Meet the Coaster Construction Team

John Nelson

General Contractor

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.

Holly Nelson-Russell

Office Manager

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.

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.

Alex Lerma



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.