Jim's experience in construction begins at age 12, working on job sites for his grandfather's business. As a teenager, pitching in to provide manual labor gradually became a labor of love. Jim acquired experience in all aspects of homebuilding — carpentry, masonry, concrete, plumbing, electric, painting — and applied his skills in and around the Dayton community. Jim officially joined the Zengel family business full-time in 1979, honing his expertise in a variety of roles within the company. In 2011, Jim became a Certified Green Professional (CGP), followed by recognition as a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) in 2014. Jim successfully created the Zengel Group, Building and Remodeling in 2012 as a natural extension of his home building background in order to provide clients with a professional remodeling and home addition choice that provides unmatched customer service and craftsmanship.
Connie is a lifelong resident of Dayton, where she attended Chaminade-Julienne before graduating from Bowling Green State University in Elementary Education. Over the years, she has been an elementary teacher, junior high science teacher, homeschooling mom for seven years. Finally, she was a dental office manager and part-time office assistant for Zengel Group. In 2014, she joined Jim full-time as project coordinator, bookkeeper, and marketing coordinator at Zengel Group. In her spare time, she loves spending time reading and sharing books with friends, as well as spending time with her children. Connie and Jim have been married for over 25 years and have three children: Casey, Patrick, Jenna and son-in-law Lane. The Zengel family calls Dayton home where they enjoy spending time with their large extended family.
A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Patrick earned his Bachelors in Entrepreneurship and is thrilled to be joining the family business as a fourth-generation builder. Since he was old enough to hold a hammer, Patrick has been learning the trade. From helping his grandfather finish concrete, to helping his father’s crews spread straw on freshly seeded yards; his passion for helping others has only grown with his age. We are beyond happy to have him as part of Zengel Group starting May 1, 2018.
Just like his cousin Jim, Bob grew up in the construction industry. He worked for the family company in a variety of positions before starting his own successful company in 1999. In 2010, his close relationship with Jim forged a plan to work together again. He is the eyes and ears on job sites and keeps production on schedule. During the winter months, he coaches high school bowling and in the warmer months you can find him on his boat with his wife and two sons.
Tim's grandfather sparked his interest in carpentry so he chose to attend Patterson Co-Op High School to learn the trade. He enjoys the attention to detail and seeing the finished product. When not working, Tim treats us to the fruits of his bountiful garden as well as cans the surplus which he shares with family and friends. In addition, he is also very involved in his church.
Over the last 39 years, Keith has worked in every aspect of the building industry. He loves the fact that every day is different — new people, new tasks. Keith has a cache of skills and, yet, is always open to learning a new technique or mastering a new product or tool. He is an avid collector of model trains and a fan of his grandson's ball team.
Aaron followed in his grandfather's footsteps learning carpentry for him then attending Great Oaks Institute of Technology. During the last 15 years, he has rounded out his skills to include drywall, plumbing, electrical work and tile setting. He enjoys the camaraderie of his fellow workers and the experience they bring to the job. His free time is spent with his wife and baby daughter.
Grant joined Zengel Group in 2017 as a carpenter in training. He has shown a natural ability for carpentry and the remodeling industry. Grant was born in Dayton, but at the age of 6 moved to Georgia. He returned to Dayton in 2014, where he has numerous relatives including Jim, who is his second cousin. When not working, he volunteers at Kettering Middle school as an assistant wrestling coach, workouts and takes care of his dog.