Michael was first introduced to construction and entrepreneurship growing up alongside his father. Mike started a summer painting business while attending UMD, and quickly became involved in remodeling and real estate. With each new house there were numerous new projects which proved to be a excellent hands-on education in the trades. Since then Mike has blossomed into a local entrepreneur and real estate investor. Heirloom is the combination of Mike’s life in real estate which includes management, realty and construction. He enjoys sharing his experience to help new investors find property, solve financing and work through renovations. He’s a lifelong learner with other pursuits both entrepreneurial and personal including saw-milling, fine furniture making, running, cooking and traveling. Accomplishments:
Nick grew up in the twin cities and fell in love with Duluth and the North Shore while earning his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota Duluth. While attending UMD, he ran a summer painting business and was introduced to Michael Schraepfer. The two became fast friends, both shared an interest in entrepreneurship and rental properties. His entry into the rental property ownership was spurred through the help of Michael and has allowed him to continue to invest in properties over the years. In 2013 Nick was nominated for the Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Award alongside Michael and one other partner. After a brief relocation to Minneapolis, Nick, his wife and children “came home” as he likes to say, and joined the Heirloom team. Nick brings many years of business and project management experience to Heirloom. When not at work Nick enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, mountain biking, and exploring Duluth’s abundant parks. Accomplishments:
Dana and her family relocated to Duluth from San Francisco in 2015, they chose Duluth by looking at a map and seeing all the green space and lakes that surround this beautiful town. Dana’s has over 12 years experience working in Real Estate as an Administrative and Bookkeeping professional. Dana’s positive energy and organizational skills keep the office environment at Heirloom fun and productive. During her time off work you can find Dana spending time with her two young children and husband hiking in the forest or attending one of Duluth’s amazing community events. Accomplishments:
Ben grew up in rural Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa where he received his B.A. in Human Services. During his time at UNI he was a Summer Camp Counselor in Northern Minnesota where he fell in love with everything the North had to offer. Prior to joining the Heirloom team, Ben worked for over 5 years in construction rental. When not working, Ben can be found training for his next marathon, cross country skiing, or spending time with his wife and dogs.
Kaitlyn was raised in Andover, MN and moved to Duluth for college. She attended UMD and received her bachelors degree in Communications and Sociology. Kaitlyn found her passion in housing and real estate, growing up in a family run real estate firm. Kaitlyn is currently in school to get her real estate license. In her spare time, you can find Kaitlyn watching murder mystery shows, DIY projects, spending weekends at her cabin, fishing, and hiking.
Jake and his girlfriend originally moved to Duluth for schooling, but have stuck around due to of all the great outdoor activities that this city has to offer. Jake’s interest in property management and real estate originally stemmed from multiple family members working in the same field. He loves being part of the Heirloom team because of all the new people that it allows him to meet. He also states that it is very rewarding to help people find a house that they love. One accomplishment that Jake is very proud of is purchasing and remodeling his first home at the young age of 19. When he’s not busy running around to different properties, you can find Jake snowboarding and ice fishing in the winter. As for summer, he spends most of his free time out on Minnesota’s lakes water skiing and fishing.
Zach grew up in Iowa where he attended the University of Iowa. While going to school there he received a bachelors in finance. He fell in love with Duluth after visiting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for the first time his freshmen year of college. He moved to Duluth upon graduating college and swears he will never move back to Iowa. Since, graduating Zach has worked in a variety of accounting roles. Zach’s strengths include cost accounting, bookkeeping, ratio analysis and payroll. Outside of work Zach likes to spend as much time as he can outside. Some of his hobbies are mountain biking, running, grilling, hiking, taking care of his dog and of course going to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area as many times as he can a year. A fun fact about Zach that not many people know is that he actually did his senior of high school in Fairbanks, AK. Accomplishments:
Amber was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Her last couple years there, she lived on a 700 acre ranch and learned the ins and outs of smoking brisket. She moved to Duluth on a whim in September 2015 and is currently attending UMD. She recently joined the Heirloom team as the Administrative Assistant and has enjoyed her time with immensely. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, camping, and cuddling with her pups.
Katie has always lived in the Superior/Duluth area. She graduated from WITC-Superior in 2018, with an Associates in Business Management. Katie is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree at UW-Superior for Business Administration, with a minor in Psychology. She plans to stay in the area after graduation. She has always had an interest in owning her own rental properties, so working at a property management firm seemed like a good fit. Katie loves the work atmosphere at Heirloom. She’s excited to learn as much as she can about the industry. Outside of work Katie enjoys traveling. She spent the summer of 2018 in Japan helping children practice their English. She enjoys going on adventures in the area and finding new things. During the warm months Katie enjoys hiking and camping. Accomplishments:
Christian grew up in the suburbs of St. Cloud, MN and moved up to Duluth in 2013 to attend the University of Minnesota where he received his B.S in Biochemistry & Biochemical Engineering. During his time at UMD he got a job as a laborer for Heirloom the summer after his freshman year and has worked his way up to the role of Maintenance Coordinator since then. He enjoys the role and plans to continue to grow with this ever so fast-growing company. If he wasn’t swinging a hammer he was distilling whiskies and botanical gins or fermenting wines and hot sauces. When not working, Christian can be found at the beach, climbing rock faces, creating great tasting alcohols, or exploring Northern Minnesota with his beautiful husky, Margo.
Jacob is originally from Duluth, but has spent the last couple years working out in the Midwest and traveling. After getting his fill, he recently decided it was time to moved back to Duluth. Growing up, Jacob regularly helped his father and grandfather remodel houses which led to him naturally falling into the construction industry. Outside of work, he plays guitar in a couple bands, frequents Duluth’s local breweries, and enjoys taking his boat out on Lake Superior whenever possible. Jacob’s greatest accomplishment is raising his amazing son.
Tim has lived in the Twin Ports his whole life and he’s had a job ever since he’s been old enough to work. He takes pride in working hard and helping his family and friends. Tim hopes looks forward to the day that he can build his own home. The atmosphere of the crew and the dedication to each project is what he enjoys most about working at Heirloom. When Tim isn’t working he’s spending time with kids, hanging out with friends and playing basketball or football. Fun fact about Tim…he can solve a Rubik’s cube in less than 2 minutes.
Al moved an hour up north to the small town of Beaver Bay when he was just a wee one. He joined the Army National Guard right out of high school at the age of 17, which brought him to Duluth. He joined Heirloom in July of 2013, when we were just 40 properties strong, after he was referred by another employee. The thing he enjoys most about being part of the team is getting to work on various things, such as plumbing and electrical, as no two projects are the same. He’s most proud of his work in the military. He has served 17 years in the armed forces and will be retiring in 3 years! When he’s not working, Al enjoys spending his free time ATV mudding and fishing.
Jeremy moved to Duluth five years ago after visiting family friends and instantly fell in love with the area. What he loves most about Duluth is the community and area itself, as well as the hiking trails and views. He first got into carpentry eight years ago building houses and apartments. He’s worked every aspect of the construction field, but carpentry is his true passion which allows him to help people achieve their dream homes. What he enjoys most about working for Heirloom, is that everyone is super friendly and that there is a family sense working here. He is very happy to be back working with us and looking forward to the upcoming years. His greatest accomplishment outside of work is raising his daughter, Rowyn; she’s the biggest sweetheart and full of sass. His hobbies include riding dirt bikes, fishing, hiking, and photography. He also enjoys Duluth’s live music scene. Accomplishments: