Mike Russell, GC, CR
I'm Mike Russell, the President and general contractor of DreamBuilders. I started this business in 2000 with my wife Kathe coming on board full time shortly thereafter. I am a licensed general contractor and certified remodeler. I've been in the construction industry for almost thirty years now and I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing.
I am a Vietnam veteran serving my country from 1970-1980 with my last five years stationed at Andrews AFB, Maryland, where I had the privilege of being a part of the team that kept Air Force One in the air. I absolutely love what I do now in that we make great spaces for people. People say that I am the most anal person they know which I always take as a compliment. Some are surprised to learn that one of the things that I love to do is cooking. My other great love (besides my wife) is music. I've played the drums since I was ten and the guitar since my senior year in high school. I love the outdoors and take every opportunity to go fishing. It is the best mind clearer I know.
Kathe Russell, CKBR, CAPS. SRES
Hi, I'm Kathe Russell, co-owner of DreamBuilders. When people ask me what I do, I often describe myself as an interior designer, realtor, and contractor all rolled into one. What I love most about my work at DreamBuilders is meeting our clients and helping them make changes in their homes that transform the quality of their lives.
Before I joined my husband Mike in our business, I spent 15 years as a clinical social worker and ran a non-profit health organization. I have a B.A. Degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master's Degree from CSU, Sacramento.
I entered the field of construction and interior design as a second career and became certified as a kitchen and bath remodeler and certified aging in place specialist. In addition, I have my real estate license for cliients who need assistance with additional real estate transactions. I served on the board of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, California Capital Chapter for four years and the board of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Sacramento Region for three years.
People often ask me if it was difficult to transition from being a social worker to a designer. What I tell them is that it was actually quite easy. Although the technical knowledge base is, of course, different- the skill set is the same. Both entail listening to our client's needs and helping them find the right solutions.