Occupation: Co-owner of Von Dre Fine Carpentry, LLC
Location: Ankeny, Iowa
Where do you find style inspiration? My girlfriend. I’m lucky enough that I basically get to wear the same thing to work everyday but in my off time she keeps me looking good.
What are some of your favorite brands? J. Crew and Banana Republic are probably my top two. I like anything that fits well and is comfortable, which can be hard to find sometimes as a taller man.
I never leave the house without my… Phone, wallet, keys. Just like every other guy.
What’s your favorite bar in Des Moines? What do you get? I love riding my bike to El Bait Shop in the summer and grabbing a beer on the patio. They have a great selection of IPA’s, which is my go-to beer. They always have a great food special as well.
If someone were visiting DSM, what is something you’d tell them to do/see? Start your morning off at the downtown farmers' market and then bike out to see the High Trestle Trail bridge. Finish your day with Zombie Burger to replace all those burned calories. Or if it’s the right time of the year, check out the Iowa State Fair — it’s the best in the country! I saw four concerts there this year and had to try a new food every night.
What are you most excited for this fall? Bonfires! I just finished making a fire pit and patio and I’m excited to have friends over and enjoy it now that it’s getting cooler outside
What’s your favorite part of your job? I love the day-to-day variety. Meeting with customers and builders and making their visions come to life. I love working with my hands and turning a pile of lumber into something that people can enjoy for a lifetime. We do a wide variety of custom woodworking.
If you could jump on a plane and go anywhere in the world right now where would you go? I’ve never been overseas so as soon as I get the chance, Europe will probably be the first place I go.