Dynamic Duo

Dean and Tricia Adams are both Northern Michigan natives, were high school sweethearts and attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Dean for Engineering, and Tricia for nursing. They moved back to Traverse City and got married in 2004. Over the next few years, they founded Bay Area Contracting and their first child was born. They are happy and grateful that their personal and business lives have thrived. Today they have a successful business and a family that has grown to five!

Dean has worked in the building industry since 1998, beginning as a framer for a custom home builder. He gradually learned the administrative end of the business, eventually becoming a project manager. In that position, he oversaw developments, spec homes, large custom homes and commercial jobs. In May 2007, the opportunity arose to start Bay Area Contracting, and the company's project roster has been filled ever since.

Tricia works as a neonatal nurse at Munson Medical Center in the NICU, but she is also involved with marketing and home design for Bay Area Contracting. With their extended family, Tricia and Dean enjoy boating, water skiing, downhill skiing and traveling.

Bay Area Contracting has won numerous Parade of Homes awards since first entering in 2008; in 2010 he was named Distinguished Builder of the Year for 2009 by the Home Builders Association Grand Traverse Area; in 2010 he was selected for the Traverse City Business News 40 Under 40, and in 2013 Bay Area Contracting was chosen as one of the Red Hot Best Businesses of Northern Michigan by readers of Traverse Magazine and as one of the top 10 small businesses in the region. He has been a certified green builder since 2008.

Dean Adams


“We build exceptional homes for each client's unique lifestyle. We have an unwavering commitment to quality, craftsmanship and client satisfaction. Our talented team pushes the limits and is always up for a challenge to find the best design solution while implementing the construction seamlessly. The end result seems like magic!”

Tricia Adams


“Most of my work is involved with consulting on marketing decisions and planning employee events. I enjoy collaborating with our talented team to create business and marketing plans that are fresh and fun and then celebrating our success with our employees at fun events, like our weekend family retreat and company dinners.”

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Helen Keller, American Author

Kerry Malkiewicz

Office Manager

“From marketing to bookkeeping, it’s my job to ensure everything runs smoothly here in the BAC office. The best part of my job is the people. Our BAC team is truly like family, which makes it a very special (and fun!) work environment. ”

Scott Schmidt

Project Manager

“I make sure jobs are running smoothly and efficiently, while making sure the homeowner and designer's visions are implemented correctly. I enjoy being part of the positive transformation of a house through a remodel or a custom dream home.”

Mike Thomas

Project Manager

“It's my job to effectively communicate with the client and construction crew. At all times I know what's going on with each project and directing the process as it goes.”

Kirk LeSarge

Wood Shop Supervisor

“With our new state-of-the-art wood shop, there's no limits to what we can make.”

Dan Rosa

Wood Shop

“I am proud of the quality that goes into every piece we make by hand.”

Taylor Bantien

Wood Shop Associate

“It's a fun place to work and there's always something to keep me busy.”

Heath Nowak

Lead Trim Carpenter

“Years of experience have taught me to measure twice and cut once.”

Rick Trojanowski

Trim Carpenter

“I enjoy working with my hands and getting the project done on-time.”

Eric Clement

Trim Carpenter

“We are a close group of guys who never cut corners and enjoy each others company.”

Chris Klee

Trim Carpenter

“There's always challenges that arise when you're working on a house. It's fun to find a creative solution to solve it.”

Nick Bible

Trim Carpenter

“Quality is what we strive for in every project.”

Jake Heller

Trim Carpenter

“I love coming to work because everyday has different challenges.”