Meet The Team
Don has spent the better part of his life pursuing the work he loves, having started in the trades at age 17. After studying engineering and architecture, he joined Welch Casey in 1985, adding his name to the firm. Today, as owner of Welch Forsman Associates, Don takes great pride in the team of carpenters, woodworkers, cabinetmakers and project managers behind his company. He has a passion for fine design and enjoys seeking out beautiful architecture and art on his travels — and loves canoeing, camping, and motorcycling with family and friends.
Having started his career at a custom woodworking shop at age 21, Chad has amassed 35 years of woodworking and cabinetry experience — 15 of them at Welch Forsman. As manager of Ingrained Wood Studios, he has a propensity for precision in both the process and the product he and his team create, and it shows in the wide range of projects he has managed and executed. In his downtime, Chad enjoys craft beers, walks with his wife and his elderly dog, Bailey, and working on his own house, where he is currently remodeling his kitchen.
Manager - Ingrained Wood Studios
As a registered landscape architect and MBA, Greg brings a unique perspective to the Welch Forsman team. His first job in design and construction, over three decades ago, was as a site planner for an architecture firm in Tucson, Arizona, and since then he has worked all over the country, landing at Welch Forsman in 2010. Greg is an avid fisherman who takes an annual fishing trip to northern Canada and loves working on his cabin on Minnesota’s Roosevelt Lake. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and his MBA is from the University of Arizona.
After receiving his associates degree in liberal arts, Thom started working as a handyman and carpenter back in 1995. He has consistently grown his career, his considerable skill set and his responsibilities since then, joining Welch Forsman as an entry carpenter in 2001, moving up to lead carpenter soon thereafter and becoming a site supervisor in 2012. Thom has two sons, likes good beer and bicycling, and enjoys working in his garden. He’s also a frequent and enthusiastic traveler and visits both Canada and Germany regularly.
In 1975, Tim got his start in the construction industry on a film set, and moved into residential construction the following year. Since then, he has worked with Welch Forsman as both a carpenter and estimator, and joined the firm permanently since 2003. Over the years, he’s enjoyed working on several major film sets including The Mighty Ducks, Grumpier Old Men, Fargo and A Simple Plan — and still bowls with Minnesota’s own Coen brothers. In his spare time, Tim is a soccer, hockey and trap-shooting dad. He holds a BA in geography from the University of Minnesota.
Paul has incorporated his passion for high-quality craft and construction into his career since becoming a cabinetmaker in 2002 — but even before then, he put his English Literature degree from St. John’s University to use by writing home improvement books for Black & Decker. Paul went on to start his own business as a general contractor for residential remodeling in 2006 and joined the Welch Forsman team as Construction Supervisor in 2011. In his spare time, Paul likes reading, woodworking and running — whether it’s marathons or chasing after his two sons.
With 22 years of experience in the industry, Jules brings a wealth of experience to his work as a Construction Supervisor on the Welch Forsman team. He started his career doing sheetrock, joined WFA in 2010 as a carpenter, and moved up to become a site supervisor in 2014. Jules doesn’t mind bringing his remodeling skills home with him and enjoys many projects on his own house in his spare time. He also enjoys riding motorcycles and being a Dance Dad, regularly taking his daughter to her competitions.