Professional Bathroom Remodeling in Royal Oak, Michigan
Chris Adamski – President
Chris has been involved in nearly every facet of construction since 1977. As a teenager he assisted his step-father with tile installations. While attending college he worked as a Rough Carpenter, a Handyman, and a Repair Technician. He later picked up skills in electrical, plumbing, and painting. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Wayne State University. His original plan was to become a Doctor, but when circumstances prevented that from occurring, Chris decided to pursue his other passion….construction. The story of how Tri-Pups evolved can be found on our WHO WE ARE page.
He is involved in some capacity with every single job that Tri-Pups takes on. He can usually be seen on the job site lending a helping hand or leading a crew. He also prepares all of the written estimates, paychecks, and invoices that Tri-Pups generates. For Chris “A Working Dog is a Happy Dog!” is not just a slogan but a way of life. He works tirelessly,365 days each year, to guarantee that the work that we do is done on time, within budget, and with the quality standards that he firmly believes in.
Chris enjoys playing racquetball, bicycling, hiking, playing chess, eating Brussel sprouts, and hanging out with his pups. He has jumped out of a plane (but doesn’t really want to do that again) and says that another hot air balloon ride is not out of the question. Though he has no musical talent, he does like to listen to classic rock and alternative music, but no “Rap Crap”! He has two left feet when it comes to dancing so don’t expect to see him on the dance floor!
He is a member of the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBA), The Royal Oak Optimist Club, and the St. Andrews Society, the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce. He is an Alumnus of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, DeltaNu chapter (86’), The Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce and The Madison Heights/Hazel Park Chamber of Commerce.
Debbie Aliotta – Vice President
A 1987 graduate of Walsh College, Debbie spent 2 years as a Staff Accountant, 5 years as a Cost Accountant, 1.5 years as a Financial Analyst, and 3 years as a Project Manager before becoming Vice President of Tri-Pups in the spring of 1999.
Debbie has been intrigued with homes since she was a teenager. She always dreamed of buying old houses to fix up and either sell or convert to rental properties. In 1986 she obtained her Residential Builder’s License and in May of 1987 she became a Licensed Real Estate Agent. The entire staff of Tri-Pups assists her with making her dream a reality.
Her experiences have made her a valuable asset as she is heavily involved in all of our marketing, scheduling, hiring, project managing, and training. She is the energetic organizer that keeps Tri-Pups running like a well-oiled machine. Don’t be fooled by the fact that she is a female. She can be seen working daily leading a crew and getting dirty with the rest of us!
She believes in balancing her duties with Tri-Pups and her interests which include swimming, bicycling, gardening, volunteer work, attending theatre performances, and spending time with family and friends. She played organized sports (softball and volleyball) for many years until her knees and shoulders told her that it was either work in the construction field or play sports, but not both.
She is a member of the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBA), the NAHB Professional Women in Building Council (PWB), and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce. She is also very active with the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce and the Madison Heights/Hazel Park Chamber of Commerce.
Ted Eberly – Designer and Crew Leader
Ted has lived in Southeast Michigan all of his life. Before joining Tri-Pups, Inc. in the fall of 2004, he was both a DJ at an AM radio station and the owner of his own landscaping company. While working for Tri-Pups he attended night classes at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. He graduated from LTU with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree in December of 2008 and in July of 2013 he received his Master’s Degree in Sustainable Design. Ted is working toward his goal of becoming a full-fledged licensed Architect which requires several more years of practical experience and additional testing.
His responsibilities with Tri-Pups change depending on the type of project we are working on. He has done everything from general labor duties to leading a crew on a job site. He is very active in all of our design/build projects from the conceptual design and planning thru completion of construction. He finds it very rewarding to be involved in every aspect of a project and enjoys working directly with all of our customers.
His hobbies include car racing at the grass roots level, exploring architecture, traveling (when he has the chance), and volunteer work.
Ted is a member of the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBA) and a participant in the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB).
Colin Hill – Remodeling Assistant
Colin has been working with our team since April of 2014 gaining as much experience in construction as possible. Aspiring to eventually make Construction Management his career, Colin attends Eastern Michigan University. He will be graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in May 2017. Colin is willing to jump into any project and learn new techniques and products.
He first heard about Tri-Pups when he saw our employment ad on the Oakland Community College job board, where he attended college prior to transferring to EMU in September 2015. His previous job experiences weren’t necessarily related to home improvement (Lifeguard and Zamboni Driver), but it does make Colin well-rounded!
