Tru Builders LLC

Meet the Tru Builders Family

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Max Christiansen

Founder, Sales Director

Max has been in the business since he was 10 years old, working for his father who was a Builder specializing in Custom homes in Southern California and the ski country of Northern New Mexico. At 23 Max began working for a National Home Builder, climbing the corporate ladder from Assistant Superintendent to Development Manager where he oversaw 20 million-dollar projects. Max has personally owned and developed Gated Communities in Scottsdale and Phoenix. Since founding Tru Builders in 2010, Max has built dozens of Custom Homes ranging from 2,000 to 14,000 sf as well as hundreds of Additions and Remodeling Projects. Max dedicates his free time to his family and friends, enjoying outdoor activities, water sports and snow skiing.

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Lori Christiansen

Co-Owner, Office Manager & Senior Designer

Lori obtained her Real Estate license in California in the mid 80’s and has worked for several brokerages since. Over the years, Lori has partnered with Max in all aspects of building; from real estate developments, custom homes to remodeling and additions. In addition to overseeing the inner workings of Tru Builders, Lori has acquired extensive Interior Design experience and enjoys helping client’s visions become a reality. Max and Lori have been married since 1992 and have lived in the Phoenix Valley since 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 her time with family and relaxing at Lake Pleasant and Rocky Point.

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Cassie Christiansen

Project Manager, Designer & Sales Associate

As one of the daughters of Founders Max and Lori Christiansen, Cassie has in depth knowledge of the company’s overall operations and hopes to one day take over the company with her sister Rissy. A third-generation builder, Cassie has a unique perspective in bearing witness to Tru Builders growth over all its years. This allowed her to identify the need for and implement the company’s Project Management System, CO+ to aid Tru Builders’ trajectory. Cassie has overseen the design and completion of hundreds of projects and continues to hone her skills as a designer by attending design seminars annually. Cassie goes on sales meetings, has overseen the design and completion of many projects, and teaches Co-Construct to staff and Trade Partners. Cassie and her boyfriend just bought and built their first home.

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Rissy Christiansen

Accounting Manager and Media Coordinator

Rissy is the youngest daughter of Founders Max and Lori Christiansen and manages the accounting and invoicing for the company. As a third-generation builder, Rissy has experienced all facets of the Tru Builders way, including spending time in the Field on jobsites. Executing digital designs for projects, and maintaining vendor and trade partner relationships, she helps keep projects running smoothly, while taking care of Payroll and other accounting duties. Lastly, she takes final pictures of our projects and contributes to our Social Media. Accounting and design classes keep her knowledge current and relevant. When not reading, Rissy enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and puppies.

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Mitchell D. Jackson

Field Superintendent

Mitchell first began working for the City of Phoenix as a lifeguard and swimming and training instructor. Though born and raised in Arizona, Mitchell relocated in 1994 to Colorado and started his career in various construction fields ranging from masonry, framing, roofing and landscaping. In 2000, Mitchell moved back to Arizona continuing to work in the growing construction industry and in 2006 he obtained Phoenix Finishes and Architectural Design LLC, endeavoring in the world of fine finishes and custom paint and remodels. In line with Tru Builders and their vision, Mitchell has taken the opportunity to expand his extensive skill set and provide the best possible customer service in and out of the field. In his spare time, Mitchell enjoys water sports and outdoor activities of all kinds and serves as a mission team leader and instructor at his church.

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Julio Calixto

Assistant Field Superintendent

Julio began working in the remodeling industry after moving to the Phoenix Valley from Texas in 1997. After a 10-year career of strictly custom painting, he had an enormous interest in learning all the facets of the industry. He began working on commercial remodels and increasingly found his passion within the residential realm. He was worked as Field Manager for several high-end remodeling companies in the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley Area and has run his own business for a few years. Julio has been an integral part of the Tru Family since 2015. Quality workmanship is what he strives to achieve. During his free time, Julio enjoys perfecting is BBQ skills, playing corn hole and spending quality time with his family and friends.

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Jailie Davis

Administrative Assistant & Scheduler

Jailie is Tru Builders office assistant, Appointment Scheduler, receptionist, and all-around girl Friday. Prior to joining Tru Builders, Jailie worked at a daycare center and before that she was a receptionist for another construction company. Jailie manages all incoming potential business as well as all the executives’ calendars to ensure we are on time meeting our client’s needs. Additionally, she assists in office operations including some accounting and social media coordination. Jailie plans to further her education and go to school to become a Phlebotomist. In her free time, she reads the Bible and spends time with her family and dogs.




Showroom Address

(By Appointment Only)

15306 W Peakview Rd
Surprise, AZ 85387


P: 623-546-8681

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