Mark Giorgetti is the Founder and Principal of Palo Santo Designs. With 20 years of hands-on experience in the construction trades, Mark not only oversees the general management of the company but also is directly engaged in the hands-on design and construction of our projects. His academic background in Environmental Science and Business has gained him a Master’s Degree and a deep commitment to environmental stewardship, which he applies to all of his work at Palo Santo Designs. Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors as Immediate Past President of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders’ Association.
Brandon Snoy is the Chief Operations Officer and Principal at Palo Santo Designs. He began his career in construction as a carpenter, working with and apprenticing under some of the most highly-skilled craftsmen in New Mexico and beyond. His talents and a keen eye for details are seen throughout all aspects of Palo Santo Designs’ projects.
Brandon leads by example – often wearing his tool bags and joining the crew in the creative process. His unique style of overseeing day-to-day on-site details is carried over into Palo Santo Designs’ administrative duties. Brandon’s dedication and commitment to our clients are demonstrated in the numerous awards and some of the highest certifications of our most prized projects.
Brandon has served on the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, where he is the immediate Past Chairman of the Remodelers Council. He is a licensed GB-98 contractor, with formal training in LEED for homes, energy efficient design, and construction techniques. With an openness to continual learning, Brandon is one of Palo Santo Designs’ most valued assets.
Leslie Gallatin-GiorgettiVice President of Marketing & Business Development
Leslie is a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty and a Principal at Palo Santo Designs. Leslie oversees many aspects of the marketing and business development of the company, while also working closely with our clients on all real estate-related issues, including acquiring building lots for our clients, large ranch properties, and listing homes for sale. She is the key contact person for all inquiries regarding new Palo Santo Designs homes for sale on the market. Leslie has lived in New Mexico for 18 years and has a deep appreciation of its diverse history, as well as a love for its land, culture, and architectural uniqueness. She has worked in the construction industry for the last 15 years.
Phil HindmarchConstruction Manager
Phil brings over 25 years of hands-on and supervisory construction experience to his projects. He moved his family to Santa Fe in 1991 from Southern Oregon where he taught school and worked as a carpenter during his summer breaks. Soon after arriving in Santa Fe, he was hired as a carpenter at Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Health Spa and ultimately supervised all of the unique “Japanese Adobe” style building projects during his ten years there. In 2002 Phil founded SpaCoach Consulting, assisting 24 health spa facilities across the US with their business planning, facility design, and refinement of operations. He has also served as lead supervisor and estimator for a local well-known and award-winning remodeling contractor, managing all aspects of major home renovations. His love for building is evident, having built 2 homes and moved one historic home (an extreme recycling feat) for his family’s personal residences. Phil’s work as a builder is characterized by his close attention to detail and his commitment to building in harmony with the natural environment.
Jan StoepplerConstruction Manager
Born and raised in Germany, Jan and his family relocated to Santa Fe in 1986. With a degree in architecture and a keen interest in design and building construction, he began his career joining the team of a local home builder, first as a carpenter and site foreman, then as a designer and project manager on design/build homes and light commercial projects. In 1989, Jan joined a local General Contractor, first as a site superintendent and then as a project manager on high-end residential and commercial projects in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Licensed as a General Contractor since 1992, Jan has been instrumental in the successful completion of numerous and highly-complex new construction as well as intricate and extensive renovation projects.
Bruce ThompsonProject Manager & Estimator
As a resident of Santa Fe for 34 years and a Licensed General Contractor for the past 27 years, Bruce has a genuine feel for the style and spirit that make our community unique. As the President of a highly reputable and award-winning company, Bruce Thompson & Associates, Bruce was recognized and well-known for producing high-quality homes and innovative designs. He is responsible for the construction of over 300 homes in northern New Mexico, both high-end custom and production-affordable developments. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association and its Executive Committee, and he was President of the organization in 2000. As a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Builders, Bruce has traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby members of the House and the Senate on issues relevant to housing. Bruce is particularly interested in local development issues, affordable housing, and national political issues affecting green building and affordable housing. As a builder who understands green building practices, he is committed to improving the standards of residential construction. Bruce understands the impact builders can have on improving the health of the natural and built environments.
Jon SternLead Architect
A Santa Fe resident since 1997, Jon has been a licensed Architect for almost 30 years. He studied at Carnegie-Mellon University where his thesis focus was Energy Efficient Design. A founder and former owner of Modulus Architects in Albuquerque, he has designed and managed building projects throughout the Southwest including multistory office/retail, medical facilities, and community centers. In his capacity as Lead Architect at Palo Santo Designs, Jon oversees the Design Staff assuring quality, efficiency and integration with field operations.
Lee KeiserLee Keiser
Lee is a Landscape Architect, Property Consultant, Site Planner, and Project Manager with 30 years of construction experience. He has been experience designing and managing environmental and culturally significant sites in Colorado, Hawaii, Thailand, Tibet and Costa Rica. Lee is a Master Painter and has a refined understanding of how colors, textures and surfaces combine with structural design to create homes of distinction. At Palo Santo Designs, Lee is a Project Designer focused on pre-construction services, site investigation, documenting existing conditions, estimating and the selection of quality features and fixtures.
Kim SevertsonAccountant and Comptroller
Kim handles all aspects of the Palo Santo Designs company books, accounts payable and receivable, insurance certifications, and internal accounting.
Owen NelsonConstruction Manager
A Santa Fe Resident of over 22 years and father of 2, Owen has an extensive resume including a Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Architecture. Having worked in the construction trades for greater than 3 decades, and as an award-winning designer-builder in his own right, Owen brings a wealth of insight and experience to our construction management team.
Owen has developed projects that include numerous East Side Historic District renovations and new builds and is the recipient of City of Santa Fe Historic Dept. Preservation Award for residential restoration. His strong design background couple with his extensive hands on builder skill set aligns him ideally with the design-build model that Palo Santo excels at.
Additionally, Owen served as the manager of design review for Las Campanas previous to joining the Palo Santo team, which further enhances our expertise in the stewardship of our clients’ approvals through rigorous Home Owner Association review, common in the Santa Fe high-end home market.
In his spare time, Owen is a prolific artist and photographer.