Building is in our DNA. After all these years, nothing gives us more of a thrill than to create something out of nothing. Our team combines decades of custom home-building experience with leading project management tools to build the highest quality homes on time and on budget. We pride ourselves on the ability to work collaboratively with our clients, architects and design consultants to turn vision into reality.​


The challenge of rebuilding our community requires a different approach. The recovery and reconstruction effort must be efficiently managed as a large scale project with a personalized touch. Utilizing Wright Residential’s core strengths, we will manage, coordinate, and deploy construction resources at scale to efficiently construct the highest quality homes for our clients.


Wright has been building in the North Bay for over 60 years. Our presence in the North Bay has allowed us to establish excellent relationships with the best local subcontractors and industry professionals. We are here to stay. We are committed to the long-term rebuild effort and delivering much needed housing for residents of the North Bay.


Wright Residential Construction LLC was born out of a need to help Sonoma County residents rebuild in the wake of the October 2017 wildfires. For over 60 years, Wright has been a pillar in the North Bay taking on some the largest and most notable commercial construction projects.

We are proud of our heritage. Here at Wright, while we honor our past, we have always had an eye towards the future. Now, entering our third generation as a family owned and operated business, we continue to adhere to the cornerstone principles that have guided our business for the last six decades: quality craftsmanship, integrity above all else, and dedication to our clients. Here is our history…



Paul Wright Joins the Rebuild Effort in Pearl Harbor, HI

Paul Wright Joins the Rebuild Effort in Pearl Harbor, HI
In the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Congress’s subsequent declaration of war, Paul V. Wright (19) marched down to sign up for the United States civilian construction group. 10 days later, he was in Hawaii fully immersed in the rebuild effort. He was part of a team lead under military command, working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Post-War Construction Boom

The Post-War Construction Boom
Paul joined his father in the post-war construction boom, first building summer homes in the Guernville area and then homes and commercial buildings in the Redwood empire.

Paul V. Wright Incorporated is Formed

Paul V. Wright Incorporated is Formed
After years of building with his father, Paul V. Wright Incorporated was formed and marked the beginning of the Wright legacy and tradition.

Paul V. Wright & Ben Oretsky Join Forces

Paul V. Wright & Ben Oretsky Join Forces
Paul teamed up with his business partner, Ben Oretsky to bid and build Santa Rosa’s new Montgomery High School. The dynamic partnership would last over 12 years before Mr. Oretsky retired in 1969.

Expanding Throughout the North Bay

Expanding Throughout the North Bay
With a new North Bay headquarters rooted in Rohnert Park, Wright and Oretsky began to focus their efforts on building projects throughout Sonoma County. This included Sonoma State’s Stevenson Hall, Piner High School, Santa Rosa High School to name a few.

Paul Wright Retires, Passes on Family Business to the 2nd Generation

Paul Wright Retires, Passes on Family Business to the 2nd Generation
After a storied building career, Paul Wright retired and passed on the construction business to two of his sons, Jay and Michael Wright. The transition also included a name change of the company to Wright Contracting, Inc

Wright Residential Construction LLC is formed

In the wake of the devastation caused by the Sonoma County wildfires, Wright Residential LLC is formed to assist in the rebuild effort.


Stephen Wright

Managing Principal
As a kid growing up in Sebastopol, Stephen spent the summer months working on project jobsites, an experience that shaped his strong work ethic and commitment to the construction business. When Stephen founded Wright Residential, he did so with the single objective of doing our part in the reconstruction effort in the North Bay after the devastation caused by the Sonoma wildfires. His enthusiasm for connecting with people is real. Stephen brings a wealth of experience to the table as a trained real estate attorney and operations guru, which enables his team to do what they do best: build the highest quality homes for our clients. Steve graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Lewis & Clark College and earned his JD from Harvard Law School.
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Nicholas Wright

Nicholas leads the firm with an emphasis in Finance and Client relations. While heading up the pre-construction and budgeting aspects of the company, he is also responsible for reporting company financial statements, executive metrics, cost control and risk management. Nicholas has spent the past 15 years working around the world in the Finance and Accounting fields. Prior to Wright Residential, he spent 7 years with the juggernaut of the video game industry, Blizzard Entertainment, as a Financial Controller in both their European and U.S. headquarters, where he was responsible for over $250 million in annual cost. He has also spent 5 years in a CPA firm in San Francisco. Nicholas graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in Business Management. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with his family. Nicholas is also fluent in French.

