Who We are

From Basement to Buildings – AMI, a company you can trust!

About Architectural Metals

Established in 1987, AMI began with 2 employees. After 13 years in the architectural metal industry as a salesman, AMI Founder John Walter launched a new company out of his home basement. His first employee was a college student named Brian Potter who began as a draftsman.

As AMI grew, it moved to rented office space in 1997. At that time, John and his wife Shirley began to think about retiring. In 2002, Brian and Essie Potter became AMI’s owners. That same year AMI located in Portland, Michigan where the Fabrication Shop and Main Office are located today. During the past 30 years, AMI has grown from an annual project volume of $100,000 to over $10 million. AMI’s 2 employees have grown to over 50, 13 of which have been with AMI for more than 10 years, encouraging others to create their legacy through AMI.

How does a company grow from a basement entrepreneurial venture to one known as the premier source for Michigan’s architectural sheet metal industry in just over 30 years? The answer is AMI’s philosophy for doing business. AMI provides owners with leak-proof buildings, on time and within specifications through:

  • Utilizing the highest quality products on the market
  • Developing professional, friendly staff and trained craftsmen
  • Making customer satisfaction the ultimate priority

Serving building owners’ architectural metal and building enclosure needs, AMI provides the experience and capability needed to successfully fulfill the most challenging projects.

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Brian Potter

President and Chief Servant Leader

Brian Potter

President and Chief Servant Leader

History: Brian was hired in at 18 years old as the first AMI employee in 1987. Brian’s love for the construction industry grew and led him to become owner and president in 2002.
Something Unique About Me: I am not that smart, just blessed beyond measure!
What I love: My wife Essie, the Construction Industry, Kilpatrick Church and Basketball.

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Chris Duits

Leadership

Chris Duits

Leadership

History: Chris joined the AMI family in 1990 while in high school before coming on full time in the field in 1995. Chris has also worked in project management before his current role in Sales and Business Development.
Something Unique About Me: I’ve been told I’m a very good listener, though my wife may disagree.
What I love: My wife and two children, winning, the Lakewood Community and our Viking Sports.

Alex Geiger

Construction Technologist

Alex Geiger

Construction Technologist

History:. I interned at AMI during the summer of 2019 as I attended the University of Michigan. In April 2020. I graduated from Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

Something Unique About Me: I am an avid movie watcher. I try and watch a movie every day.
What I love: My wife Katie, my family, my dog and anything to do with Star Wars or Marvel.

Alex Santiago

Project Manager/Estimator/NCCER certified instructor

Alex Santiago

Project Manager/Estimator/NCCER certified instructor

History: Alex joined the AMI family in 2017. Previously, Alex started working in the sheet metal industry after his sophomore year in college as a summer job. He worked for three summers on the homes of the philanthropists of Grand Rapids. After working in the business field for a year, he decided to continue doing what he loved.
Something Unique About Me: I used to DJ and breakdance.
What I love: My two girls Alexis and Elizabeth, music, maize and blue, Detroit Sports and whenever big brother makes little brother go crying to mama.

Matthew Zimmerman, PE, PMP

Project Manager

Matthew Zimmerman, PE, PMP

Project Manager

History: Matt joined AMI in 2020 after almost 5 years in Uganda. Prior to living in Uganda, he spent more than 10 years in construction management and construction consulting, mostly in the West Michigan area. Matt has a civil engineering degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Cornerstone University.
Something Unique About Me: I spent almost 5 years managing construction sites and training men and women in Uganda as a missionary through Engineering Ministries International.
What I love: I love my wife and 4 kids. I also love travelling and being active, whether it is going for a run, a bike ride with the family, or a hiking and camping trip up north. One of my passions is a desire to mentor, train, and empower younger individuals.

Chuck Sidor P.E.

Business Development and Consulting Services

Chuck Sidor P.E.

Business Development and Consulting Services

History:Prior to my entry into wall systems I worked as a registered engineer in Texas doing Civil and structural work for a number of companies. I am also registered in Michigan.I began my wall career in 1981 with HH Robertson. Robertson became a part of Centria in 1996. My career spanned 38 years with 4 being in Texas and 34 in Michigan. I was an Estimator, Salesman, Sr. Salesman, Branch Manager, District Sales Manager and retired from Centria as a Regional Manager. A that time I joined AMI to help kick off the Enclosure Management division.

