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.

Our company was founded in 2004 with experience in all aspects of fine building.

Beyond our skills and expertise, you will discover that the people at Dijeau are knowledgeable and deeply service-oriented, and that these attributes have been instilled in every way that the company does business.

James Dijeau

James Dijeau
Founder & CEO

I am involved with Dijeau projects throughout construction—as a resource to our clients and in collaboration with teams regarding project strategy, site conditions and constructability details.

A fourth generation San Francisco Bay Area native, I lead Dijeau with a dedication to the region, and to setting standards for fine building, client service and jobsite courtesy. It’s important to me that our company feels like a family, and I am proud to have a senior staff of smart, talented professionals who have worked with me for many years to uphold these values.

The satisfaction that comea from working with tools, being part of a collective effort, and pride for a job well done were the aspects of construction that hooked me on my very first jobsite in 1987, during a summer job with my Uncle. My training included a regional occupation program followed by a four year apprenticeship with some of the best production builders in the industry, before I began work as a carpenter on custom homes, architectural concrete and commercial renovations. I ran substantial high-end residential projects in San Francisco for eight years before co-founding the company in 2004.

James Mitchell

James Mitchell
General Superintendent

As General Superintendent I oversee the field operations for all Dijeau projects. 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, and provide technical and engineering expertise.

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. I have also had the pleasure of designing and executing many custom furniture pieces and antique furniture restoration projects for Dijeau projects.

Victor Vasquez

Victor Vasquez
Director of Preconstruction

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 team effort, and I enjoy working closely with the design professionals, engineers, consultants, subcontractors, vendors and craftsmen we collaborate with on Dijeau’s projects.

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.

 

Ann Thai

Ann Thai
Director of Business and Financial Operations
As Dijeau’s Director of Business and Financial Operations, I help lead the company in achieving our founder’s vision for growth, success and the maintenance of our amazing culture. I am in constant awe of the infinite possibilities and creativity that drive the projects we build, and have an immense respect for our teams as they bring the designs to fruition. 
 
Construction became a passion for me after graduating from CSU, Sacramento with a B.S. in Business Management. I joined Dijeau in 2013, originally as a Contracts Administrator and then as Controller before assuming my current roleI continue to be inspired by the industry and excited to be a part of the evolution of this special company. 

Jamie Nelson

Jamie Nelson
Senior Project Manager

As a Senior Project Manager at Dijeau I am responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of an entire project through budgeting, hiring team members, sourcing suppliers and planning the project release. My duties include setting deadlines, providing feedback and communicating with clients about the status of their project.

I joined Dijeau 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.

Myhanh Nguyen

Myhanh Nguyen
Controller

As Controller I work with James Dijeau to manage the company’s finances, as well as all aspects of our accounting, contracts and subcontracts. I enjoy the challenges of our work and am honored to be in an environment that upholds such a significant level of professionalism in support of our clients’ projects.

I first joined Dijeau as a Contracts Administrator in 2015 then was promoted in 2021 to my current role. Every day I appreciate being part of such a compassionate workplace, and being amidst a talented, witty and outgoing group of coworkers who value hard work, but who also know to make work enjoyable along the way. Prior to living in the San Francisco Bay Area I was in Sacramento, where I spent two years working as a Pharmacy Technician after graduating from Carrington College California in Pharmacy Technology.

Michelle Santos

Michelle Santos
Project Manager

I work to provide Dijeau clients with a transparent and enjoyable homebuilding experience. In my role as Project Manager, I love collaborating with the talented architects and designers on our projects, and with the dedicated construction professionals and tradespeople who help build them.

I joined Dijeau in spring 2023 with 20 years of experience in architecture, engineering and construction that includes eight years building luxury homes and three years in public works consulting. I began working in high-end residential construction after earning my BArch from California College of the Arts (CCA) and continued working while completing my Master’s in Sustainable Design thesis on sustainable methods for home design and construction.

Andrew Wiertella

Andrew Wiertella
Project Manager

As a project manager my job is to make sure that projects finish on time and within budget. My responsibilities include managing project budgets and schedules, as well as high level coordination of the process as a whole.

I started at Dijeau Construction in November of 2021 and have found it to be a fantastic company to work for, with an incredible staff who are knowledgeable and passionate about what they do, and who produce projects at a quality level that is second to none. Building has always been a passion of mine, starting at an early age. Four years of woodshop in high school started me in the construction field, after which I apprenticed as a laborer/carpenter then worked my way up to a project management role and went on to study Construction Management and Project Management at UC Berkeley Extension.

