Meet the Tru Builders Family
Sales & Design
Max has been in the business since he was 10 years old, working for his father who was a Builder that specialized in Custom Homes in Southern California and the ski country of northern New Mexico. When Max was 23, he started working for a National Home Builder and worked 'his way up the ladder' with a few large companies to where he was in charge of 20 million dollar projects as Development Manager. Max, on his own, has personally developed and built Gated Communities in Scottsdale and Phoenix and built dozens of Custom Homes ranging from 2,000 to 14,000sf as well as hundreds of Additions and Remodeling Projects. He enjoys outdoor activities with his family & friends.
Co-Owner, Office Manager, & Senior Designer
Lori first obtained her Real Estate license in California in the mid 80’s as it was required at that time to quote an interest rate and she was working in the mortgage business. However, Lori held her first Open House at 16 (her Grandfather was a Real Estate Broker) and worked for several brokerages over the years. Lori has partnered with Max in all aspects of building, from real estate developments, custom homes to remodeling and additions. Over the years Lori has acquired extensive Interior Design experience and enjoys helping Clients visions become reality. Max and Lori have been married since 1992 and have lived in the Phoenix Valley since the fall of 1993. They have 6 adult children, 3 of whom work for Tru Builders, and are very active in their Community and Church. Lori is an avid reader, enjoys spending time with family and relaxing at either the lake or Rocky Point.
Designer & Co-construct Coordinator
Cassie is one of the daughters of the Tru Builders owners, Max and Lori Christiansen. She hopes to one day take over the company with her sister Rissy. Cassie is a Designer and the Co-Construct Coordinator at Tru Builders. One of the perks of her job is being able to see the transformation that Tru Builders can make in other people’s homes. To completely transform the old into their new dream destination home. From walking into the client’s original home to see it change into the image they described at the first meeting brings joy to her heart. In her free time, she loves to spend time with both her and her boyfriend’s family. She is currently building a house of her own and is taking in all the fun moments to soon see the finished product.
Director of Operations & Sales
Michael brings a unique background to Tru Builders. Michael has been a Small Business Owner and development strategist for over 25 years. Michael is driven by his love and passion for people. This passion was developed working side by side with his Grandfather selling car stereos at the Swap Meets in Los Angeles at 5 years old. Michael employs a broad spectrum of personal business disciplines to ensure staying in front of business development trends in our industry. These disciplines have been mastered over 3 decades of learning business processes and procedures in challenging industries like Hospitality, Product development and of course the service industry with a focus on General Construction both Commercial and residential. Michael is married and has 6 kids he is a dedicated member of His church. Michaels personal interest is service to mankind as a whole and his retirement goals revolve around serving a mission. Michael wishes to leave a legacy and example of Love, Faith and Determination for his posterity and those here at Tru Builders.
Senior Project Manager
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, John started in the trades at age 16 as a carpet install helper. Literally starting from the ground up, John learned the ins and outs of construction from flooring to framing, plumbing to painting. Though he had started his own remodeling business by the early 1990’s, John and his wife, Paula, felt the need for new experiences and environment. Moving to the Pacific Northwest gave John a new opportunity to discover his creative ability in the art of construction while working for a General Contractor (GC) that restored historic Victorian homes in the Portland, OR area. Sunny Phoenix called to return to home and family within a few years. With that, a job expanding his commercial remodeling skills working for a GC as on-site lead, early in the conversion of Williams AFB to Williams Gateway Airport and ASU East Campus. When an opportunity to build his dream home came along, literally designed out of a recurring dream, John relocated to the Mogollon Rim area of Northeast Arizona. There, John worked for builder of custom cabins and multi-level homes then on to a development company, becoming the GC licensed qualifying party and agent on the Pine Meadows development, a planned 280 acre golf course with 210 home sites. Since returning to the Valley, remodeling has been John’s primary focus. He love’s helping clients with the vision they have for their home. Using his 40 years of construction experience to bring those visions up off the paper and make those dreams happen.
Mitchell D. Jackson
Mitchell is an Arizona Native, born and raised in various parts of the Valley. He first began working around 30 years ago for the city of Phoenix as a lifeguard and swimming instructor and continued to work in aquatics as a training instructor. In 1994, he relocated to Colorado and started in various construction fields ranging from masonry, framing, roofing, and landscaping. Mitch moved back to Arizona in 2000 and continued to work in the trades. In 2006 he obtained a L.L.C. “Phoenix Finishes and Architectural Design” and endeavored in the world of fine finishes and custom paint/remodels. Working with Tru Builders has given him the opportunity to expand and enjoy his past construction skills and provide the best possible customer service in and out of the field. In his spare time, he enjoys water sports and outdoor activities of all kinds and he serves as a mission team leader and instructor at his local church. He states that Tru Builders has a wonderful vision and he feels blessed to be a part of it.
Digital Designer & Media Coordinator
Rissy is the youngest daughter of the Tru Builders owners, Max and Lori Christiansen. She works for Tru Builders as the digital designer, media coordinator, and photographer. She stays in the office most of the time. Occasionally she helps the guys in the field, so she can better her understanding of all that takes place during our remodels. She plays a big part in designing the kitchens and bathrooms for most of our remodels. She also takes the final pictures of our projects and manages some of our social media. She likes to spend her free time with her nose in a book. When she’s not reading she prefers to spend time with her family and friends.
Office Assistant & Receptionist
Jailie is our office assistant & receptionist for Tru Builders. Before she came to work for us Jailie worked at a daycare center before that she was a receptionist for a construction company. Jailie plans to further her education and go to school to become a Phlebotomist. In her free time, she reads the Bible, hangs out with her fiancé and their two dogs. She also loves spending time with family and friends when she can.