Something Unique About Me: I can, with a high degree of accuracy, always know which direction I am heading and thus know where north is.

What I love: My first love is to travel. This is to both see the sights but just as important to take in the region’s history..

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Lance Hazel

Leadership

Lance Hazel

Leadership

History: Lance joined the AMI family in 1989 after serving in the Army for three years.
Something Unique About Me: I like to build relationships in the construction community.
What I love: My family, especially my wife Darcy, traveling, and meeting new people.

Terry Buschert

Field Leadership

Terry Buschert

Field Leadership

History: Terry started as a worker at Woodland Sheet Metal (a sister company to AMI) in 1988. When Woodland Sheet Metal dissolved into AMI, Terry began working for AMI at that time. Terry has been a foreman at AMI for most of his 30 years. He has also participated in several safety committees within the construction industry and enjoys training and sharing his wisdom of the craft with others.
Something Unique About Me: I am blessed with gifts and talents that I use to bring glory to God and benefit a company which does the same which helped me win the Craft Professional of the Year Award in 2016.
What I love: My Lord and Savior, my wife Chris of 32 years and being a part of a company that cares about its employees and customers.

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Drew Faulkner

Leadership

Drew Faulkner

Leadership

History: Drew joined the AMI family in 2004 working in the shop and was promoted to shop foreman in 2015. Drew oversees all shop made materials and assists in the field to help them, be more efficient.
Something Unique About Me: We have a hobby farm and raise 40 Black Angus cows.
What I love: My beautiful wife and two kids. My wife and I love showing our kids how to raise animals and teaching them the work ethic of doing this.

Luke Richmond

CAD Designer / CNC Programmer/ Scanning tech

Luke Richmond

CAD Designer / CNC Programmer/ Scanning tech

History: Luke joined the AMI family in 2018 as the CAD Designer and CNC Programmer.
Something Unique About Me: My grandma and I share the same birthday
What I love: Michigan State Basketball and Football

Derek Lydy

Fabricator

Derek Lydy

Fabricator

Dustin Dewey

Fabricator

Dustin Dewey

Fabricator

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Deanna Branski

Director of Finance

Deanna Branski

Director of Finance

History: Deanna joined the AMI family in 2017 and serves in a dual role on the leadership team with AMI and Vos Glass.
Something Unique About Me: I have moved 22 times in my life, but consider West Michigan my home. My husband and I returned in 2016 to be closer to our family. I have worked in a variety of industries and enjoy the challenges of construction accounting.
What I love: My husband, whom I met in high school, the four seasons of Michigan, tailgating with our daughter at the University of Michigan and with our son at Michigan State, growing in my relationship with Jesus.

Sue Collins

Controller

Sue Collins

Controller

History: Sue joined the AMI family as the Office Manager in 2006 and is responsible for the overall accounting needs and human resource aspects of AMI. I absolutely love my job! It is a blessing to work in a family type atmosphere with such hard working and dedicated people.
Something Unique About Me: I am blessed to be a pastor’s wife and get to serve alongside him!
What I love: My family, being a grandma is the best! Discipling other women. The Fall colors in Michigan!

Nancy Miller

Accounting Staff

Nancy Miller

Accounting Staff

History: Nancy joined the AMI family in 2015. Her main duties include payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable. She offers support to the other office staff with any projects they need help with.
Something Unique About Me: I enjoy raising honey bees and selling honey locally.
What I love: Spending time with my grandchildren.

Laurie Patrick

Accounting Staff

Laurie Patrick

Accounting Staff

History: Laurie joined the AMI family in 2014. She oversees accounts payable, all social media aspects, plans the company events and assists in all accounting aspects of AMI as well. Laurie also assists any other office staff with projects they need help with.
Something Unique About Me: I used to take Capoeira – Brazilian Martial Arts.
What I love: My husband Aaron, volunteering at our church, Michigan in the fall and music.

