Over 100 Years of Combined Industry Experience

Our Team at DESIGNfirst Builders Near Chicago, Illinois

Friendly and Professional

MEET THE AWARD-WINNING HOME REMODELING TEAM THAT BRINGS
YOUR PROJECT TO LIFE.

Working with DESIGNfirst, you won’t have to worry about coordinating and budgeting for designers, contractors, and other necessities—we handle everything for you. Our Chicago design/build firm manage the entire project with a diverse team of in-house experts, who work together to simplify the process for homeowners and make high-end designs accessible to more people. Get to know the people behind DESIGNfirst that keep our clients coming back, year after year.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNERS

Our architectural design team spends hands-on time with homeowners, developing project ideas into real plans. They consult with you in your home, sketching, rendering and finding creative solutions turning a vision into a reality.

ARCHITECTS & INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Our in-house development team manages all interior design details from our 12,000 sq. foot showroom, assisting you in selecting the best options, materials and finishes such countertops, cabinetry, tile and more that represent your style and align with your budget. Our Coordination team manages all of the paperwork and permitting, to ensure everything is in place before construction begins.

PROJECT MANAGERS

Our project managers work in the field, supervising the construction process. They make sure that everything is completed to specification, and that all of our work meets your expectations. If you need anything during the building process, your project manager is there to help. Our Chicago design/build team and process make renovating and remodeling more efficient, more cost-effective and more easily-managed than any other Chicagoland company.

OUR TEAM

TONY SLADE

OWNER & LEAD DESIGNER

Owner of DESIGNfirst Tony SladeE-mail: [email protected]

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The first of our amazing team.

Tony’s vision, passion and a phenomenal imagination make him the unique designer he is today. With over ten years of hands-on experience in all areas of design, construction, and technology, he is always thinking of the big picture without sacrificing the details. Accented by an education in Business Administration and Finance, Tony works diligently to discover and design the most valuable projects for his clients

DAN SCHOENDORFF

OWNER & VICE PRESIDENT

DESIGNfirst Owner Dan SchoendorffE-mail: [email protected]

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Enhancing our teams Since December 2016

Long-time friend of Tony Slade, Dan’s vision is clear: provide customers with the highest level of service in all areas and work diligently to offer the greatest value for every project.

Dan works closely with a dedicated, experienced team of professionals at Design First Builders who share his enthusiasm for this industry and he has been responsible for helping several companies in the industry win countless awards for design creativity and construction excellence.

Not content to simply design and build fabulous custom homes and renovation projects for his clients, Dan understands the need to offer additional services, and believes his company's Cooking Skills Academy and Ann Tucker Millwork company rise to the occasion. Today, Dan enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a designer and builder, with satisfied customers and magnificent projects throughout Chicagoland.

Dan earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Newman University. Dan enjoys spending time with his family, and is active with the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest fraternal organization dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting education and actively working to provide insurance to care for the widows and orphans who are left behind.

Controller team member Jack Phelus

JACK PHELUS

Controller
Design Manager team member Adam DeLay

ADAM DELAY

Design Manager
Development Director team member Kevin Hardin

KEVIN HARDIN

Director Of Design & Development
Designer team member Danielle House

DANIELLE HOUSE

Senior Architectural Designer
Designer team member Heather Hudson

HEATHER HUDSON

Senior Architectural Designer
Designer team member Angel Condal

ANGEL CONDAL

CKD Certified Kitchen Designer
Designer team member Rick Heise

RICK HEISE

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER
Designer team member Mike Vecchione

MIKE VECCHIONE

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER
Development team member Megan Sokolowske

MEGAN SOKOLOWSKE

INTERIOR DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
Designer team member David Riano

DAVID RIANO

Kitchen & Bathroom Designer
Development Director team member Anthony LoCoco

ANTHONY LOCOCO

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Purchasing team member Mike Flemming

MIKE FLEMMING

PURCHASING
Director of Architecture team member Samuel Pavlovcik

SAMUEL PAVLOVCIK

DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURE (ALA, NCARB)
Senior Architect team member Rod Kelly

ROD KELLY

SENIOR ARCHITECT
Architect team member Kordian Malolepszy

KORDIAN MALOLEPSZY

ARCHITECT
Interior Design team member Diana Rizko

DIANA RIZKO

INTERIOR DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
Construction Director team member Justin Lenz

JUSTIN LENZ

DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION
Project Manager team member Gary Polcyn

GARY POLCYN

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Project Manager team member Rick DiVito

RICK DIVITO

PROJECT MANAGER
Showroom Manager team member Dakota Dotson

DAKOTA DOTSON

Showroom Manager & Marketing Coordinator
Project Manager team member Darek Gabrys

DAREK GABRYS

Project Manager
Operations team member Jeff LaBelle

JEFF LABELLE

Operations
Marketing team member Kim Porter

KIM PORTER

Marketing Manager
Designer team member Linda Larisch

LINDA LARISCH

Senior Architectural Designer, CMKB
Project Manager team member Luke Kypr

LUKE KYPR

Project Manager
Project Manager team member MaryAnn Smith

MARYANN SMITH

Project Manager
Designer team member Matt Bolson

MATT BOLSON

Senior Architectural Designer
Project Manager team member Meagan Remington

MEAGAN REMINGTON

Project Manager
Designer team member Steve Cohn

STEVE COHN

Senior Architectural Designer

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