Our Team

Our core company team is comprised of the following talented and trustworthy individuals. Not only do we all work well together, but we also have enormous respect for each other…and a lot of fun along the way with each and every project!



Tyler Frank | Project Manager

Tyler is an integral team member, bringing many years of experience in both the residential and commercial construction industry. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Tyler and his wife moved back to Whitefish to start their careers and family. Tyler’s passion for home building came when he and his father built their first house together on Whitefish Lake Golf Course in 1996. Tyler has family roots in Whitefish that date back to the 1930’s. Whitefish is the perfect place for Tyler and his family to call home as they enjoy the numerous outdoors activities that are available here

It is great to live in such a beautiful place and be able to build such a quality product. I am extremely fortunate to be a part of this magnificent team here at Malmquist Construction. Of all the places I have worked in my career, Malmquist Construction is by far the highest of integrity, honesty, and quality. I have never seen an entire construction team with such uniformity in their passions and moral values. We have created an unbreakable bond that reminds me of my own family.


Andrew “Bear” Barinowski | Project ManagerMQStaffBearweb

Bear has been enjoying his role as project manager for Malmquist Construction since 2003. Bear settled with his family in Whitefish, after building for Samaritan’s Purse in Afghanistan. Bears’ building experience spans from Europe to various parts of the United States. After extensive research of great places to live and work, Bear and his wife chose Whitefish for its incredible quality of life. Bear is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys recreating with his wife and son.

“When I moved to Whitefish I worked for a series of local builders for three months at no charge to learn about the various teams in the area. I ended up choosing to work for Malmquist because of the team process and the products we deliver…I felt like they were doing things right. We are highly productive, and at the same time, we have a lot of fun together. We bring a lot of passion to what we do."


Paul Coulston | Project Manager

Paul brings a whole new element to the Malmquist Construction team. Paul has a master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Auburn University. With his Engineering background, he can provide another perspective to our quality control process. His work ethic and attention to detail gracefully embraces what Malmquist Construction stands for. Paul is originally from Alabama and now resides in the Flathead Valley with his wife.

My wife and I visited Montana on our honeymoon in 2011 and fell in love with the area. We moved to Montana in 2012 and have enjoyed exploring all that Montana has to offer. After working as a structural engineer for 3 years, I decided to get back to my true passion of buildings custom homes. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a team that cares about their work and takes great pride in what they do.


Hayley ScheelOffice Manager

Hayley is a Breckenridge, Colorado native who moved to Whitefish and became the Office Manager for Malmquist Construction January 2017. Hayley is the operating force who makes our office run. She is responsible for all of our billing and financial systems, plus a number of other important functions and responsibilities. After working for a start up company out of college in California, she and her husband decided to move to Whitefish to be closer to family. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, canoeing and skiing.

“We have such a great team who works well together, has a lot of fun, but always gets the job done. Its great to be back in a small town working within a community of local subcontractors and vendors with whom we have built great relationships with and trust to help us produce a high quality product.”



Chris Connelly | Project Manager

Chris has a diverse construction background and brings a skill set that complements the Malmquist team.  Chris graduated from MSU with a Bachelors of Construction Engineering Technology, but much of his education has come from opportunities on the job.  Chris has been in Whitefish since 2000 and loves the mountain life in the Flathead Valley.

“I’m drawn to the to culture in the office and in the field on Malmquist projects.  Our success is built on relationships with our clients, subcontractors and team that care about our work and the community where we live.”




Will Hersom | Project ManagerMalEm2020-18-6-4x6

Hailing from the wonderful state of Vermont, Will has a very balanced background in construction with a tremendous amount of hands on experience. Will has a Construction Management degree from the University of Denver and has overseen many full home builds throughout his years in the industry.  His vast knowledge of the construction process allows Will to manage projects well and communicate effectively with sub-contractors and owners.   Will moved to Whitefish in 2013 with his family to enjoy all the wonderful things Montana, and especially Whitefish, has to offer.

“Working with Malmquist is a dream come true.  I have worked with many contractors in my life but the high ethical standards, the attention to detail, and the quality control throughout the entire building process, from excavation to final finishes, is what Malmquist does best. These qualities are what makes working for Malmquist such a wonderful opportunity and experience.  There is no one better in the Flathead Valley.”



