Barry is an Electrical Engineer. He helped build some of the world’s first computers, in the 1970’s. During that time he started building houses as a side project. Eventually, he was so successful building houses that he quit his engineering job and became a full-time builder. He still has a hard time believing that he had enough guts to take the leap from his engineering job when had several children to feed and interest rates were sky-high.
The success of O’Meara Custom Building, Inc. afforded him the opportunity to branch off into land development, rental properties, and commercial real estate. But home building remains the most satisfying aspect of his career, because he can drive down the streets and see the beautiful homes he helped build. Barry lives in Roseville in the same house that he built for his young family in 1980. It is located in a neighborhood where he developed the property and built the homes. He feels so fortunate to have helped build these beautiful homes that so many of his neighbors live in, enjoying the tight-knit community that he helped to create.
Most importantly, Barry wants to pass on this legacy to his children and grandchildren:. “The building business has been great for me. I don’t regret a single day of it. I just hope that my grandchildren will be able to have the same opportunities as I did.
Brendan started in the family construction business when he was a little kid, sweeping up sawdust and picking up scraps of lumber. Eventually he was promoted to drain-tile digger. Growing up in the family business taught Brendan the joy of hard work and the importance of craftsmanship at every stage of the construction process. After continuing to work in construction through college, Brendan has spent the last decade working in commercial banking where he learned the intricacies of finance side of the construction industry.
Brendan still finds great satisfaction in working construction, because “I could see the fruits of my labor at the end of every day.” Nothing makes you feel better than to stand up at the end of a long day, covered in dirt and sweat and dust, looking over a completed project and knowing that you had a hand in building it. I want my daughters to have the same opportunities to get their hands dirty and feel the joy of creating something beautiful, that is why I want to continue my father’s legacy.”
Brendan finds great satisfaction in making homeowners dreams come true. That is why he constantly strives for thoughtful design and superior craftsmanship. Brendan has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management and lives with his family in Arden Hills.