aided drafting. Darlene loves that she can use all of her past job skills and passions while working at Cook Remodeling.
Darlene’s favorite room in her house is her “cave”. It is here she spends time pursuing her passion and skill in sewing; “I love spending time working on whatever moves my imagination and relaxes me. When I’m in my sewing studio, I’m in my own time and space, doing what I want to do”.
Certified Project Manager, Universal Design Certified Remodeler, Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Certified Lead Carpenter
25 years of experience
Employee of the Year 2009, 2010
“If you ever work for a company, treat it like it’s your own and you will reap the benefits.”
Jeff quotes his grandfather for the best advice he has ever received and used it throughout his career.
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 enjoys sports, golf, and was offered college scholarships to pitch baseball – but says his proudest moment was the birth of his 2 children.
29 years of experience
Bill grew up in West Central Wisconsin in a small farming community. In his youth he watched his father and brothers completing construction projects which sparked Bill’s curiosity for the industry. He went to Chippeura Valley Tech College for Mechanical Design and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin – Stout for product development. Bill has an impressive background working as a design, efficiency and sales engineer. He also owned his own construction company for 17 years. Bill is dedicated to and cherishes his wife. He enjoys playing guitar and writing Christian songs, likes to fish, golf, and spending time with nieces and nephews.
39 years of experience
Employee of the Year 2004, 2005
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Kevin has spent the last 30 years in Arizona. Kevin started taking construction classes in high school, developing carpentry skills and a promising vocation. He has experience in building homes, 4-plexes, and many years of home remodeling. Kevin took college classes to become a certified Rescue Squad Volunteer, where he served the community 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 and knowledgeable. He enjoys meeting new people, and doing custom remodeling projects fit for each individual. He notes his friendships made at Cook Remodeling over the years the best part of working at our company! He loves to garden when not transforming Cook Remodeling client’s houses into the home of their dreams.
15 years of experience
Jeff was born in Tucson but grew up in Southern California. He has lived in Phoenix for twelve years with his wife, two teenage daughters and his dog. Steve has made a great impression on Cook Remodeling with his sense of humor and strong work ethic! He says that he first realized his passion for the construction business when he wasn’t satisfied with the quality of work left behind by “professionals,” and knew he could do better! He loves to build custom furniture when he has spare time, and is a pretty good cook and even makes his own Chorizo. Steve is a great believer in support and care between all employees at Cook Remodeling. If Jeff wasn’t in construction he would be “Brewing beer and maybe squeezing some camping in-between!”
15 years of experience
James was born in Bishop, CA and raised in Costa Mesa. He moved to Arizona in 2001 and is engaged to his fiancée Melissa and has 2 sons, Chevy and Daniel. He loves off-roading and hiking. Despite living in the desert for over a decade, James has not lost his Californian roots and says that if he did not have to work he would happily live on the beach and surf all day!
With more than 15 years construction experience, James is a very focused individual who strives to ensure everything he does is to the best of his ability and of the highest quality. He once quit a past job because he did not agree with the level of quality the company was providing and it is this integrity and honesty that is so valued at Cook Remodeling. He has our back, and we have his!
12 years of experience
Josh developed his passion for home improvement back in first grade when he helped his father remodel their family house. In high school, Josh built stage props for his high school theater troupe and continued down the same path after graduation, when he went to work as a carpenter.
Josh moved to Phoenix with his fiancée, from the suburbs of Chicago in 2013 to pursue greater career opportunities. It was here he came to work for Cook Remodeling and Josh loves the high-end work he is involved in. He loves the challenge of making all the pieces of the remodeling project fit together to create a functional and elegant end result.
As a child Josh used to enjoy wrestling but now he prefers hiking, target shooting, gold panning, and tinkering in his garage. Josh spends his free time with his fiancée and his 2 adorable dogs, which he admits are spoiled rotten!
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Art, University of Nebraska
Employee of the Year 2008, 2011
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 on budget.
Karen first realized she was meant for a career in Accounting when she was 6 years old and was concerned about the cost of groceries while shopping with her mother. She has worked at a law firm, an insurance company as a claims adjuster, and was later promoted to supervisor. Karen’s strengths are accuracy and attention to detail – making everybody’s lives easier at Cook Remodeling! Karen loves the outdoors, whether hiking, biking or swimming. Never afraid of a challenge, she’s hiked the Grand Canyon, rim to rim, THREE times!
Employee of the Year 2006, 2007
Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Arts University of Minnesota
Vern grew up in a small town in Minnesota after being adopted at 9 years old by a wonderful family. He worked for a family owned grocery for 18 years in Arizona, before working as a field auditor where he set up corporate offices and supervised 100 employees, and spent 13 years 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.
As well as doing volunteer work for “Neighbors Who Care” and for the church he attends with his wife, Vern also has a passion for organic gardening.
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