Meet Our Team.

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WHEN YOU ARE HEARD, YOU GET BETTER RESULTS.

"Your responsiveness to our concerns throughout the process has been absolutely amazing and stellar. Knowing that I was going to have help really helped alleviate the anxiety. The help proved to be invaluable because I would've been scared to make certain choices without support and backup."
-Mary and Matt, St. Louis Park, MN

Timothy

FERRARO, CR, GCP

Owner

For Timothy, there is no greater reward than visiting with homeowners 2, 5, or 10 years after their remodeling is complete and seeing that the home still looks and functions great. He loves stories about how an addition or new kitchen has enhanced the family’s life in daily experience and special events. Creating these one-of-a-kind, personalized remodeling solutions for peoples’ homes is why he started Bluestem and what fuels his passion.

In over 20 years of remodeling projects, Timothy has done every step himself. This direct, deep experience gives him an insight which, along with creativity, allows him to solve almost any type of remodeling challenge. Expanding on his formal education in the Arts, he is always developing his knowledge with additional certifications and professional training.

Maintaining a strong team that shares his values and passion is one of the Timothy’s primary focuses for bringing fantastic remodeling experiences to homeowners. Our clients say they benefit from his careful listening, and that they trust they, and their homes, are both getting the care they deserve.

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Ron

ALTENBURG

Project Lead

Known for outstanding attention to detail, Ron enjoys the planning and precision needed for executing top-quality design features. Our customers value Ron’s ability to listen well and enjoy his calming presence during the sometimes frenetic building process.

As Project Lead, Ron is a consistent and steady on-site presence throughout the construction process. He communicates daily with homeowners, manages subcontractors, and ensures projects are completed on schedule and according to the highest industry standards.

With more than 20 years of experience in the design and build industry, he is motivated to make the remodeling experience enjoyable for homeowners and to deliver the results that meet and exceed their expectations. His favorite part of the job is finding creative solutions to the unique design and building challenges often present in older homes.

Ron has a keen artistic sensibility that influences every aspect of the work he does. “Getting the aesthetics right in every part of the remodeling project is a top priority for me. I guess you could say I’m an easy-going perfectionist.”

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Cooper

BORDSEN

Carpenter

Cooper was raised in a remodeling family and has been involved in building and improving homes for much of his life. On his off hours, when he’s not golfing, he’s been remodeling his own home, which gives him the opportunity to try out new tricks and hone his skills. His upbeat personality is a hit with our clients of all ages.
 

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Cody

BUSSIAN

Service and Warranty Coordinator

You’ll always get a smile and exuberant greeting when Cody comes to your house. His technical proficiencies began with a background in theatrical and AV arts. Helping coordinate and running the AV for big events at the Mall of America is one of his favorite memories. Now, he is our guy who can “fix almost everything” and joyfully keeps the shop tidy and organized.
 

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Celeste

EIDE

Office Manager

Celeste loves working in the remodeling industry because she’s motivated to help others. She wants to make each and every client’s experience with Bluestem Construction a rewarding journey, and the end result to be everything they had in mind.

When customers meet Celeste, she immediately puts them at ease. Her positive attitude is infectious, and her strong background in customer service makes client communication effortless and productive.

Celeste enjoys managing the diverse needs of our customers, and understands how important it is to answer every customer question promptly and accurately. Her motto: “Treat people exactly how I would like to be treated.”

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Mark

ENLOW

Design Specialist

Mark Enlow has a BA and Masters in Architecture from Tulane University, is a Registered Architect, and holds an advanced LEED certification in building design and construction signifying advanced knowledge in green building.

Emma

FRITZ

Design Specialist

Emma has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is an Allied ASID member. She has a certificate from Parsons The New School in Healthier Materials and Sustainable Buildings, and is currently enrolled in a masters at MCAD for Sustainable Design.

