Amy Gundlach – Owner
What inspired Amy to start her own construction business? Her father. She grew up on construction job sites and always had an admiration for the projects her father built, so when the opportunity arose for Amy to carry on her father’s construction legacy, she took it. Having worked at a senior level in finance and operations, such as the director of finance for Top Pot Doughnuts, starting her own construction business was a natural fit for Amy. Combining her business experience with her background in construction, Amy is able to smoothly manage people, projects, and all the moving parts, including expectations, deadlines and breakdowns. She prides herself on getting things done right, and building them right, the first time. And she does it by listening to what people want and need, being creative and problem solving.
Her favorite part of her job? Seeing our clients happy with what we’ve delivered. “We’re a family business,” says Amy. “And we think of our clients as an extension of that family, so integrity always matters.”
George Gundlach – Construction Consultant Emeritus
Shortly after graduating from the University of Washington, George put his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology to good work. He got into construction to support his wife and baby. He started by building log cabins, and then apprenticed with Howard S. Wright construction, where he moved up to superintendent. At that point, he took the plunge and started his own construction business, where he worked on projects ranging from new home construction to working on the downtown Seattle Public Library. George owned and ran his construction business for 27 years. His key to success? Honesty, integrity, straight talk and building long lasting, meaningful relationships.
Tom – Project Manager
Tom worked as George’s right-hand man and now he works for us. And he’s truly the heart of Julius Stewart construction. When he’s not helping our clients seamlessly complete their projects, he’s also a master jokester, who never lets any day be dull. Tom is also a master marble mason and tile setter. Besides constructing better buildings and living spaces throughout Seattle, Tom also builds meaningful relationships with each client.
Jaime Ramirez – Superintendent
Jaime started hanging drywall at the age of 16, which led him to attend Job Corps, where he started his apprenticeship with the carpenters union at 18. By the time he was 21, Jaime became a journeyman carpenter in the Yakima Valley, where he worked on everything from building cold storage units to custom homes. Moving his family to Seattle, Jaime planned to start his construction business, but met George, and found a home working with George, for whom he worked 12 years. Jamie’s biggest source of pride is running work smoothly, and being responsible for the outcome and the satisfaction of his clients. He truly treats this business as if it were his own.
Patrick Free – Foreman
Patrick began framing houses in Alaska with his dad when he was 12 years old. By the time he was 25, he learned the fine art of sheet rocking and then joined the carpenters union apprenticeship program. When it comes to carpentry and construction, he’s truly a Renaissance man. He’s excellent with concrete form work, post tension cable placement, farming, welding, windows and doors, finish carpentry and drywall. Patrick gets the most pleasure and satisfaction from building things for people that are perfect and beautiful.