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 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.
• Purchased and renovated over 50 properties in Duluth.
• 2 time nominee for the Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success award.
• Co-founder of Lake Ave Restaurant & Bar winner of “Best Restaurant in MN Worth a Drive” award.
• Co-founded Lake Ave Live, an annual music festival showcasing local musicians with over 1,100 enthusiasts in attendance.
• Vice President of Duluth’s Planning Commission.
• 5 time Grandmas 1/2 Marathon finisher.
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. Nick is a strong addition to the team with strengths in finance, managerial accounting and operations. 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. When not at work Nick enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, mountain biking, and exploring Duluth’s abundant parks.
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.
Kim is a dependable, energetic, and self directed manager with over 12 years in the property management field, specializing in home owners associations. Along with her years of experience in property management, she is a licensed Realtor in the state of Minnesota. With her energetic personality and leadership skills Kim is a great asset to the Heirloom team. In her spare time Kim attends football games at UND where son plays tight end, she also enjoys hiking and being involved in the community.
Vinnie grew up in North Branch, MN and moved to Duluth to attend UMD. At a young age he would attend open houses and real estate walks with his grandparents and this was where he developed his interest for home restoration. He then went on to own a successful painting company. Now, as an avid out doors man, he enjoys hiking, snowboarding, kayaking and camping in his free time. You can often find Vinnie out at Spirit Mountain volunteering his time shaping and grooming jumps in The Parks.
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 worked his way through college at a local furniture company as a furniture delivery man and 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.
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. He was the accountant/business manager for an architect firm for 2+ years. Most recently he has spent 1.5 years as an accountant at an accounting firm. Here he has worked with 50+ business clients helping with a variety of tasks. These tasks have included payroll, bookkeeping, taxes and anything else that a client needed. 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.
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 for the things that he wants and helping family and friends by earning extra money too. He hasn’t been in the construction field for long but he feels that he’s learning a lot each day while helping to improve the properties that Heirloom manages in Duluth. Tim hopes to learn enough in his position that he can one day 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.