Building Material Sales & Service
Brian Vancura Outside Sales - Building Products
Brian began working at Suburban Lumber while in high school and attending Loras College in Dubuque. Brian started the way many of us did - at the bottom - working summers out in the 'yard'. Brian knows the products and handles many of the larger commercial projects that require extra attention to plan specifications - both architectural and structural. Brian also handles residential and light commercial projects. He has a knack for the detail...
Chris Meloy Outside Sales - Building Products
Chris' work experience began early while working on the family farm. Chris began his construction career pouring foundations and performing flat work. In 2013 Chris joined the Suburban team as an Inside Sales Associate. Chris is extremely talented. He brings a great deal of building knowledge and hands on experience to his customers. Chris knows that making money for his customers means keeping them productive. Chris is a quality person - both personally and professionally.
Jeff Veigelt Outside Sales - Building Products
When you first meet Jeff you notice the positive attitude - and as you work with Jeff you begin to realize why people trust him... Jeff began his building retail career in the early 90's. Since then he has never stopped learning. His passion for the job and his clients is obvious. We are so happy to have Jeff on our team - and your team...
John Fiester Outside Sales - Building Products
Our customers and suppliers agree - John is a huge part of the excellent customer service we provide at Suburban Lumber. John has an extensive background in construction to complement his degree in Construction Technology. He's gone from pulling wire for a local electrical contractor to roofing to siding to framing. John's resume includes over 10 years of building material sales and estimating experience.
Matt Koch Outside Sales - Building Products
Matt began working at Suburban in 2009. He worked his way up through Inside Sales where he gained not only product knowledge - but honed his relationship building skills. Matt has all the attributes you look for in a team member and business partner... From his customers' point of view two words sums it up. "Matt cares".
Neal Anderson Outside Sales - Building Products
Neal possesses a great deal of knowledge about our industry - and his upbeat attitude is contagious. Neal is our resident millwork specialist and works with a wide variety of clients. For many years Neal managed a very productive sales staff for one of Payless Cashway's most profitable stores in Coralville, IA. Neal joined Suburban Lumber in January 2007 and has been key to our success in developing relationships with remodeling contractors.
Kitchen & Bath Sales & Design
Crystal Berry Kitchen & Bath Sales and Design
Crystal Berry received her degree in Interior Design - with an emphasis on Kitchen and Bath design. She has been a designer with Cabinet Concepts by Suburban since 1999. Crystal has experience in all areas of construction - from residential and commercial to new construction and remodeling. Her designs have been featured in dozens of Parade Homes as well as hundreds of homes in Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas. Crystal takes pride in her attention to detail. She especially enjoys working closely with her clients to learn about them, to listen to their wants and needs, and create a space that best fits their lifestyle.
Jessica Manternach Kitchen & Bath Sales and Design
Jessica joined the design staff at Cabinet Concepts by Suburban in 2011. Jessica holds an Associate's Degree in Interior Design as well as Marketing Management. Jessica has years of experience with kitchen and bath design in both new construction and remodeling. Jessica enjoys the challenge of creating the perfect design that meets the client's wishes and lifestyle. Jessica is very talented and takes pride in her attention to detail.
Operations & Finance
Brian Barnard Yard Manager & Dispatcher
No lumber operation can be successful without strong leadership where it really counts - in the yard. Brian joined Suburban Lumber in 1995. It did not take long to recognize his talent. Brian is routinely first in the door and in many cases the last to leave. He knows the personnel, the equipment, and the product - and is especially well versed in getting the material from the yard to the job sites in a safe, organized, and timely fashion. Brian is truly a professional at his trade...
Doug Blanchard Controller
Doug is the backstop of our organization - nothing gets past Doug. His past experience in the automotive parts wholesale distribution - coupled with his business knowledge - has proven to be invaluable. Doug's primary responsibilities are accounting, human resource, and information systems.
Jamie O'Connell Operations Manager/Purchasing
Jamie grew up with the sweet scent of wood fiber. Jamie worked for over 20 year in millwork and lumber operations at his family's wholesale distribution business - Loftus Distribution. Jamie joined the Suburban team in 2004 as an inside sales associate. Jamie now leads our operations team and does the majority of purchasing for Suburban. Jamie is an early riser - and if you call before office hours - Jamie will most likely be there to answer your call.
Jim McGrew President/Owner
Jim leads the sales team at Suburban Lumber. Jim's entire career has revolved around retail sales - both consumer and business to business. Jim knows that our success is based upon the success of our customers. That is why we pay attention to the details and strive to continually improve - and save us all time and money. Jim is also very particular regarding his staff. Not only does he have a good feel for recruiting quality people - he's also the 'coach' - continually improving the team...