Harjo Team

Who We Are

We know that the building and remodeling processes are full of challenges and can be stressful for clients. We also believe that we can minimize and possibly eliminate much of that stress by placing more emphasis and value on clear and consistent client communications.

 

The smallest of projects has a lot of moving parts, so even with the best preconstruction planning in the universe, “stuff” happens. And when it does happen, Harjo Construction proves its integrity in craftsmanship and communication with consistent, honest feedback and engagement on every client project.

Kurt Harjo

Principal, General Contractor

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Since the age of 19, Kurt has dreamt of starting a business to build beautiful things. Growing up in construction, Kurt had a lot of preparation before founding Harjo Construction, including building tree houses, growing up with a home workshop, working in commercial construction during college, and later working in the field and project management.  If he had to choose the single most important thing to do in a day, Kurt believes it’s understanding priorities. He enjoys solving problems with clients, putting together strategies, and helping them visualize a new reality for their home. Inspired by Coach John Wooden, Kurt motivates others by helping people see new or bigger realities for themselves — discovering a capacity within them they weren’t aware was there. Evident in his management style, Kurt encourages his employees to grow by offering them new challenges. If he wasn’t improving homes, Kurt could see himself sailing around the world or designing and building furniture. In his spare time, he likes competitive mountain biking, playing volleyball, cooking and conversing with his wife Meghan and two kids, Koen and Anna.

Favorite Fall Activity: Mountain Biking

Listening to: Khruangbin & Bears Den

Meg Harjo

Controller

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Meg grew up in New Mexico and spent time in St. Louis and Chicago before moving to Seattle in 2012 to work at Starbucks. After eight years at Starbucks, Meg left to join Harjo Construction and is currently serving as the company’s controller, overseeing financials, pipeline management, human resources and a variety of special projects.  She enjoys learning and is embracing the opportunity to learn the construction industry. When she’s not working, Meg is spending time with her toddler Koen and baby Anna.

Favorite Fall Activity: Pumpkin patch

Listening to: Bloc Party, Passion Pit, The Postal Service & The XX

Stacey Spencer

Project Manager

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Stacey fell in love with construction the very first time her father let her ‘work’ on one of his sites. From that moment on, she was hooked. He taught her everything, including how not to use a drill press!  Before joining the Harjo team, Stacey flipped countless houses and has developed a strong appreciation for quality craftsmanship.  Art is her other passion and she loves turning architectural salvage into up-cycled pieces that can be enjoyed in our clients homes. She spends her spare time with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Favorite Fall Activity: Hiking

Listening to: The Rolling Stones

Beth Skirvin

Accountant

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Beth was born and raised in Seattle and attended WSU.  She married a year later and had a son, Zach.. Beth has been working in the construction industry ever since. She started as an accounting assistant for a large commercial contractor before joining a smaller residential remodeler where she really learned about the whole construction process, which Beth enjoys for all its varied experiences. She hopes to be an asset to the Harjo team!

Zach is Beth’s only child however she had 2 foster children (brothers) that she raised as well. They are Beth’s hobbies. Zach is an undergrad at WSU right now studying Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Science, a brand new program in the United States.  And now Beth is a grandmother to a beautiful 3 month old little girl. When she can, Beth heads to Pullman to see them and help work Zach’s own farm (crops and animal rescue). Maybe one day Beth will have time for more hobbies!

Favorite Fall Activity: Watching the leaves change color and blanket everything when they fall

Listening to: Classic Rock & Country

Kori Keller

Lead Designer

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Kori was born and raised in rural Montana, and she earned her Masters in Architecture at Montana State University in Bozeman. After receiving her degree, Kori married her high school sweetheart and moved to Seattle to launch her career. She has experience in custom homes, unique hospitality, and commercial projects. Kori’s passion for design and architecture traces back to being raised by a family active in construction, entrepreneurship, and the trades. Now settled in the Inland Northwest, Kori is staying busy exploring her new home with her husband and 18-month-old daughter.  Outside of work, she enjoys flipping properties, playing at the lake, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Favorite Fall Activity: Pumpkin Patch & Baking

