Paul Steiner is the founder and principal owner of Otis Construction. After receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tulane University, he worked as a model builder and carpenter in NYC for several years in the interest of becoming a better architect. Unexpectedly, he found his niche working alongside architects, rather than as one.
“I founded Otis as a company I’d want to hire if I were a homeowner, and work for if I were a craftsman or project manager. Our employees, subcontractors and vendors are by far the best in the industry. We're a team of proactive problem solvers who consistently base decisions on what's best for our clients and their projects."
A tinkerer and problem solver by nature, Misha has been a carpenter his entire life. He was a seasoned project supervisor when he joined Otis Construction in 1997, and has since had a hand in most of the larger, more complex projects we've built. Precise, conscientious craftsmanship is evident in all of Misha’s work. Architects and clients frequently recommend him for his positive attitude, thoughtful demeanor, uncanny problem solving abilities, and his hands-on approach to every aspect of his work.
“Coming from the craftsman end of construction, work in the field is my first love. Of all the things I appreciate about working for Otis Construction, the pursuit of a high level of quality is probably the most important. There is a rewarding feeling when the designers and clients both love our execution of their vision. Our projects vary in size and design, but they all benefit from a common Otis core value of quality at all levels.”
When Sean joined Otis as a laborer in 2000 while studying engineering and architecture, his potential as a supervisor was immediately apparent. After several years as an apprentice and carpenter under our senior project supervisors, he had learned enough about construction, logistics, and management to oversee projects, himself. Since 2005, Sean has managed a vast array of remodels and has effectively served some of our most demanding homeowners with his calm demeanor and methodical efficiency.
“I knew Otis was right for me the day I started working here, because the crew's careful attention to detail was consistent with values taught to me by my father. Since that day, I have enjoyed working closely with our clients to understand their specific needs and assist in the development and implementation of creative solutions to make their projects successful. I find it immensely rewarding to know that I have an important part in the process of building beautiful homes that are one-of-a-kind and perfectly suited to their owners."
Larisa is a former aeronautical engineer who brings clear-minded efficiency and precision to all the work she does at Otis. Formerly our Office Manager, she recently moved into the role of Project Coordinator, where she now oversees all project finances, timelines, and material order fulfillment.
“My job as Project Coordinator is to convert fixture specifications into fulfilled orders and to manage and analyze project financials. What I enjoy most is making order out of raw information, which helps the supervisors do their best work and gives our clients peace of mind throughout their projects.”
Fred started working as a carpenter in Portland in 1978, and has been in high-end residential construction ever since. In 2002, when his previous employer retired, Fred polled his sub-contractors and suppliers for contractor recommendations, and Otis became the new home for his construction, management, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Fred is known and respected by clients, subcontractors, and building inspectors for the depth of his knowledge and for his patience and competence at facilitating the best possible construction experience for everyone involved in his projects.
“Dedication to excellence, commitment to highest quality work, loyalty to clients, fairness in business - these are a few of the reasons I’ve been with Otis Construction for 13 years."