Matt Van Heusen

Director of Construction
With over 20 years of custom home building and commercial construction experience under his belt, as Jack Nicholson might say: you want Matt on your team. You need him on your team. He’s a builder through and through. He got his start in construction as a carpenter and quickly proved to be a great leader of people, known for his calm, positive, and knowledgeable approach to solving problems large and small. At Wright Residential, Matt is responsible for the management of all new residential construction builds including assembling a deploying field crews, managing subcontractors, and overseeing the front line superintendents. His work ethic and drive have been invaluable assets to the Wright Residential team. When he’s not building homes, Matt loves spending time with his wife and son.

Mike Heaviside

Director of Project Management
Tenacious, driven, and unrelenting. Mike has spent much of his professional career focusing on sustainable solutions to make a strong and more resilient community. After graduating Sonoma State University with a double degree and double minor, Mike was Project Manager and Director of Energy Performance for six years for a leading design build firm in Sonoma County. He is able apply this knowledge every day, at Wright working with custom and semi-custom residential structures. In his spare time, Mike shares this knowledge through educating the community by serving on the Board of the Daily Acts Organization, a non-profit that transforms our communities through inspired action and education to build leadership and local self-reliance.

Mark Pierson

Chief Estimator
Mark might be the most interesting man in Santa Rosa (our words, not his). He brings over 30 years of experience managing and building high-end residential homes throughout the Bay Area. After moving to Santa Rosa in 1984, Mark managed operations for a leading general contractor in San Francisco specializing in fire reconstruction and restoration services. Most recently, Mark worked as lead estimator and project manager at one of the Bay Area’s largest residential framing contractors. When he’s not building homes for clients, Mark enjoys cycling through the rolling hills of Sonoma County, fine wood working, rockin’ out on his guitar, and partaking in the occasional triathlon.

Brendan Brown

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Mike Soave

Director of Concrete

Casey Galbraith

Director of Framing
Casey has been involved in construction for 35 years. He graduated from the Carpenter’s union program at River City College in Sacramento in 1986, and has since built thousands of homes and commercial structures. Those who have worked with him will tell you that he is a wonderful teacher, happily passing on his knowledge to anyone he works with. Casey’s true passion however, is his family. Happily married for 31 years to his wife Leah, he has raised 7 kids (5 boys and 2 girls), and is a proud military parent. His favorite activities involve time outdoors: watching his kids play sports, fishing, and being out on the ocean. Casey is sure to be dedicated to your home rebuild with the attention and care he would give to his own extended family.

Justin Vargas

Framing Assistant

Rachel Ginis

Project Manager
Rachel was inspired to join the Wright team and help people rebuild their homes after almost losing her home in the Nunn fire. She is fulfilling a lifelong dream to build homes from the ground up. Rachel is a LEED accredited residential designer and general contractor with over 20 years of design/build experience. After working on her own homes, the first ten years of her professional experience were spent on residential remodeling projects in Marin County. During that time Rachel became a strong advocate for sustainability at the local, state, and federal level, and successfully lobbied to establish a flexible housing model for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in local permitting code and State law. Before coming on board at Wright Residential, Rachel founded a nonprofit that assisted clients in developing additional homes on residential properties. When she is not building homes, you will find her outdoors hiking and biking, or indulging in the arts.

Stephen Gilbreath

Project Manager

Dylan Eacret

Project Engineer
Coming from a long line of Aerospace Engineers and Architects, Dylan comes to us by the road less traveled, first studying Mechanical Engineering and drafting, working in various fields of the construction world, and finally working on improving the health and fitness of clients using his uniquely scientific approach to biomechanical systems, kinesiology and nutrition (what does this even mean…). Dylan brings to the team an ability to communicate with construction professionals and clients alike, and to bridge the gap to create the protocols, systems, and procedures of storing and distributing technical information. When he is not in the office creating or moving data, in the field meeting with superintendents or clients, he can be found exercising, skiing, on a racetrack driving, or in the shop building the family-team race car.

Jesse Pizzitola

Project Engineer

Stephanie Picard-Bowen

Project Engineer

Graeme Camp

Project Engineer
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Duncan Brown

Project Engineer
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Nicole Thysell

Project Administrator
After taking the last few years to be home full time with her four kids, Nicole is happy to feel back at home working with homes. Sonoma County born and raised, Nicole spent childhood summers sitting on the sidelines at local jobsites while her dad built homes. She spent 8 years using her excellent organizational and administrative skills in Mortgage and Real Estate while also pursuing her B.A. in Psychology at Sonoma State. After supporting her local firefighter husband through the fires, Nicole is proud to get to continue supporting the community in the aftermath by playing a role in getting people back home. When not working or spending time playing with her rambunctious family, she can be found curled up with a good book or performing on stage at community theaters around Sonoma County.

