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“If you want to be remarked about, be remarkable.”

Because our company brand is our family name, and we value our place in the community, we go to great lengths to be remarkable home builders and citizens. Even more important to us than the homes we build are the people we build them for. It is the Cates Fine Homes promise to deliver a gracious, flexible, professional home building experience at a competitive price.

Jay Cates

Jay Cates is the initial point of contact with clients. His responsibilities include pricing, bidding and launching the building process. Once the foundation has been laid perfectly to his high standards, he moves on to get the next project off to a solid start.

Jay began on-the-job training at age 15 under the watchful eye of his dad, Judd Cates. He started at the bottom: cleaning up job sites, picking up lumber and sweeping. (Lots and lots of sweeping.) He progressed into carpentry and reviewing architectural plans. Jay received his formal education at the University of Minnesota, where he was captain of the Gopher hockey team.

Off the job, Jay has enjoyed teaching his own two boys how to hunt and fish, and coaching their hockey teams.

Jennifer Cates Peterson

An expert multi-tasker, Jennifer Cates Peterson is in charge of Cates business operations and director of communications. “We strive to make the process of building new or remodeling as easy and comfortable and fun as possible for our clients. Clear communication across our crews and with clients is absolutely key to a high-functioning project.”

Jennifer entered the family business equipped with her CPA and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Minnesota. Her boundless energy and finance skills keep the Cates family business running smoothly.

Jennifer is also active in the community and with local non-profit organizations. She and her family, including identical twin boys, live on a hobby farm near Osceola, Wisconsin.

Jeff Cates

As the Cates project manager, Jeff Cates is intimately involved in every project—talking to carpenters, subcontractors and homeowners almost daily. He skillfully manages all the details and complexities of building or remodeling a home with enormous courtesy and resourcefulness. “My father taught me craftsmanship and creative problem solving, and my mother taught me to be respectful and gracious to others.”

Jeff started in the family business at a young age, much like his brother, Jay: starting with the humble basics, then donning a carpenter’s belt to work on framing, and then joining his dad back at the office for client meetings. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, where he captained the collegiate team that claimed the Division 3 National Hockey Championship.

Jeff and his wife also have two boys who play hockey and enjoy family time on the water.

Cates Fine Homes is fully insured and licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
MN LIC# BC533260