Mark Garriga

Mark Garriga
Superintendent

I was introduced to building through family history and five generations of high-end custom craftsmen; apprenticing in my summers, under the direction of my uncles. Under their tutelage I was encouraged to study the techniques of building, but more important to understand how structures interacts with life.

I have since thoroughly enjoyed construction and provided project superintendent and management services with design, build, and development expertise for high-end custom family residences. I believe truly well-crafted architecture has the capacity to create needed environmental sanctuaries’.

In 2016, I have worked two consecutive multi million dollar projects with Dijeau Construction as site superintendent; one if Los Altos CA. and the other in Burlingame CA. The latter being a ground up new construction project. Prior to these more recent projects, I managed several multi million dollar NDA construction projects with private firms dedicated to providing high-quality construction projects on time and on budget.

Dan Robles

Dan Robles
Superintendent

Edgar Catalan

Edgar Catalan
Superintendent

Guillermo Montejano

Guillermo Montejano
Superintendent

As a Dijeau Superintendent, my role encompasses ensuring customer satisfaction throughout the entire project lifecycle. I collaborate closely with subcontractors to facilitate a seamless and high-quality project execution.

Prioritizing clear communication and effective problem-solving benefits both Dijeau and our valued clients, whether we’re handling substantial undertakings or smaller initiatives. With over 15 years of experience in this field, I am fortunate to have a genuine passion for my work and to be surrounded by incredible colleagues.

Kyle Swanton

Kyle Swanton
Superintendent

I have 40 years of experience in high-end residential construction trades on the Peninsula and San Francisco, I have worked with Dijeau Construction since 2010. I am a master craftsman from concrete to finishes.

I pride myself in troubleshooting existing buildings and finding the most effective solutions to create good quality solutions.

Quality control of subcontractors is a major part of my job. I oversee the day to day construction and logistical aspects of the project.  Coordination is very important to me, but I can find good communication to be the main success factor on my projects.

Juan Sandoval

Juan Sandoval
Superintendent

Tristan Dijeau

Tristan Dijeau
Estimator

In the pre-construction phase of projects I work with our Director of Project Development to identify a budget range based on the design so the client and architect can make decisions that will move the project toward construction documentation. My responsibilities include studying the plans and specs, doing takeoff calculations, coordinating walkthroughs with key subcontractors, gathering subcontractor proposals to build to the projected budget, and attending project development meetings.

I enjoy helping projects move through design development and construction documentation and into construction, and appreciate the organization and spirit that our team at Dijeau brings to the process. I grew up around construction my whole life and found a passion for it early on, first starting at Dijeau in 2022 as an Asst. Contract Administrator. I received my small business management diploma from DVC Junior college, Pleasant Hill.

Solesne La Rock

Solesne La Rock
Asst. Project Manager

As Asst. Project Manager I support our PMs and Site Superintendents by maintaining project schedules and budgets, coordinating logistics, generating subcontracts and change orders, and overseeing day-to-day tasks including field communication, RFIs, submittals, and O&M closeouts.

Results driven and collaborative, I thoroughly enjoy fostering positive working relationships with subcontractors, architects, and design professionals to meet project goals for cost, schedule and quality. I joined Dijeau in 2022 with 10 years experience in construction and renewable energy including solar, fuel cells, desalination, DSA public works, and PG&E design-build projects. As a passionate enthusiast for construction and sustainability, I am OSHA 30 certified, LEED GA accredited, and hold a Bachelor of Sciences from UC Davis.

Anthony Kastelic

Anthony Kastelic
Assistant Project Manager

As an Asst. Project Manager my day-to-day includes working directly with our Project Managers and Superintendents to help ensure that jobs run smoothly, as well as performing project administration tasks such as reviewing invoices, writing subcontracts and project performance reports. My favorite aspect of construction is the process of taking a client’s dream from paper to reality.

The Dijeau Construction team creates a very collaborative atmosphere where I am motivated to do my best at work every day. My career in construction started as an apprentice where I learned the fundamentals of framing and finish carpentry. I expanded my knowledge at the University of Arizona where I majored in Urban Development and shaped my passion for the management side of construction.

Alana Dijeau

Alana Dijeau
Executive Personal Assistant

I provide administrative support to the Owner, with responsibilities that include calendaring, preparing travel schedules, assisting with human resources, coordinating our marketing and communication efforts and more. I’m also available to support others on staff as needed, and often assist the project management team with submitting subcontracts and taking meeting minutes.

We are one big family at Dijeau. I quickly learned how welcoming and helpful everyone is on the team, and have great appreciation for my colleagues. I joined Dijeau Construction in 2022.