Upon graduating from Nashville high school in 1990 I enlisted in the United States Army. I completed my basic training at Fort Knox Kentucky, and was stationed in Vilseck Germany for 2 years. I was a crew member on the M1A1 Battle Tank, a truly amazing piece of Military equipment. The Military provided me with many opportunities, such as traveling to other Countries, and taught me many valuable life lessons. Out of all my memories and experiences I value more than anything the friendships that were made.
After leaving the Army in 1993 I was not sure what i wanted to do. I looked into applying to our local College but really did not know what I wanted to study. While I was deciding my Uncle mentioned that the construction company he worked for was hiring a truck driver/ warehouse guy. I applied and was hired the next day. While working for them for the next year and a half I watched and learned all I could from the carpenters that worked their. I eventually asked my boss if he would hire me as an apprentice carpenter and he agreed. I went from an apprentice to a journeyman to a foreman and eventually to an estimator in the office. After working for them for 12 years I decided to quit and pursue other business opportunities. I will be forever grateful to the VonAlst family for the skills and knowledge they taught me.
Before I continue with my work history I would like to introduce my family. I was married to Mandy, my High School sweetheart, in 1999. We lived in the small town of Addieville in an old house that I was in the middle of remodeling. We began having children and did not stop until 2008. As our family grew so did the additions to the house. I can honestly say that Mandy is a saint for dealing with all the remodeling and messes I made. We have six children, four girls and two boys. Ethan, Devin, Mikayla, Sam, Rylee, and Charli.
Another chapter of our lives that is very important to us is our Church Family. We are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoyelton. Hoyelton is where mandy and I both grew up, so it has special meaning to both of us. We think it is very important to be active in Church and volunteer as much as we can. I am the Southern Illinois director for the Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ, an organization that kids from 7th grade thru college, get together to share their faith with other people. Currently our three oldest kids are involved in OAFC.
While building our family Mandy agreed to let me start a Construction company with a friend of mine. So in 2009 we started Christian Brothers llc. Things were going pretty good as I was excited about working for myself. I worked as a carpenter during the day and worked as an estimator at night , sometimes until 1 or 2 in the morning. After about a year in business my partner and I decided to part ways. I turned over the company to him 100% and took some time to figure out what the future held for us.
I think the idea of working for myself kept calling and Mandy was gracious enough to let me start again. So we started Brammeier Construction Services and still run that business today.
In the Fall of 2011 My Uncle Dave Mulvin, presented Mandy and I with the opportunity of taking over his Painting Company as he was wanting to retire. After several months of prayer and discussions on May 29, 2012 we took over Dave Mulvin Painting. Dave has built and ran a very successful painting company for over 30 years, and we are working very hard to keep his legacy going. I cannot thank Dave and his wife Kathy enough for all their help. I came to realize very quickly that it is impossible to learn overnight what Dave has learned in over thirty plus years.
To help understand the painting industry better I became a member of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. In 2015 Mandy and I went to the PDCA conference in Charleston South Carolina. Not only did we learn new things,and meet new people, we were able to spend time together and tour the city of Charleston. Wow, what amazing food they have. I can honestly say we tried the cooked oysters but could not bring ourselves to try the raw ones. I am a firm believer that certain foods need to be cooked before eating.
We are working very hard to grow our business, hire new employees, and meet new customers. We look forward to meeting you and helping you with your next project.