Millie Darling

Accounting Staff

Millie Darling

Accounting Staff

History: I graduated high school in 2015 from Lakewood High school. I then moved to Grand Rapids for 4 years while I worked at a Leggett and Platt furniture company. Part time I also went to Grand Rapids Community College for a Business Administration degree. I am currently the interim administrative assistant at AMI , doing accounting functions and administrative work.
Something Unique About Me: I would clean the AMI offices with my sisters.
What I love: I love the weekends and spending time with my husband and (fur child) dog

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Andy DeBoer

Director of Project Management

Andy DeBoer

Director of Project Management

History: Andy joined the AMI family in 2009 as a Project Manager after graduating from Ferris State University with a Bachelors in Construction Management and Architectural Technology. His passion for the ever-evolving Construction Industry made him a great addition to AMI.
Something Unique About Me: I’m proud of my northern Michigan roots.
What I love: My wife Holly, my daughter Emmy and Michigan Out of Doors. I take pride in seeing a building on paper come to life by the talented individuals that create the AMI team.

Mike Wiltshire

Director Of Pre-construction Services

Mike Wiltshire

Director Of Pre-construction Services

History: Mike joined the AMI family in 2003 while attending Michigan State University. His current role involves sales, estimating, and management of all pre-construction services.
Something Unique About Me: I am not a Facebook or Twitter User.
What I love: My wonderful family, Spartan football and basketball, the Upper Peninsula, and a quiet tree stand in November.

Steve Ellison

Field Superintendent / Safety Manager

Steve Ellison

Field Superintendent / Safety Manager

History: Steve joined the AMI family back in 2004. Even at such a young age, Steve had the drive for more responsibility, which led him to becoming a foreman in 2010. As a foreman, his drive continued and taking on such complex projects, it showed his capabilities were so much more than AMI had made him responsible for. As time went on, AMI’s growth and reputation had made it apparent that the need for another superintendent was needed. In summer of 2016, Steve had then been promoted to his current position and will be typically seen on AMI’s larger scale jobs.
Something Unique About Me: I enjoy some of the most complex jobs and don’t back down from a challenge.
What I love: Raising our four children and teaching them tools to prepare them for life as an adult, wrenching on anything with a motor, anything competitive and music.

Cory Arp

Superintendent

Cory Arp

Superintendent

History: I’ve has been at AMI for 19 years.
Something Unique About Me: I once built a raft and floated down the Muskegon river for 3 days.
What I love: My wife and kids, golf and Michigan football.

Mike Blossom

Project Manager/NCCER certified instructor

Mike Blossom

Project Manager/NCCER certified instructor

History: Mike joined the AMI family in 2001 as a field employee. He was promoted to Shop Manager in late 2002 and then again to Project Manager in 2015. Mike is also an insructor for the AMI Apprenticeship program.
Something Unique About Me: I went to college for Biology/Chemistry and ended up in the construction trade.
What I love: Challenges, be it mental or physical and overcoming them with my hands or mind, the outdoors, and running.

Alex Santiago

Project Manager/Estimator/NCCER certified instructor

Alex Santiago

Project Manager/Estimator/NCCER certified instructor

History: Alex joined the AMI family in 2017. Previously, Alex started working in the sheet metal industry after his sophomore year in college as a summer job. He worked for three summers on the homes of the philanthropists of Grand Rapids. After working in the business field for a year, he decided to continue doing what he loved.
Something Unique About Me: I used to DJ and breakdance.
What I love: My two girls Alexis and Elizabeth, music, maize and blue, Detroit Sports and whenever big brother makes little brother go crying to mama.

Matthew Zimmerman, PE, PMP

Project Manager

Matthew Zimmerman, PE, PMP

Project Manager

History: Matt joined AMI in 2020 after almost 5 years in Uganda. Prior to living in Uganda, he spent more than 10 years in construction management and construction consulting, mostly in the West Michigan area. Matt has a civil engineering degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Cornerstone University.
Something Unique About Me: I spent almost 5 years managing construction sites and training men and women in Uganda as a missionary through Engineering Ministries International.
What I love: I love my wife and 4 kids. I also love travelling and being active, whether it is going for a run, a bike ride with the family, or a hiking and camping trip up north. One of my passions is a desire to mentor, train, and empower younger individuals.

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