Cameron Bailey

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Dan Smith

In August of 1973, Dan was asked if he was interested in building a house. Fresh out of high school, he figured he would give it a shot. It wasn’t long after that Dan fell in love with building and coordinating work. Over the last 45 years of building custom homes, his tools have evolved from hammers to clipboards to laptops. He is excited to now take his vast knowledge and experience in construction and use it to rebuild homes lost in the fires, get people back in their homes and pass on his wonderful knowledge to the great people he is now working with.

Bruce Haupert

Bruce’s experience began in high school, maintaining his father’s rental homes. After high school and then attending college at DePauw University, he began work in the new home industry, both framing and trimming. With four years of drafting under his belt, a background in art, and serious interest in architecture, Bruce is equally well-versed in the design aspects of the construction business. He has participated in many outreach builds: rebuilding after Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan, building storage facilities for refugees in Sudan, Africa, and local involvement in Habitat for Humanity and Christmas in April. Bruce’s commitment to quality of workmanship, honesty, professionalism, and integrity—not to mention his winning smile—make him a person you want to have on your team.

Jake Sourjohn

Jake Sourjohn is a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan who just so happens to know how to frame. After retiring his baseball glove, Jake learned residential framing from talented craftsmen throughout Sonoma County. He spent 16 years with a local framing company first a framer and then foreman overseeing framing crews. In the last 5 years he has taken on the role of superintendent: building and remodeling homes throughout Sonoma & Marin counties. He enjoys building a strong rapport with each family he builds a home for. When not overseeing the construction of dream homes he enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, and bike riding at Annadel State Park.

Todd Roberts

Todd entered the construction force at the ripe age of 17. He started with, of all people, Scott Moreci doing piece work from the joist up to roof, siding, and pretty much all framing from top to bottom. Todd was promoted to foreman after 7 years in the trade, where he ran work for a local framing contractor for 11 years totaling. Just prior to joining Wright, Todd was working as an Assistant Superintendent building custom homes in Marin. After the fires, it was time for Todd to come back to the area and join the rebuilding effort of Sonoma County.

Aidan Pinch

Assistant Superintendent
Aidan’s introduction to construction came at a young age, learning the basics of many trades through his dad. He quickly learned he had a passion for wood-working. Working as a finish carpenter for a high-end home builder, Aidan was mentored by some of the best carpenters in the business. After 5 years as a carpenter he became interested in management where he could utilize his superior communication and problem-solving skills to work with sub-contractors and help coordinate successful projects. Aidan feels very thankful to have had the past opportunities he’s had and that they have led him to joining the Wright Residential team. Being a part of a company driven by their collective goal of service to the community through getting people back into their homes brings Aidan a whole new level of personal satisfaction to his career.

Kit Fox

Assistant Superintendent

Hector Ortiz

Assistant Superintendent
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Jesse Castro

Assistant Superintendent

John Walker

Assistant Superintendent
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Jamie Van Heusen

Operations Manager
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Herlinda Ramirez

Project Accountant
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Jessica Earl

Jessica Earl

Principal Designer
As a Sonoma County native, Jessica found herself drawn back to her roots after working in San Francisco as a Senior Designer at one of the country’s leading design firms. With a degree in Interior Design and Holistic Health, Jessica places high value in approaching every project from a holistic viewpoint. Every aspect of the client’s life needs to be addressed from their daily needs, their past experiences, and their deepest aspirations. Great design comes from creating a space that is functional, aesthetically beautiful and well thought through. It creates a space that not only allows but encourages a lifestyle that is specific to each client. Jessica aspires to enrich her clients’ lives by creating timeless, sophisticated and inspiring spaces. She takes high pride in her work and values all of the aspects that make each project unique and personal.

Julie Wright

Project Designer
Born and raised in France, Julie spent most of her career working for the luxury industry in product development and sales. Some of her responsibilities involved managing concept, design, sample production, testing, implementing marketing activities through research, strategic planning and implementation. Julie is known to be a great communicator, detail oriented and driven. Working alongside our principal designer, Jessica, Julie provides design services with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for establishing and fostering relationships with our clients. Julie has earned a B.S in International Business and a Master in Marketing and Quality Management. She is a Pilates, travel and gastronomy enthusiast (French, of course!!).

Katie Young

Office Coordinator
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