CEO/President

Don Dabbert, Jr.

Don started Dabbert Custom Homes in 2010 and has nearly 30 years of experience building homes in Fargo.

Senior Site Superintendent

Chad Fitzpatrick

Chad oversees all jobs and warranty visits.

Controller

Zach Kappes

Zach monitors all financials for Dabbert Custom Homes and oversees all accounting and payroll functions.

Zach monitors all financials for Dabbert Custom Homes and oversees all accounting and payroll functions.

How long have you been with Dabbert Custom Homes?
2+ years

What do you love most about your job?
The employees. We have a great group, dedicated to make the customers dream come true and motivated to achieve personal and business goals. We like to have to have fun in the process.

Favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
Go to the lakes, play golf and spend time with my family.

Name three words that describe you?
Honest, realistic and dependable.

Favorite movie?
The Dark Knight

What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
I like to play with kinetic sand with my kids.

Do you have a nickname? How did you get it?
Kappy, from childhood hockey.

Favorite flavor DQ Blizzard?
The brownie one with cookie dough.

What, or who, are you a “closet” fan of?
Listening to podcasts in the car instead of music.

Favorite kind of chips? Wavy Lays or milk chocolate chips.

Favorite cereal? Fruit Loops

What are 3 things still left on your bucket list? Take my family to Disney World, get my pilots license and go to The Masters.

Are you a good singer or do you only sing in the car? I only sing in private

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose? I’d love to be able to fly.

Does pineapple belong on pizza?
No

Where’s the coolest place you’ve traveled?
With 3 kids and 2 dogs, there isn’t much time for traveling.

Favorite animal?
My two vizslas.

If you had to change your name, what would your new name be, and why would you choose that name?
What’s the fun in that?!

If you had to describe Dabbert Custom Homes as an animal, what animal would it be?
A golden retriever.

Project Manager for Home Builds

Cole Kringstad

Lead Designer

Sarah Sanden

Look no further – Sarah is your go-to gal for all things design, 5 years running! As lead designer, Sarah is a total powerhouse when it comes to improving plans, completing renderings of exterior selections, and more

Sarah ‘Boss Lady’ Sanden

Look no further – Sarah is your go-to gal for all things design, 5 years running! As lead designer, Sarah is a total powerhouse when it comes to improving plans, completing renderings of exterior selections, and more. On a regular day, you’ll find her completing redlines for presold homes and model homes’ construction drawings and working with her awesome team to meet every customer’s expectations. She’s a resourceful, hard-working, and adventurous lady who loves her coworkers and shines in everything she does!

Get to know some more about Sarah below!

1. If you had to describe Dabbert Custom Homes as an animal, what animal would it be?
A Golden Retriever, because we have one of them in our office and he’s like our mascot!

2. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
I LOVE to read!

3. Favorite cereal?
Cocoa Pebbles.

4. What’s your strangest hidden talent?
Bringing in all the groceries in one trip haha.

5. Do you have any strange phobias?
No – I’m not scared of anything.

6. Favorite flavor DQ Blizzard?
Double fudge cookie dough w/ extra cocoa fudge & extra cookie dough.

7. Who’s your celebrity crush?
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

8. What is the oldest thing in your refrigerator?
Probably the kale I keep telling myself I’m going to eat someday.

9. Where’s the coolest place you’ve traveled?
Europe – England France & Italy!

10. Does pineapple belong on pizza?
Absolutely not!!!

Accounts Payable

Sabrina Valentin

Project Manager

Sam Caven

Sam is our project manager and main man here at Dabbert Custom Homes. He’s been with us for five years, making him the “godfather” and holder of all the knowledge in the office.

Sam "The Navigator" Caven

Sam is our project manager and main man here at Dabbert Custom Homes. He’s been with us for five years, making him the “godfather” and holder of all the knowledge in the office. From scheduling, ordering materials, estimating & budgeting, communicating with vendors, subcontractors, homeowners and site superintendents …. He’s basically two nails and hammer away from building the homes himself. Outside Dabbert, Sam basically lives in the wilderness! He has a love for all things outdoors – bow hunting, fishing, trapping and of course that lake-life with his better half Kara. Get to know some more about him below~

What are 3 words that describe you?
Adventurous, Reliable, Diligent
What storybook or cartoon character do you most relate to and why?
Bugs Bunny – the Buzzfeed quiz I took said so
Favorite movie?
Step Brothers
What’s your strangest hidden talent?
I can sit in a deer stand still for 12 hours straight – but can’t sit still in the office for more than 5 minutes
What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled?
Argentina – Dove Hunting OR Kodiak Island, Alaska
Do you have any strange phobias?
Having to eat salad without croutons
Does pineapple belong on pizza?
It is a key ingredient!
If a movie were being made about Dabbert Custom Homes, what famous character would best represent your CEO?
That’s too easy, Fix-it Felix
How long have you been with Dabbert Custom Homes?
5 years
What do you love most about your job?
Working with our team to construct a client’s dream and watching their vision come together from start to finish
If you can get Sam to sit still long enough, stop by the office and say hi!

