Meet the team ready to tackle your next renovation project


We're here to construct the home you've been dreaming about with peace of mind from start to finish

  • Our mission is to establish trust, instill confidence, and build authentic relationships with our clients, vendors, and team members, producing high quality renovation results.
  • Our vision is to position ourselves as the go-to construction provider for high-end home remodels throughout the Des Moines metro, Ankeny, Montezuma, and Lake Ponderosa areas. 
  • With honesty and integrity at the core of our values, we pledge to maintain effective communication and uphold the trust between our clients, suppliers, subcontractors, and team members. It's through these relationships and our commitment to professionalism that we pledge to deliver high quality results with clarity and transparency from start to finish.


Our Background

T&E Construction is a family owned and operated business rooted in honesty and integrity. We value building authentic relationships and take great care in treating our clients' homes as if they were our own. Our high quality workmanship and execution excellence reflects 65 years of combined experience. It's what gives our clients confidence and peace of mind as we break ground on their new construction and guide them through their home transformation journey.

We proudly serve our local communities of Ankeny, Des Moines, Montezuma, and Lake Ponderosa.


The Backbone of T&E

Eric Minner


Eric Minner is a 3rd generation contractor with over 20 years of experience. His introduction to construction came before he even graduated high school. He’s been working alongside his brother, Travis, for years and founded T&E with his father.

Needless to say, construction runs in his blood. Establishing relationships with clients has always been his top priority, striving always to instill confidence about both the process and T&E’s ability to execute their vision.

When he’s not busy transforming someone’s home, you can find him taking advantage of the outdoors, going fishing, hunting, and boating. It’s the simple things he enjoys most - like scooping up as much time as possible with his wife and children and welcoming friends and family over for dinner. 


Travis Minner

Vice President

Travis Minner has been building and creating for as long as he can remember. Summers in high school were spent working and learning from his father and grandfather in construction. Over his 25 years of experience, he’s gained in-depth knowledge about many different facets of the trade by working with different professionals and specialists.

His expertise is in actual hands-on constructing, and you’d be hard pressed to find the type of project he's never built before. Most of all, he’s passionate about empathizing with his clients, always striving to ensure 100% confidence in their finished product.

Outside of work, Travis soaks up all the time he can get with his wife and family - especially his two grandchildren. You may also find him camping, fishing, hunting, or firing up the smoker and Blackstone to share some great food with great company.

Matt Agena

Construction Manager

Matt Agena’s 20+ years in the construction industry started back in high school. Experience working for Sherwin-Williams gave him the confidence to open his own construction company, during which time, he built strong relationships with the T&E team. So strong, in fact, that he joined the team full time in 2016! 

Matt thrives on meticulous attention to detail. Toss in impeccable communication skills, and his contribution plays an integral roll in client confidence and keeping T&E's projects running smoothly and successfully.

Outside of construction, he loves taking part in his kids extra-curricular lives. You can catch him on a few snowmobiling trips through the year, and he's always ready for a good afternoon barbecue with all his favorite people.


Values that drive our work


We understand undergoing a home renovation project, and all the pain points, concern, and stress that can go along with it.


Rooted in family ties, authentic relationships keep our business growing strong.


We pride ourselves in producing quality renovations, the kind that propel our reputation forward.


65 years of combined experience mean you can trust that we know what we're doing.

Client Confidence

Based on our expertise, we establish trust and instill confidence in our clients, so the process is as easy and stress free as possible.

Job Openings

Des Moines, IA and Surrounding Areas

Interested in joining the T&E Team?

Check out our current openings our shoot us an email directly and tell us a little bit about yourself. We'd love to hear from you!

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Current Open Positions
Lead Carpenter

Job Description

Title: Lead Carpenter

Date: 02-09-21 Pay Range: $20/hr – $28/hr  

Department: Human Resource Report to: Construction Manager

Job Summary: Ensure all things work together to advance projects for the good of the customer, company reputation, and company profitability.

