Steve Pietila – General Manager
Steve has been with the company since 1990 and is a national leader in the chimney service industry. With over 30 years experience he is past President of the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), and the Oregon Chimney Sweep Association. In 2008 he received the highest honor in the trade, The NCSG President’s Award. He is a CSIA-Certified Chimney Sweep and CSIA Instructor. Steve enjoys working with customers and instilling a vision in his employees for providing outstanding customer service. In order to ensure that his customers get the highest quality of service possible, he encourages his staff to seek continued education and training which is financed by the company. When not on the rooftops or in the office, you might find Steve paddling on the Willamette or Columbia Rivers (he trains with a local outrigger canoe racing club), teaching seminars to other chimney professionals, or perhaps leading a short-term missions team. He loves his hometown of Portland, and enjoys the incredible mix of small town friendliness and metropolitan culture. He’s been married to his lovely wife Julie for over 40 years and they have three sons.
Julie Pietila – Office Manager
Julie started at American Chimney in 1993, scheduling two service vehicles from a home office. As office manager, she keeps a pulse on all aspects of customer care, employee scheduling and company organization. In her free time she likes to stay active, has recently run several half-marathons and has mentored other women as they began the challenge of training to run distances. She and her husband of 40 years have three grown sons.
Jeremie Keithley – Operations Manager
Jeremie started with American Chimney in June of 2023. As the Operations Manager he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of our company. He believes in the importance of delivering 5 Star Service to each of our customers by exceeding their expectation in how we care for them and their home. Jeremie is an Oregon native and enjoys spending time with his wife, 4 children, and 3 grandchildren.
Dennis Childers – CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep/NFI Certified Gas Specialist
A native Oregonian, Dennis has been with American Chimney since 1991. Dennis specializes in masonry work, gas and wood appliance installation, chimney and venting system installation, gas piping, and diagnostics. He has certifications from the CSIA and OSCA, and has taken classes in Rumford fireplace construction and advanced masonry chimney techniques. Dennis’ previous work experience involved construction work including drywall, electrical, new home building, remodeling, finish carpentry, skylights, tile, decks, and low voltage wiring. In the future he wants to work more with ‘green’ building concepts and energy-efficient fireplaces. Outside of work he enjoys songwriting, recording, and playing music with others. He’s an accomplished musician and plays the bass, keyboards, and guitar. He enjoyed a brief stint as a professional musician in the 80’s, but is quite content now to simply play with friends, for his church, and you might even catch him out at a local open-mic night. He is involved in a home church and is married with three children.
Shawn Lowry – Service Technician/CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep
Shawn has been with American Chimney since summer, 2016. Shawn enjoys the feeling from educating customers on the safety and functionality of their chimney. He also takes pride in repairing and restoring chimneys. Away from the business Shawn enjoys spending time with his three daughters.
Martin Perez – Masonry Technician
Martin has been a mason for most of his life, or as he would say, “since I was a kid”. He likes building and repairing chimneys for the customers to enjoy. He likes all aspects of this type of work and enjoys his fellow employees. When off Martin goes to school to continue to further his education.
Luke Antipala – Masonry Technician
Luke is one of our lead Masonry Technicians. He runs masonry and chimney repair and restoration projects spanning from chimney reconstruction, fireplace repairs, upgrades, and improvements and specialty fireplace construction and installation. Outside of work Luke enjoys hiking and making music.
Jesus Morales – Service Technician/CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep
Jesús joined the American Chimney team in 2018 as a Sales Technician and CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep bringing with him over 10 of experience in the home improvement industry. His proven track record of exemplary customer service has earned him high praise from his clients over the years. Jesús enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest, being outdoors, and spending time with his friends and family.
Jarred Rodriguez – Service Technician
Jarred is a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep and Service Technician at American Chimney. He likes being able to make sure everyone stays safe while enjoying their fireplace. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family and taking his kids fishing on weekends.
Walter Smith – Warehouse Supervisor
Walter serves as an important part-time support staff person for the production crews. He helps oversee the warehouse, building and yard maintenance, and the pick up and delivery of materials. Walter says he enjoys working for a family-run, honest company. He is mostly retired and enjoys riding his bicycle, his “big boy toys” which are RC crawlers and HO trains.
Grafton Jones – Technician Assistant
Grafton is a Technician Assistant and helps our lead technicians on masonry projects and installations. Grafton started with the company in 2020. When not working Grafton likes to spend time with family and playing the drums.
Ram Lee – Technician Assistant
Ram is currently working as a mason assistant with a desire to develop into a lead masonry technician. He enjoys making his co-workers job easier and making sure our clients are happy and satisfied with our work. Outside of work Ram is most passionate about skateboarding, but he also enjoys golf and playing pool.
Kai Allas – Technician Assistant
Kai is a masonry assistant and one of our newest team members. He assists the lead masons with bricklaying and other aspects of masonry repairs and restoration. He enjoys working outside and how much passion every employee has for their work. Kai spends his free time with his dog and skateboard.
Whitaker Wallace – Masonry Technician
David Reese – Masonry Technician/Technician Assistant
David joined American Chimney in November 2023 as a mason. He brings 6 years of previous masonry experience to the team, having worked on a broad range of project types and scales. He looks forward to deepening his knowledge of fireplace and chimney specific products and methods to provide customers with top quality service. When not working, David enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, gardening, hiking, and camping.
Jeanelle Harrison – Administrative Assistant
Ashlee Cavinta – Customer Service Representative/Administrative Assistant
Ashlee is one of our administrative professionals and one of the friendly voices you’ll hear as she helps to coordinate all of your service needs. She is passionate about providing a superior customer service experience while growing in her knowledge of the chimney trade. Ashlee enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and their puppy.
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