Meet The Team

Steve Sobkowiak, Co-owner 

Steve’s career in the building industry began at an early age while working with a mason on custom homes in Oakbrook, IL and as a general contractor building playgrounds during his high school summer breaks. From this early age, Steve knew he would somehow be involved in the construction industry for many years to come. Following graduation from Montini Catholic High School, Steve attended the University of Iowa, where he graduated with a double major in marketing and human resources. Soon after, he began his career as a sales consultant. After success in that field, he bought his first condo conversion in Chicago. While Steve had lived away from the western suburbs for almost 10 years, he always dreamed of returning to build new homes and contribute to the growth in the communities he called home for so many years. 

Jen Hense, architect

From a young age Jen can recall sketching out homes and room layouts. This creative outlet let her to pursue her degree in architecture from Ball State. With nearly two decades of experience in residential architectural design, Jen is now happy to be designing homes in her own backyard. Clients appreciate Jen's listening ear and ability to problem solve their wish list into a functional floor plan. From classic to modern and everything in between, Jen's designed it.

Bill Bobbitt, project manager

Bill grew up in the Chicago area and now resides in the western suburbs. He got his degree from Northern Illinois University and worked in the roofing industry for many years. Bill now acts as our main project manager on our custom homes and remodels. On any given day Bill is visiting our job sites to ensure timelines are being met and the work being done is Oakley quality. He's likely to be thrown plenty of curveballs and works to respond to those so our homeowners don't have to. 

Ryan Dunham, Co-owner 

Ryan’s initial experience in the construction industry came during summer breaks in his high school years in Rockford, IL. His construction career continued through college by working with various tradesmen, performing duties such as flooring installation and remodeling work. He obtained a bachelors degree in marketing from Illinois State University School of Business, after which he began a consulting career working with several Fortune 500 corporations. After Ryan bought his first condo, he soon kicked off his development career converting condos and 2/3-flats in Chicago’s Lakeview and Wicker Park neighborhoods. He has since moved his family to the western suburbs to be closer to the many home sites he and co-owner Steve are developing.

Heather VanHoven, designer

Heather, a Michigan native, made the return back north to the Chicago area a few years ago after spending several years in the Naples, FL market as an interior designer. Heather brings a wealth of ideas and solutions to our clients that helps to keep the process from becoming too overwhelming. She'll suggest the perfect white paint color or educate you on the ideal height for hanging a light.

Gayle Nitsche, permit coordinator

As a lifelong Glen Ellyn resident, Gayle knows her suburbs. As a former teacher, she's also extremely organized. Both qualities benefit our clients from the start. From helping clients to find the perfect lot, to coordinating with utilities throughout the build, and working with the various village departments throughout the permit process, Gayle often handles the not-so-glamorous but extremely important pieces of any given project. 

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