Jake Happe serves as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Happe Companies. Jake personally represents over ten successful years in residential construction and development. His passion and commitment to real estate endeavors have generated a proven track record in single-family residential construction, multifamily complexes, and large-scale land development. Jake built his vast knowledge base of all aspects of the industry from the ground up, having worked in virtually every aspect of the construction industry. Jake started Happe Homes, LLP in 2003, and has since assembled a strong management team devoted to building a high-quality home, at a fair price, with a customer focus philosophy. Jake’s reputation is well represented as a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, the Des Moines Home Builder Association, and the National Home Builders Association. One of Jake’s strong attributes is being able to anticipate market needs and deliver on that vision in order to benefit a broad base of client desires through the Des Moines metro and surrounding areas. His commitment to the core values of honesty, integrity, an extraordinary customer experience, and delivering a turnkey product has enabled Happe Homes to flourish during all market conditions. Jake was born and raised in Ankeny, and currently resides there with his wife, Brenna, and their daughters, Kylah and Adalyn. In his free time, Jake enjoys spending time with family, coaching youth athletics, and mastering his craft of barbecuing.
Chris joined Happe Homes as a Partner in 2010 and has over seven successful years in residential construction. Prior to joining Happe Homes, Chris held positions in several different capacities in the public accounting and financial services industries. His financial and analytical background help Happe Homes to build your dream home with a price tag you will like! Chris holds a BA in Accounting from Buena Vista University, an MBA from Indiana University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Chris currently resides in Polk City with his wife Gina and their four children. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his family.
John comes to Happe Homes with more than 20 years of success within the construction industry. He brings with him knowledge gained from growing up in a family generations deep in contracting, working many years with a Fortune 500 national home builder as well as running his own small home building business. John has a focus on customer relationships, vendor relationships and developmental strategies.
When not working, John enjoys spending time with his family in Des Moines and Iowa City and supporting the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Bill joined the Happe Homes team in February 2015. He started working in the construction industry over 10 years ago while attending school. He has many years of hands-on experience in the field from framing to coordinating field operations. All of which, bring another admired dimension to Happe Homes. Bill most recently comes from a sales background which gives him an invaluable trait in understanding and fulfilling customer needs. Because of our never-ending pursuit of customer satisfaction, we couldn’t be happier to have Bill join our team!
Spencer joined the Happe Homes estimating team in August of 2018. After college, Spencer began working in the new home construction market and brings 7 years of experience from multiple aspects of construction and real estate. He resides just outside of Ankeny with his wife of 8 years and four children. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time coaching youth athletics and assisting his wife in her real estate business.
Scott joined the Happe Homes team in September of 2016. He comes to us with over 20 years experience in the home building and improvement industry. With an English degree from the University of Iowa and his many years of customer service experience, Scott prides himself on his communication skills that are invaluable in his current capacity as a construction estimator. When not at work, he enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and two children. Most weekends, he can be found on the sidelines of a soccer field watching his kids.
Randall comes to Happe Homes with over 20 years of experience in residential, multi-family and commercial projects. Randall gives new meaning to precision with his attention to detail and a keen understanding of the building process from beginning to end. In Randall’s own words, he believes that learning is the key to success in all areas of life. This is the reason he has continued his higher education and received an advanced degree from Iowa State to top off his long list of accolades. Randall resides in Ankeny and enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with his daughters and trying new food of all kinds.
Logan joined the Happe Team as a field supervisor in February of 2019. He brings over 7 years of supervisory experience to the team, 4 of those in the home building industry. Logan enjoys watching college football, especially the Cyclones. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Maria, and their 2 dachshunds and their cat.
Erin became a member of the Happe Team in July 2018. An Iowa Native, her love of all things design and background in art & communication evolved into the ability to create beautiful spaces. Erin takes pride in sharing her passion for aesthetic and connecting with people. She received her BA at Luther College and has lived all over the Midwest. When not in creative mode, Erin is with her family, being cheerleader at her daughter’s gymnastics meets and her son’s soccer games and spoiling her 3 dogs.
Karli joined Happe Homes in the Spring of 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa and brings tons of Customer Service experience to the team. Karli enjoys spending time with her husband and their two kids, Weston and Wyatt. She also loves traveling, being outdoors, and going to Cubs and Hawkeye games!
Danielle joined the Happe Homes team in July 2016 and works in accounting. She was new to the construction industry but has experience in various accounting roles in the financial industry and the corporate accounting world. She has a degree in accounting from Iowa State University. Danielle resides in Ankeny with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and being crafty.
Denise joined Happe Homes in February of 2018. She brings over 35 years of office experience to our accounts payable department. Denise resides in Ankeny, and in her spare time enjoys biking, traveling, Cyclone athletics and spending time with her sons and daughter-in-law.
Dan Wood comes to Happe Companies with thirty years in construction management. Dan’s comprehensive understanding of building systems and structure types lends itself to most projects. His basic management philosophy is to work with owners, subcontractors, construction professionals, and vendors to create a true partnership on every project. Dan received his BS in construction management in 1988.
Mark completed his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and brings over 3.5 years of construction experience to the team. He is getting married this summer and couldn’t be more excited! In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors – hunting, fishing, kayaking, boating and cheering on the Hawkeyes.
Matt joined Happe Homes in January of 2018. Matt started working in construction over 20 years ago while attending high school and college. During that time Matt spent time doing roofing, painting, and general handyman work. Matt has a Bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa and also brings over 15 years of sales, retail management, and customer service experience to the Happe Homes team. During his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters as well as hunting and fishing.
Goran joined our team in December of 2018 as a Construction Supervisor Assistant. He brings over 4 years of experience in the construction industry to the Happe team. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their 6-year-old daughter. He also enjoys watching and playing soccer and basketball.