Client Services Coordinator

Megan Grote

Megan is our social butterfly and smile queen of the office… Even on Monday’s she’s smiling. She has been our client services coordinator for 3.5 years. Megan’s responsibilities include responding to client questions, giving them updates on their homes, scheduling walkthroughs, and working with the team in many other aspects!

Megan ‘Social Butterfly’ Grote

Megan is our social butterfly and smile queen of the office… Even on Monday’s she’s smiling. She has been our client services coordinator for 3.5 years. Megan’s responsibilities include responding to client questions, giving them updates on their homes, scheduling walkthroughs, and working with the team in many other aspects! Her communication skills are off the chain (we’re making that cool again!) and she makes things easy-breezy beautiful for our clients. She’s a team player who loves working with people, and her contagious moxie and charisma, Megan is an unstoppable force!!

Get to know some more about Megan below!

1. Name 3 words that describe you:
Positive, hardworking, and passionate

2. Favorite things to do when you’re not working?
Running in the mornings and hanging with my adorable 5-year-old at night!

3. What do you love most about your job?
Seeing our clients close on their new home and how happy everyone is moving into their new home

4. What storybook/cartoon character do you relate to and why?
Princess Poppy from Trolls, because I love hugs and music and love seeing the possible positive outcomes

5. Favorite movie?
When Harry Met Sally — hands down the best movie ever.

6. Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall?
Over… like a sane person.

7. What, or who, are you a “closet” fan of?
Taylor Swift

8. Pepsi or Coke?
Tea is my afternoon jam

9. Where is the coolest place that you’ve traveled?
When I’ve been overseas for deployments— probably Kyrgyzstan when I was getting ready for Afghanistan. It was the prettiest place that I had never even heard of!

10. Can you cook?
Yes— I’m basically Betty Crocker

Stop by the office to say hi to Megan – and be prepared to be met with a giant smile (and probably a hug)!

Interior Designer

Janelle Kotta

Janelle meets with clients for all selection meetings, chooses designs for model homes and stages model homes.

Project Manager for Home Builds

Dylan Kutter

Property Manager and Warranty Coordinator

Tammi Stafford

Tammi coordinates warranties and is in charge of all rental properties.

Tammi has worked at Dabbert Custom Homes for over three years as property manager and warranty coordinator. A typical day for Tammi consists of property showings, check-ins, check-outs, warranty and service work, OSHA, safety--the list goes on!

Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: Meeting new people

Q: Favorite thing to do when you’re not working?
A: Travel

Q: What are three words that describe you?
A: Strong, Independent, Perfectionist

Q: What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
A: Play video games with my husband & read

Q: What’s your strangest hidden talent?
A: I can move my ears without touching them

Q: Do you have a nickname?
A: How did you get it? T

Q: Favorite flavor DQ Blizzard?
A: Mint Chocolate Chip

Q: Favorite cereal?
A: Frosted Flakes

Q: What are 3 things still left on your bucket list?
A: Visit Ireland, White water rafting, hike the stairway to Heaven in Hawaii.

Q: Are you a good singer or do you only sing in the car?
A: I’m ok!

Q: If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
A: Teleportation

Q: Does pineapple belong on pizza?
A: Yes

Q: Where’s the coolest place you’ve traveled?
A: Prague

Q: Favorite animal?
A: Sloth

Q: If you had to change your name, what would your new name be, and why would you choose that name?
A: I love my name! My dad picked it so my initials would be TLC.

Q: If you had to describe Dabbert Custom Homes as an animal, what animal would it be?
A: Beaver because they are hardworking and everything they build is efficient and great quality.

Marketing Coordinator

Meghan Walker

Meghan is our marketer, graphic designer, writer, editor and event coordinator. She just started in January 2021 and works from home because she's allergic to the team mascots: Don's golden retrievers.

Meghan "M3" Walker

Meghan is our marketer, designer, writer, editor and event coordinator. She's in charge of our social media platforms, our websites, advertising, and all things related to marketing and design. Since she wasn't the first "Megan" on the block, "Meghan with an H" also goes by M3.

When she's not working, Meghan is usually found cooking, reading, perfecting loon calls, spending time outside, camping, researching, playing the piano, learning how to skateboard at the age of 30, visiting her family, or spending time with her ex-boyfriend (her beloved husband, Tim).

Get to know some more about her below:

What are 3 words that describe you?
Empathetic, creative, authentic
What storybook or cartoon character do you most relate to and why?
Maybe the Velveteen Rabbit? lol
What’s your strangest hidden talent?
I won first place in a loon-calling competition during Looney Daze in Vergas, Minn. I also know how to play the accordion a little.
Do you have any strange phobias?
Hurting inanimate objects' feelings, AKA stuffed animals.
Does pineapple belong on pizza?
THROW. THAT. BEEP. OFF.
How long have you been with Dabbert Custom Homes?
Since January 2021.
What do you love most about your job?
The wide variety of skills I've had to learn, hone and use for this job.