Phil Ullmer, President
Phil is the third eldest of seven children—all born and raised on a dairy farm in Seymour, WI. At a young age he learned the value of hard work and developed a passion for agriculture and construction. When Phil was just thirteen he handed in a school assignment that said he wanted to “build buildings for a living.”
Today, Phil is fortunate enough to combine his passion for building agricultural structures with building customer relationships. Phil’s number one priority is listening to the needs of our customers to ensure that their project allows them to experience the best.
Phil enjoys spending his free time with his wife and four children. His hobbies include raising registered Black Angus beef cattle and hunting.
Favorite quote: “Life is as complicated as you make it.”
Jay Vanden Heuvel, President
Jay has 18 years of construction industry experience. After six years as a crew member and foreman, he started Fox Cities Builders with business partner Phil Ullmer. In early stages of the company, Jay took on dual roles tending to both business needs and work in the field. Jay continued this “double role” until 2008 when he became a permanent figure in the Fox Cities Builders office focusing on estimating and finance for the company.
Outside of the office Jay enjoys camping, spending time with family, ice fishing with his kids, plus bowling and golfing.
Favorite quote: “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
Travis Ullmer, Vice President
Travis started his agricultural career at the young age of five when he began helping out on his family’s farm. He got his first job at 11 and soon realized he enjoyed spending time on farms, so after graduating from high school, he started working with Fox Cities Builders. Travis’ knowledge of agriculture helped him to move quickly from crewmember to foreman to project manager to a partial owner in just eight years. This background gives him the knowledge necessary to take projects from the building stages to completion.
In his free time, Travis enjoys hunting (especially bow hunting for whitetails), working with Holstein genetics and spending time with his family.
Favorite quote: “Respect is earned, not given.”
Dan Ullmer, Agricultural Sales Consultant
Dan has eleven years of combined construction experience. He started his career as a mason then was promoted to a mason foreman and was looking for more of a challenge when deciding to take on the role of building foreman at Fox Cities Builders in 2010.
When not at work, Dan enjoys bow hunting white tail deer and farming.
Favorite quote: “If a job has to be done you might as well do it right.”
Jason Ullmer, Agricultural Sales Consultant
Jeremy Noll, Commercial Sales Consultant
Jeremy started his journey within the Industrial/Commercial Technical and Specialized coatings industry, primarily focusing on sales and design after attending college 25 years ago. From there he ventured into Specialty Construction and Services, General Contracting and Remediation by forming and running his own successful company for 15 years. What drew Jeremy to Fox Cities Builders was their pursuit of excellence and the dedication of the company toward a team driven goal.
Outside of work Jeremy is secretly a billionaire jet setting antihero who travels the globe on the weekends and nights igniting a beacon of truth to the corners of the world where darkness has beset the populace 😉 He is an avid reader of fiction (obviously), fantasy and steampunk. He enjoys anything related to Star Wars (Vader is his hero), Sci-Fi movies, Classic B movies of the early Sci-fi Horror genre, Russian history and language, Russian communist propaganda posters from the WWII to the early 80’s, anything related to science or technology and sport bikes (motorcycles).
He can often be found working in his yard/garden, workshop on another home project or fixing something, reading or just out for a ride. He spends his time with his 3 Samoyed dogs and 2 cats.
Favorite quote: “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” –Mark Twain
Cody Erdmann, Architectural Draftsman
After graduating from high school, Cody attended NWTC to study Architectural Technology. Since then, Cody has racked up eight years of experience in drawing agricultural buildings, he is one of two architectural draftsmen in the organization and has gained nine years of experience in steel detailing. Cody can bring fourteen years of AutoCAD experience to your project, as well as personal experience in constructing pole buildings and sheds, which gives him a different perspective on the building process.
In his free time, Cody enjoys hunting, fishing and most of all spending time with his wife Michelle and son Carter.
Favorite quote: “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
Nick Evers, Architectural Draftsman
Nick was introduced to agriculture at a young age by spending his summers at a family farm, and eventually that turned into a job. He became interested in architecture by taking a series of drafting classes in high school. He attended the University of Milwaukee and graduated with a degree in Architectural Design. As a small town guy, he realized that city life wasn’t for him, and that he wanted to pursue rural architecture. He loves how each building is a new adventure as he watches it come to life. Nick is very grateful to Fox Cities Builders for giving him this opportunity to start his career and let him combine his passions of architecture and agriculture.
In Nick’s free time, he enjoys spending time on the family farm working with a variety of animals. He also enjoys four-wheeling, snowmobiling, watching movies and listening to country music.
Favorite quote: “For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ben Trost, Estimator
Ben was born and raised on a farm nearly 40 years ago. He attended four years of agricultural classes in high school and became very knowledgeable about what farmers need and want. At the age of 22, Ben got into the construction business. Since then he has built houses, barns, garages, parlors and just about anything else that changes the horizon. Ben has been a foreman at Fox Cities Builders for over five years and has learned multitudes from working with his team.
In his free time, Ben enjoys fixing things in his old farmhouse, gardening, golfing, playing softball, and bowling.
Jeanne Rohloff, Administrative Assistant
Angie Larsen, Manager of Business Development
Adam Krull, Maintenance/Trucking
Adam’s interest in agriculture started when he was old enough to help with chores on the family farm, and grew to working on the neighbor’s dairy farm, then to fixing tractors at Tesch Bros. Implement. In 2007 Adam started his career at Fox Cities Builders working as a crewmember with Phil and Travis. Training, along with a strong work ethic, helped Adam move into the foreman position he’s held for the last four years. Adam’s pride in his work has allowed him to build quality structures for our customers.
In his free time, Adam enjoys hunting, snowmobiling, doing projects around the house, and spending time with his wife Carrie and their boys, Cooper and Kaden.
Favorite quote: “Improvise. Modify. Adapt. Overcome.”
John Peters, Concrete Supervisor
John lived on a farm until he was 14 years old. After his family moved, he continued to work on another local farm throughout high school and has been pouring concrete since 1996. This experience combined with his background in farming, allows him to work hard at the little things like maximum animal comfort and cattle flow. John puts a lot of energy into his work, and believes you won’t find anyone else out there who can deliver comparable quality in such a short time frame.
In John’s free time, he enjoys racing his dirt-modified car, spending time with family, bow hunting, and ice fishing with his kids. Running is also a hobby and his best time was recorded at the Seymour Bun Run!
Favorite quote: “If you want to be the best, follow the best.”
Jimmy Peters, Concrete Foreman
Kurt Laabs, Concrete Foreman
Travis Feldt, Building Foreman
Jack Peters, Building Foreman
Mitch Treiber, Building Foreman
Logan Van Hoof, Building Foreman
Andy Kneisler, Project Manager/Supervisor
Andy decided at a young age he was going to be a farmer or a construction worker. After his grandfather sold the family farm in 1996, Andy decided to get a start in construction. In 2001, the summer before his sophomore year in high school, he signed up for the construction course in the Youth Apprenticeship Program. In the fall of 2009 he was given an opportunity to grow at Fox Cities Builders. Since then, Andy has taken over the safety director position and recently became a foreman.
In his free time, Andy enjoys bow hunting, walleye fishing and spending time with his wife and kids.
Favorite quote: “If you work for money, you’ll never make it. But if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.”
Mike Rohloff, Project Manager/Supervisor