“Building Ironwood Construction Company as a company has been a rewarding experience for me. We’ve been fortunate to have great clients, reliable subcontractors and experienced employees. It’s what has helped Ironwood grow from the new company on the block 20 years ago to a very highly regarded general contracting company, which has truly been a satisfying experience.”
Owner / Founder
Dan was born in Detroit and grew up in Grosse Pointe, a suburb of Detroit, where he and his wife, a schoolteacher, raised three wonderful children. In 1996 he bought 80 acres of beautiful Northern Michigan hardwoods with a panoramic view of Little Traverse Bay and the countryside. The following year, after 50 consecutive weekend trips up north and working beside family and friends, he completed a new log sided home and considers the accomplishment a true labor of love. In 2001, Dan and his wife finished an addition on their new home and moved up north permanently. They both consider it the best move they ever made.
Shortly thereafter, Dan started Ironwood Construction Company and proceeded to design, develop and construct three premier residential developments: The Woods – log residential duplexes and office buildings; Cedar Bluff – luxury duplexes overlooking Bay Harbor; and The Shores on Crooked Lake – beautiful waterfront condos. Since then, Ironwood has designed and constructed numerous residential, commercial and industrial structures in Northwest Michigan.
Dan is a University of Detroit graduate and has been a licensed builder for many years. As a young man, Dan was fortunate enough to work with a general contractor who self performed foundation and concrete flatwork, masonry work, sewer and water underground work and operated heavy construction equipment. This hands-on experience has served him well throughout his career.
“The best part of my job is the countless number of talented, diverse, hardworking, creative people I’ve been able to work with throughout my 20 years with Ironwood. They teach me something new every day!”
Serenity grew up in mid-Michigan in the small farm town of Beal City and has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Initially focused on the accounting side of the business, Serenity spent the last 15 years working as a Project Manager and eventually took an Ownership position with the company.
Serenity met her husband, Jesse, over 25 years ago when they built their home base in Bliss Township. They have two beautiful sons, Nick and Chris, and they can often be found enjoying the outdoors together.
“I’m a highly organized individual who takes pride in making sure the accounting side of our projects is accurate and timely. I understand the importance of this from our client’s perspective as well as our hardworking subcontractors’. Ensuring a smooth accounting process is something in which I take great pride.”
A lifelong resident of Petoskey, Michigan, Janna brings over 20 years of construction industry experience to the job having worked in kitchen and bath sales, client management and accounting & bookkeeping. Her well-rounded experience is of tremendous value as she efficiently and professionally attends to our client’s and team’s needs.
Janna and her husband feel fortunate to have raised their family here – especially enjoying their many family trips kayaking down the Bear River.
“Some careers are repetitive and don’t physically show results – not construction. In construction you get to see progress every day, which is both enjoyable and satisfying.”
Owner / Project Manager
A Project Manager with Ironwood since 2019, Josh graduated with honors from Ferris State University with an associate’s degree in Building Construction Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. He also holds a Michigan Residential Builder’s License and a Michigan Mechanical Contractor License and has worked in construction for over 15 years. Josh has also been in the Michigan Army National Guard for 14 years. He has been on 2 deployments overseas and is a Captain in the Infantry.
“The best part of working in construction is working with our team to meet the needs of our clients. It’s great to work with people who have been here their entire lives and others who are from different parts of the country. The most satisfying part of the job is making a client’s vision their reality. Nothing beats a happy client.”
After growing up in Grosse Pointe and graduating from Michigan State University, Becky spent the next 25+ years in Chicago where she held a variety of leadership positions in the commercial real estate industry. Petoskey, though, had been in Becky’s and her husband, Joe’s, sites for several years and they welcomed the opportunity to relocate when Becky had the chance to join the family business.
They have two grown daughters who love to come north and as a family they are all looking forward to spending more time on the lake.
“The best part of construction is being able to see the project from start to finish and being proud of the end results.”
Although Kirk was born and raised in Northern Michigan he has lived in multiple states over the past few years. He and his wife, however, are happy to be back home to raise their family in East Jordan.
Kirk is a graduate of Western Michigan University and has been in the construction industry for 15+ years where he has primarily focused on the project management of commercial projects including municipal buildings, schools and medical buildings.