PEOPLE

We know how to build; we love what we do.

Our company enjoys a tight knit, familial culture. We value integrity, candor and fairness, and instinctually go above and beyond our job descriptions to provide top-notch service. Your project is in the hands of some of the best builders in the industry, who care a great deal about our craft.

James Dijeau and Andy Poage brought hard work and experience in all aspects of construction to the formation of their partnership in 2004.

You will discover that James and Andy are articulate, knowledgeable and deeply service oriented, and have instilled those attributes in their company. They can be found on job sites collaborating with their team as readily as overseeing project meetings.

DPC is dedicated to taking a leadership role in the industry regarding the importance of excellent customer service, high standards, and the art of fine building.

James Dijeau

 

I started working in construction with my Uncle the summer of 1987 and was immediately hooked. I loved working with tools, putting in an honest day’s work, and being able to say “I built that.” I enrolled in a Regional Occupation Program’s construction division, after which I did a 4-year apprenticeship with some of the best production builders in the industry in the Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

In 1994 I began work as a union journeyman carpenter, and then lead carpenter, with a company specializing in commercial renovations, architectural concrete projects and high-end custom homes. My experience deepened further with a move to a San Francisco builder in 1996, where I ran substantial high-end residential and high-rise projects for seven years before founding DPC with Andy in 2004.

Andy Poage

 

My professional life has been dedicated to fine building. I have worked in all facets of general contracting construction: jobsite supervision, project management, estimating, rough and finish carpentry. Over the years I apprenticed in most trades, gaining detailed knowledge of the pieces and parts of building—iron work, welding, plumbing, structural and architectural concrete, HVAC and electrical. As a Master Carpenter I have experience in furniture and cabinetry design, fabrication, finish and installation.

Born and raised in the East Bay, I worked for many years on residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects before founding DPC with James in 2004. My experience taught me standards of excellence, and to provide a balance between attentive client care and the highest quality of workmanship.

Dilhan Kellenberger

Dilhan Kellenberger
Project Manager

As a Project Manager I oversee projects from concept through construction, and work closely with the owners, architects and engineers to develop plans, establish timetables and determine costs. I enjoy collaborating with creative minds to help projects come alive, and love being surrounded by great art, architecture and design.

I bring over 10 years of construction experience and a strong background in interior design to Dijeau Poage. I earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design then worked with prominent designers and architects in the Bay Area before turning to study Construction Management at UC Berkeley. Over the course of my career I have worked on a diverse range of projects, from high-end residential remodels to full-scale, new commercial buildings.

James Mitchell

James Mitchell
General Superintendent

As DPC’s General Superintendent I oversee the field operations for all of our jobs. My responsibilities include manpower, logistics, jobsite quality control, safety, and field staff training. I consult with our superintendents and foremen on the most challenging, unique aspects of each project, providing technical and engineering expertise.

While at DPC I have also had the pleasure of designing and executing many custom furniture pieces and antique furniture restoration projects. As a second generation high-end residential remodeling Superintendent, I have spent decades learning and mastering this trade from the bottom up. I thrive on the intricacies of construction, and especially love the projects that are truly one-of-a-kind in design, drawing on our deep knowledge of building and demanding the best of our creative skills.

Jamie Nelson

Jamie Nelson
Assistant Project Manager

I joined DPC in 2017 as an Assistant Project Manager, while earning my Certificate in Construction Management from Laney College. A Bay Area native, I grew up in a family who has a background in construction; spending a lot of time on construction sites. Before pursuing my construction career I received my Certificate in Interior Design from Canada College in Redwood City.

Luis Zuniga

Luis Zuniga
Project Manager

I have been working in the construction industry since 2015—mainly specializing in residential remodels on the Peninsula and in San Francisco. A goal-oriented individual and team player, I love to achieve positive and fruitful results for the overall wellbeing of the company and the client.

Before joining Dijeau Poage in 2016 I graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. I share DPC’s core passion for providing excellent service to customers and building efficient, high-end, quality projects.

Mark Garriga

Mark Garriga
Superintendent

Mike Hartig

Mike Hartig
Superintendent

I joined Dijeau Poage in 2015 as a Superintendent in the next step in a career influenced by fine craftsmen. Driven by client satisfaction, I find joy in translating their needs into reality and bringing their vision to life through diligent attention to detail throughout the building process.

Over my many years in construction I’ve accrued a wealth of skill and experience—in a blend of European precision and American ingenuity. Inspired by German furniture makers and their array of rudimentary hand tools, I traveled here to America in my twenties to pursue a career in carpentry under the mentorship of a close family friend. This experience introduced me to a wide variety of building styles and methods not common in Germany, and I quickly rose to the challenge of adapting to new tools and a new country.

Myhanh Nguyen

Myhanh Nguyen
Controller

As Controller, I work with owners James Dijeau and Andy Poage to manage the company’s finances, as well as all aspects of our accounting, contracts and subcontracts.

I was first hired at DPC as a Contracts Administrator in 2015, then was promoted in mid-2021 to my current role. I welcomed the challenge to evolve with the company, and am honored to be in an environment that upholds such a significant level of professionalism in support of our clients’ projects, while creating such a compassionate place to work. Our team is a talented, witty and outgoing group of individuals who value hard work, but who know to have fun at the same time.

Prior to joining relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area and joining DPC I lived in Sacramento, where I spent two years working as a Pharmacy Technician after graduating from Carrington College California in Pharmacy Technology.

Sam Hardy

Sam Hardy
Superintendent

My focus when supervising a job site is on precision, rigorous attention to detail and a conscientious approach to client service. I have a deep, abiding commitment to quality, and strive to bring the same level of dedication and accountability to each project regardless of budget or scope.

Having worked in general contracting construction since 1997, I have considerable experience with high-end residential projects of all sizes throughout the Bay Area. My foundational expertise is in rough and finish carpentry, project management and concrete work, but I am skilled in all facets of building and finish work.

 

Susana Barrios

Susana Barrios
Accounts Payable Clerk

I am part of DPC’s Accounting team and also assist with Human Resources administration. Prior to joining DPC I worked for 16 years with a small family-owned construction company fulfilling various tasks.

Victor Vasquez

Victor Vasquez
Chief Estimator

I concentrate on helping clients define and realize their construction projects—offering them estimating expertise and information throughout their preconstruction and project development process. Construction is a collaborative team effort, and I enjoy working closely with the design professionals, engineers, consultants, subcontractors, vendors and craftsmen on DPC jobs.

My role includes feasibility studies based on the client’s program, budget development from schematic drawings, site condition inspection and analysis, design development cost analysis, construction estimates and schedule projections. A San Francisco native, I have been building and remodeling homes and commercial spaces throughout the Bay Area since 1988.