Meet Our Staff

The staff at Schmidt Homes are committed to building you the home you deserve. You can depend on our knowledgeable and experienced staff to help you achieve your desired lifestyle.

Steven Schmidt, President and Owner of Schmidt Homes, Inc.

“We chose Schmidt Homes to build our new home because they were highly reputable and respected. We couldn’t be more pleased with the choice we made. He took plans that we brought to him and built the house exactly as we wanted. Steve had very good, practical suggestions along the way but each little detail was our final decision to make. The project was completed on time and on the budget Steve laid out. The home turned out beautiful and we’d recommend Schmidt Homes to all of our friends and family.”  -S.Fox

Steve founded the company in 1981. He serves as the project manager for all new residential and commercial construction. Born in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, Steve graduated from Northfield High School and attended South Central College. He and his wife Lori have three children: Mary, Tom, and Tim, grandsons Felix, Julian, Danny and granddaughter Louisa.

Steve enjoys bicycling, running, skiing, fishing, and golfing. He attends Twins games with his family and is a frequent visitor to the Boundary Waters. Steve has been extensively involved with local and national charities, including the United Way, and he currently serves on the board of South Central College.



Jeff Schmidt, Vice President, Owner and Project Manager

Jeff is a skilled carpenter and nephew of Steve Schmidt. He lives in Northfield with his wife Lindsay and two children, Caleb and Nora.  Jeff is a graduate of Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, MN and has worked with Schmidt Construction for over 10 years.  Solving a variety of problems, working on a multitude of projects and spending time with the crew is why Jeff likes what he does.  Not only an avid golfer and 1st baseman, Jeff also enjoys the finer things in life like bow hunting and fishing.


Emily Schwamb, Allied ASID: Interior & Architectural Design, Marketing

“…Emily was fun to work with and very knowledgeable and easy to get along with. She helped me to navigate the often confusing selection process and really listened to what I wanted as she drew up the design. She always responded quickly to my questions and concerns… Both Steve and Emily have excellent communication skills and deliver on their promises…I give them my highest rating and recommendation.”

– J. Fox

Emily has been practicing Interior Design since graduating in 2006 from the FIDAR accredited Art Institute of Colorado with a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design.  She specializes in Residential Design, space planning, kitchen and bath design, and material selections.

Emily joined Steven Schmidt Construction in November of 2010. Returning to Minnesota after nearly a decade in Denver Colorado, she and her two kids (Jonas and Hadley) now call Northfield their permanent home.

To see examples of Emily’s work with Schmidt Homes visit our facebook and Houzz pages.



Sara Miller, Accounts Manager

Sara Miller is our wonderful bookkeeper extraordinaire.  But her title does not come close to describing all the different aspects of her work.  She handles the phones, supplies, cleans, runs errands, manages the entire office beautifully, and much, much more.  She has a quick wit and a is real go-getter.

She recently purchased a 100 year old home in Faribault and through it is learning more about painting and construction than she ever wanted to know!



Mary Schmidt, Assistant Project Manager

After taking an eleven-year sabbatical from Schmidt Homes, Mary is back and better than ever. She is currently assisting our project managers & designer, overhauling our operations, and sorting though our processes to increase efficiency and maximize output. She brings a fresh perspective to the office and is passionate about fostering inclusivity at Schmidt Homes.
Mary is a native of Northfield and graduate of St. Olaf, but currently lives in St. Paul with her two young children. Daughter to Steve Schmidt and cousin of Jeff Schmidt, Mary worked for Schmidt Home during her summers growing up, and full time until 2010. When not working or spending time with her kids, she enjoys reading non-fiction, drawing, painting, and listening to podcasts.



Linda Schwamb, Marketing and Administration

Linda came out of retirement as an executive administrative assistant to save our sanity. With a certification in all things Microsoft and a passion for organization, she is helping us get our business in tip top shape. From marketing & advertising to restructuring our filing system, Linda picks up and takes care of it all.
When she is not in the office Linda is snowshoeing, knitting beautiful sweaters, weaving rugs, processing wool, helping her husband manage their five-acre hobby farm, and carving out quality time with her eight grandchildren.


Mike Wick, Lead Carpenter

Mike grew up in Faribault where he currently lives with his wife and seven children. He appreciates the camaraderie between carpenters at Schmidt Homes. Mike spends his free time hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

Chad LaCanne, Lead Carpenter

Chad lives in Hastings, MN with his wife and two kids.

Chris Kimber, Carpenter

Chris likes to hunt and fish. He graduated from Northfield High School and now lives in Lonsdale, MN.  He is married and is the proud father of a little girl and brand new baby boy.

Josh Bentzen, Carpenter

Josh is married and lives in Faribault, MN. Profile in process.

Chet Masso, Carpenter

Chet is a single father of 2, a son and a daughter. He enjoys snowmobiling, riding his motorcycle, fishing and working on cars. Chet is able to fix anything mechanical and keeps our equipment in great shape.

James Tupa, Carpenter

James is a resident of Faribault, MN along with his wife and their 4 kids. He likes to spend time with his family and enjoys fishing. Carpentry has been his long time favorite activity since he was 13 years old.