Listening to: Caamp and Mac Miller 

Alyssa Plett

Designer

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Alyssa is from Bellevue, WA and recently graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a major in Interior Design and a minor in Business Administration. She has a lifelong love of art and after starting at SPU, Alyssa realized that interior design is truly the field for her. In this field, she can combine her love of art with her logical and technical side.  Alyssa is passionate about using design to improve the quality of life by designing with both function and beauty in mind. Some of her hobbies include baking, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Fall Activity: Watching sports while curled up in a blanket

Listening to: Taylor Swift

Mckenzie Monroe

Office Manager

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Mckenzie is a PNW native. She has over a decade of experience in administrative roles (office management, HR, home organization). No matter the setting, she loves taking care of details behind the scenes. She lives in Bothell with her husband and their extremely spoiled cat named Gus (full name: Burton Guster Monroe). She is a season ticket holder for the OL Reign, and loves going on walks or bike rides, and binging a good tv show.

Favorite Fall Activity: Drinking a latte while walking through fall foliage

Listening to: BØRNS, Maggie Rogers, Maintenance Phase

Edgar Marin

Project Manager

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Edgar has worked in the construction and design industry for over a decade. He was born in Mexico and raised in a small town in Southeast Idaho. Edgar moved to southern California after high school to attend design school. Working in the field as a framer and finish carpenter gave him the ability to turn rough design ideas and sketches into reality. During his early professional life, Edgar worked in the hospitality, institutional and corporate design sector. After living in Orange County and Los Angeles for over a decade, Edgar moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2015 to work as project manager for real estate investment firm. Outside of work, Edgar enjoys an active lifestyle. His daily routine consists of waking up at 4:00am to a warm cup of coffee and emails, followed by a CrossFit workout. Most weekends are spent either on a road bike or exploring trails along with his six-year-old Frenchie named Lola.

Lindsay Perrigo

Project Coordinator

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Lindsay was born and raised in Northern California (wine country), went to UC Davis and graduated with a degree in International Relations and Socio-Cultural Anthropology. After college, she snapped up the first job that would have her and learned a lot about corporate office work. She moved to South Lake Tahoe to enjoy the mountains every day as she transitioned into a new role. In 2014 her boyfriend (now husband) and her moved to Washington for a change of scenery. Lindsay transitioned to working in the food & beverage industry, starting as customer service at Chateau Ste. Michelle then working in a local bar as a hostess, a brewery as a server, a steakhouse as a sommelier/server/manager and then most recently at the Herb Farm in Woodinville. After 7 years in hospitality, Lindsay went back to school for Project Management and transitioned to her Project Coordinator role at Harjo Construction.  Her hobbies include photography and hiking (usually both together), skiing, traveling to new places, WINE, hanging out at home with her husband and 3 cats.

Favorite Fall Activity: Intense hikes & photography

Listening to: Classic Rock, AC/DC, etc.

Luis Chaires-Lopez

Superintendent

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Luis enjoys the home building process and helping his fellow carpenters, especially with framing. A self-professed “professional learner,” he’s always looking out for the client, from cleaning the job site to securing a property before he leaves. Luis likes the ample opportunity at Harjo Construction and isn’t deterred by complicated projects. Away from work, you might find Luis hiking a trail or relaxing at Ocean Shores.

Octavio Jimenez Duarte

Carpenter

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Octavio brings a range of knowledge to the jobsite. He was a painter for a few years before he transitioned to working on framing, drywall, and finish carpentry which he has been skillfully mastering at Harjo for the past 5+ years. Octavio’s sense of humor brings our guys in the field together and adds to the camaraderie of the team.  In a previous career, Octavio played in a band and would go on tour singing and playing keyboard! He is a family man so when he is not working, Octavio enjoys spending time with his son who is training to be a marine, watching boxing, and spending time by the water.

Favorite Fall Activity: Camping with his family

Listening to: Juan Gabriel, an incredible song writer!