Meet the Team
P. Matt Lederer, CKBR
Matt founded Mahogany Builders in 2000 after his own remodeling project revealed a lack of professionalism in the luxury remodeling business. Matt used his background in software and project management to grow Mahogany Builders into the company it now is.
Wesley Crocket, MAIO
Wes has been with Mahogany Builders since 2011. He comes from a background in high end hotel management and holds a Master's in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Our resident tech guy, CFO, and HR director, Wes makes sure our employees and our bottom line remain happy and healthy.
Sr. Remodeling Consultant
After years with custom home builders and subdivision developers Patrick brought his talents to Mahogany Builders where he makes up the backbone of our company. His intellect and intuition have helped earn Mahogany Builders our reputation as one of Chicago's most professional remodelers.
Caitlin brings to Mahogany Builders a talent and a work ethic rarely found in the design industry. She graduated with honors form Chicago's prestigious Harrington College of Design and is a main reason why so many of Mahogany's clients will never work with anyone else. Caitlin's work is commonly featured on the covers of magazines such as CS Interiors. Her passion for design and dedication to her clients endears her to her clients for life.
When we say we're Chicago's Finest Remodeling Team, Rob is the heart and soul of that ream. Rob brings to Mahogany Builders over 20 years experience in residential building and remodeling projects ranging from small interior rehabs to additions and custom home building. Mahogany Builders' clients benefit from his panoply of experience and sage character.
Cody brings an eye and a presence to Mahogany Builders that his client's appreciate entirely. Cody is an award-winning Realtor with unprecedented attention to detail. You will find Cody working on various home renovations throughout Chicago ranging from bathrooms and kitchens all the way to new builds. He loves everything real estate has to offer and his work doesn't stop once your home is bought or sold.
Alina discovered her love for art, architecture and design at a young age. Though her background is in management she made a career transition and graduated with a degree in interior design from Harper College. Alina draws her inspiration from her travels, nature, and architecture all around. Alina especially enjoys projects that push traditional boundaries and allow for creativity. When not designing, you will likely find her spending quality time with her family, cooking, reading or jogging. Her work ethic, professionalism, and design talent make her right at home on Chicago's finest design + build team.
Mike comes to us with a deep background in cabinetry and design. His education includes an apprenticeship in cabinetmaking and a degree from DePaul. From that foundation, he has worked through every stage of the remodeling process and beyond. From historic homes along the North Shore to the Gold Coast, he enjoys listening to clients’ needs and then custom tailoring solutions that exceed expectations. He enjoys travel, woodworking, cooking, and discovering the next great unknown restaurant!
Jessica comes to Mahogany Builders from a background in medical billing. A student at Harper on full scholarship, Jessica helps our team maintain a high degree of organization and effectiveness. In her spare tine Jessica likes to spend time with her family, travel, and eat great food.
Director of Treats
Beautiful homes start with beautiful design. During our pre-construction design process we'll gather information from you that we'll use to begin drafting and designing your new space. At the end of the design process we will deliver you a fully designed space including floor plans and elevations with a construction budget that meets your needs.
Project management is our job
For many of our clients, time is their most precious resource. You want a beautiful kitchen or bathroom but you don't have the time or energy to take on a second job, fielding questions from carpenters all day, then managing the project yourself when you get home from work. Many remodelers can create beautiful work. Few remodelers can create beautiful work and deliver an experience carefully designed to minimize the impact a major remodel can have on our clients' busy lives.
Set an initial meeting with our team to discuss your project, our process, and how we can add value. A virtual consultation with one of our professional remodeling consultants is the first step in the process of transforming your home. Our team will assess your needs to determine if we're a good fit for your project and leave you with a plan for the next steps.
Keeping it Clean
Before the construction process begins, our team takes great measures to protect the spaces we won't be working on. This includes setting up floor-to-ceiling plastic dust barriers, multiple layers of floor protection, and negative air pressure generators with dust filters to ensure your home still feels like home even during a major remodeling project.
Mahogany Builders was founded in 2000 by Matt Lederer. When remodeling his own home, Matt found a lack of professionalism in Chicago's remodeling industry. Matt assembled a crew of skilled carpenters and remodeled kitchens and bathrooms for friends and family on the side until demand for his team's skill and professionalism made it clear he had an opportunity to turn his side business into his main business.
Matt and Wes met in 2010 when Matt was in the middle of moving Mahogany Builders out of a rented office in Wrigleyville into its own space on the Southport Corridor. Wes was finishing his graduate degree and Matt was overwhelmed with administrative tasks. Wes took on roles that freed up Matt to focus on growing the business. And grow, it did.
Our company expanded during the early-2010s with the addition of our remodeling consultant Patrick Motherway. At this time our team embraced the design + build model and expanded our services to offer high-end design as well as custom cabinetry.
As Matt and Wes added members to the Mahogany team, they instilled the values that still guide us to this day:
Deliver our clients the highest quality remodeling experience possible
Value our clients’ time as highly as they do
Design beautiful, unique spaces that are reflective of their owner
Respect our clients’ homes as if they were our own
Improve the lives of everyone we interact with: employees, clients, industry partners
Be a place our employees are proud to work and never want to leave
In 2016 Mahogany was named as one of Remodeling Magazine's Big 50, honoring the nation's 50 most innovative remodelers. Shortly after, we joined an organization that dramatically changed the trajectory of our company. Remodeler's Advantage is a select group of remodelers from across the country that meet twice yearly to discuss our industry, our challenges, and how to be a better remodeler and employer. The lessons we learn from our group members' successes and failures continue to shape our business for the better.
One can easily speak for our entire team in saying that what we've built together at Mahogany Builders is the pride of our lives. We perpetuate a team and a culture far greater than the sum of its parts that provides tremendous value to everyone we interact with. The sense of pride we have when we finish a beautiful job for a happy homeowner; the sense of joy when one of our team members gets married or starts a family, these things keep our fire lit and our focus sharp.
We look forward to many more years serving Chicago homeowners and ensuring our company remains a source of pride for all concerned.