The whole is more than the sum of its parts… and far more impactful than lone wolves
Our “pack” is the result of intentional and organic growth, with the goal of bringing together not just any people but the right people; Those whose core values align and who care to be a part of something that, together, is great.
We are driven to invest into a community we pride ourselves in being a part of constantly improving. Transforming spaces and bringing home owners’ visions to reality through superior customer service and quality craftsmanship is something we find genuine fulfillment in.
Born and raised in Boulder County, Jimmy grew up enjoying working with his hands. His introduction to construction came as an early teen by way of working along side his dad, building an addition on their house. From then on he spent his summers working as an apprentice for a local contractor giving him a glimpse into all aspects of construction.
Post graduation from Lyons High School Jimmy attended the University of Wyoming on a wrestling scholarship. Following his career as an NCAA athlete Jimmy secured a position as a carpenter with a large commercial construction outfit, specializing mostly in building schools. He quickly moved his way up through the company, eventually into the role of Superintendent, the youngest one the company had ever known. After gaining the experience he was seeking, Jimmy branched out on his own and Petra Custom Builders was born.
Today Jimmy lives just outside of Longmont with his four children; Karson, Sheldon, Lawson and Graceon. In addition to spending time with his family he enjoys playing golf and target range shooting.
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Brian Gurley :: Superintendent
Brian Gurley, a native of Colorado, grew up in Louisville. After graduating from Centaurus High School he attended Metro State where he played hockey and then moved to Fort Collins to study Construction Management. In 2006, Brian moved back home and began working for a company framing residential homes throughout Boulder County. Intrigued by all aspects of building, Brian started his own company and before long before found himself as a long-term subcontractor for Petra Custom Builders. In 2014, he became an official member of the Petra Custom Builders team working as a project manager. Brian is the longest standing PCB employee. Today, Brian and his wife, Missy have two daughters, Brynn and Taylor, and spend their summers camping and boating.
Ryan Richards :: CFO
Ryan Richards joined the team after five years as general manager at a local business. Ryan graduated from the University of Colorado in 2012 and has been engaged in a controller type role for seven years. Ryan is the third generation in his family to be involved in general contract construction. Outside of crunching numbers, Ryan enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, traveling to tropical destinations and researching new medical developments at a ‘hobbyist’ level.
Vadim Misko :: Finish Carpenter
Vadim Misko was an industrial electrician in Ukraine. After moving to Colorado, Vadim started working as a carpenter installing interior trim, focusing on artisan finishes in new custom home builds and large scale remodels. Vadim joined Petra Custom Builders first as a subcontractor in 2003 and then transitioned into a full time member of the team in 2018. Outside of the workshop Vadim enjoys spending time with his two daughters.
Andrew Cain :: Carpenter
Andrew Cain grew up in Vermont and following high school graduation enjoyed a career in culinary arts and spent a number of years traveling the States, primarily focusing on places he could hike, backpack, rock and ice climb. It’s no surprise his travels lead him to Boulder, Colorado where he started his career in carpentry. He worked for a friend for several years and joined the Petra Custom Builders team in 2016. Andrew, a true adventurer, is often found on backcountry trails enjoying all the mountains of Colorado have to offer.
Jewel Muñoz :: Administrative Coordinator
Jewel was born on coastal bend of South Texas. She helped set up and run the administrative side of a high-end residential construction company with her husband of 20 years, Andy in Houston, TX. Looking to trade in the big city for nature, she and her family relocated recently to Superior, CO. Jewel became captivated with residential construction and was thrilled to find the Petra Pack to bring her administrative expertise to. When not in the office, Jewel is an avid crafter, gardener, hiker, and above all else, she is mom and a supporter to her three children Mateo, Mia, and Madison.
Josh Loomis :: Superintendent
Josh was born and raised in Illinois. Starting in middle school, Josh attended prep school in Minnesota where he found a passion for the sport of hockey. Josh has been playing hockey for 30 years now. When he’s not in the ice rink, Josh can be found woodworking, hiking or spending time with his wife and children. He has been married to his wife, Katie, for six years now and they have two children, Weston and Addie as well as a dog named Miya. Josh started working in construction in high school as a laborer in residential construction. After graduating from CU Boulder, he worked for a multi-family/commercial company for eight years. He held multiple positions within that company and his project portfolio grew to include garden-style and high-rise apartment buildings as well as other light commercial projects.