Roles and Responsibilities:

1.     Company performed work:

a.     Ability to read blueprints, drawings, and sketches and to fully grasp requirements.

b.      Accuracy taking measurements and calculating the size and amount of material needed for a project.

c.       Skilled in use of all tools necessary to cut, shape and smooth lumber and other material (e.g. fiberglass) according to measurements.

d.     Able to build window frames, doors, stair cases, brattices, and frame buildings by using raw materials or pre-constructed items.

e.     Able to install items such as hardwood floors, siding, cabinets, drywall, and insulation.

f.       Skills needed to lay out flooring, roofing, and drywall, ensuring they are level, plumb, and installed with as little waste possible.

g.     Inspect products and conduct repairs or maintenance as needed.

h.      Ability to assemble/build scaffolding and other needed construction structures.

2.     Ensure communications are rightly shared:

a.     Professional communication with co-workers.  

b.     Ensure high quality communication with subcontractors on job site.

c.      Active participation in Huddle boards

d.     Customer communications as needed as representative of T&E Construction Inc.

e.     Communicate schedules and timelines with Lead Carpenter.

f.       Answer questions from employees on all projects known to your position.

g.     Communicate change orders from homeowner requests to lead carpenter.

3.     Support overall success (with direct reports, lead carpenter, vendors, & customer)

a.     Actively participate in strengthening the T&E team through collaboration with Lead Carpenter, Construction Manager as well as cooperating with other trades.  

b.     Assist Lead Carpenter & Construction Manager with scheduled subcontractor meetings for job scope overview.

c.      Actively participate in goal setting, decision making, and problem solving

4.     Optimize Personal Abilities to Provide the Best Value-Added Work & Throughput metrics.

a.     Ensuring Best practices in Construction Methods

b.     Work efficiently and effectively to optimize each project.

c.      Effectively prioritize time spent by any direct reports on a job-by-job basis.

Carpenter Requirements and Qualifications:

1.     Highschool diploma.

2.     Significant work history as a Carpenter.

3.     Hands-on experience working with carpentry materials.

4.     Strong working knowledge of carpentry techniques and methods, including installation sand new construction.

5.     Proficient in using electrical and hand tools as well as measurement tools.

6.     Ability to accurately read blueprints and technical drawings.

7.     Willingness to always comply with safety guidelines and municipal requirements.

8.     Solid basic math skills.

9.     Ability to learn and use applications on computers and mobile devices.

Important Soft Skills:

1.     Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and so listening to learn the other persons actual points of view.

2.     Speaking- Talking to others to convey information effectively.

3.     Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

4.     Monitoring- Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective actions.

5.     Coordination- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

6.     Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

7.     Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

8.     Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

9.     Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure equipment is working properly.

10.  Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Physical and Environmental Considerations:

1.     Good physical condition, stamina, and dexterity.

2.     Conditions may include Iowa weather,  working inside homes and some daily travel by car.

3.     Will need to be able to lift as much as 50 pounds.

Construction Helper

Job Description

Title: Construction Helper

Revision Date: 6-01-22 Pay Range: $13 – $17/hr.  

Department: Human Resource Report to: Lead Carpenter

Job Summary: We have an immediate opening for a Construction Helper to join our project team. You must be hard-working, reliable, and willing toper form various tasks that are required on the work site. Responsibilities include handling of materials, structure demolition, operating hand tools, operating power tools, and installation of components. Desire an individual looking for a career in construction. A driver’s license is a must.

Roles and Responsibilities:

1.    Accountability:

a.     Ensure on time arrival to job  

b.     Daily Positive Attitude

c.      Approach position with long term employment achievement in mind.

d.     Expect to work outdoors in all types of weather.

2.     On-site Responsibilities

a.     Maintain clean and organized job site

b.     Select tools, equipment, or materials from storage

c.      Ability to follow written or oral instruction

d.     Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials

e.     Strive to gain carpentry knowledge through questions to lead carpenter in order to gain knowledge to become a long-term team member  

f.       Measure and cut materials for installation

g.     Ability to work at elevated heights

h.     Willingness to learn the principles, methods, tools, and equipment used in the trade.

i.       Must become knowledgeable and have the ability to safely operate hand and power tools.


1.     Must be able to read a tape measure

2.     Must have driver’s license

3.     Mechanical Aptitude

4.     Able to lift 75+ pounds

Ready to start your renovation?