Rod Loewer | President & General Contractor
From humble beginnings of working construction with his father in his teens, to owning his own cabinet shop, to later building multi-million dollar custom homes, our experienced builder has a vast expanse of knowledge and an astute awareness for detail. Working as a Portland Fire Fighter for 30 years, Rod has also learned the art of time management and the value of hard work. His understanding of the importance of safety makes him thorough and detailed on every job. If we could choose one word to describe Rod it would be trustworthy. Or hard-working. Or maybe reliable– okay, so we can’t choose just one…
Gina Loewer | Vice President & Lead Designer
Every all-star team has a wild card. Meet Gina, our fearless designer with an edge. Gina’s expertise has come from many walks of life, such as owning her own interior decorating and design business, or later working side by side with Rod as Northland grew. Inspired by her own experience of cooking countless football dinners for her sons’ teams, Gina has a natural intuition for what it takes to create a functional, well-operating kitchen with practical traffic flows. Her awareness of local, modern design and experience from european travels are constantly inspiring Gina’s keen eye for cutting edge design– from the rustic tones of Tuscany to the industrial flare of downtown Portland. But beware! her passion for design is contagious. You may find yourself having way too much fun while working with her.
Alyssa Banner | Designer
As one of our head designers, Alyssa’s job description includes anything from meeting with clients about details of their project to consulting with our in-house drafters in order to develop conceptual and technical drawings. A gal all about design details, Alyssa follows projects from start to finish, constantly communicating with clients to meet their needs– a place where her BA from PSU in Communications comes in handy! But perhaps Alyssa’s greatest expertise comes from her experience working in one of Portland’s most prominent countertop and tile showrooms– also where she first met our head designer, Gina! Having started as a humble Design Consultant, Alyssa worked her way up to Showroom Manager in just six months– a clear indicator of her vast knowledge on countertops, quartz, tile, and more. With Alyssa’s ability to educate clients on details such as which countertops will hold up to a busy family over the years or what tiles are the most slip-resistant, making them ADA friendly, we find her expertise here at Northland invaluable. But while we could go on about Alyssa, we can’t forget to mention her other half– a 9-year-old happy black labby named Echo (you can bet Echo was quickly welcomed into the Black Labs Club at Northland HQ).
Rachel Mader | Design Associate
If you guys think we here at Northland are an active bunch, Rachel makes us all look like bums! Spending much of her twenties working in adventure travel, Rachel has traveled to more than 50 countries and has lived in France, Greece, Australia, Germany, Argentina, England, and Nepal. After five years of living all over the world, eating all the strange foods, then sometimes falling very ill due to said foods, Rachel grew tired of suitcase life, heading back to the States to further her education (and, hopefully, to grab an All-American hamburger!). After a brief stint pursuing Occupational Therapy, Rachel realized Construction & Design was calling her name– and we’re sure glad she answered the call! As part of our design team, Rachel’s years of travel give her a creative global perspective on design of each project. Currently, Rachel is working on an Age-In-Place Design Certificate, a concept we value highly as a family-owned company who has a heart for multi-generational living. When Rachel’s not assisting us in new designs she’s probably trail running, mountain biking, climbing, camping reading, or, most importantly, dog-momming her rescue pup named Nuptse (pronounced “nup-sy”; named after a mountain in Nepal). Nuptse also goes by Noos, Goose, Noosy Goose, Nuptials, Nups, good-bad dog, and the cutest buddhist. We can imagine a dog loved by that many names must be livin’ the good life!
Will Schreiner | Design Associate & Concept Drafter
Meet Will, our Northland Nomad, a nickname he earned by continuously moving his workspace around the office. However, Will’s also been a nomad in the sense of his career here at Northland. Beginning in the field, Will gained firsthand knowledge of the construction aspects of the company, something he now takes with him while working as a design associate. As our concept drafter, Will specializes in creating digital design conceptuals, bringing the team’s ideas into a visual virtual format. Before coming to Northland, Will’s had jobs all across the board– community organizer, cook, aid for special needs children, and dance teacher. With respect for cats, Will is an undoubtable dog person. After a hard day of work Will likes to go for long run and then sit on his deck with his partner and French Bulldog, Dot.
Jamie Fujita | Project Coordinator
Though a new face here at Northland, Jamie isn’t new to us altogether. Believe it or not, we first met Jamie when he was fresh out college, having earned his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from George Fox University. A personal trainer at the time, Jamie got to know Rod and Gina while working at their local gym. However, having worked construction with his dad in his teens, Jamie later left personal training for a career in Disaster Repair (aka fire and water restoration), where he spent 6 years learning project management, estimating, mitigation, customer relations, and so much more. Jamie’s experience has made him an expert at communication, meaning he’s able to efficiently mediate between the varying teams within a company. For us, that means Jamie is the go-between for the design and build sides of things. This communication ensures both teams are coordinating all aspects of your project as effectively as possible! As if these qualifications weren’t enough, Jamie’s also an avid Spartan racer, having recently completed his first Ultra race (that’s over 30 miles and 60 obstacles through the mountains!). Being newer to our team doesn’t stop Jamie from feeling like family. In fact, he really is family– in 2018 he married the bosses’ daughter! But perhaps more importantly, Jamie is also dog-dad to Olive and Otis.
