Meet the Coaster Construction Team

John Nelson

General Contractor

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John has been a leader in the construction industry for more than 30 years on the Oregon Coast. Growing up right here in Cannon Beach he has the natural style, skills, and knowledge to help you create the beach home you’ve always wanted. He has put together a great group of carpenters and sub-contractors who, together, will give you a great ‘construction experience.’ He takes to heart our motto which is “Helping Shape the Character of Cannon Beach since 1973”.

Joel Nelson

Project Manager

Joel grew up in Cannon Beach and first started working for Coaster Construction when he was 14 years old. Joel graduated from Seaside High School and went on to receive a degree in Construction Management from Portland Community College. Prior to returning to the Coast, Joel spent six years in Portland managing commercial construction projects. Joel excels at estimating, bidding and budgeting. You will also find him in the field managing jobs. Joel loves the coast and is happy to be raising his family here.

Peter Tooley

Project Manager

Peter and John Nelson have been working as a team for over 30 years. Peter was one of the first employees of Coaster Construction in 1979. Peter is a natural when it comes to managing projects for Coaster. His years of experience in the construction trade allow him to specialize in remodels, a large part of Coaster’s portfolio. Peter is a native of the Pacific Northwest.

Sander Romanski

Project Manager

Sander has been in the construction industry since 1987 and a member of the Coaster Team since 2003.  As a project manager, he works hard to make sure the client’s needs are heard and met. Sander is a true artist and a New England craftsman at heart.  His creativity and skill add a special touch to his projects and leave his clients requesting to work with him again and again.  Sander’s talent is well known in the community and was featured on the poster for the 2017 Sand Castle Festival. 

Kevin Becker

Property Maintenance & Carpenter

Kevin has 30 years of experience with the Coaster Team. He is often referred to as the the “go-to guy” because of his knowledge of the Cannon Beach area and properties. Kevin’s skills and attention to detail make him an outstanding finish carpenter and insures all our clients love their new homes or remodels. Anyone that meets Kevin easily sees how much care and pride he puts into his work.

Kent Cloyd

Cabinet Maker & Assembler

Kent is a true craftsmen; he has a gift when it comes to finish work and creative detail in wood working. Kent can be found in the shop, either working hard on a project, or keeping the shop in tip top shape. Kent has been a part of the Coaster team since 2003.

Frank Register

Painter

Frank has been with Coaster Construction for over twelve years. He leads our paint department. Frank’s experience and skill leave Coaster’s clients pleased with the end result! Frank is very knowledgeable about the types of material that work best with our damp, coastal environment. Frank has been living on the Coast for many years and loves fishing and camping.

Luke Tooley

Spray Technician

Luke has ran our spray booth since 2002. With a spray booth onsite, Coaster is able to finish our own doors and trim as well the many custom projects coming out of our cabinet shop. Luke’s experience and attention to detail make him the perfect person in the spray booth. Luke is a native of the area and is often seen outside enjoying beautiful Cannon Beach!

Josh Wittman

Carpenter

Josh began working with Coaster Construction in 2005.  As Josh’s experience and skill grew, he became a key part of the Coaster Construction team.  Josh is skilled in all aspects of residential construction. As a long-time coastal resident, you will find Josh enjoying the outdoors and spending time with his young son when he is not working.

Terry Gipson

Cabinet Maker & Assembler

Terry began working at Coaster Construction in 2005. The years of experience have made Terry a master when it comes to building and assembling Canyon Creek and custom cabinetry. You will often find Terry on-site installing cabinets and assisting with finish work. Terry and Gary, our shop manager, make a very skilled and dynamic team in our shop.

Santiago Alvarez

Property Maintenance & Construction

Santiago started at Coaster in 2007 and is an important part of our team. We take great pride in keeping our job sites clean and safe. As a result of Santiago’s strong work ethic, all of our jobs look organized and orderly. Santiago is skilled in framing, demo and general carpentry. He assists with Property Management, keeping the Coaster properties and downtown Cannon Beach looking beautiful.
Santiago is happy to call the coast home and is the father of three wonderful girls.

Gary Wahlbeck

Shop Manager
Cabinet Maker/Finish Carpenter

 
Gary has a variety of skills under his tool belt. He has managed an auto repair shop, worked in vacation rental maintenance and is a talented artist. His art includes woodworking, wrought iron, wood and stone inlay, stained glass and metal work. Gary’s art has been featured in many galleries across the U.S. as well as here in Cannon Beach. In addition to running our shop, Gary’s cabinet making skills have been put to good use designing and building beautiful custom pieces for our projects.

Nick Betts

Painter

Coaster welcomed Nick to the team in 2011. He brings over 12 year of painting experience to Coaster. He is skilled in all aspects of painting and spraying. Nick is a leader and an integral part of Coaster’s highly-skilled team of professional painters. Nick grew up in Seaside and graduated from Seaside High School. He has spent his whole life on the coast, and is familiar with just about every nook and cranny of this area.

Alex Lerma

Carpenter 

 

Alex started with Coaster in March of 2013. Alex is a very skilled carpenter and has become an important part of the Coaster Team. Alex works in the field assisting our project managers. You name the project, and you can be sure Alex will help to the very best of his abilities. He is always eager to learn and try new things. Alex is a native to this area and is familiar with the challenges of building on the Coast.

Uriah Sheehan

Property Maintenance/Carpentry

Uriah joined the Coaster Team in 2015.  He keeps our job sites clean, neat and safe.  Uriah can also be seen caring for Coaster’s rental properties.  Uriah is becoming a talented carpenter and spends time assisting the project managers.  Uriah come to the coast from Las Vegas.

 

Aaron Olson

Painter

Aaron came to Coaster in 2016. He is excited to be a part of the team, and while he spends most of his time painting, he is quickly becoming skilled in many aspects in the construction field. Aaron is passionate about landscaping and gardening and has been on the coast for 17 years. He has married a local and plans to make this area home.

Brannon Neale

Carpenter/Tile Setter

Brannon came to Coaster in 2016. Brannon is a skilled carpenter and can assist our project managers with any aspect of their projects.  Most recently, Brannon has been training as a tile setter.  You will see his hand in much of the beautiful tile in Coaster’s recent projects.  Brannon has been on the coast for several years and enjoys spending time with his family, particularly his young daughter.

Greg Bell

Greg recently moved to Cannon Beach from the Portland area. He worked for IBM Corp for 15 years and has an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science. Greg joined Coaster Construction in 2016 to design and sell Canyon Creek Cabinets. Greg loves working with Coaster clients to find the style that best represents them.

Ric Wiedmaier

Project Manager

Ric started his construction career in Oregon in 1973. In 1985, Ric, moved to Alaska and began working as a Contracting Officer for the Army Corps of Engineers. While with the Army Corps, Ric worked many places, including Afghanistan and Iraq. Ric returned to Oregon in 2016, and we welcomed him to our Coaster Team as one of our Project Managers.

Doug Hens

Carpenter

Coaster was excited to welcome Doug to the team in 2017.  As our business grew, we needed more talented carpenters and found Doug was just that.  Doug’s carpentry skills continue to grow as do the requests from our project managers for his help on their projects.  Doug is new to the Cannon Beach area and when not at Coaster, he is exploring the outdoors and surfing.

Treyvon Sowers

Property Maintenance

Trey started in 2017 with Coaster.  He helps to keep the job sites neat and clean.  In addition, Trey is often in the shop helping and learning.  Coaster is happy to have Trey as part of our team.  Outside of work, you will see Trey riding his skateboard and spending time with his family.

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