Our Team

Co-owners Tom Gies and Michelle Swier focus on building relationships with clients and pride themselves on the craftsmanship that MKE delivers.  Their different strengths complement each other as they combine their professional and educational experiences to bring you a full-service renovation from concept and design through construction and finished product. Tom and Michelle maintain transparent and open communication with their team and their clients to make the process enjoyable, efficient and exciting for everyone involved.

Michelle Swier

Co-Owner | Principal Designer

Michelle has a strong passion for commercial remodeling and a crisp talent for residential design and architectural planning. With a comprehensive background in department store design, dental & medical office design and residential interior design, Michelle’s strengths include communication with clientele, organization, and cohesive design ideas and color palettes. She uses her education, energy, and attitude to motivate her team and clients for an exciting experience from start to finish.

Affiliations | Awards
Allied Member of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID Wisconsin)
Presidential Citation, American Society of Interior Designers | Wisconsin Chapter of ASID
Metropolitan Builders Association | Member

BFA of Interior and Architectural Design, Harrington College of Design | Chicago
Associates in Fine Arts, Moraine Valley | Chicago

Tom Gies

Co-Owner | Senior Project Manager

Tom approaches all of his clients and projects with an open mind and an eye for design. He excels at creating both functional and aesthetically pleasing concepts while keeping them to schedule and on budget. With years of design and construction experience, Tom has the tools necessary to tackle a multitude of residential or commercial remodeling and construction projects. He is a licensed contractor with the state of Wisconsin, a dedicated local volunteer, and a consistent leader amongst his peers and in the industry.

Affiliations | Certifications
Dwelling Contractor | Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Lead-Safe Renovator | Issued by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Home Improvement Contractor | Licensed by the City of Milwaukee
National Association of the Remodeling Industry | NARI Milwaukee Board of Directors & Vice President

BA in Architectural Studies | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Matt Pohle

General Manager | Project Manager

Karissa Pohle

Office Manager

Rebecca Felton


Theresa Piorkowski

Assistant Project Manager

Sarah Bannasch

Project Coordinator

Damaris Diaz

Administrative Assistant

Patrick Michels

Lead Carpenter

Tim Engel


Lew Danger


Scott Rehberger