Shira

LEVENSON-MAYKET

Marketing Manager | Homeowner Liaison

Shira is a marketing and sales professional with over 15 years of experience working with varied companies around the Twin Cities. She is active in the local theater community and can often be found performing on a stage somewhere, watching a theater performance or attending a live music event. (Most of her current performing, however, tends to be for the wonderful audience of her toddler, along with riveting duets of Baby Shark and other Cocomelon and Yo Gabba Gabba songs.)

Having undergone a partial home remodel herself, Shira is very familiar with the process and greatly enjoys doing her part to help others have a wonderful experience with it!

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Mary Ellen

RANTANEN

Design Specialist

Mary Ellen has over 15 years of experience providing full service design and remodeling assistance to homeowners. Having worked at several of the most prestigious design firms around the Twin Cities, she’s excited to bring her experience, talents and skills to Bluestem.

She has an interior design degree from the University of MN, and has been a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for many years. She’s also served on their board of directors and chaired a variety of their committees. Her design and remodeling work has won CotY Awards, a GuildQuality Interior Design Award, and multiple ASID Awards. She was named winner of a People’s Choice Award for Best Use of Color from Mpls/StPaul Magazine, and her work has been featured in Mpls/StPaul Magazine, Twin Cities Home Improvement, and Design Directions magazines. 

At the beginning of the design process, Mary Ellen loves to create design concepts that reflect the homeowners’ individual wants and needs. “It’s really rewarding to collaborate with our clients to develop a design that has a positive effect on how they live and enjoy their homes.” When it comes to her design work, she believes that “while the colors, textures, and materials selections are fun, the spatial arrangement has to be nailed first.” She greatly enjoys exploring lighting options, plumbing and tile in her design, and finds looking at natural stone slabs inspiring because “they are natural works of art!”

When she isn’t designing Bluestem projects, she enjoys working on her 1937 house, gardening, working out, and traveling.

Jennifer

THOENNES

Production Director

Jennifer joins Bluestem with over 20 years of remodeling experience, both as an independent business owner and leading a trade partner team. She values keeping promises to homeowners above all else, and loves managing our dedicated carpentry team.

 

 

 

 

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George

VOSSEN

Drafting Specialist

George fell in love with drawing in the 9th grade, and has continued with that passion ever since. Now, he uses his impeccable and detailed drawing skills to help homeowners get new spaces in their homes that they can love and will bring them joy. His formal education was at St. Cloud vo-tech, but he has continued his pursuit of learning independently, always striving to learn more and improve his skills and knowledge.

When not assisting homeowners in the remodeling process, George loves to sit back and enjoy life with his family, and spend as much time outside on their patio as he can. His joyful sense of humor and delightful presence is always appreciated by both homeowners and the Bluestem team, and his detailed drawings, strong work ethic and passion for excellence makes him an invaluable asset to our team.

Matthew

WURM

Purchasing Manager

Matt brings a unique set of skills and talents to the Bluestem design team. He began working on the job site with his father when he was in high school, helping to build many residential projects. He then attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture and a minor in Landscape Design and Planning.

In addition to his design and construction experience, Matt consistently brings a positive, can-do attitude to the workplace. His enthusiasm is evident, whether creating construction drawings, evaluating the quality of project materials, or pitching in by hauling materials to the job site. Motivated to exceed customer expectations, Matt strives to get every aspect of a project right the first time. He is committed to helping clients achieve their dreams by documenting and tracking the details throughout the process, thus ensuring the project runs smoothly.

“What I like most about my job is creating plan sets. I really enjoy drafting because I get to see a project evolve from a concept to the design our clients love.”

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Joshua

NÚÑEZ RAMIREZ

Facilities Coordinator

Joshua gets great pleasure in making sure our Bluestem home looks great and ready to receive guests. From daily upkeep to new landscaping to cheery flower arrangements, his passion for nesting and making spaces beautiful is a benefit to all of our staff. He’s always eager to lend his talents throughout the company, be it assisting at a photoshoot, crafting a marketing video or just helping with loose ends.

 

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Sean

MORGAN

Lead Carpenter

Joey

MIHM

Carpenter

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