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Jessica Steely joined Semmes & Co. in 2004 after graduating from Cal Poly with a Bachelor’s of Science in Construction Management and a Minor in Sustainability. Her passion for sustainable building techniques attracted her to join this team of like-minded professionals at Semmes & Co. Builders. In 2011, Jessica along with Paul Rose and Tom Moore, purchased the company from its founder, Turko Semmes.  Jessica, now General Manager and Head of Sales, enjoys having the opportunity to connect with people, helping them create their new Custom Home.

Turko Semmes (Founder), graduated in 1978 from the Architecture Department of Cal Poly State University in Construction Management. He founded Semmes & Co. Builders right out of Cal Poly. Along with a great team, he has helped make Semmes & Co. Builders, Inc. the area’s leading home builder, specializing in energy efficiency and sustainable building techniques. He’s a co-founder of both the California Straw Building Association and SLO Green Build.  After passing the company on to three key employees: Jessica Steely, Paul Rose and Tom Moore in 2011 (and working with them through a three year transition), he sits on the Board and advises on a regular basis.  Now focusing on farming and family at his Red Hawk Ranch and playing music with friends, Turko is happily anticipating his next exciting life adventure.

Paul Rose (Production Supervisor/HR Manager/Owner) is a native of California, Paul grew up here on the Central Coast and has been a carpenter since the 1970’s. His construction and woodworking skills have always had a bent toward energy efficiency. Paul helped found the Sustainable Building Council of San Luis Obispo County in order to promote those practices. When not on a job site or at the office, Paul climbs, surfs, kayaks, and generally enjoys the out-of-doors.

Tom Moore (Production Supervisor/ Head of Production/Owner) has been with Semmes & Co. since 1998 and in the construction business since 1978. In his own words: “In my free time I enjoy golf, some surfing when I can find warm water, and exploring with my grandson”.



Margie (sm)Margie Schuler (Production Coordinator) comes to Semmes & Co. with a strong background in interior and exterior design. Having worked in design and sales, Margie has a strong sense of materials and layout as well as understanding budgets and conveying pricing. Her sense of organization and attention to detail make Margie a valuable asset to the Semmes team. When she’s not helping clients with their dream houses, she enjoys working on her own home.

Kristen Hauber (Executive Assistant) oversees the firm’s day-to-day business administration. Having worked as an operations manager in Environmental Graphic Design and being married to a green-building advocate has made Kristen a strong addition to the Semmes team.



Steve Bishop pic 2015Steven Bishop is a passionate carpenter who loves to build custom, sustainable, green homes. When he’s not enjoying time with his family and friends, Steve can be found indulging in all types of outdoor activities including sports and camping.



Chris Garcia brings his ability to see the big picture of a project while also giving attention to the smallest of details. These are qualities Semmes & Co Builders, Inc. really appreciate. He enjoys his time off – biking, camping and fishing. But playing music on the guitars he crafts and builds is a passion for Chris.



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Matt Herndon has worked for Semmes & Co. for over a decade. His experience and knowledge in the field has been an extreme asset to the company. When he’s not giving his all for Semmes & Co., he loves hearing his kids’ laughter.



Josh H HeadshotJosh Herndon is also a long time Central Coast resident, emerging as a skillful carpenter with a good eye for detail and exceptional follow-through. This humble man is willing and capable of doing anything, and does it with great attitude. You can always find a smile on his face. Josh enjoys snowboarding and hanging out with his wonderful family.


Al Martini

Al Martini is a carpenter and a craftsman skilled in finish woodwork. We are so happy to welcome this East Coast transplant to Semmes & Co Builders, Inc. Al enjoys exploring our beautiful Central Coast with his wife and dog.



Nathan Standrige

Nathan Standridge’s talent in carpentry and project supervision comes to us from his previous home in Oregon. Now he’s enjoying showing his family the joys and scenery of the Central Coast, spending free time taking his kids to play at our local beaches.



Chris Walter Chris Walterbrings his smile and positive approach to the projects he completes. A a savvy, well-versed carpenter Chris also attended UCLA. He loves traveling. Chris is always up for an adventure with his newly wedded wife and their dog, Cooper; be it hiking, camping or utilizing his pilot’s license.


Interested in joining the Semmes & Co. team? Please complete our EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION and forward it together with a current resume to ATTN: Human Resources at or fax them to 805-466-6739.