Meet The TJB Team
TJB HOMES PRO TEAM
Pictured above are the main people at TJB Homes, Inc.
The above includes all of our office staff, site workers, salespeople, our remodeling staff and our finance team members.
Not pictured are all of our Building Partners that are also a big part of your new home.
Thomas J. Budzynski is the owner of TJB Homes, Inc.
Tom first became interested in Real Estate in the 9th grade. As part of a Civics class, he had to interview someone on a job profile.
He interviewed his Uncle Rusty, who was a Real Estate Salesman. His interview gave him an "A" in the class and the teacher recorded it for future classes to use as an example.
At that point, he developed a large interest in real estate.
Tom bought his first piece of real estate at the ripe old age of 18 by investing in an undeveloped lot on Clear Lake in Northern Minnesota.
He held it while spending a two year tenure in the Navy. When he came back, he sold the land and doubled his money.
Shortly after getting out of the Navy, Tom started studying for the Real Estate exam and became licensed as a part time agent in July of 1974.
On February 15, 1975, he decided to sell real estate full time. Besides selling houses, Tom would buy single-family homes to four-plexes, go in and remodel them himself, and then turn around and resell them.
He also bought several small properties and developed the lots or sold them to developers. After a while, Tom expanded into buying up to 20 and 30 unit apartment buildings and doing complete renovations and selling them to investors.
Becoming tired of working with old properties, in 1979, Tom turned his attention to new homes.
In the first couple of years, Tom built only three to five homes per year.
In 1985, he expanded and began building 18 to 25 homes per year in the $250,000 to $800,000 price range.
In 1987, Tom built a home in Bloomington for $795,000. This home was the most expensive home in the 1987 Parade of Homes.
The home was featured on "Good Company" with Sharon Anderson.
As Tom started building in the early 80íS he looked North to Canada and studied the Canadian Method of Building Cold Climate Housing.
Tom developed the "SUPER ENERGY DESIGN HOME" a Building design method that has endured time and proven to lower heat
and air conditioning costs in New Homes built by TJB Homes, Inc. This building method created a very Air Tight home and along with proper Ventilation helped alleviate all the horrors stories that other builders had with Stucco problems.
In 2007 Tom got a call for Conrad Rikkens the Producer of the hit television show "Extreme Makeover Home Eddition". Tom was asked three questions:
- 1. Can you build a New Home for a family in need?
- 2. Can you build a home in 106 hours?
- 3. Can you build the home for free?
This was the beginning of a scary time in building with the down turn in the economy.
After 2 hours of contemplation TJB Homes went full bore ahead.
Three and one half weeks after the call the house was started for the Swenson/Lee family.
This home was the biggest home built in the USA for the show. TJB Homes completed the house in 96 hours.
In 2009 Conrad called again and Tom did not even have to think and said immediately that "Were In".
This home was for Morris Family. This was the number one rated show that featured the "Muppets" as our helpers in building the home.
As his children grew up, Tom coached all of his children in soccer.
One thing he prides himself in is that over all of the years of recreation and sports, he never missed more than one or two games per year.
Tom and his wife Jan have been married for over 40 years. Both of their sons, Jason & Justin, are involved in the business.
Tiffany handles all of the Rental Management. Jan his wife decorates all of the models. Jereomy, Tom's nephew handles the Sales Management.
As tom says we create long Term relationships with all of our people.
Tomís Assistant, Arlyn has been with him for 26 years.
Tom prides himself with having well over 800 years of continued working relationships with his Building Team.
Jan is not only Tom's wife but is also part owner of the company.
In the early years, Jan worked in the office and handled all of the accounting.
As the company got bigger, those responsibilities were taken over by full time employees.
Jan now helps in the decorating of the model homes.
Arlyn Kittelson is the Operations Manager at TJB Homes.
She has been with the company since January of 1986.
Her duties include, but are not limited to, bookkeeper, scheduler and meeting with clients to help with selections and building questions.
It is the variety of duties and continuing changes and advances in the field of building that has kept her interest over the years.
There are always new challenges facing each day.
Arlyn has built two new homes with TJB Homes over the years.
It is that experience that helps her to understand what our clients are going through and how best to help them deal with the experience of home building.
Arlyn is married to Joel and has three children, Katie, Amanda & Sara, all of whom grew up a part of TJB Homes.
They attended numerous picnics, parties, etc. and feel like a part of the TJB Family.
TJB is like an extension of her own family, because it has been an integral part of all of them for many years.
Superintendent/New Construction Sales and Site Manager
Justin, Tom's son and "right-hand man" enjoys following in his fathers footsteps in the construction industry. His main
focuses are New Construction Sales and Site Manager which involves overseeing the many developments TJB builds in. Landscaping
is also an interest of Justins and he has managed his own landscape company in the past. Originally, he learned
the art of landscaping from helping his father landscape their many Model Homes.