Ben DeSantis :: Director of Operations
Ben DeSantis was born and raised in Boulder, CO. He attended CU Leeds School of Business but decided to chase his passions rather than entering the corporate world. Shortly after graduation, Ben found himself snowboarding and spending time in the mountains. He lived in several ski towns managing snowboard shops until he met his wife, Savanna, in Telluride and decided to move back to the Front Range to settle down and start a family. Ben continued to work in the snowboard industry with Volcom for eight years and most recently, managed the retail and rental departments for Eldora Mountain Resort. Ben is a husband, father, and friend. He believes people hold tremendous worth and should be treated with the love and respect they deserve. Ben was drawn to Petra Custom Builders because of their beliefs and contributions to the wellbeing of the individual, the household, and ultimately, society as a whole. It’s a noble cause that Ben is thankful to be a part of.
Savanna DeSantis :: Accountant
Savanna was born and raised in Michigan and ventured out to Telluride, Colorado after graduating from GVSU Seidman College of Business. She learned to snowboard and enjoyed managing a concept location for Vail Resorts. From there she and her soon to be husband, Ben, carved out a life in the foothills of Lyons, CO. She continued to grow with Vail Resorts – learning many new analytical skills and enjoying the mountains, until their daughter was born and life with littles changed everything.
She is now mostly a mom to Isabelle and Finnegan, wife, teacher, volunteer, chef, handy lady, family finance guru, and most recently enjoying being a part of the PCB Pack.
Aaron Johnson :: Carpenter
Born and raised in Lyons, Colorado, Aaron Johnson had passion for outdoor activities from a young age. Following his graduation from Lyons High School he knew he wanted to stay in Colorado and secured a job in construction, recognizing his own appreciation for every job being different and every new job requiring a new way of thinking. He joined the PCB team in 2018 as a carpenter and enjoys the ever-changing pace of his vast range of responsibilities. In his time away from work Aaron enjoys playing basketball and is an active participant in Muay Thai, a combat sport from Thailand resembling kickboxing, both as a competitor himself and coach for young children starting off in the sport.
Dani Whited :: Interior Designer
Dani grew up on the East Coast and went to Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture. Working in both residential and commercial design in Washington DC she worked on projects ranging from kitchen remodels to full custom homes, to corporate headquarters and everything in between. Looking for a change of pace, she and her husband traded the downtown DC scene for the mountains of Colorado. Dani found her place with Petra wanting to work with an in-house design build firm that does it all.
When she isn’t working Dani loves skiing, hiking, mountain biking or paddle boarding with her husband and 2 golden retrievers.
Michael McFarland :: Carpenter
Michael McFarland is a 3rd generation carpenter, born and raised on the coast of South Carolina. Michael found himself drawn to construction at the age of 3 after his dad built him his first skateboard. Following high school, he decided to try his hand at graphic design for a couple years but realized sitting behind a computer screen wasn’t for him. Going back to his roots, Michael went to work for his dad’s construction company where he discovered carpentry had become his artistic outlet. He worked mainly on residential projects, taking on a couple large commercial jobs on the east coast as a certified Pella installer. Michael moved to Colorado in 2018 with his dog, Aiken, for a much needed change of pace and scenery. He has since become fully immersed in the Colorado lifestyle, spending his free time mountain biking, splitboarding through the backcountry or shredding powder at the ski resorts.
Robbie Cheesman :: Superintendent
Robbie Cheesman was born and raised in Colorado Springs. He was a three-sport athlete in high school and following gradation received a scholarship to play baseball at Lamar Community College. After injuring his shoulder, Robbie still had the desire to compete so he decided to participate in the sport of rodeo as a bull-rider. He was quickly noticed by the Mesa State College coach and received another scholarship to compete on their college team. After college, Robbie decided to ride bulls in the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. Recognizing that rodeo wasn’t going to pay the bills, Robbie started working his way up through the construction rank. He started as a laborer and eventually owned his own custom home building company. Robbie came to work for Petra Custom Builders in the fall of 2021. When he isn’t running job sites, Robbie enjoys camping with his two daughters and his knucklehead dog, Ruckus, as well as fishing, playing golf, drinking beer and trying to be the life of the party.
Braddon Reese :: Carpenter
Braddon grew up in Boulder and recognized early on that Colorado was home forever. He graduated from Centarus High School in Lafayette and shortly thereafter secured a job in framing and carpentry where he worked for 15 years before joining the Petra Custom Builders. He and his wife, Allison, and daughter, Autumn, live in Firestone and in his free time is found on the golf course or at home gardening.