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John Habermeier - Owner

John started in the industry at a very young age. His father was a manager in the home building industry so he had been exposed to it for much of his life.  John spent most days after school on the job site with his father. He learned the fundamentals of the industry before he graduated high school but then went on to enroll in a top rated trade school.

After 4 years of formal education, John spent the next two years competing as a carpenter to represent the Chicago Council of Carpenters.  He did very well at this and was ranked as one of the top carpenters in the country. During this time, he was also a residential framing contractor and built countless amounts of new custom homes.

The moment he realized his interest in remodeling is when he did some work for a client on the side.  She appreciated his craft so much that she knit a blanket for his newborn daughter as a thank you. It became obvious that he wanted to work for homeowners, solving problems in their living situation; not the mundane work of building new construction housing day in and day out.  He then switched his focus to space planning and design with complex remodeling projects.  John currently is the head of the Project Development Department and CEO of the company.

John has 2 wonderful daughters and an amazing wife. When he is not spending time with his family you can find him working on a ceramics project, taking a dance lesson, or playing with his Frisbee golf league.

Brian O’Neil - Project Developer

Brian started his career in the construction industry working for a North Shore remodeling company that specialized in large home additions. There he started at the bottom as a laborer and quickly learned the remodeling process from start to finish. Through the years, Brian learned rough framing, finish trim carpentry, minor mechanical work, and eventually specialized in rough framing.  Brian joined the Synergy team in September of 2003 as Lead Carpenter and in spring of 2010 decided his talents and vast experience would be a benefit for Synergy’s development team.  Brian’s current role as Project Developer allows him to help his clients from concept to completion of a remodeling project in their home. Brian is known to have a tremendous work ethic, great vision, and the ability to provide excellent insight based on his experience.

When not working, Brian enjoys many recreational activities including golf, swimming, and water skiing.  Brian especially enjoys spending time with his wife and three young kids.  All 3 of his children are involved in many extracurricular activities and Brian has devoted a tremendous amount of time in not only working with his kids, but other kids in the community, to develop basic skills in many sports.  Brian will admit, however, that his favorite past time is providing a home that welcomes friends and family at any time to hang out and enjoy each other’s company.

Kate Kaminky - Designer

Kate graduated with a Bachelors Degree from the Art Institute in Schaumburg in March 2007 and started with Synergy immediately after. She worked as a designer for a couple of years until moving to Tennessee.  She found a place there to call home with a remodeling/ kitchen and bath company, designing spaces for Nashville homeowners and builders.  She recently decided she couldn’t stay away from the great people at Synergy and has come back to work with us again!  Kate really enjoys working with clients reworking their existing layouts to make them function better, and selecting materials and finishes. She also loves seeing the space before and after the job.

Kate has a 4 year old son named Jack. Together, they spend a lot of time at the playground and on her parent’s farm about an hour west of Synergy.

Colleen Cohn - Designer

Colleen graduated with a degree in Interior Design in 2010, where she developed key skills that grew from her love of art, color, & design. During college, she was hired as an intern for a residential Interior Design firm that led to a Design Assistant position for a luxury custom home builder after graduation. From there, she took her Design experience to join the Synergy team where she has been a key member for the past 3 years.

Colleen’s role at Synergy is assisting with space planning and helping clients choose their product selections. One of Colleen’s favorite aspects of working at Synergy is getting to meet and work with clients to help them achieve the best design solutions possible. She loves to see how happy the clients are with the finished product. Colleen really makes the process an exciting and fun experience- with an unrivaled enthusiasm to make your dream appear before your eyes.

When she is not developing her design skills, Colleen enjoys many creative outlets as well as spending time with her family and friends. She loves sports, especially the Chicago Cubs & Blackhawks!

Her hobbies include yoga, working out, spending time with her family, friends and two dogs, and also watching the Blackhawks!

Eric Melbourn - Project Manager

Growing up surrounded by family in the trades, Eric has always had an interest in pursuing a career in construction.  He spent his high school years assisting his father flipping houses, which developed his passion for home remodeling.  During his years in college, he excelled in business management courses and was able to combine both interests after joining Synergy Builders in 2009.

Eric prides himself in seeing things from his client’s perspective.  This helps him to relieve any stress homeowners may feel throughout their renovation.  It is his main goal to give his clients the best experience possible creating the excitement of a happy homeowner.

Outside of work he is very active outdoors. He also loves hockey and can talk about it all day.

Mark Vanjoske - Project Manager

Mark’s love for construction began at the age of 14 when he spent summers with his family remodeling. Mark realized his love for construction and furthered his skills after high school by framing and trimming new construction homes. He moved on from here to make his career with Synergy.  He began as a field technician and quickly moved into a project management position, where he continues to deliver wonderful remodeling experiences for his clients.

He possess a passion for detail and producing solutions that work, which make him a great project manager.  His calm approach at all times of the project is appreciated by the homeowners he works with. He also has a passion for singing and you may hear him carrying a tune at your project.

Megan Karr - Designer

Megan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Harrington College of Design in Chicago in 2007. She has always enjoyed math and art and had finally found a career that allowed her to combine the two. She started designing kitchens and bathrooms with a big box company, but after seven years she wanted to expand her knowledge and skill set even further. She found what she was looking for at Synergy and is happy to call it her new home.
Megan helps her clients to re-design their space to increase the functionality while also making a beautiful space with product selections. Her favorite part is seeing the end result and the positive impact it makes on her client’s lives.
Megan just recently got married to her husband Travis. She enjoys spending time with friends, going to the gym, reading, and hanging out at home with her husband and pets. They are animal lovers and recently adopted a new puppy!

Tom Oliversen - project developer

Gary Fiala - Project Manager

Gary has been employed as a professional Construction Manager in the Chicago-land area for over 25 years. His interest in construction began in high school, when he helped his dad build a detached two car family garage. After attending the University Of Illinois, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Gary’s experience included hands-on residential construction of new homes, additions, and general residential remodeling work. He became proficient at all phases of concrete work, framing carpentry, drywall, flooring, roofing, siding, cabinet installation, and trim carpentry, as well as basic fundamentals of plumbing, electrical, and HVAC trades. Gary was both Project Manager and Field Supervisor for 5 projects that went on to win prestigious First Place Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

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