Selecting the right team is as important as selecting the right materials for your home. We pride ourselves on finding the best people to work with us, and we want to help them reach their potential with a growth path within the company. Consequently, most of our staff have been with us for years. They have dedicated their lives to home building and woodworking, and bring a passion for design and construction to their work. In addition to a great work ethic, they enjoy people, and people enjoy them.
“Every member of the crew renovating our kitchen was professional, courteous, and wonderfully friendly.”—Laura & Bob Parette
CEO & FOUNDER
Steve started Sisler Builders in 1983, after graduating from Union College with a degree in industrial economics. As a child, Steve helped his father restore antique Adirondack guide boats. He got involved in construction during his teenage years, while working with his mother, who directed renovations of historic buildings in Ithaca, New York. The first house he built was for a close friend.
Throughout his long career, Steve has always enjoyed being on the jobsite, engaged in every project. A natural innovator, he enjoys helping his clients see possibilities that might have been overlooked in the design process.
Steve is a skilled team leader. He is an avid ice-hockey player and has coached for 20 seasons, from youth hockey to college junior varsity teams. He feels that his time on the ice, as both a player and a coach, has enhanced his ability to build and motivate his team. Steve is proud of the project management team he has built over the years and the solid reputation that his company has earned.
Read an interview with Steve in the 2018 summer edition of the Stowe Guide & Magazine.
RANDY PRATT, MBA
Randy has an extensive background in the energy field, where he served as a program manager, regulator, lobbyist, and manager. His expertise extends into renewable energy, efficiency, and smart grid. Randy has an MBA and small business management experience.
Not just an office guy, Randy's personal building projects were still standing last time he checked. You may also see him on the ice, slopes, or stage in Stowe. Randy lives in Elmore with his wife and daughter.
SHAWN THOMPSON, EIT
A recent civil engineering graduate, Shawn eagerly applies his fresh classroom knowledge and technological skills, along with his perfectionism, to complex projects. He has had internships in commercial construction, AutoCAD design, dam inspection, and auto repair.
Shawn developed his interest in building while growing up around his grandfather’s Duxbury sawmill. After felling trees and turning logs into lumber, they would construct elaborate tree houses. Shawn loves fishing, skiing, making maple syrup with his grandfather, and most of all, ice hockey, which he has competed in at a high level.
A master at managing a complex construction project, Mason relies on a complete breath of construction experience that began as a mason tender at age 12. He has a degree in business administration and previously ran his own construction business. Extensive experience in wood working, framing, and design enables Mason to deftly balance quality with efficiency. For many years he collaborated with Sisler Builders as a lead sub-contractor and recently made the tie more formal.
Mason was drawn to Stowe as a teenager to ski race, and he was a competitive racer for a decade. Later he switched to skiing on water, competing at a national level for another decade. Now Mason challenges himself by sparring in Brazilian Jujitsu and studying Russian.
When Matt was a teenager he decided that he wanted to build houses. After completing a four-year tour in the Navy, he began working in construction, first in South Carolina and then back in his native state of Vermont.
Before joining Sisler Builders, Matt was employed with Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury, Vt., for 13 years. During that time, he completed a plumbing apprenticeship and acquired both his journeyman and masters certifications. He also taught classes for a plumber apprenticeship program.
With his experience in both plumbing and home building, Matt brings a valuable combination of skills to our team.
For 16 years Brain Irwin was a passionate high school social studies teacher. Meanwhile, during summers and in his youth, he worked as a carpenter or painter. Gradually Brian became disenchanted with the education bureaucracy, and more and more came to appreciate the sense of accomplishment construction gave him. So Brian made a career change and hasn’t looked back. He now brings his passion to his construction projects. Brian likes seeing the phases a project goes through and the finished product.
A native Vermonter, Brian fits right in with the small-town, athletic, Stowe-area lifestyle. He is a self-described Eastern skier who likes to “hear his turns.” He is also an avid cyclist and has competed in both skiing and cycling at a high level for most of his life. Brian has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from the University of Vermont, and now lives in Morrisville.
