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 six children. His hobbies include raising registered Black Angus beef cattle and hunting.

Favorite quote: “Life is as complicated as you make it.”
–Phil Ullmer

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.”
—Robert Collier

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.”
—Thomas Edward

Dan Ullmer, Agricultural Sales Consultant

Dan began working in construction right out of high school.  He liked being able to create something while working with his hands.  Over time he worked his way up to foreman role in multiple trades.  Dan enjoys challenging himself and trying to make the current project even better than the last.  He joined Fox Cities Builders to challenge himself and create more of an opportunity for growth in his career.  Dan held the role of project manager for four years which taught him about building layouts and everything that you don’t see at the surface of the projects.  Now he has a role in sales and he enjoys working with customers and helping them to design and layout a building that will best work for them.

In his free time, Dan likes to take care of his land and maintain it.  Using a chainsaw or tractor you will find him creating land habitats for whitetail deer, planting trees, and then bowhunting in the fall. 

Favorite quote: “Do your job.”

-Coach Belichick

Jason Ullmer, Agricultural Sales Consultant

Jason came to Fox Cities Builders after retiring from farming.  He brings many years of experience in understanding dairy layouts and cow/calf facilities as he has experience first-hand raising cattle and milk cows.  Cow comfort is at the forefront when he meets with his clients to discuss potential building design and layouts. 

In his free time, Jason enjoys traveling with spending time with his friends and family.  

Favorite quote:  “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

-Walt Disney

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 twelve years of experience in drawing agricultural buildings, he is one of two architectural draftsmen in the organization and has gained thirteen years of experience in steel detailing. Cody can bring eighteen 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.”
—Vince Lombardi

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

Jeff Nooyen, Architectural Draftsman

In high school, I enjoyed engineering and architecture classes.  Upon graduation, I attended Northeast Wisconsin Technical College obtain my degree in Architectural Drafting.  After NWTC I attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls and received a degree in Dairy Science. 

I have continued to work on my parents’ farm along with another local farmer.  With my background and degrees, Fox Cities Builders is the perfect career path for me to utilize my expertise. I enjoy the pleasant work atmosphere with the FCB team.

Favorite quote: Remember there’s no such thing as an unrealistic goal, just unrealistic time frames.
POTUS – Donald J. Trump

Kelly Scheidermayer, Estimator

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Dave Neckuty, Estimator

Dave started working in a wood truss plant at the end of high school.  From there he worked up from manufacturing to design.  He has served in the Navy as a SEABEE where he learned construction skills.  After serving active duty he went to college for architectural technology while still working at the truss plant.  After college, he got into designing and estimating for commercial buildings. 

When he isn’t at work, Dave likes to hunt, fish, and spend time with his family.  He also enjoys barbecue meals and just tinkering.

Favorite quote: “I swear it wasn’t me, it was the leprechaun”

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Angie Larsen, Manager of Business Development 

Angie was born and raised on a dairy farm that was in operation until April 2019.  Throughout her career she has worked within the dairy industry as a relief milker, parts specialist for a milking equipment company as well as director for breakfast on the farm.  Customer service and training are the core of her background.  She enjoys attending trade shows and career expos talking about the opportunities and careers in construction.  You may even catch her conducting a live Facebook or Instagram video from our jobsites and posting on our social media platforms – be sure to check them out!

In Angie’s free time she enjoys traveling with her husband, hunting, 4-wheeling, and spending time on her family farm with her nieces and nephews.  She is also always on the lookout for new restaurants in the Fox Valley and is always up for a sample of good craft beer.

Favorite quote: “I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.”
–Ellen DeGeneres

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.”
—Clint Eastwood

Darren DeBaker, Building Foreman

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Ben Trost, Building Foreman

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 was a Building Foreman at Fox Cities Builders for many years learning multitudes from working with his team. In 2018 he stepped into the office and began his career as an Estimator.  With his prior experience, he is able to estimate and order materials for projects and communicate efficiently with the Foremen in the field.

In his free time, Ben enjoys time with his family, golfing, playing softball, and bowling.

Favorite quote: “Living the dream, one day at a time.”

Kurt Laabs, Concrete Foreman

Kurt began his career in construction right out of high school as he was looking for a job that was hands on and out doors.  He enjoys being part of the very foundation that starts a building project and working with concrete.  He also says that working with Fox Cities Builders has allowed him to be home more and spend more time with his family.

In his free time Kurt enjoys hunting and watching his kids play in various sports.  You’ll also find him relaxing around the campfire and cooking on the grill.

Favorite quote: “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” 

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Zach Thiem, Concrete Foreman

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Robert VanRite, Building Foreman

Robert began his career working in construction by working for a temp agency working for various construction companies.  He came across Fox Cities Builders and took time to examine what the values the company stood by and how they worked with employees, this was important to him.   He worked as a crew member learning the standards that Fox Cities Builders lives by and he worked his way to foreman.

When Robert isn’t working he enjoys hunting and camping.  He recently purchased a new tractor to do more yard work and making trails for four-wheeling.

Favorite quote:  Don’t stop until you’re proud.

Mitch Treiber, Building Foreman

Mitch began his construction career by working through the youth apprenticeship program while in high school.  He had the opportunity to work with his uncle building houses.  Mitch was more focused on working with his hands vs. attending college for four years.  He quickly picked up many skills in the construction building trade and in 2008 an opportunity opened at Fox Cities Builders.

Today as Building Foreman he leads his crew through various stages of building projects; it begins with understanding the plan and Mitch teaches new employees the basics to build a strong foundation with not only the projects he works on but with training new hires as well.

Mitch enjoys time spent outdoors hunting and fishing.

Favorite quote: Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
–Lou Holtz

Andy Kneisler, Superintendent

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 junior year in high school, he signed up for the construction course in the Youth Apprenticeship Program through Seymour High School.  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.  He also lead a crew as a building foreman.

In his free time, Andy enjoys bow hunting, walleye fishing, camping and spending time with his wife and kids.

Favorite quote: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
—Albert Einstein

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Victor Valinskas, Superintendent

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Bob Smet, Superintendent

As Project Manager/Supervisor Bob brings many years of experience to the team.  He began his career in the plumbing trades before he moved to the petroleum equipment field.  While there he developed his skills he learned how to complete many tasks in construction, concrete, building maintenance, and more.  Over the course of his career he has worked for several good construction firms and realized that the quality and customer satisfaction Fox Cities Builders provided was the team he wanted to be part of; “I wanted to work for a reputable contractor”, Bob states.

In his free time, Bob enjoys camping, hunting, spending time with his wife, friends, and family.  You may even catch him cruising down the highway on his motorcycle!

Favorite quote: “Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” 

Zac Loughrin, Concrete Supervisor

I started out in concrete working for a small company as a summer job during high school; learning all I could about building and concrete.  Later on I moved to a larger company and focused on concrete, specifically pouring flatwork on various projects all throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest.  

I like to hunt, work on the house and land.  I also enjoy spending time with my family at the lake.

Favorite quote:  “If it were easy, everyone would do it.”

Will McPherson, Superintendent

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