I am Jon Ramey. I have been with TJB Homes Inc. since 2007. I was born and raised in Forest Lake.
I was raised by a loving mother (Patti Ramey) who did what she could to raise 3 children by herself.
I have an older sister (Destiny) and I also have an older brother (Glenn).
I am thankful for the way I was raised and with the morals I was raised with.
I am married to Tiffany, Tom''s daughter. We have 2 sons & one beautiful daughter.
I draft all of TJB Homes & Remodeling plans using CAD & Chief Architect.
I am currently in school expanding my education into structural design components for new construction & remodeling.
Sherri Young has been with the company since September of 1996.
She is the receptionist and also performs a number of other duties such as, getting plans and specs ready for customers and subcontractors, compiling bids on homes and collecting the bills when the house is completed.
She will probably be the first person you will contact when you call our office.
There are many questions that she can answer for you and if she can't, she will direct you on to the person who can.
Sherri has a daughter Kayla who keeps her very busy during her time away from the office.
Kayla loves to come to company picnics, parties, etc. and feels like she's a part of TJB Homes.
Remodeling Vice President
Jason has been working on the sites with his Dad since he was 5 years old.
When Dad checked sites, Jason use to ride with and he would help sweep and clean the house.
Prior to the Parade of Homes Tour starting, you could always find Jason with his Dad doing all the New Home Landscaping.
When Jason was 12, he worked with his Uncle Rick trimming new homes.
At 13 years old Jason helped in the model homes and actually had his first sale.
After high school, Jason had his own business trimming new homes and building decks.
Jason's natural mechanical aptitude has helped him learn and understand more about home construction than most people do in a lifetime.
When Jason was 19 he actually started his own business to spread his wings and go off on his own, however a snowmobile accident sent him back to work for dad and TJB Homes,
Jason is married to his wife Tiffany for 4 years now, he has one beautiful daughter "Brooke" (3 yrs old) and
2 stepdaughters "raisen" (15 yrs old) & "Tyler" (11 yrs old).
Jason now oversees everything Remodeling, from meeting him @ the home show's to the first & last meeting with a TJB Remodeling representative,
Jason works with all the clients from design, use of space, preliminary sketches to full CAD drawings; he then estimates,
prepares spec books, sells and project manages every project,
We even give you a complete project schedule from beginning to end.
Jason will remain your contact throughout the entire project. He is ALWAYS on call!!!!
Jason's job description doesn't end there; he also oversees TJB Development Companies,
where you will see him running our new developments & working with the cities, counties & government agencies to create new communities.
You will also see him at TJB Homes, model homes on the weekends, Jason also is the leasing manager for Jenna Properties,
a TJB Homes division that oversees 25 tenant spaces for lease.
Lastly, in 2012 Jason got Ordained, he married his good friend & employee Tony to his new wife Karla,
and married his sister Tiffany to husband Jon who both work for TJB Homes, Inc.
My name is Tony Junker. I'm a very easy going guy, who likes to see things done right. It's important to me that every job I manage is done: and done right.
I have been with TJB Homes since 2006. I primarily work on the remodeling side. In that capacity, I am in charge of miscellaneous tasks such as making sure our job sites are clean & on schedule, to also; demo, framing, insulation, finish carpentry, some sheetrock, painting & about everything.
Basically I'm Jason's right hand man. I also supervise our subcontractors by working with our team to be sure we stay focused and on schedule.
I make sure we honor every project. I will work as hard as I can to be sure we finish your project with the highest quality in any way necessary.
I come from a close knit family who cares about each other, and loyalty is everything to my family. I recently got married to my new wife Karla.
From left to right, Jon Ramey, Justin Budzynski, Tom Budzynski, Jason Budzynski, Jereomy Fiskewold
Other Team Members
~ In Memoriam ~
October 4, 1952 - September 17, 2007
By: Frank Kubitschek
Once in a while the stars align in just the right way and you cross paths with someone who is a kindred spirit. The stars aligned just right for me almost twenty-five years ago. I first met Tim when he came to work at the real estate development firm where I worked; I recall the year to be 1982. I was the Project Manager and Tim was hired as the Sales Manager for a condominium and town-house project we were building in St Paul.
It wasn't long before we found out that we shared the same passion for fishing, in particular trout fishing. It was in this common pursuit that our friendship was forged. Almost immediately we began sharing fishing adventures, at first to the North and South Shores of Lake Superior, fishing for the migrating rainbow trout that run the rivers in these locales, but soon expanding our horizons to Michigan, Alaska, the Minnesota and Ontario Boundary Waters and more recently to Canada.
Some things were almost a certainty about these adventures, they involved some means of water transport; usually a canoe or raft, and some type of piscatorial pursuit, (trout, salmon, small mouth bass or walleye) and they almost always required camping.
