Orren Pickell

Chief Executive Officer

Orren’s name has become synonymous with outstanding design and quality construction from forty years of innovative methods and demanding attention to detail. Throughout his career, Orren’s philosophy has remained unchanged: provide customers with the highest level of service in all areas and work diligently to offer the greatest value for every project. Orren has assembled…

Lisa Pickell


Lisa joined Orren Pickell in 2004 as a remodeling division manager, became chief operating officer in 2010 and took the helm as president in 2017. She has a demonstrated commitment to the firm’s tradition of excellence, and has been equally dedicated to advancing the construction industry. In 2017, she was recognized by Constructech Magazine as…

John Forehand, AIA

President, Orren Pickell Design Group

Prior to joining Orren Pickell Design Group, John served as project manager and managing partner for Darcy Bonner and Associates where, since 2000, he focused on residential architecture and interior design. In addition to running the business side of the company, including the handling of all contracts, billing and employee issues, he completed numerous single…

Tina Pickell

Special Projects and Director of the Pickell Family Foundation

Tina Pickell has been at Orren’s side, helping manage, organize and motivate his team from the very beginning. Over the years, Tina has stepped into many roles from accounting to human resources. One of Tina’s most rewarding positions has been as the head of the Pickell Family Foundation, which supports local charitable and community organizations.…

Eric Pickell

Sales & Marketing Manager

After nearly five years leading our Remodel Lite division, Eric has taken the reins of our sales and marketing efforts. His goal is to standardize and streamline sales and project processes to provide every Orren Pickell client with a consistent, smooth and positive experience. From the initial meetings through design and build, Eric assures that…

Kevin Batz

Vice President of Construction

Kevin is our chief Superintendent and he is also the single most outgoing and take-charge person in the Pickell construction department. He has worked at Pickell since 1991. Kevin’s personal commitment to every client is evident from the first time you meet him, and his knowledge and experience will be a distinct advantage for your…

Krista Benton, AKBD, CAPS

Lead Cabinet Designer

Krista joined Pickell in 2012. She uses her expertise and certifications to deliver superior results to her clients. Her designs combine functionality, creativity and your individual style to create unique and inviting spaces. Her attention to detail makes your dream kitchen, bath, office, or library become a reality. Over the past several years, she has…

Sarah Burger, LEED Green Associate

Project Manager

Prior to joining the Orren Pickell team, Sarah worked as both design lead and project manager within both the retail and high end custom residential markets.  Her varied experience in both construction management and architecture gives her a keen understanding of the critical relationships between design and construction decisions and their impact on bidding, project…

Jillian Burris

Associate Project Manager

Jillian joined the Pickell team in 2007 and has stepped into many roles, including receptionist, purchasing assistant, accounting assistant, permit coordinator, and now, associate project manager. Jillian’s superior eye for detail and experience in the custom home construction industry keeps your project within budget and on schedule. Jillian graduated from Rippon College in 2006 with…

Chelsea Garcia

Design Assistant

Chelsea joined the Pickell team in 2014 in the role of Design Assistant. Her attention to detail and can-do attitude makes her a great fit for both assisting the Architecture and Cabinetry teams. Her roles span from permit coordinating to closet design. Chelsea Graduated in 2009 from Harrington College with her Associates degree in Interior…

Tom Hackett

Sales Consultant

Tom has been assisting our customers with all of their new home and remodeling needs since 2006, and he becomes so involved in each project that many of his clients consider him a valued friend. Tom combines knowledge, experience and a true sense of commitment to ensure that your specific needs and concerns are satisfied.…

Susan Hamilton

Sales Consultant

Susan has worked in sales and marketing for the luxury custom home industry since 1999. Her intimate knowledge and understanding of local neighborhoods has benefited many of her clients as they begin their new home construction adventure. Susan feels a personal responsibility to you, the customer; she takes great care to ensure your full understanding…

Carolynn Kody

Architecture Administrative Assistant

Carolynn has an extensive customer service experience and enjoys helping people by providing timely information and resolving issues. Carolynn’s interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, problem analysis and problem-solving ability are all assets to Orren Pickell Building Group. Carolynn enjoys being outdoors, fishing, camping, and spending time with her dog.

Jenn Koeune

Maintenance Division Manager

Jenn joined the Pickell team in 2002. For years, she served as the Maintenance Division and Trim Division Assistant. In 2011, she transitioned into the role of manager. Jenn works closely with all of our clients and she remains intimately involved with our homeowners as a welcome caretaker of their properties. Once your home is…

Rob Oldenburg

Project Manager

Rob joined the Pickell team in 2014. He brings his extensive knowledge of flood and fire restoration and puts them to work helping clients navigate repair and remodel needs after damage caused by water or fire. His attention to detail, and genuine concern for your restoration needs ensures that each project runs as smoothly as…

Mike Piskule

Architectural Associate

Prior to joining the Orren Pickell team Mike worked as design architect and project manager for Lake Geneva Architects. He brings over 10 years’ experience working on high end custom residential projects within the Chicagoland region. Mike graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005. He has a passion for residential architecture and is excited to put his skills to work. He resides with his wife and children in nearby Highland Park. His attention to detail, construction experience and work ethic are a great fit to the Pickell team.

Kurt Savageau

Trim Carpentry Superintendent

Kurt joined Orren Pickell in 1992 as part of the company’s highly regarded construction team. Orren quickly recognized Kurt’s exceptional woodworking abilities and now this skilled craftsman is our Trim Division Superintendent, responsible for the incredible detail work that sets Pickell apart from other builders. Kurt and his talented team ensure that every cabinet and…

Jim Wood


Jim made his initial impact with our company as the head of the Orren Pickell Rough Carpentry Division, where his skill and leadership literally set the framework for some of our most magnificent homes. He joined the team in 1994. Jim’s additional talents in mathematics and his unrivaled ability to evaluate an existing structure have…