Jennifer Shinehouse – Owner/President
Jennifer is the second generation owner of Belle Plaine Block & Tile, Inc. With Jennifer’s father (William “Bill” Shinehouse) as the original owner, Jennifer has spent many years in some role with the company. Jennifer’s career at Block & Tile began at a very young age with picking up trash around the property and has evolved to sole proprietor when she acquired the business from her father as he entered retirement in 2011.
Jennifer continues to contribute to the company in many capacities and is ultimately the final decision maker when it comes to vital business matters. Belle Plaine Block & Tile, Inc. has been a member of the NPCA since 1976. Jennifer has taken advantage of the many classes and conventions offered through the NPCA, including, but not limited to, leadership, business, and quality control courses. She also utilizes the NPCA as a resource to buy much of the company’s equipment. Jennifer has also taken valuable classes through the ACI.
Jennifer has also been actively involved with MOWA and MNLICA on behalf of Belle Plaine Block & Tile, Inc. Jennifer’s community involvement includes participating in special projects, being a Chamber member and past president, and a member of the Rotary from 1993-2004. Jennifer’s knowledge and dedication attribute to Block & Tile’s continued success.
Jennifer’s greatest passions away from work involve time spent with her children at their lake cabin, vacationing near a beach or attending sporting events the children are involved in.
Shari Kotz – Operations Coordinator
Shari Kotz joined Belle Plaine Block & Tile, Inc. in 2011 in the capacity of Inventory Specialist and brought with her 20+ years of office management experience. Shari has since earned an Associate’s Degree in Health Care Administration with an emphasis in Business Management which has afforded her the title of Operations Coordinator with Belle Plaine Block & Tile, Inc. Shari also acts in the capacity of Notary Public for business matters requiring notarial documentation.
Shari’s progress and continued success with our company is attributed not only to years of experience, but Shari’s remarkable organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail as well. Shari’s greatest assets include; aptitude, a take charge attitude, a willingness to assist in many functions throughout our business and, most importantly, getting the job done right the first time.
Shari Kotz resides in Belle Plaine, MN with her husband and family. When Shari is not at work she is often found enjoying a quiet night near a fire on the patio or camping by a lake or river with her family and friends.
Kevin Wolpern – Shop Manager/Lead Sales Driver
Kevin became a team member of Belle Plaine Block & Tile, Inc. in 1979 as a mixer for concrete tile and tanks. Through the years, his hard work and dedication brought him to the positions of Truck Driver & Laborer, and ultimately, Shop Manager/Lead Sales Driver. Kevin most recently attended Production & Quality School Level 1 in Cleveland, OH at the Precast Show. It is a 2-day program that covers each critical step of the concrete production process from start to finish. He obtained his PQS Level 1 certificate in February, 2017.
Kevin’s passion and particularity for his work has not only contributed to our company’s success, but to his own personal accomplishments as well.
Kevin resides in Belle Plaine, MN with one of his sons. He purchased the house he grew up in from his father. Kevin has four children; one recently passed away in a work related accident. This resulted in him becoming even closer to his biological children. He has seven grandchildren. Kevin also has three foster children he had permanent custody of that he is still very close to. While away from work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, dancing, and raising animals.