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 40, 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.

Field Leadership Team

Terry Buschert

Foreman / NCCER Instructor

Terry Buschert

Foreman / NCCER Instructor

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.

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.

Drew Faulkner

Shop Foreman

Drew Faulkner

Shop Foreman

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.

Lance Hazel

Field Superintendent / Safety Manager

Lance Hazel

Field Superintendent / Safety 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.

Luke Richmond

CAD Designer / CNC Programmer

Luke Richmond

CAD Designer / CNC Programmer

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

Project Management Team

Chad Comps

Senior Project Manager

Chad Comps

Senior Project Manager

History: Chad joined the AMI family after graduating from Ferris in 2000. Chad is now the senior project manager.
Something Unique About Me: When I was much younger I caught a grand slam ball at Tiger Stadium.
What I love: God, my wife Kendra and my four children.

Mike Blossom

Project Manager / NCCER Instructor

Mike Blossom

Project Manager / NCCER 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.

Andy DeBoer

Project Manager

Andy DeBoer

Project Manager

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, 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.

Drew Sifton

Project Manager

Drew Sifton

Project Manager

History: Drew joined the AMI family in 2004 to work in the field. He spent many years as a foreman and was eventually promoted to project manager. Drew still assists in the field when needed as well.
Something Unique About Me: I enjoy being outdoors hunting and fishing.
What I love: My wife Michelle and our three kids: Ethan, Olivia and Aiden.

Alex Santiago

Project Manager

Alex Santiago

Project Manager

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.

Operations Support Team

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

Office Manager

Sue Collins

Office Manager

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

Accountant Assistant

Nancy Miller

Accountant Assistant

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

Administrative Assistant

Laurie Patrick

Administrative Assistant

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.

Business Development Team

Chris Duits

Sales & Business Development

Chris Duits

Sales & 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.

Mike Wiltshire

Pre-Construction Manager

Mike Wiltshire

Pre-Construction Manager

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.

Leadership Team

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

Office Manager

Sue Collins

Office Manager

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!

Chad Comps

Senior Project Manager

Chad Comps

Senior Project Manager

History: Chad joined the AMI family after graduating from Ferris in 2000. Chad is now the senior project manager.
Something Unique About Me: When I was much younger I caught a grand slam ball at Tiger Stadium.
What I love: God, my wife Kendra and my four children.

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.

Terry Vanden Akker

Communications Director

Terry Vanden Akker

Communications Director

History: Terry joined the AMI family in September of 2018 as the Enclosure Management Communications Director to help facilitate web communication and interpersonal communication. He will be identifying and packaging AMI’s history and managing AMI’s communication strategies.
Something Unique About Me: I had the opportunity to explore and teach all over the world, including Art History in Egypt and Animation while living in India for 5 years.
What I love: My daughters and sons-in-law, my wonderful grandson, the guidance from my family and a great story.

Mike Wiltshire

Pre-Construction Manager

Mike Wiltshire

Pre-Construction Manager

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.