Pete Franzen, Owner

Gary Sinise Foundation

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Pete Franzen grew up in a construction-oriented family in northern Minnesota and was part of the family business from an early age. After his education and apprenticeship, Pete began working for the family’s commercial construction business as a carpenter, carpenter foreman, project supervisor, and office side project manager. This afforded him a broad range of experiences, from fieldwork to the board room.

In 2000, Pete went into business for himself, shifting his focus from commercial buildings to the residential, design-build, custom home construction market. His company continues to thrive in a small market area, having built over 150 custom, turnkey homes. On most of those projects, the company worked with the client to design and draft the home as well. In 2014, he was awarded the Star Builder of the Year Award by his local builders association. Pete has 22 years of full time construction work background with 16 of them residential.


Pete and his wife, Erin, have four sons and one daughter: Caleb, Joseph, Grant, Carson, and Torrie.






Senior Project Manager, R.I.S.E. Program


Pete’s first work with the Gary Sinise Foundation also came in 2014 when he had the privilege of designing and building a specially adapted custom Smart Home for triple amputee USMC Corporal Mark Lytinski outside of Duluth, MN. It was an experience that Pete will never forget. Today, he is grateful and honored for the opportunity to serve America’s veterans and their families as a Senior Project Manager for the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program.