“I know Joe”
For years this little saying has amused me, plagued my employees, and close friends that really do know me. I know a tremendous number of people and even more know me, that comes from wearing many hats over the years, and often being in the limelight.
Suffice it to say, I used to answer my phone “Friend or foe?” I genuinely love and connect with people. As they say “No man is an island”. Here is my brief story and that of my amazing team.
My name is Joe Levitch, I grew up in my father’s shadow remodeling in Berkeley, California. After graduating from high school, I took a hiatus from remodeling and school to pursue my interest in emergency medicine to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician).
I worked in West Oakland California for 2 years, then attended Stanford University Medical Center’s Paramedic program. I worked in San Mateo County as a Paramedic up until September of 1980 when I came to Boise to rescue a bankrupt business, Flying Pie Pizza, which has made national news for good things on many occasions.
Flying Pie is renowned for its quality, creativity and care for the community on both sides of the counter. I have since sold my portion of that business and continue in an advisory capacity.
I continued to pursue my love of emergency medicine with Ada County Paramedics for 10 years. I am a founding member of Saint Alphonsus Life Flight and proudly worked for Air Saint Luke’s as well. I recently retired from EMS all together at the top of my carrier after 37 years of service.
In 2001, I bought and completely remodeled several homes in my neighborhood and rediscovered the joy of remodeling. On 5-5-2005, I established Levco Builders LLC. (Paying homage to my fathers company that initiated me into the industry) so that I could remodel a neighbors home legally.
- I am an active member of NARI (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry) and serve as a chairman of several committees including Safety, Contractors who care, and Membership. I am a Certified Remodeler through the organization, and also earned my Universal Design Certified Professional recognition.
- I am a roundtable member of Remodelers Advantage aka. RAR (since 2014) group MVP x 1
- I was elected to the Board of Directors for PBCLRB (Professional Building Contractors Licensing Review Board) a group that is bringing voluntary licensure to Idaho Contractors.
- I am the Regional Associate for TRP (The Reuse People of America) A non profit group that fosters the love for reuse, repurposing, and recycling of building materials.
- I am a Pro Reviewer for IBOL the state of Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licensing The overseeing agency for contractors registration in the state
- I am on the Boise School District Construction Program Advisory board. A group dedicated to make construction cool for high school students
- I am an active member of the Sunrise Rotary club A worldwide service organization “Service before self “
I have been honing my remodeling skills while practicing remodeling, primarily in Boise Idaho in the older part of town called The North End, where I live.
As I gather momentum towards my goal of becoming the “go-to” remodeling firm in the treasure valley. I am solving all sorts of interesting problems and developing exciting new ways to exceed the expectations of my clients.
This is done through clear leadership, continuing education, persistence, great communication, the hard work and dedication of my staff, trusted trade partners, and an involved board of directors. I say “We are only as good as our reputation”. To that end, I am building a solid world class company that can handle all sorts of residential and light commercial remodeling projects.
Everyday we strive to create repeatable excellence and grow a vibrant community of remodeling clients by using best practices and sound business practices.
My outside interests include vintage British vehicles, woodworking, writing, and fixing anything and everything.
In order to be a real business, it takes employees to execute my vision. This is no small task, as my dreams are grand and vivid. Like JR Simplot and other successful business owners before me, I have assembled a wonderful team of exceptional individuals. I have essentially surrounded myself with likeminded folks with a myriad of life experiences to accomplish the work. Here is a snapshot of my amazing team members.
Cindy is the newest member of the team. Her accountant talents are providing the sanity I have needed for years. Who knew there were amazing folks like her out there. She brings an amazing level of energy and enthusiasm that is contagious. The synergy she is creating a ground swell of activity and accountability. Although not caught up, we are headed that way swiftly. Look for great things to happen.
I had to make sure Cindy was real before she started working here. To hire such a talented person was like winning the lottery but better. I was admittedly in a desperate position without a stability in the position for over a year. I am regaining my confidence and sense of stability. She is a team player and is raising the expectations and accountability around her.
Dustin was discovered by my previous designer when he was overwhelmed by a flood of projects that he could not keep up with. Initially bored with nothing to do he is now begging for a slower pace. I feel like Dustin and I are going to go far together, his talents are amazing and I have only tapped into a smidgen of his abilities.
Dustin uses Soft Plan a high powered program that models as it goes. His family comes first and that is a wonderful thing. We share the love for designing and are about to develop a more collaborative creative space here at the office. I’m surrounding myself with people that are smarter than me and it feels good!