His free time is absorbed mostly in his school studies, playing basketball, watching TV, or by hanging out with his girlfriend.
Jon-Erik Jacobson – Remodeling Assistant
Jon-Erik learned at a very early age the satisfaction gained from building with one’s own hands. Before he was even in his teens, both his Grandfathers involved him in simple woodworking projects; and his father took him into his tool and die shop where he learned to work a metal lathe. His parents even have a picture of him “helping” paint the house at the age of five!
As he grew into his teens, the creativity fostered in him by his parents lead him to pursue illustration and design at Center (now College) for Creative Studies, and Macomb Community College. As often happens, the career choice of the teenager is not where the adult finds themselves working.
After training, and then working as a Certified Massage Therapist, Jon-Erik rediscovered a venue for his creativity and his schooling in illustration and design: Kitchen and bath design and sales. For almost two decades, he worked for several kitchen cabinet companies – including being self-employed. He became well-versed in layout, and colors and materials, as well as many different brands of stock, semi-custom, and full-custom cabinets.
Through all of this, Jon-Erik held a lasting and consistent fascination with construction and how everything went together to provide a beautiful and functioning home. As a member of the Tri-Pups team since April of 2014, he has been able to apply his years of knowledge, and to learn even better ways of building and repairing.
When not building, Jon-Erik participates in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group dedicated to recreating the more pleasant aspects of the Middle Ages. His early love of the martial arts has led him to years of training as a combatant with the weapons of that time period.
Ted Zakrzewski – Architect and Mentor
For many years, Ted was a customer of Tri-Pups. When we decided to add Design Services to our list of services offered, we persuaded Ted to pull himself out of full-retirement into semi-retirement. He now oversees all of the designs and plans created by Ted Eberly.
Alex Watson – Remodeling Assistant
Our newest team member, Alex joined our team in January of 2015. He attended the Detroit Training Institute of Technology for Building Construction and Carpentry. Alex shows a lot of ambition and potential as he wishes to make a life-long career in the construction business. He is eager and willing to learn as much about construction as possible. Alex spends his time outside of work with his family, watching a baseball game, relaxing in front of the TV, or reading. If he could have any job in the world, Alex says that he’d like to be a Carpenter because “he enjoys working the job from beginning to end and seeing the good job that effort can bring.”
THE ORIGINAL TRI-PUPS
Born with detached retinas, hip dysplasia, and an enlarged heart, this pure bred Golden Labrador Retriever was not expected to live more than 5 years according to the many Doctor’s that treated her. This little trooper proved them all wrong when she lived just two months shy of her 16th birthday. Nicknamed “The Bear Compressor”, as she breathed so heavily, Blaze learned to play fetch and do all of the things that non-handicapped dogs enjoy.
The original Matriarch of our company, Pebbles, was a mix of Australian and German Shepherd blended with Blue Tick Beagle. This smart girl loved other animals and every person that she met. She enjoyed camping and hiking, learning new tricks, and cuddling. She lost her battle with liver cancer a month before what would have been her 12th birthday in 2002.
As Pebbles litter mate, Bam Bam, was inseparable from his sister. Chewing up rawhide bones, going for walks (he preferred not to have a leash on), and traveling to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula were his favorite past times. In his later years he was often seen at our work sites hanging out in the van. This tough dude lived 16.5 years before walking over the rainbow bridge in 2006.
2ND GENERATION TRI-PUPS
Originally found wandering in a wooded area, Corona spent the first few months of her life living with 18 other dogs at the home of a woman that assisted the Livingston County Humane Society. We fell in love with her in September 2001 when we first met her at the “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo Day”. She was reported to hate men, but we found that to be a totally unfounded allegation as she is truly a Daddy’s Girl. She rarely leaves Chris Adamski’s side. Corona is a graduate of Canine College at The Michigan Humane Society Pet Education Center. Now in her elder years, Corona spends most of her time sleeping, begging for treats, or cuddling.
This crazy girl has more spunk than all of the other dogs combined. From the moment that we adopted her in March of 2006 we knew that she had a unique personality. A huge fan of people, Gracie loves to play chase and rip apart any toy with a noise maker inside. Acting as Security Guard for the Tri-Pups grounds, she is sure to announce every visitor’s arrival. She is a graduate of Canine College at The Michigan Humane Society Pet Education Center.