Meet Our Team
Joseph Irons, CGR GMB CAPS CGP, is the President and General Manager of Irons Brothers Construction, based in Shoreline, Washington. His hands-on experience and commitment to the homebuilding industry began at a young age and has helped him structure his business into an award-winning design/build remodeling company. He is committed to continuing education and has achieved the highest designation of remodeling, Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR) from the National Association of Home Builders University of Housing.
Joseph has also achieved the designations of Graduate Master Builder (GMB), Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), and Certified Green Professional (CGP).
He is a 3-time state and local Remodeler of the Year. He is also the recipient of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2010 Certified Graduate Remodeler and 2012 Graduate Master Builder designee of the year award.
Recently Joseph received the April 2013 NAHB Remodeler of the Month and was featured on the cover of the Professional Remodeler magazine as one of the recipients of its coveted “40 Under 40”. The cover story was titled, “The Future is Bright for Young Remodelers.”
Joseph serves on the board of directors at the Master Builders Association of King/Snohomish County (MBA), and is Past Chair of the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) Remodeler’s Council from 2011. He is the past chair of the MBA Remodelers Council for 2011 and 2012. Joseph is also a past chair of MBA Care Foundation’s Rampathon Committee. At the national level Joseph sits on NAHB’s Legislative & Regulatory Affairs committee and is immediate past chair of the NAHB Remodelers Membership & Communication committee and is the 2013 CAPS Board of Governors’ Chair.
Joseph plays an active role in the communities where he lives and works and enjoys volunteering his personal and company’s time to many local charities and organizations.
Christopher Hjorten is the Production Manager for Irons Brothers Construction.
He is a true Seattle native and Chinook tribal member. Growing up he enjoyed working on the house with his Dad and being involved in each project. Chris has been professionally building and remodeling high-end residential homes for the past 12 years.
Working his way up from a carpenter apprentice, Chris does not believe any part of the project is beneath him. His “can-do” attitude and camaraderie with staff create a productive, safe, and efficient worksite. Chris’s past military service (Navy) align well with the structure and systems in place at Irons Brothers Construction. His specialty skills are in finish carpentry with a great eye for detail.Outside of work he enjoys dirt-bike riding, snowboarding, fishing, sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Arne Strand was first on staff in 2003 and has returned to invest his skills in our clients’ projects. His responsibilities are wide and varied, ranging from general labor, property protection, and assisting with tools and equipment. Arne rounds out each project with his attention to detail and quick thinking. He also proactively ensures each site’s safety as well as facilitates the smooth flow. Whether in prepping for painting, tile or assisting in demolition, he is quick to offer his skills in countless ways. Our clients appreciate the care and consideration for their home he demonstrates during each phase of the project. Arne has been acquainted with the Irons family for over 20 years. Arne’s experience in facility maintenance, automotive, custodial, landscaping, and day porter, contributes to his success. In his personal life, Arne makes jewelry and enjoys hiking, camping as well as a variety of music.
Melissa Irons, CGR CGP CAPS, has been Controller and Office Manager of Irons Brothers Construction since 2005. In addition to being mother to 2 girls, Venetia and Samaria, Melissa uses her background in nursing, management and customer service to keep the office’s systems running smoothly. Raised in Seattle, Melissa loves spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and exercising. Her favorite part of remodeling is matching the products and finishes to the client’s needs and wants.
Scarlet Haney is our director of first impressions and generally the first person clients encounter when contacting Irons Brothers Construction. As office administrator, executive assistant, and safety officer, she plays a large part in both our day-to-day and long-term operations. Her background includes healthcare, case management and supervisory experience, and she has education in both Criminal Justice and the Arts and Sciences. A Seattle native, Scarlet is mother to three children and enjoys the outdoors, arts and supporting her children in their activities. She thrives on coordinating a team approach to overcoming challenges.
Vicki Wonser is the Assistant Office Manager for Irons Brothers Construction. Her primary focus is on assisting in the day-to-day accounting functions and to support the company in any other areas as needed. She has been involved in construction industry accounting for over 20 years. Vicki is a native of Seattle. In her off-hours she enjoys bird watching, cooking, and shopping with her 20 year old daughter. Her favorite part of working at Irons Brothers Construction is knowing she is part of a team-oriented office that thrives to exceed client expectations.
Audrey Hebert is the Showroom Coordinator for Irons Brothers Construction. Audrey calls Seattle home and has lived here most of her life. With over a decade of administrative experience and more than 20 years in the customer service industry, Audrey is prepared to assist our client’s with all their needs. She also has broad warehouse knowledge and managed within the shipping and receiving industry. These experiences contribute to her knowledge and drive for obtaining timely results and providing a quick response to our clients, employees, vendors, and trade partners.
First hired in 2004, Audrey holds the official title as the first “office” employee for Irons Brothers Construction. Recently she returned to the company after a 6 year hiatus, we are so glad she is a part of our team again! Audrey returned to Irons Brothers Construction because of the positive working environment that emphasizes excellence, customer care, leadership, integrity, and teamwork.
In her personal time, Audrey enjoys traveling, gardening, nature, animals, sports, volunteering, camping, and hummingbirds. She cares year-round for two female birds and one male bird that she feeds year around. Her biggest love of all is Bicycling. Audrey enjoys creating exceptional experiences for each client.
All of the Irons Brothers people who worked on my home were excellent. I have been very pleased with the quality of work. – M. Mateleska, Shoreline
I highly recommend the firm for any size job. They really listen to what you want and will make suggestions if asked. I have had other contractors come out who were interested in doing the work “their way” without caring what I wanted. There is communication every step of the way – from the first visit to the final punch list. They are highly professional people. – P.C., Shoreline
They often went above and beyond what I would have expected. They communicated often letting me know the status every step of the way. By far they were the most responsible, timely, and communicative contractors I have ever worked with. – M. Bockus, West Seattle