President – Owner
Growing up in the Portland area as the son of an HVAC contractor who became a builder and is now the senior mechanical inspector for the City of Portland it’s no surprise that I chose building and development as my path. Some of my earliest memories are racing around crawl spaces and attics, helping my dad lay out the ductwork on jobs.
I got out of the Army at 21 years old and started working on construction sites doing odd jobs, clean up, framing, siding whatever I could do to learn. Just a few short months later I started managing the developing and building of my first subdivision on 139th just north of Burnside. I still drive by it from time to time. I was 22 years old and learned very quickly that the best way to manage people and processes was to create a team atmosphere. No one wanted to listen to a 22 year old tell them what to do or how to do it, but they did want the team to accomplish the goal. From that day on relationships and mutual respect mattered most to me.
After developing hundreds of lots, building hundreds of homes and completing countless remodeling jobs for other people I decided I wanted to do it on my own. I knew I would need an amazing team. The Anlon team has grown to include the best realtors, engineers, architects, office managers, controllers, project managers and sub contractors. After all this time the one thing that has not changed is my desire to create the absolute best team to accomplish the goal. Our goal is simple, do the best job we possibly can for each and every client every day, no matter how big or small the job is.
A few years ago, just after starting Anlon Construction, I met my amazing wife who helped me realize that business is about so much more than money; it is about the experience and the relationships we create along the way. I want a company that my wife, my kids and I can all be proud of. We learn something new every day and every day we try to improve. I am one of the lucky ones. I truly get to say that I love what I do.
I’m 29 year-old Kiwi, born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. I met the woman who is now wife while traveling abroad – now we reside in the great northwest with our two sons.
School was never my strong suit so when it came time for university I knew my path was going to be in a trade. From an early age I was always building things. One of my first memories of building was when I was about 13. I asked my parents for a double bed. They said they would get the mattress but I was left to make the frame; I loved that challenge. From that day on I built anything and everything I could think of.
I chose carpentry as my trade while back in New Zealand and got connected with my mentor and started my 4-year apprenticeship working and going to night school where I earned my certificate in carpentry & building NZ.
When I met my wife here in the states, I began networking and looking for work. I was put into contact with Jason Gaines and I joined him in the business. The two of us partnered up with Mike where in Anlon Construction.
I enjoy seeing people’s plans come to life, I also enjoy being one of the team that helps plan and turn paper into reality.
In the winter of 2013, before my son was going to start kindergarten my husband and I set out in search of our “forever home”. We researched schools, the areas that we wanted to live and began our house hunt. Our realtor must have hated us, this was going to be our third home purchase, so we knew what we did not want, and what our must haves were. We looked at over 20 homes, and finally we found one! Sadly, we found out the next morning it had been sold the night before. Which, at the time seemed super upsetting, until our close friend told us about a project his friend was working on, Toman Heights. We met with the agent who walked us through one of the homes that was already built, and we loved it, and we began the talks of building our own home, which was with Anlon Construction. I was super hesitant to go through the stress of building our own home, but it turned into one of the best decisions we ever made. My first meeting with Mike was on a walkthrough in the beginning stages of our house being built, he was amazing, and I left the meeting thinking to myself “I would really like to work for him some day”. Fast forward to the summer of 2016, I had spent the past 14 years in the coffee industry, working for a local coffee roaster. I started in customer service, quickly moved to be a national account coordinator, and within a year of that, I became the service operations manager for 7+ years, I was their lead logistics coordinator, when I saw through social media, that Anlon was looking to grow their business, and needed an office manager. I remembered that initial meeting with Mike and how I felt, so I reached out and told him about my first impression, – and now, here I am! I am so happy to be a part of the process of creating someone else’s forever home. It is a great feeling to be a part of a company that I fully believe in what they do, and know firsthand the amazing and quality work they put out.
I love spending time with my family, when we are not caught up in daily life of work and school, you can probably find us at the beach, in Seattle for a Mariners game, or in the comfort of our house rooting for the Minnesota Vikings. On the few occasions when I have a night away from my husband and son, it would be for a concert, I love seeing my favorite bands live!