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A hands-on guy who has actually done/problem-solved what he knows. In construction since 1970. Owner of his own construction business since 1980:

  • Furniture design and fabrication

  • Kitchen cabinet design, construction, and installation

  • Architectural millwork design and fabrication

  • Residential homebuilding and remodeling

  • Commercial remodeling

How qualified is he?

  • 40 hour mediation training at the University of New Mexico School of Law, 2006

  • Owner, J. Wheeler, Ltd. and The Branch Cabinetry, 1980-present

  • Contractor’s License GB98: #22189

  • Director of a private, non-profit housing rehabilitation program, 1978-1979

  • Architectural Woodworking Institute Standards trainer, 1974-1978

  • Foreman of New Mexico’s premier architectural woodworking firm, 1975

  • Welding certificate, 1974

  • Union Carpenter’s Journeyman Certificate, 1974

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, 1969

What level of expertise does he have?

  • Excellent, in-depth knowledge of wood, wood furniture design and construction, cabinets,
    architectural woodworking, and furniture finishing, with major installations from Pao Alto, California to New York City, from Detroit to Juarez, Mexico and scores of locations in between.

  • Very good general knowledge of residential construction, having built several
    townhouse projects, several high-end custom homes and hundreds of remodels.

  • General knowledge of building codes associated with the above projects.

  • Very good knowledge of “green” building practices.

How has his company’s work been recognized?
Selected publications:

  • Fine Homebuilding Magazine

  • Fine Woodworking Magazine

  • Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine

  • Ministry and Liturgy Magazine

  • ”It’s Your Kitchen,” by Joan Kohn

  • ”Great American Kitchens Collections”

  • Su Casa Magazine

  • The Albuquerque Journal

Selected awards:

  • Sub Zero National Design Awards

  • ASID Interior Design Award

  • Excellence in Remodeling Awards

  • Bene” Award from Ministry and Liturgy Magazine

  • Honorable Mention Award from Ministry and Liturgy Magazine