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.

president and servant leader

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.

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!

Chris Duits

Business Development

Chris Duits

Business Development

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.

Andy DeBoer

Director of Construction

Andy DeBoer

Director of Construction

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

Steve Ellison

Field Superintendent

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

Field Superintendent

Cory Arp

Field 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.

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.

Mike Blossom

Project Manager/Estimator/NCCER Certified Instructor

Mike Blossom

Project Manager/Estimator/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.

Lance Hazel

AMI Service Manager

Lance Hazel

AMI Service Manager

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

AMI Service

Terry Buschert

AMI Service

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.

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.

Drew Faulkner

Shop Manager

Drew Faulkner

Shop Manager

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

Jason Roh

Safety/Education Director

Jason Roh

Safety/Education Director

History: Hope College Grad (education), 13 years as an ironworker, 3 years so far in construction safety,  currently in grad school at Arizona State (MS in construction management)
Something Unique About Me:  I decided to go back to school in my late, late 30’s
What I love: I love my wife Ashley, my kids Landen and Breslynn…and Michigan State football…and hunting

Eli Villalobos

Project Manager

Eli Villalobos

Project Manager

History: Graduated from Adrian College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Worked as a field laborer in Residential and Commercial construction prior to joining AMI.
Something Unique About Me: My last name translates to “Village of Wolves” in Spanish
What I love: Hanging out with my family, watching sports, hunting, doing anything competitive, music, and spending time outside.

Becky Potter Smith

Accounting Staff

Becky Potter Smith

Accounting Staff

History:  Becky just joined AMI front-office team in August 2021.  She is handling Accounts Receivable and looks forward to growing her servant heart at AMI.
Something Unique About Me: I delivered my 1st child on my birthday – Best. Gift. Ever.
What I love: My high-school sweetheart/husband, our 3 kids and their spouses, plain cake donuts, and napping on my patio.

ami jOBSITE LEADERSHIP

Jeremiah Thomas
Tony Gardner
Billy Wilson
Andy Roberts
Alex Potter