Meet the Leader & the Team

“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.

Joe Levitch

President

AKA Levco’s benevolent overlord

Joe Levitch

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.

Professional Affiliations

  • 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.

I am currently publishing biweekly and encourage you to sign up to receive my posts. Use our contact page or set up a meeting at Contractor Cafe

My staff

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 Sparks

Accountant / Office Manager

Cindy Sparks

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.

Personal Note:

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.

Carmen Lunstrum

Design Coordinator

Carmen Lunstrum

Carmen comes to us with style and grace. She has a long list of accomplishments and talents that will translate to remodeling well.

Carmen is our newest member and our clients are in for a treat. She has a good grasp on what it takes to transform a house to a home. Look forward to working with her during the Design Phase to select materials, colors, and textures that go well with each other. She will also be coordinating all aspects of the Design Phase to ensure a smooth expeditious process.

Personal Note:

In an effort to bring our clients the best design experience, Carmen will be your guide. This includes getting existing and proposed drawings, selecting materials, and getting the price for the project. Carmen has a sense of style that will insert the joy into what could be an arduous task.

She is not timid or bashful so if you want it, she will provide her opinion. She will be coordinating the work of our design team to set the stage for a wonderful experience that ultimately leads to a remodeling agreement.

Jesiah Silverman

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!

Personal Note:

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.

Jesiah Silverman CLC

Project Manager

Jack Schweitzer

Production Manager

Jack Schweitzer

Jack comes to us from the Navy where he was responsible for making sure the 3rd fleet maintenance was done on time. He had 190 sailors under his command. He brings a unique style of leadership and is a do-er  kind of guy. He is not afraid to pitch in and is bring a new attitude to the company.

Personal Note:

Jack brings a new vitality to our organization. There is renewed determination to make progress on our production side of the house. He is in charge and getting the lay of the land as he earns the trust and admiration of the troops.

Tami Bastian

Tami is our Estimator, she brings a strong financial background with her and a bubbly, can do, approach to learning our software and processes. In her short time here she has collaborated with the admin team to make herself an integral part of the Design Process.

Personal Note:

On a personal note, Tami has brightened the atmosphere and has jumped in with both feet, focusing her attention to detail. She is learning at a crazy fast pace and seems to come to estimating naturally. Welcome aboard.

Tami Bastian

Estimator

Josh Mitchell

Project Manager

Josh Mitchell

Josh is a boomerang, he was a fellow that I met years ago and hired as a Project Manager. He went out on his own for a while and is back. Older and wiser now, he brings a wonderful respect for remodeling and how it works from the top down.

Personal Note:

Josh is a family man, he values time with his wife and kids. He like I love tools and what they can do when in the right hands. He is a positive upbeat fellow that can charm you with a few words from his deep voice. He is full if ideas and his mind is always engaged. Great to have him back on our team.

Noah Richards

My name is Noah Richards; I was born and lived in Pennsylvania for the majority of my life. I moved to Montana 9 years ago. In November 2014, I moved to Boise with my girlfriend who is a native of Boise.

I enjoy remodeling and construction work in general because I am able to use my hands to shape and create a tangible result of my labor each day.

When I am not working, I enjoy hiking in the hills and mountains around Boise.

Personal Note:

Noah is back after setting off on his home for a spell. We are so proud to have him back. He is filling a new role with lots of responsibility. He brings a calm confidence with a ton of remodeling experience.

Noah Richards

Lead Carpenter

Shane Herron

Carpenter

Shane Herron

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.

Personal Note:

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.

Mark Mitchell

Mark is learning a new skill to add to his resume. He is a thoughtful hard worker with tons of varied experience. He has been an entrepreneur and when given a task accomplishes it and asks whats next? He is tooled up and often the first one at work. His dry sense of humor and quiet nature is not to be confused with a stoic personality.

Personal Note:

Mark is a calm steady guy that is eager to get work done. He is an early riser like me so we get to chat often. His support role is perfect for the crews and he is in high demand.

Mark Mitchell

Carpenter Assistant

Shawn Tackett

Carpenter Assistant

Shawn Tackett

Shawn comes to us with a bit of a mysterious past. He was Josh Mitchel’s right-and-man. He is enthusiastic and has electrical experience out of state. He is talented and a problem solver. He puts everything into his work and is a joy for the guys to be around

Personal Note:

Shawn is a big guy with a gentle heart. Not afraid to speak up when he sees something I appreciate his zest for life. We are enrolling him in an apprenticeship program.

Brett Buckendorf

Brett is one of the Buckendorf clan. He and I first met when he got a job at Flying Pie. Those years are long gone but Brett earned a work ethic and a loyalty that is precious. He has earned the Levco KA award and is a puzzle piece that we adore.

Personal Note:

Brett took a spell off to work for a different company and realized that the grass wasn’t necessarily greener on the other side. We welcome him back to our team he has been missed.

Brett Buckendorf

Carpenter Assistant

Scam Alert

Although I am not a member “accredited” read (pay for credibility) from the BBB for many reasons. I discovered that I have an A rating. (Weird)

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. IMHO, a great reputation is earned one client at a time.

For the same reason, Guild Quality, another rating service, can take a hike as well.