Dave founded the company in late 1992, and got everything up and running January 1st, 1993. The first office was at 10 Mile Rd. and Jefferson, in St. Clair Shores. Before creating Kopke, he was a salesperson at another home improvement company for 6 years, earned a BA in Business Administration, and worked in retail management prior to beginning his home improvement career. His current duties include planning the future direction of the company, creating annual budgets, developing manuals for all procedures, and creating standard installation stems for all types of projects. His favorite part of his job is reading customer testimonies. “I get a real kick out of seeing before and after pictures, and seeing customers’ express sincere appreciation for our efforts.” Dave’s professional strengths are many, but they include hard work, consistency, open communication, compassion, and vision. His hobbies include golfing, fishing, investing, reading non-fiction, watching movies, bowling, having bonfires, going on vacations, volunteering, and home projects.
Alan first started in remodeling as a teen, helping his Uncle Mike with his construction business, where he was able to learn the foundations of the craft. He later took various jobs as a tradesman in construction and as a sales representative for various companies in the Metro Detroit area. During this time, he witnessed a lot of deceit towards customers and fellow workers, including cutting corners and mismanagement. The main things that these companies had in common were lots of short-cuts and a “caulk fixes everything” mentality. He learned more of “what not to do” than he learned what was right to do. He immersed himself into each company he worked for by personally meeting with customers, figuring many estimates, managing some of the projects, and even answering phone calls. Learning from these companies’ mistakes, he felt compelled to teach his approach toward customer satisfaction and employee gratification to others. Alan opened a consulting company in 2010, where he brought training to contractors and their employees. Many organizations he consulted with wished to hire him full-time, but Alan’s passion for helping and developing kept him from accepting any offers. Until, he found out from his wife that they were about to have their second child. She expressed to Alan that she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom for both of their daughters. There was opportunity everywhere for Alan to obtain a full time position, but two things brought him to Kopke. First, he found that this company’s owner, Dave Kopke, was 100% dedicated to customer satisfaction and had the willingness to grow. Fate led to the second reason why Alan chose Kopke: his youngest daughter was born on the same day as Dave.
Laura began working for Kopke alongside her husband, Dave, at the very beginning in 1993. Before that (and ever since) she focused on raising her two beautiful daughters, one of which is now our bookkeeper! Laura is our Showroom Manager, which means she works very hard to make sure everything in the showroom is up to the standards we like to keep for our clients. She also helps with ordering supplies and various other duties. Her favorite part of work is all of the interactions with our wonderful staff, she’s always teaming up with someone to work on various exciting projects. Her strengths are her organization and communication skills. Her hobbies include golfing, euchre, and spending time with her daughters. She also loves to spend time up north at her cottage.
Kayla has been working for Kopke on and off since 2003, when she was in high school and would help out on summer vacations. She became full time after graduating from the College for Creative Studies in 2011. Her job now is to process sold jobs and change orders, do payroll, collect payments from customers, etc. In the past, she has done our marketing, photography, and social media. Her favorite part of work is being around her family every day, both blood family and the employees that have been with the company since the beginning. Her hobbies include cooking, alternative process photography, traveling, and estate sales. “If you have any questions about the remodeling process, come visit us in Sterling Heights. We are a treasure trove of knowledge and advice!”
Brandon is super old school, he has been with Kopke since 1998. Before joining the Kopke Team, he earned an AAS in Building Construction, a BA in Business Management, a State of Michigan Builders License, and even had his own home improvement company for a bit. In the past, he has done design, estimates, and sales for Kopke, but is currently the Director of Design and Specifications, which means he is the one purchasing all of the products for each remodeling job. His favorite part of work is interacting with all of the clients and staff to develop projects that exceed their expectations, and his professional strength is over 40 years of experience under his belt. His hobbies are golfing and fishing.
Halina started working for Kopke in October 2015 and before that has accumulated over a decade of experience in commercial and residential architectural design and document preparation. Her job is to provide spatial design solutions for interior and exterior residential remodeling projects represented through 2D and 3D drawings. Halina is also NKBA certified for kitchen and bath design. Her favorite part of work is the unique process that each project undergoes when the needs and desires of the client are combined with aesthetics, practicality, and unlimited possibilities. Her hobbies include gardening, travel and nature exploration, sewing, and other crafts. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from the Lawrence Technological University.
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Ann joined the company in September of 2017 and is now Head of the Pricing Department. She is responsible for taking client ideas and pricing them within their budget to help dreams become a reality. The favorite part of her job is helping clients get the vision they are seeking with a price that fits their needs. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Fudge. Her hobbies include baking, gardening, reading, and scrapbooking.
Darren has been with the company since late 2013, with a background in programming, computers, and the food service industry. His main responsibility is our one-man IT department, making sure all of our computers and the LED sign at the showroom are in tip-top shape. His favorite part of work is using his programming skills to make others’ jobs easier and more efficient. He considers his professional strengths to be finding new and efficient approaches to existing tasks, problem solving, and critical thinking. His hobbies include kayaking, video games, biking, programming, and camping.