BRYAN KELLEY, PMP
Born and raised on the seacoast north of Boston, Bryan learned his carpentry skills in his family’s cabinet shop. After earning a marketing degree from the University of Vermont, Bryan returned home for the beginning of his construction career. Bryan finds custom home construction exciting and loves unique designs. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
An avid snowboarder, hiker, and kayaker, Vermont’s beauty and active lifestyle lured him back. Bryan now lives in Stowe with his wife Tara and son Finn.
Chris has been in the construction business since 1993. A third-generation builder, he grew up in Morrisville and learned the trade from his father and grandfather. Prior to joining Sisler Builders he was a job site supervisor for a company that built small-to-medium-sized homes. Chris wanted to experience the challenge of building larger, more complicated houses, and to learn construction trade computer software. Those desires to expand his knowledge led him to Sisler Builders. He has been the job supervisor at an over 7,000-square-foot project at Spruce Peak since joining the team, so he is definitely meeting his personal goals!
Chris lives with his partner in Morrisville, and in his spare time enjoys motorcycles, four-wheeling, most outdoor activities, and creating woodworking projects for his own home.
Sometimes wishes do come true! As a boy, Trey Collier wished he could do more as he helped his carpenter father. Then, as now, Trey thought carpentry was cool. In high school he completed a construction trades course and then went straight into the field because he wanted to build.
Trey likes working with his hands, being on site and making things. He gains the respect of more experienced carpenters because he is eager to learn, easy-going, and extremely conscientious. Now, as a site supervisor, Trey continues to wish he could do more as he masters the nuances of supervising a complex project.
Born and raised in nearby Middlesex, Trey makes his home in Montpelier with his wife Erin. A quintessential Native Vermonter, Trey loves to hunt, dirt bike, and four-wheel in his spare time.
Since Erik was a toddler he wanted to be a carpenter. Work to him is like a vacation, his “get-away.” He enjoys the variety of carpentry, working outdoors, and the visual sense of accomplishment. With contentment comes mastery. Erik is capable, experienced, dedicated, unflappable, and the most likeable guy you could imagine.
A native Vermonter, Erik has lived in Lake Elmore almost his whole life. He spends his spare time fishing, camping, and nurturing his adorable daughter and son.
Justin grew up in Milton, where his dad owned a plumbing business. He starting working with his father at age 10, and quickly realized that he never wanted to do that kind of work. He liked the trades and enjoys being outside, and when he graduated from high school he took a job as a carpenter and stayed with it. He started working for Sisler Builders in 2011 and worked his way up to site supervisor, where he not only is part of the crew, but also handles ordering materials and supplies, keeps the crew informed and on task, communicates with the owner and architect, uses his computer skills for various construction software programs, and answers about 200 questions a day.
Justin lives in Starksboro with his wife, an attorney, and their two young kids. His hobbies used to be snowboarding and dirt biking. Now they are taking his kids to sporting events and dirt biking with them.
Nate Lewis grew up learning about carpentry. His father taught him the basics, and by the time he was a teenager his dad got him a summer job working for a construction company. He worked for that company from high school through college.
Nate attended the University of New Hampshire and earned a BS in environmental science, where he learned about the power of observation, a skill he still uses. For awhile he focused on sustainable agriculture and ran a small farm. When it was time for an energy audit of his own home, he contacted Sisler Builders, who sent their expert, Mike D’Muhala, to do the audit. That experience provided Nate with the opportunity to learn more about Sisler Builders. At the time he was working for himself and slow winters prompted him to contact Steve Sisler about a job. Nate started as a general carpenter and worked his way up to site supervisor. Now, in addition to carpentry, he also handles project management.
“I like having my hands busy, not just on a keyboard,” Nate says. “I like the diversity. Every day is different. I also like working with my hands, being outside while working, and the physical exercise.” In his spare time he enjoys everything skiing: downhill, cross-country, backcountry, and now he’s trying skate skiing. Nate, his wife, and their two young children live in Waterbury Center.