You quickly learn a lot about a person when you share the inside of a car on a long road trip, or the same tent, raft, boat or canoe on a wilderness trek. What we learned about and shared with each other formed a strong friendship bond that endured through the years.
I learned that Tim snored as loud as I did and that both of us were sound sleepers, so we usually ended up tenting together. We both enjoyed camp cooking and sitting around a camp fire at night, listening to the music of the river as we sipped on three fingers of scotch. We enjoyed the strong fight of a steelhead trout and the smell of a walleye fillet frying in the pan. We shared the rising of autumn moons over the high hills of Alaska's Kilbuck Mountains as we gathered blueberries and salmon berries from a tundra covered hillside so that camp could have berry pancakes in the morning, all the while keeping an eye out for bears. I remember mornings that we had to start a fire to melt the water that froze over night before we could brew the first pot of coffee, but the smell of fresh coffee brewing and the aroma of fresh cinnamon rolls baking in the camp oven made us soon forget. We learned to love the sweat lodge that we would erect a couple of times per trip, the water would turn to steam as you poured it, hissing across the heated rocks and you could feel the hot steam rise over your body and chase the days chill away. We learned to despise muddy portages and enjoy the down-hill ones in the Boundary Waters. We enjoyed the rhythm of the paddle and the gentle slap of waves against the bow and we learned to appreciate a good tail wind. We listened to the call of the loons as they cavorted across the lake and we were startled by the sudden slap of the beaver's tail. We loved the smell of wood smoke and pine as we would nod off to sleep in our bags, exhausted at the end of a long day. We enjoyed the entire experience and we enjoyed each others company.
All of you know that Tim was a communicator, he loved to talk to anyone about anything, yet I can remember spending entire days floating on a wilderness Alaska river when few words would be exchanged between us, we were in our zone, absorbing the experience, the scenery, the wildlife and of course the fishing. Verbal communication was not necessary, it was simply understood.
Tim was the consummate companion during these many adventures.
On these trips we also had opportunities for long conversations about things that really mattered in our lives and I began to understand what a truly good man he was. I learned that he was a staunch family man, that nothing was more important than Vicki and his girls, Abbey, Erin and Mara. He cherished his relationships with his sisters, brothers, many nephews and nieces. I learned that he made friends for life and he shared those friends with others. I learned that he was a man with a strong faith, but that he never imposed it on anyone, I learned that his faith manifested itself in his actions. He was always reaching out to help someone who had a need, no matter how large or how small. He would offer his assistance and his friendship.
I also learned that there was a vain side to him. He loved to dress natty and to look hip and with-it. He dyed his hair.
Some people are clothes horses, Tim was a shoe horse. He would tell me how mad Vicki got when she counted his shoes. Sometimes he would own two or three pairs of the same shoe if he got a good deal on them. I learned he loved his Ugh slippers and hated to wear socks in the summer.
I also learned he loved a bargain and would grocery shop for the family on Saturdays and would go to three or four stores with his coupons. But then the next day he would spend $400.00 on two Eider-Down pillows. He did love his bedding; cotton percale sheets, feather beds and of course his down filled pillows. He was an E-Bay addict as well, spending hours on the internet, often into the wee hours of the morning, searching for bargains.
He also enjoyed playing the stock market. I know that he and his sister Nancy would share daily phone calls where they would try and strategize their next big score.
You see, there wasn't much that I didn't learn about Tim
In 1995 Tim asked be to join him in the mortgage business. I did, and it has turned out to be one of the most satisfying periods of my life. I not only enjoyed the work but I enjoyed working for Tim. I saw first hand the talent that he had to earn the friendship and respect of his customers and colleagues. He was everything from cheerleader to father-confessor and he always had a way to energize and motivate his staff. He considered every one of them a friend. You can look around our office and almost all of us have a long professional history with Tim, some going back over twenty years. You cannot demand the loyalty and respect of an employee, it has to be earned, and Tim earned his respect every day.
Tim was a good man! He was a good husband, a good father, a good brother, a good uncle, a good boss, a good fisherman, a good oudoorsmen and a good friend.
Goodbye for now my friend, but we will meet again soon, in the half light of the campfire as the firewood crackles and the tendrils of smoke swirl and rise toward the stars. Then we will share three fingers of scotch and reminisce about the good times.
John was a long, valued employee of TJB Homes, Inc. from 1986 - 1999.
John's friendship and concern to help others, was felt by many in his day-to-day life.
John had a close relationship with all of the subcontractors he worked with.
During his employment, John was instrumental in the completion of over 350 homes.
John's attention to detail made him a favorite of all of our customers.
As John did throughout his life with everyone he met, please share a random act of kindness with someone as a memorial to him.
John will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 9/16/63 - 5/19/99