Heidi Camp | Design Coordinator
You know that saying “like a well-oiled machine”? Well, if our design process is a machine, Heidi is that oil. As our design coordinator, Heidi handles organizational tasks such as purchasing, organizing, ordering, and making sure materials are at jobsites when we need them, ensuring each project stays on schedule. Speaking of running, Heidi is an avid runner, having done countless half-marathons. It’s no wonder she’s such a go-getter in the office! Her experience comes from a Business degree earned at University of Arizona, along with client management and marketing experience gained before landing at Northland. When not working or running, Heidi is probably watching her kids play sports. While Heidi used to be a cat person, working for Northland has converted her into both! She has even become our office dog Pepper’s favorite afternoon dog-walker. And we say that makes Heidi invaluable!
Judy Paul | Accountant
Judy, was hired as our new in-house accountant, or as she calls it, a “historian– documenting the history of all things financial.” After earning her degree from Oregon State, Judy worked in Boston for a large accounting firm. Taking a bit of a break to move back to Oregon and to raise her family, Judy returned to accounting at a firm in Portland before coming to Northland. She also handles the books for a popular local coffee shop in Newberg. But Judy doesn’t spend all her time with her head in books! She also loves to garden, compost, ride horses, and hike whenever she can, especially if it’s in the Mt. Hood area. One summer, Judy’s love for adventure took her to Israel where she participated in the excavation of a biblical site! Last of fun facts about Judy, but of course not least, is… you guessed it! She’s a dog person. In fact, when we asked her that question she responded with a quote from Edith Wharton: “My little dog– a heartbeat at my feet.” Judy’s little heartbeat is a Havanese named Winston.
Keegan Loewer | Field Tech
Taking after his father and grandfather, Keegan has been in construction since his teens, working for Northland since he was in high school. This has given him an arsenal of experience in all things construction–from laborious demolition to delicate finishing touches. Keegan is more than just a simple laborer–he does everything, including prep for subs, framing, carpentry, painting, and whatever else we ask. He’s our go-to guy to get things done. Keegan’s compliant demeanor brings composure and efficiency to the Northland team, and establishes confidence in our clients. Whether you need him to install a new refrigerator or climb into a creepy crawlspace with a tiny flashlight, he’s your man! And if you have a dog on the job he’ll always be sure to scratch its belly or throw the ball for it during the workday–no questions asked.
Brian Loewer | Field Tech
Another son in the Loewer Boys Lineup, Brian’s considered one of our Renaissance men out in the field. With experience in construction since his teens, plus working for a few years at a hardwood distributing company, Brian’s knowledge on jobsites makes him one of our lead foreman. While Brian may be an expert in many aspects of the construction process, his expertise and attention to detail on painting projects are hard to match! With an eager attitude and hard work ethic inherited by his parents, Brian makes for an integral part of the construction team. Despite not being the biggest pet guy, he’s always sure to give loves to the office dogs when he swings by HQ. He won’t admit it, but we know Otis boy is his favorite!
Brian Pettit | Field Tech
Another hard-working guy on our construction crew, Brian P’s expertise comes from working a wide range of jobs. Growing up laboring on a farm with his father, uncle, and brother, Brian learned to be detail-oriented, seeing projects through from start to finish. With a Bachelors’ in Business Administration, Brian’s clearly not just a reliable farmhand. After college, Brian worked in corporate Human Relations for 7 years, learning the ins-and-outs of complex human behavior. But when his wife’s job had them moving from New York to Oregon, Brian decided to widen his breadth of knowledge and make a career switch, working in a cabinet shop before eventually finding a home with us at Northland. When Brian’s not hard at work for us, he’s probably out running for fun or running after his toddler, Graham. With the intent of eventually becoming a dog person, Brian has a cat that he hopes follows his suit and makes a career change from indoor cat to outside cat.
Rip Durham | Field Tech
Meet Rip, or as we’ve nicknamed him, Mike Rowe– this guy’s all about the dirty jobs. While Rip loves all aspects of the construction process, you can bet what his favorite part is… demolition. Anytime we need someone to get their hands dirty, Rip’s our guy! He attributes his down-and-dirty work ethic to years spent working on farms in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Oregon. According to Rip, farmwork teaches you the importance of, in his words, “not just being game for work, but enjoying it.” (You can see why we hired this guy, huh?) But Rip isn’t all country, no city– not only is he an avid reader, but he’s earned a degree from NYU in Political Science and Creative Writing (we’re impressed!). He also tells us he was a choir boy for years and can carry a steady tune, which we have yet to confirm, but look forward to the chance to. Though Rip claims to be a dog person, his cat Maze would say otherwise. Maybe one day he can convince Maze (and his wife) to add a pupper to the mix! In the meantime, we have plenty of pups around here to get his doggo fill.
Eric Loewer | Drafter –
With his certificate in drafting, as well as years of experience drawing CAD, Eric does all of our in-house drafting. His detail-orientedness as well as his organizational skills make him a much needed part of the Northland design crew. His passion for the arts don’t hurt either when it comes to drawing up digital designs. With both an artistic and technical mind, Eric is excellent at visualizing the big picture. When we aren’t keeping him busy with drawings, he’s probably researching the latest financial trends or checking the stock market. Though Eric doesn’t have pets of his own, he’s always top of the line to walk Pepper in the afternoon!