Luke has made the family business his career choice. He spent many school vacations on-site, and feels that Sisler Builders’ greatest asset is the personnel his father has recruited. He appreciates the warm relationships he has with the many employees who mentored him is his youth.
Luke has a physics degree from Hamilton College, with minors in math and history. He grew up in Waterbury, was an exchange student to Chile, and graduated from St. Paul’s prep school. A natural leader and talented athlete, Luke was the captain of many high-level sports teams. Early in his career, he worked for comparable construction companies in Jackson, WY, while playing semi-pro hockey.
Since custom home construction is the translation of ideas into reality, Luke’s passion is to optimize this transition with seamless teamwork, concise communication, and quick problem resolution resulting in an efficient building process that maximizes quality and customer satisfaction.
Again a resident of Waterbury, Luke loves to ski, play hockey, coach youth lacrosse, and sculpture clay.
Scott grew up around the construction trades. His father was a floor installer and finisher and Scott often spent time with him on the job site. Later Scott worked in sawmills, as a welder, and with mechanicals. He joined Sisler Builders in 2005 as a general carpenter. As maintenance supervisor he keeps an eye on a few of the homes the company built. A self-proclaimed Jack-of-all-trades, Scott advises homeowners on small projects and repairs and helps them find the appropriate technicians. He lives in Eden with his wife, two kids, and three dogs, and enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Custom Woodworking Division Manager
Seth Allen is fascinated by woodworking and savvy with computers. He is extremely thorough and thoughtful in his craft and enjoys interesting and challenging projects. Seth understands different woods' characteristics and can engineer projects to withstand the fluctuations of temperature and humidity. He is adept at sourcing unique materials for that special furniture piece or a cost-effective solution.
A native of southern Vermont, Seth has been a craftsman since he was a teenager. He worked for several years in New York City running a production cabinet shop crafting high end architectural mill work. Seth lives in Burlington with his wife and daughters.
A consummate perfectionist, Glen Waller excels at executing complex projects with impeccable results. Glen brings a lifetime of passion to woodworking and everything mechanical. He also designs and works in metal and stone, balancing the tones and textures of these various mediums. Glen strives to bring back old-style craftsmanship affordably by integrating state-of-the-art technologies.
Glen has worked with wood since childhood and for a time owned his own woodshop crafting custom doors. His projects have been featured in prestigious publications, including the cover of Architectural Digest, and he has done intricate works as far away as New York City. A native of California, Glen and his family have made northern Vermont their home for over four decades.
Energy Division Technial Manager, BPI Certified
Mike is a certified building analyst, envelope professional, and heating specialist through the Building Performance Institute (BPI).
Easy-going Mike has the rare combination of being a master technologist and a gifted people person. After studying chemistry at the University of Connecticut, Mike explored a few different career paths. He settled on construction because he enjoys working outdoors, having variety in his job, and seeing immediate results.
Mike now applies his 20 years of construction experience to the art of collecting and analyzing energy audit data. He excels at coming up with often creative solutions for most cost, effectively optimizing a building’s performance. Also trained as a team builder, Mike keeps the moral of his talented energy team high, so they can be most effective in their work.
Energy Division Business Manager
For 16 years Brain Irwin was a passionate high school social studies teacher. During summers and in his youth, he worked as a carpenter or painter. Gradually Brian became disenchanted with the education bureaucracy, and more and more he came to appreciate the sense of accomplishment in construction. So Brian made a career change and hasn’t looked back. He now brings his passion to his construction projects. Brian likes seeing the phases a project goes through and the finished product.
A native Vermonter, Brian fits right in with the small-town, athletic, Stowe-area lifestyle. He is a self-described Eastern skier who likes to “hear his turns.” He is also an avid cyclist and has competed in both skiing and cycling at a high level for most of his life. Brian has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from the University of Vermont. He lives in Morrisville.