About Suburban Construction
Suburban Construction has been serving the Quad Cities and surrounding communities since 1985 and is a family owned and operated company. Suburban Construction is dedicated to superior service with quality products at affordable prices, installed by qualified craftsmen and backed by the most outstanding warranties in the home improvement business. We work with our customers to provide exceptional pricing and expert installation so that your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Suburban has a great reputation. We have been a member of the Better Business Bureau for over 20 years and have been ranked in the National Top 500 Remodelers every year. Besides our outstanding reputation, you have the peace of mind knowing that our workmanship is fully guaranteed for life! No one else in the Quad Cities area can offer you that! That is why Suburban is the company that goes A Step Beyond!
Brian Girskis was born in Detroit, Michigan and worked for his father through his school-age years doing contractor work. In 1977, Brian graduated with honors from the School of Business at Wayne State University. Soon after graduation, Brian accepted a position at Alside, a residential division of US Steel that specialized in the manufacturing of windows and siding. Brian learned the ins and outs of the manufacturing business at Alside. He serviced siding and window installation contractors throughout the Midwest. Brian saw that the Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois market needed a specialty window, siding & door company that would offer quality products and excellent workmanship for a fair price. In the spring of 1985, Brian founded Suburban Construction, Inc. Suburban Construction has become the areas largest and most respected window, door and siding specialist between Chicago and Omaha. Brian has been happily married to Linda since 1977. They reside in Bettendorf, Iowa and enjoy spending time with their three sons; JR, Paul and Patrick, and their families.
JR Girskis started his career at Suburban at the young age of 7. He was responsible for sweeping that original warehouse floor, on Grant Street in Bettendorf, washing down the siding of the Grant Street building, and helping unload the window delivery trucks. Eventually, JR started riding along with his father on sales appointments and turned his attention to canvasing neighborhoods in his high school and college years. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2002, JR began his full-time professional career at Suburban with strength. He immediately began working on a new software program that is still used today. It simplified the work necessary to keep a database of current and past customers, current and past jobs, services and accounting. One of JR's greatest interests is in the marketing of Suburban Construction. Over the years he has taken great pride in updating the fliers, commercials and expansive showroom that Suburban has to offer. JR success does not end in managing Suburban Construction. He and his father, Brian Sr. continue to have a friendly battle over 1st and 2nd place in sales, each month, and expect to for years to come. In his spare time, JR enjoys remodeling rental properties and spending time with his wife Kristine and their son, Jack.
Vice President of Operations
Back in the late 90's Darin Wilson was attending the University of Iowa and working as a resident assistant at the Mayflower dorm. There he met JR Girskis and Kristine (Anderson) Girskis. JR and Darin became instant friends with the same interests and the same major! Darin later introduced JR to Kristine, and they later married. Darin Wilson had been working with Suburban for about eight years when JR asked him to be the General Manager of the company. JR was looking for someone he could trust with the day to day operation of the company. Darin Wilson has had the role of General Manager at Suburban since 2007 and is helping JR with the new generation of the company. Darin has brought another great component to Suburban with great focus in customer service. Darin was married to his wife, Ashely in 2008. Darin and Ashley met while members of the University of Iowa Hawkeye Marching Band. Ashley is currently a band director for the Rock Island Middle Schools. They live in Davenport with their beloved beagle, Lola. In the summer of 2009 Darin was promoted to Vice President of Operations.
Patrick Girskis is a 2007 graduate of Iowa State University. While at ISU he was active with the Iowa State Football team and the Iowa State Men's Rugby Club. Patrick is the youngest son of Brian and Linda Girskis and is married to Kaitlyn Girskis. Patrick's first job with Suburban was as a summer canvasser and one of the lead members of Suburban Construction's sunroom installation division during the peak summer seasons. Patrick has shown great strength in his customer service skills as well as learning the day-to-day operations of the business. In his free time, Patrick enjoys playing sports, remodeling his new home, and spending time with his brothers and nieces and nephew.
Doug DeFrates is the office manager her at Suburban Construction. . Doug first met the Girskis family when he was in high school. He was a member of the BettendorfHigh School football team with Brian senior's boys; JR, Paul, and Patrick. Doug got his start with the company as a marketing recruiter going door to door. Doug currently lives in Davenport with his 95 pound rottweiler, Andre. He is pursuing a B. A. in Management from St. Ambrose University. He has a great love for sports and regularly attends Iowa Hawkeye football games.
Kristine Girskis is a 2004 graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.A. in elementary education, with a focus on special education and a minor in dance. She taught in the Iowa City area for 2 years, prior to moving to the Quad Cities. Kristine and JR Girskis first met in Iowa City while working at the Mayflower dorm. They both went their separate ways and re-united a few years later at an Iowa football game. They married in 2006 and had Jack in 2007. JR and Kris currently live in Davenport and enjoy spending their free time working on their house or "little shangri la" as JR calls it and chasing Jack around. Kris also looks forward to free babysitting when she makes weekend trips back to the Chicagoland area to visit her parents and sister!
Nate Hoskins has been a member of the Suburban Construction management team since 2006. He is a graduate of Bettendorf High School and is currently a senior at Western University -Quad Cities, pursuing his B.A. in Marketing Management. Nate has excelled while at Suburban. He has perfected his over-the-phone customer service skills, as well as become our leading showroom demonstrator. Nate shows great potential as he continues to master different rolls within the business. In his free time Nate enjoys visiting his family in northwestern Iowa and perfecting his golf game with some of his other Suburban buddies!
Growth and Development
Jack is the son of Kris and JR Girskis. He was born in November of 2007 and started "working" at the office when he was a week old! He enjoys vacuuming the office (we're not kidding), Elmo and eating macaroni and cheese.