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.
Troy joined the Happe team in the spring of 2015. He brings over 6 years of construction experience and over 12 years of management experience. Troy has a true passion for building our clients dream homes. He communicates well and has a strong work ethic. Troy currently resides in Grimes. He is very family oriented, spending most of his time with his two children and wife. He spends a lot of his weekends going camping with his family.
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!
TJ joined the Happe team in February 2015. His passion for construction began while pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University.
While attending Iowa State he took advantage of his time by laboring in several trades in both commercial and residential construction. TJ most recently comes from a sales background where he set the precedence in customer service. He feels there is no substitute for attentiveness, responsiveness, and honesty in a service-driven business like single-family residential construction.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin joined the Happe Homes team in the Spring of 2016. He brings 15 years of experience in all facets of single-family residential construction from framing, job supervision and punch list work. He recently completed the construction of his personal home serving as his own general contractor and completing many areas of the build on his own including framing, flooring and deck building. He currently resides in his new home in Urbandale with his beautiful wife of 15 years Janette, 12-year-old National Champion horse riding daughter Camryn, and crazy boxer puppy named Ollie.
Ernesto Martinez joined the Happe Homes team in April 2016. He started working in the construction industry over 10 years ago and also brings 15 years in management. He enjoys spending quality time with his 2 daughters Emily and Jocelyn, being outdoors, and traveling.
Nick Reid joined Happe Homes in January of 2018. He has previously spent over 8 years in the field as a residential electrician. He and his girlfriend just welcomed a new baby girl in February. Nick is an avid cubs and Hawkeye fan, he also enjoys golfing and many other outdoor activities.
Scott joined Happe Homes in October 2016. He brings 23 years experience as a flooring contractor. He also worked as a home builder for a few years. Scott does most of his own home improvements as well as helping friends and family with theirs.
He enjoys spending time with his wife Jenny and two sons Tyler and Brody. Scott spends copious amounts of time at Brody’s wrestling and baseball events.
Kristen joined Happe Homes in March of 2016. She brings Customer Service, Business Analysis, and Process Improvement to the Happe Team. She holds a BA in Business Administration from William Penn University. In her free time, Kristen coaches youth gymnastics and enjoys being outdoors and supporting her children in their youth activities. Kristen currently resides in Maxwell with her husband and three children.
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.
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, their son, Weston, and their two dogs traveling, being outdoors, and going to Cubs and Hawkeye games.
Todd Joined the Happe team in October 2015. Todd has always enjoyed working with his hands. Before joining the Happe team, Todd spent the previous 15 months as an Ameri-Corps team member at Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity serving on the Rock the Block Neighborhood Revitalization Team. In the past, Todd managed maintenance at a medium-sized apartment complex along with sales in the agricultural industry. Todd has an Ag-Business degree as well as a B.A. in Marketing. Todd is looking forward to using his past customer service and apartment repair experience here at Happe.
Todd lives in Ankeny with his wife Rachelle and two boys. While not working Todd enjoys camping and spending time with his family, NASCAR, and Motocross.
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.
Nick joined Happe Homes in the spring of 2016. He has over 5 years experience in commercial and residential construction which makes him a great asset to our team. He has a great work ethic and is very detail oriented. Nick currently resides in West Des Moines and is getting married in July. He loves the outdoors and likes to keep busy all year around hunting, fishing, woodworking, and being with family and friends.
Chase joined the Happe Homes team in the Spring of 2016. He brings previous experience in home trimming from subcontractor work. He also completed construction technology courses at Marshalltown Community College. Chase is still residing in his hometown of Marshalltown. He enjoys being outdoors and can often be found with his friends and family when he’s not hard at work putting finishing touches on Happe Homes.
Kevin brings about 3 years of trim carpentry and construction experience to the Happe team. He has a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Iowa. In Kevin’s free time, he enjoys hunting, building furniture, being outside, cheering on Iowa football, and spending time with his dogs and wife.
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.
Sergio started at Happe Homes in July 2018. He has 4 years of experience working in the construction industry and also graduated from DMACC with a degree in construction. He has a passion for the construction and building industry and excited to see where Happe Homes takes him.