Tru Builders LLC

Meet the Tru Builders Family

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Max E. 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 and Commercial buildings in Southern California and the ski country of Northern New Mexico. After his father retired, at the age of 23, Max began working for a National Home Builder as an Assistant Superintendent. He climbed the corporate ladder for a few large builders and became the Development Manager where he facilitated all aspects of development from the land purchase to completion of 20 million+ dollar projects. Max has personally owned and developed Gated Communities in Scottsdale and Phoenix, built dozens of Custom Homes ranging from 2,000 to 14,000 sf and built and developed over 100,000 sf of commercial and office space. Since founding Tru Builders in 2010, we have completed hundreds of Additions and Remodeling Projects in the West Valley. 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-Founder, 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, and 4 grandchildren.  Lori is an avid reader, enjoys spending her time with family and relaxing in Rocky Point.

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Cassie Parra

Senior Project Manager & Designer

As one of the daughters of Founders Max and Lori Christiansen, Cassie has in depth knowledge of the company’s overall operations. 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. She designs kitchen, bathrooms, and whole home remodels as well as doing sales meeting. In her free time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, serving in her church with the littles, enjoys the hot weather in AZ to have fun on the water and getaways in the wintertime to snowboard.

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Rissy Christiansen

Accounting Manager

& CAD Designer

Rissy is the youngest daughter of Founders Max and Lori Christiansen and manages the majority of all accounting duties. As a third-generation builder, Rissy has experienced all facets of the Tru Builders way. This includes spending past summers 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, Accounts Receivables, and Accounts Payables among her numerous accounting duties. She is currently being trained to take over all accounting and HR duties by Lori, one of the Founders of Tru Builders. Currently, Rissy & Cassie are making plans to one day follow their parents’ footsteps and run the Business themselves. While Rissy has decided to put off college for the time being so that she can work full time at the Family Business, she does take accounting and design classes to keep her knowledge current and relevant. When not reading, Rissy enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and puppy, Echo. 

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Mitchell D. Jackson

Project Manager

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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Tom Bisgaard

Field Superintendent

Tom started in construction as a stone mason in California, taking over his father’s business. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake he went to work for a home builder in the Pacific Palisades as Construction Superintendent, constructing custom single family homes, multi-residential condominiums throughout Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica and Malibu. Tom moved to Arizona in 2010 to be closer to his family and help take care of his father.  Tom enjoys being a team player and thinks Tru Builders will be a great fit. Tom enjoys spending time with family and enjoys any sport with an engine. Nascar is his passion, but any motorsport will do.

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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 as the second Co-Teacher for the infant room. Before that she was a receptionist for another construction company. Jailie manages all incoming potential business clients, as well as; all the executives’ calendars to ensure we are on time to meet our client’s needs. Additionally, she assists in office operations including accounting, takes care of the COIs from our Trade Partners & Vendors, and she also helps input Job Starts and Budgets for our projects into our Co-Construct system. 

Jailies future is bright for her, may she stick with the company or decide to further her education in the medical field. In her free time, she likes to spend it with her loved ones, especially her nieces and nephews.

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Kori Parra

Design Assistant

Kori is Tru Builders Design Assistant. Before joining Tru Builders, Kori was a stay-at-home mother with her daughter for about 2 years. Before that she was an Administrative Assistant for Executive Directors at a charter school in Phoenix, Arizona. Kori loved being a stay-at-home mother, but decided it was time for her to utilize her talents and capabilities and further them with Tru Builders. Kori assists with coordinating projects, participating in client/designer meetings, preparing presentation boards, drafting floor plans, ordering materials, arranging delivery or pick-up to project sites, and many other duties. Kori, in her free time, loves to serve at her church as well as spending quality time with her family and friends.

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Chris Olsen



Chris has over 44 years’ experience in general contracting, custom and spec homes, and remodeling.  Chris built his first home in 1978. His career ultimately landed him a top construction position with a large Southern California developer from which he retired and moved to Arizona in 2012. In early 2022 Chris became bored with retirement and determined to search out a top-notch general contractor where he might share his skills and experience on a part time basis. Chris is enjoying working with the Tru Team as a salesperson where he can use his expertise to help Tru clients realize their remodeling dreams. Chris lives in Surprise with his wife, Diane.  In his free time Chris enjoys entertaining his grandchildren in his pool and outdoor grilling with family and friends.

Jessa Valenzuela

Jessa is one of the Tru Builders office assistants. She is a mom of three toddler boys which keeps her very busy when she is not at the office. Prior to joining Tru Builders, Jessa worked in neurology and then took a break to raise her three boys. Jessa helps manage all incoming potential business clients, as well as; all the executives’ calendars to ensure we are on time to meet our client’s needs. Additionally, she assists in office operations including accounting, takes care of the COIs from our Trade Partners & Vendors, and she also helps input Job Starts and Budgets for our projects into our Co-Construct system. 




Showroom Address

(By Appointment Only)

15306 W Peakview Rd
Surprise, AZ 85387


P: 623-546-8681

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