Over 30 Years Experience

Let us put our 30 years of experience in remodeling, custom home construction,
and handyman services to work for you.








MARK BARBER, CGR, CGP President and Production Manager

Mark is a lifelong resident of the Ithaca area, and grew up on a dairy farm in Danby.  Mark has nearly 3 decades of construction experience at Sunny Brook Builders doing all phases from excavation and welding to finish trim and painting, Mark can do any task our jobs and customers require.  Mark uses not only his production experience as a former lead carpenter, but his strong people skills to support and mentor our carpenters and maintain the high level of customer service we are known for.  Mark is our Production Manager responsible for overseeing our carpenters, job scheduling and customer satisfaction and is the President of Sunny Brook Builders.  In January 2009, Mark was awarded a Certified Graduate Remodeler Designation from the National Association Of Home Builders (NAHB).  Mark has recently taken NAHB course work for Certified Aging In Place Specialist.  Mark is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 safety protocols.








DEAN SHEA, CGR, CGP, CAPS  Vice President and Administrator

Dean received his Bachelor's Degree in Business from SUNY Fredonia.  Dean learned the building trade in his youth working with his father remodeling and maintaining his families apartment buildings and home. Dean also has extensive experience in the plumbing and heating field where he worked as a project coordinator.  Dean joined the Sunny Brook Builders team in 1999 and is the Administrator and Vice President of Sunny Brook Builders. He currently serves as a Board Member and Immediate Past President of the Tompkins Cortland Home Builders and Remodelers Association. Dean is the current President of Tompkins Cortland Habitat for Humanity as well as serving on the construction committee and lending hands on expertise to projects under construction.  In January 2004, Dean was awarded a Certified Graduate Remodeler Designation, in May 2009, Dean was awarded a Certified Green Professional Designation and in September 2011 Dean Was awarded a Certified  Aging in Place Specialist Designation from the National Association Of Home Builders. Dean is a Building Performance Institute Trained Building Analyst and Envelope Professional and is trained in OSHA 10 safety protocols.  Dean is a Certified Networker and currently President of the Summit Chapter of BNI.








RAY BREHM, CGP,CAPS  Lead Carpenter

Ray is a lead carpenter in our remodeling division and has over a decade and a half of remodeling successes at Sunny Brook Builders.  Ray enjoys trim, cabinetry and wood working but is also skilled in flashing and envelope technologies and building science.  Ray is taking National Association of Home Builders course work and pursuing his Certified Graduate Remodeler Designation as well as Building Performance Institute certification.  In September 2012, Ray was awarded a  Certified Green Professional Designation and in January 2013, Ray was awarded a Certified Aging in Place Specialist Designation from the National Association of Home Builders.  Ray has completed his coursework and written test for BPI Certified Building Analyst.  Ray is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 safety protocols.  While training for carpentry at TST BOCES Ray took 1st place regional, 1st place New York State and 6th place National awards for his finish carpentry. 



RICH HAYES, Carpenter

Rich is a carpenter for Sunny Brook Builders performing New Construction, Remodeling and Additions.  Rich came to us with over 2 decades of experience, highly skilled at framing, siding, roofing, cabinet making, and interior trim. Rich has experience in all phases of construction and has a thorough understanding of building systems and flashing which are critical to the integrity and longevity of the homes he works on.  Rich is methodical and thorough in his approach to all phases of construction.  Rich is becoming our resident expert in Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) flashing as he works through siding and insulation projects where we team up with our friends, and DER experts at Snug Planet.  Rich is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 safety protocols.


DAN OSTDIEK, Lead Carpenter

Dan is a Lead Carpenter for Remodeling and Additions and was previously our lead in Handyman/Home Maintenance, so he is able to do it all from rot repair to laying tile.  Dan has over 2 decades of experience is new construction, remodeling and painting.  On repair projects Dan knows how to take it apart and restore it correctly using flashing details that will last, he can make adjustments so things work smoothly and he is skilled at putting in new windows, moldings and what ever finishes you desire to upgrade and update your space.  Dan has worked through a the siding, window installation and trim portions of a Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) with our friends and DERexperts at Snug Planet.  Dan is our resident rubber roof expert as well and he performs much of the estimating for his projects.  Dan is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 safety protocols.


BOB MIKLES, Carpenter

Bob is a carpenter for Remodeling and Additions with over 2 decades of carpentry and job management experience.  He has lead construction crews, run his own construction business and performed all phases of residential construction from the ground up.  Bob has experience and training in weatherization and running a blower door to measure infiltration.  Bob proudly served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged.  Bob is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 safety protocols.





JAMES BOWMAN, Lead Carpenter Home Maintenance

James is a Lead Carpenter in our Handyman/Home Maintenance division.  James supervises the carpenters for the Home Maintenance division.  James has previous experience as a carpenter, painter and installing business phone systems, but has found his home at Sunny Brook Builders.  His skills include extensive experience in staining, painting and interior finishing as well as flooring installation, flashing systems, window and door installation.  James is a great communicator who is able to keep his clients in the loop through phone, email and text messaging.  James is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 Safety protocols.




CHAD WHIBLE, Carpenter

Chad is a Carpenter with extensive experience in framing, decks, pole barns, roofing, flashing systems, window and door installation, siding, exterior and interior trim finishes. He has interacted with the Sunny Brook crews on multiple jobs over several years before coming on board as an employee.  Chad is a carpenter for both new construction and remodeling projects.  Chad has the skills and confidence to perform tasks and complete projects on his own.  Chad is currently working on Dan's crew and independently as assigned.  Chad is certified in EPA lead safe work practices and OSHA 10 safety protocols.




JOHN STROUD, Carpenter

John has worked in various home and property maintenance positions in the past. John is working with a remodeling crew.








JEFF BAKER, Administrative Assistant








JEFF GOLDEN, Estimator







William excelled in BOCES carpentry while in high school and worked briefly with us at Sunny Brook Builders. He has since spent several years in the Army and after an honorable discharge is back as a carpenter. William works with a remodeling crew.





After studying construction trades in BOCES, Jim graduated from SUNY Alfred and spent several years in the Navy with an honorable discharge. James has carpentry experience working for several companies as well as running his own remodeling company. Jim is the right hand man in Home Maintenance.









Darren is the Brit in our midst. He hails from south west England were he completed finish carpentry trade school. After converting to tools that work on the American power supply, Darren is working with both our home maintenance and our remodeling crews.









Matt has worked in various construction companies in New York State and relocated to the Ithaca area. Matt is certified in Lead Safe Renovation and works on a remodeling crew.