Steve Pietila – General Manager
Steve has been with the company since 1990 and is a national leader in the chimney service industry. With over 25 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. He recently received the highest honor in the trade, The President’s Award, at the 2008 NCSG Convention. 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 coaches a local competitive dragon boat team), 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 twenty-seven 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 33 years have three grown sons.
Janaki Chandler – Administrative Assistant
Janaki began working with American Chimney in June of 2006 and her responsibilities include answering phones, scheduling jobs, data entry and other office duties. Previously she has been a screen printer, a student and a barista. Her strengths and skills include computer knowledge, customer service and dependability.
In the future she hopes to keep learning and growing in her position with the company. Outside of work she enjoys music (she is a skilled singer and guitar player), crafts and Whippets. She is married with no children.
Dennis Childress – CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep
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 Ahrens scaffolding and advanced masonry. Dennis’ previous work experience involved construction work including drywall, electrical, house framing, 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 some 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.
Luz Preciado – CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep
Coming from California where he worked for his fathers chimney company, Luz came to American Chimney with the advantage of having years of experience. He quickly earned his CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep credentials and has been amazing customers ever since. Luz enjoys climbing and spending time with his friends and family when he is not out working hard and putting smiles on customers faces. He is also working on receiving his nursing degree and loves to help people with more than just their chimneys.
Jesse Kamerzell – Masonry Assistant
Jesse is the newest member of American Chimney but has quickly adapted to the role of assisting our lead masons. Mixing mortar and becoming proficient in masonry repairs and restoration has been a new experience for him, but you could not tell by the quality of work that he does for us. When not working Jesse enjoys his semi-pro skateboarding career and generally getting out and seeing Portland.
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