Jan Wallis came to the Methow Valley with her husband Don in 1972. Little did she realize at that time that she and Don would one day be partnering with their two young sons, Donnie and Peter in a construction business. Today, the whole family is actively involved, with Jan carrying a hefty share of the administrative responsibilities, including accounts receivable and taxes. She works closely with Pete in preparing client billings. And most important to the crews, she prepares and delivers the paychecks and keeps the office refrigerator stocked with cold drinks.

Jan graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in education. She and Don moved around the country for several years after Don was commissioned in the Navy and flew carrier jets. They settled in the Methow Valley to raise their family, where Jan taught school for several years. In 1987, when worked slowed down in the Methow, she and Don moved to Lopez Island in the San Juans. Jan began to help Don with the books, and steadily the company grew, with eventual operations in both the Methow Valley and the San Juan Islands.

In 2003, Jan and Don returned to the valley and their original family home on Second Mile Ranch. Jan loves living in the Methow, where she is close to her boys and their families. There’s nothing she enjoys more than puttering in her garden, hanging around with the whole family on a Sunday afternoon, or sitting by the fire in the winter with a good book. Recently Jan and Don traveled to Italy with a tour. She’d like to travel some in the future. But most of the time, Jan prefers to stay home. As far as she’s concerned, her home in the Methow Valley is the best place in the world.