Meet Our Team
“I take satisfaction in leaving a building legacy to pass down to the next generation. From new residential construction and remodel to commercial building, thereʼs nothing thatʼs outside my realm of project capabilities. Thereʼs nothing that scares me.”
Building projects are Steve Hazenʼs passion. Thatʼs why even though heʼs the company president, you can often find him onsite at a job. To Steve, there is nothing more rewarding than implementing a project from design through the permitting process, building phase and finally adding the finishing touches that bring a clientʼs vision to life.
After 40 years in the construction business, Steve has built a strong rapport with local planning and permitting teams, as well as the best subcontractors that the Monterey Bay Area has to offer. These relationships that heʼs established based on his integrity, work ethic and reputation for excellence help to facilitate the project to run seamlessly, on-schedule and within budget.
Because Steve treats each construction project as though it were his own, he makes himself easily accessible to his clients. In fact, a frequent compliment that clients have given Steve is how much they appreciate that he really pays attention to their needs and concerns. If he puts his name on a project, it comes with the guarantee of his criterion for excellence.
“While other people might cut corners, Hazen Construction doesnʼt do it that way. When your name has been on something for 30 years, you stand solid behind it.”
Since Steve and his dad went into business, Debbie has been the finely tuned machine that runs the company behind the scenes. She takes care of the books, pays the bills and makes sure that all the financial statements are balanced each month. She is dedicated to operating the family business and there is nothing sheʼd rather do than stand behind the reputable name that her father-in-law and husband—and now son and son-in-law—have worked so tirelessly to build.
Debbie says that the secret to Hazenʼs success has come directly from the fact that they are a long-standing family business. Home owners feel comfortable that they can trust another family to build the home of their dreams, while at the same time commercial business owners and developers feel confident that theyʼve chosen a construction company with years of solid, reputable experience to carry their projects through on-time and on-budget. The number one compliment she receives from clients is how well Hazenʼs team works together to get the job done.
Senior Project Manager
“We really do enjoy what we do—and this means we take a lot of pride in the quality of our projects. If there is a decision to make between the quality of a job or a larger profit margin, weʼre going to choose quality every time.”
Jeff has inherited the passion for building from his father and grandfather, and thatʼs why the third-generation carpenter has decided to carry on the legacy of building excellence that began at Hazen Construction. He started working for his father during high school summer vacations and quickly developed a skill for building. After working for various contractors in Southern California, gaining valuable experience ranging from painting and masonry to electrical work, he decided to return home to his roots in Santa Cruz County to join the family business and pursue his true passion of building.
Today, Jeff is the Senior Project Manager, which means he is onsite at the job, coordinating all aspects of the project from hiring and scheduling to ordering materials, overseeing of subcontractors and generally keeping all phases of the project running smoothly and according to schedule. Thereʼs nothing Jeff enjoys more than sharing a clientʼs vision for a project and then finding a way to make it come to fruition.
“As soon as I get the job, it becomes my baby. We all have a hard work ethic and careful attention to detail. Steve wonʼt accept anything but the best, and we all live up to that—we put out a quality product. But at the same time, weʼre all like a family. We enjoy going to work every day.”
With 10 years of construction experience under his belt, John currently works for Hazen as Project Manager. In this position, he oversees all phases of the construction project from roof to ground and exterior to interior. He is responsible for coordinating the team members onsite, including scheduling the crew, ordering materials and working with subcontractors to make sure that everything is running smoothly and according to project timelines.
John enjoys working for Hazen because he is always treated like heʼs part of the family. He says that this sense of camaraderie and teamwork is extended to the rest of the project team so everyone feels valued and enthusiastic about the project theyʼre working on. John loves the personal satisfaction he gets from seeing a job well-done and knowing that he had a vital part in making that happen. Currently, he is taking construction courses at Cabrillo and plans to get his contractorʼs license in 2012.
“At Hazen, we treat the clients just like theyʼre one of the family. In each project weʼre working on, we go above and beyond—just like you would for a member of your family.”
As Foreman of the construction crew, Ryan is the first person on the job every morning and the last to leave every night. He acts as the right-hand man to the Project Manager
by making sure that the crew is working safely and according to the project timeline. He says that heʼs been blessed with a crew of skilled, hard-working carpenters who know the building trade and work together really well. And because they work together so well, the job always runs smoothly.
Ryan began working for the company right after high school graduation and he learned the craft of building with Hazen. Soon after, he married Steveʼs daughter and so became literally part of the family, though he still maintains that the beauty of Hazen is that they treat everyone that way. His favorite part about the business is the physicality of working with his hands. He finds it rewarding to start a project and see it through from vision to foundation and frame to completed project. Ryan says there is nothing more satisfying than the pride that comes from knowing youʼve created an top-quality structure with your own hands.