Who is Cove?

The team at Cove Builders has decades of experience in home building and new construction real estate. The team has managed hundreds of new construction homes and remodels. Cove’s success is derived from focusing on a few things with excellence.

The focus on building new, semi-custom homes allows us to create the perfect floor plans that work for today’s lifestyles. Whether you are looking for a Villa or a two story home, our eye is on every detail to ensure a great living experience. We are passionate about developing a proven process, delivering quality homes, and gaining happy, raving fans.

Meet Our Team

KERBY SKURAT
Owner

Kerby grew up in the small town of Villard, MN. He has a degree in Business Management and Social Studies from Hamline University and before starting his real estate business in 2008, he worked at General Mills in Sales Operations.

He plays a major role with Cove Builders and helps with strategy and business development. Kerby runs a successful real estate business with his wife, Cristina.

TODD LAVINE
General Manager

Todd is our General Manager and oversees all operational aspects of the company as well as supervises our teams in the field. Todd keeps a close eye on every job and is personally on the job sites several times a week getting dirty and mixing it up with the team. Every subcontractor knows him well and holds him in high regard.

Todd has been married to his wife Jodi for 34 years, has three adult and thriving children and one grandson. He’s enjoying being an empty nester which allows him the freedom to do a lot of different things and is actively involved in a variety of ministry functions to keep him busy.

TRICIA GRIFFEY
Sales & Project Dev’t Director

Originally from Kansas City, Tricia came to the Twin Cities several years ago and proudly calls Minnesota home. Tricia brings to the team a wide range of experience in the industry from specialty sales, residential design and design build standards to production processes.

Her focus and commitment to you, the homeowner, is making your home a reflection of you and that you enjoy the design build experience at Cove Builders.

ERIC STANDER
Production Director

A Minnesotan for almost 30 years, Eric has worked for one of the largest installers in the country and was instrumental in developing a program to constantly deliver results that yielded the best customer satisfaction and highest quality while improving the time to complete. He’s also crafted a very successful construction and remodeling team that focused on the restoration and preservation of many historic mansions in Minneapolis and St. Paul and a team that specialized in building and remodeling homes throughout the region.

With 25 successful years in the construction industry, Eric brings a solid understanding of the entire process required to deliver the best quality and customer satisfaction on every project.

ANNA NELSON
Accounting Director

Anna was born and raised in Minnesota. She graduated from Wayzata High School and then attended the University of Minnesota where she earned a degree in Business from the Carlson School of Management.

She has over 20 years of experience in Accounting and Finance across multiple industries. She has been married to her husband for 11 years and has two young children. In her free time, she enjoys being out in nature and spending time with her horses.

NICK AKKERMAN
Project Manager

Nick is our Project Manager who came to us from Arizona where he graduated with a degree in Construction Management from Arizona State University. He is originally from St. Michael, MN before he ventured off to Arizona to obtain his degree. Nick has since then moved back to the great state of Minnesota where he was born and raised.

Nick’s experience working for a large builder has now been brought to the team with a focus on managing construction and delivering a high quality home for our homeowners. Nick works alongside our subcontractors to coordinate and supervise day to day construction. His sharp eye for detail and outgoing personality is a perfect fit for the team.

MATTHEW MUSCASRA
Project Manager

Matt was born and raised in Southern California and worked in the restaurant industry for most of his career. He moved across the country to Virginia Beach where he helped his parents with their restaurants as the operations manager for 12 years. He discovered his love for construction as he assisted with the build-out of their 3 locations.

He graduated from Colorado State University with his Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. In his free time, Matt loves exploring the world with his wife and two dogs. Of the thirteen countries he has visited, his favorite is Thailand.

MALAKHI LETTERMAN
Production Assistant

Malakhi has enjoyed living in two beautiful suburbs of Minnesota, first Maple Grove and then the past 16 years in Coon Rapids. He has appreciated the support of his neighbors and friends who hired him as a kid to tend their lawns during the summers and their snowy driveways in the winters. Jobs in landscaping and general contract labor helped him pay his way through college.

Malakhi graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management. Then following college, Malakhi began his career at a large general contractor in the Midwest, focused heavily on contractor support and customer service. Most recently Malakhi has been working in home building and remodeling in administrative project management roles.

In his free time, Malakhi enjoys going to the movies or spending time outside doing yard work. He is proud to have rolled three perfect 300 games in bowling. His favorite place to go on vacation is Duluth, where he enjoys walking along the shores of Lake Superior and taking in the sites and sounds of the city.

JOSH BOERSMA
Project Manager

Josh was born and raised in Colorado, finding his passion for building and working in construction as a young man. He’s been in the construction field developing a career that spans over two decades. This knowledge base has allowed him to develop a great reputation for building relationships dedicated to providing the best quality in construction.

Josh has spent the last several years utilizing his construction background and management experience by overseeing projects that include commercial, multi family homes, and building numerous custom home developments throughout Colorado.

Josh’s roster of high end commercial and residential projects and his commitment to excellence and great experience have led him to Minnesota continuing his career at Cove Builders and helping families create their new home.

Josh enjoys spending his free time with family. This often includes early morning weekend hiking trips, and his other hobbies include playing sports and fishing.

Core Values

We consider our core values more than just a “buzzword”. They are the guiding compass of our business by which we make decisions and hire employees. If you experience anything while working with us that doesn’t align with our core values, let us know and we’ll fix the issue.

What is your dream? We can make it a reality.

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Trusted Partners

We have a team of vendors we partner with to deliver you with a world-class home.