Lynn is an interior Designer by nature but has been upgraded to Project Develper. She loves what she does and it shows. A referral from a friend in the business who knows me well. Lynn is eager and helpful, she is used to getting things done quickly and efficiently. She is always cheery and anxious to get the next assignment. No job too big and no job too small, Lynn is a superstar. As an organizer she is hitting it out of the park.
Our clients are in for a pleasant surprise and a wealth of product knowledge. Look forward to working with her during the Design Phase.
Lynn brings light into the room, calm, casual and professional, not assuming or snobby, she can help you discover the best look and value for your project. Once she has the assignment it is as good as done. A great addition to the team in one of the high profile positions that can make a remodeling project a fond experience and sets us apart from the other guys just a dab further.
I am a Boise native and love living in this valley. I enjoy riding vintage off-road motorcycles, camping and snowboarding.
My passion for building began many years ago when I was a metal fabricator. I was fortunate to participate in building the ski jump, luge, and bobsled run for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
It is also around this time I began working as an apprentice to a local carpenter for the Park City area and fell in love with wood working and have been a carpenter ever since.
I have worked in new construction and remodeling and find that both present unique and interesting challenges. I really enjoy building homes and projects that enhance people’s lives.
Steve is a two time recipient of the Levco K.A. Award which recognizes excellence in customer service and defending of our core vale “Create enthusiastic referrals.” Steve wants to own this company some day and is willing to walk over hot coals to make it great. Our “Keeper of the culture” He has made it clear that building a production team is supportive, enthusiastic, and works smart is his irreplaceable asset. He hopes to own this company one day. Steve is a two time winner of the “Levco KA Award”
After working for a number of companies, I can honestly say Levco is definitely not your normal construction company with definitely not your typical co-workers. After coming on board, I was welcomed into this is a team of people who truly care about their clients and the work they produce. There is a level headed and friendly atmosphere that makes it easy to want to do good work. I’m thrilled to part of the team and excited to make your home remodeling project a great experience!
Jesiah just was awarded the coveted “Levco KA” award for showing that he cares. Multiple comments from clients and a recent rare complement from a subcontractor sealed the deal. Congratulations!
Jesiah is a order freak and can not stand clutter. calm cool and collected he wins folks over with his warm and gett’er done mentality. Willing to come to work sick we have to monitor his enthusiasm with common sense.
Jeff is a carpenter’s carpenter. He has done all the aspects of home building and is especially strong in in framing and became exhausted with new construction for years. He landed here after being referred to us by our electrician. He and his dog Gracie have become quite a hit with our clients.
Jeff is working hard and teaching those on the team that are lucky enough to work with him. He has extended our abilities and has a calm confident demeanor. We welcome him to our team and are lucky to employ him.
Gordon McGuire is our new summer intern and possibly more if we can get him to fall in love with the work. He has a desire to participate on our team and learn how to work with his hands and his head. Welcome to the Levco family!
Gordon is a smart kid, he uses his energy sparingly and asks good questions. Unlike many of his piers he is not afraid of work and is anxious to learn how to build things and tear them apart. His very responsible and conscientious.
My name Is Alex, I was born in Boise and have lived here all my life, I have three brothers and a sister. When I am not working with Levco or going to school, I love fishing, rock climbing, and golfing. I plan on going to college to become an engineer.
Alex is alert and has some skills. Not sure where he got them but his father is a teacher. He has been a joy to be around and a strong addition to the team. It fills me with pride to know that there is hope for the next generation.
Nick was a friend of an employee who needed a job, he has proven himself a hard worker and a good guy to have on the team. A bit mysterious but very kind and pleasant to be around.
Nick is about to get evaluated again and I will learn much more
Shane is a recent transplant from Wyoming. I came to Idaho to get away from the wind and and enjoy Idahos great out doors. In my spare time I enjoy snowboarding, skate boarding, mountain biking,and camping. Building and using my skills as a carpenter is how I afford my lifestyle.
Shane has some skills, He immediately fit in with the team and is using his previous machinists skills to provide some exacting talent, a calm voice in an otherwise hectic profession, he gets it done and problem solves with ease.
Although I am not a member “accredited” for many reasons, I discovered that I have an A rating. (Weird)IMHO, a great reputation is earned one client at a time.
Our reputation is built upon a far more stable foundation than any “for profit outfit” masquerading as as a “Non-profit governmental agency” consumer protection organization can bestow.
For the same reason, Guild Quality, another rating service, can take a hike as well.