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 and his wife, Cydell, live just outside of Longmont with their four children; Karson, Sheldon, Lawson and Graceon. In addition to spending time with his family he enjoys playing golf and target range shooting.
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. Today, Brian and his wife, Missy have two daughters, Brynn and Taylor, and spend their summers camping and boating.
Eric Hobbs :: Superintendent
Hobbs attended Arkansas State University and University of Wales Institute, earning a BFA in studio art and sculpture. After post-graduate study in German and architecture, Hobbs started a residential remodeling business, Hobbs, Inc., in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2005. Focusing on both historic remodels and modern design, Hobbs moved his business to Boulder in 2011 and joined Petra Custom Builders in 2016 as a project manager. When he's not on-site, he enjoys spending time outdoors on his road bike or in his running shoes, and has a deep affinity for dark, amber, light, or any other shade of craft brews.
Dennett Martson :: Superintendent
Dennett Marston was born in Guilford, Connecticut and moved to Colorado in the early 1980s with his family. After graduating from Niwot High School Dennett attended Metro State and and then pursued a career in both residential and commercial construction management where he specialized in masonry for over 20 years. His most interesting projects include the CU Boulder Art Museum and adding to the Denver skyline high rises. He joined the Petra Custom Builders team as a Superintendent in 2016. Today, Dennett lives in Broomfield with his wife, Mollly and two daughters, BLANK and BLANK and two dogs. They enjoy spending weekends with their third daughter, son in law and two granddaughters. Additionally he is a certified sailor who enjoys captaining voyages on the ocean blue.
Mya Liberty :: Office Manager
In the early 1990s Mya Liberty moved to Colorado from Santa Cruz, California where she studied Business Administration at California State University, Sacramento. Mya was an assistant escrow officer at a Boulder Title company before expanding her career into project management. After taking a year off to assist her aging parents in Miami, Oklahoma she returned to Boulder and joined Petra Custom Builders as the Office Manager. Mya enjoys everything Colorado has to offer from skiing, hiking, camping, biking, paddle boarding, attending outdoor summer concerts, to taking her dog, Milo, on his next adventure.
Celeste Grow :: Interior Designer
Celeste’s inspiration as a designer stemmed from a love of architecture and design that dates back to her early childhood. A Boulder Native, Celeste studied Art History at the University of Colorado and moved to Los Angeles shortly after graduation where she studied under acclaimed Architect, John Maienza of Maienza-Wilson LTD. Celeste ventured out on her own as an ASID designer in 2013 and established her own interior design firm, Spruce Designs, in Orange County, California to accommodate the ever-changing schedule of her young family. She and her family relocated back to Colorado in 2017 where she settled with her three sons;? Cole, Jude and Harris in Niwot. She has since joined Petra Custom Builders as the in-house designer where she is known for her passion for the perfect balance between beauty and function that remains to be her signature. She is continually recognized her crisp, timeless designs that capture her clients’ unique styles and incorporate local materials, craftspeople and landscape.
Catherine Rust :: Estimator
As a child Catherine Rust was fascinated by architectural details and had an inherent amazement of seeing buildings transform throughout the building process. A construction manager by training, Catherine earned an Associates Degree in Accounting in 1985 and is recognized today for her keen ability to build partnerships in business, creating trust and rapport. She further brokers relationships and partnerships to establish collaborative alliances, motivating positive forward momentum. She has become the well-rounded, precise and knowledgeable contributor to the construction industry she is through the tremendous growth, learning and the pure entertainment she has received through her vast experiences constructing custom and production homes, ski-in/ ski-out lodges in Steamboat along with numerous commercial projects. She brought tremendous success to the estimation process when she joined Petra Custom Builders in 2018. Today, Catherine resides in Loveland, CO and her extra desire to succeed stems from her latest adventure as the grandmother to her son and daughter in law’s two beautiful children. She has built most of her own furniture and enjoys gardening and baking. With enthusiasm and a friendly attitude, Catherine radiates a sincere passion for delivery of value and benefits to the client.
Ryan Richards :: Controller
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.