Curt joined the company in the summer of 2001, but before that he owned his own kitchen remodeling company for 11 years. His responsibilities as Production Manager include customer relations, scheduling jobs, and managing all of our projects. His favorite part of work is seeing happy customers at the end of their project. His strengths include all of his previous experience and knowledge, and his ability to multitask, which is incredibly important because Kopke always has a lot of remodeling jobs going on simultaneously. His hobbies include riding his Harley, camping, gardening, making beer (which everyone at Kopke loves), and putzing around the house.
Dale has been with the Kopke team for six and a half years. He does windows, doors, kitchens, and baths. “Work has taught me to treat a customer’s home as if it were your own and you will never have a problem.” Dale is always punctual and is known for his friendly customer service. “I choose this career path because I realized at a young age that I liked doing things with my hands.” Dale’s hobby is making beer.
Even though she’s only been here for about a year, Julie is known for lending a hand. She does customer service and production. “What made me choose this career path is that I enjoy working with people and Kopke gave me the opportunity to do that while expanding my skillset.” With her high energy, Julie brings organization, communication with customers, and aid in the integration of all departments to the Kopke team. Her hobbies include cooking, kayaking, and traditional archery.
Ron started working for Kopke in late 2016, after many years as both a licensed contractor and a financial planner. His job is to meet with customers and potential clients, both at their homes and in our showroom, to provide remodeling consultations, preliminary designs and elevations, and proposals. His favorite part of work is meeting new people and taking on challenging projects. His history as a licensed contractor is a major strength in his daily work, and his history as a financial planner helps with budgeting projects with clients. His hobbies are hunting, camping, and golfing.
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Licensed building and Renovation Consultant, Adrian brings over 20 years’ experience in residential and commercial construction to the team. Adrian started helping out on remodeling projects with his older brother when he was just 11 years old. Originally from Newport Beach, California where his mother worked from home as one of Orange Counties top independent Interior Designers’, Adrian has been immersed in the housing industry his entire life. After honorably serving in the United States Navy as an acoustic analyst, Adrian started his own siding and window installation company until he decided to pursue a Real Estate license. Upon graduation, Adrian was recruited by Quicken Loans to be a Mortgage Banker and, in the years leading up to the financial crises of 2007, Adrian attained Mortgage loan officer licensing in 32 states through the National Mortgage Licensing System. Having extensive experience in all parts of the housing industry, as well as his military work ethic, Adrian brings a wide array of relevant experience and thorough attention to detail for the clients. Adrian will work diligently for you, bringing your ideas to reality with the help of the great team here at Kopke.
Jesse has 15 years’ experience in the home remodeling industry. He started as a laborer at his Uncle Bob’s construction company while in high school. He quickly advanced through the ranks and began running his own projects within a year. He continued as an independent contractor specializing in basement design and remodeling while he worked to obtain his Finance degree from Oakland University. Although he left the industry company was purchased in 23017 and the new owners shut down operations in Michigan, Jesse had a strong desire to return to his roots. He met with eight remodeling companies before he joined the Kopke Team. “No one came close to Dave Kopke’s vision, integrity, and reputation,” he says when asked why he chose the Kopke team. He is known for his unwavering commitment to delivering the highest level customer satisfaction. He truly enjoys helping his clients design and build their dream home remodeling projects. Jesse married his high school sweetheart and have five beautiful daughters. He enjoys family trips, coaching girls’ softball, and trying to improve his golf game.
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Vince Daguanno – Installer
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Mike Porea – Installer
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Scott Kovary – Installer
Scott has been an installer since September 2016. Before joining Kopke, he has held various remodeling jobs for 22 years, including 11 years of insurance remodeling, specifically. His job duties include any and all jobsite work and his favorite part of that is seeing the customer’s reactions to the Team’s quality work on their homes. His strengths include finish carpentry, selective demolition, Alterna tiles, drywall, and painting. His hobbies include video games, comics, sci-fi anything, and being a storehouse of useless knowledge.
Joe Mullas – Installer
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With 35 years of finish carpentry behind him, Paul thrives in the sawdust covered kitchens of old, creating new magazine worthy kitchens & baths for his customers. As a manager, he has an eye for design and attention to detail gained by many years of accepting the tasks no one else would dare. When he is not at work, he is riding motorcycles, boating, or in the woods enjoying the pure Michigan that is all around us. His gratitude comes in the form of his family, friends, and customers that can’t say enough good things about their experience..
She is one of the main lines of communication between customers and the consultants. She provides various customer service needs on a daily basis, and schedules all appointments for our consultants to meet with clients. She is a liaison between customers, consultants, designers, and pricers from the very beginning throughout the whole process. Jennifer also follows up and addresses customer concerns, along with maintaining a proper flow of communication throughout the company. Her hobbies include volleyball, bike riding, and just hanging out with her daughter.
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David Bolda – Driver
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