Geoffrey Wheeler | Project Manager

Geoff has spent 23 years in the custom home building trades as a carpenter, supervisor and project manager on Cape Cod and Nantucket Island.  After graduating from University of Montana in 2010, Geoff spent 7 years working in the residential and commercial solar photovoltaic industry with jobs ranging from install to sales to management.  Geoff was born in Frankfurt, Germany to an Army officer and Librarian and has spent his life enjoying travel throughout the country.  When out of the office, Geoff enjoys fly-fishing, alpine skiing, hiking and camping in Northwest Montana.

 “I’m so glad to be back in Montana and in an industry I love. I look forward to building relationships with subs, vendors and clients through this amazing company!”



Alex VandeVoort | Project Manager

Alex’s father was drawn to the big peaks in Glacier Park, and moved his family from Iowa to Whitefish in 1976. Alex earned two bachelor’s degrees at University of Montana then quickly made his way back home. In 2022, Alex joined the Malmquist team after spending over twelve years in custom home building in Whitefish alone. When not on site, he’s on a river or in the mountains with his family.

"I’ve known some of our subs and clients for decades, and we always keep learning from each other. Joining the Malmquist family gives me the opportunity to deliver the highest quality experience in every single step of the build process – for both clients and subcontractors."

Rob Sorensen | Project Manager

Rob is a Washington state native, and graduate of Washington State University, where he owned and operated a construction company doing a wide variety of diverse builds. These builds ranged from: timber frame, Conex container homes, pole barn, custom and design builds and hay structure homes.  He and his wife moved to the beautiful Whitefish valley in 2019 where he has been a project manager for high end custom homes.

Rob and his wife love all that Montana has to offer and enjoy every minute of the community.  When Rob is not working, he is horseback riding, hunting, building bows and anything that includes being in the woods.

 “I am so blessed to be a part of such a great team doing what we all love.  Malmquist is a breath of fresh air in the building industry where community and relationships are valued.  The team has depth of integrity, experience and knowledge in the trade making Malmquist stand out above the rest.”



Karsten Carlson | Project Manager

Originally from western Washington Karsten has been a Montana resident for over 22 years, moving to Whitefish directly after completing his degree at Western Washington University.   Karsten's father was a fine home builder, cabinet maker and is still a wooden boat designer and builder.   This upbringing has instilled a love of woodworking and a passion for creativity.   With years of experience with new builds, remodels and customer relations, Karsten brings enthusiasm and an eye for detail to the building process.

"I enjoy building beautiful things and lasting relationships, these passions allow me to enjoy every day on our job sites with the Malmquist team."

Greg Olson | Project Manager

Greg grew up in the flatlands of Wisconsin and began his adventures out west as soon as he could drive.  After graduating with a degree in Construction Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 2008, Greg started his career working in the heavy industrial construction industry throughout Arizona, Wyoming, and Colorado as a field/project engineer and then as a project superintendent.  While traveling from project to project, Greg visited a friend in Whitefish and through those visits knew he wanted to make the Flathead Valley his home someday.  It took a few years, but he found his way back, married a local gal, and eventually found his way to Malmquist.  When not in the office or at the job site, Greg enjoys family time with his wife and two kiddos while fishing, hunting, or hanging at the hockey rink.

"Building complex-high quality homes is a passion of mine, and to have the opportunity to join the Malmquist team, who delivers excellence in quality and experience, is an opportunity I’ve been searching for.  Through the relationships built between architect/engineer/designers, vendors, suppliers, and subcontractors, I look forward to being a part of the team that delivers excellence to our clients."

Jordan Lopez | Project Manager

Jordan is a Texas native and relocated to Whitefish earlier this year. After graduating from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology, Jordan brings nine years of construction experience to Malmquist. With experience in Commercial and Government, Jordan has found a new love for custom home building.

Jordan and her husband moved to Flathead Valley from Texas where they both loves spending time outdoors hiking, snowboarding, hunting, and watching their son play hockey.

 “I’m so glad to be back in Montana and in an industry I love. I look forward to building relationships with subs, vendors and clients through this amazing company!”