Meet The JRZ Homes Team!

We’re so proud that here at JRZ Homes, we’ve been able to hire the most capable, hard working and dedicated team of true professionals. Our work is what we love to do and when you love what you do, it is reflected in the finished product.

Jesse Zielke

Licenced Builder
Director of JRZ Constructions PTY LTD T/A JRZ Homes.

Jesse began his career of building quality homes here in Bundaberg back in 2008. Since then he has gone from strength to strength, and today with Jesse at the helm JRZ Homes has grown to be Bundaberg’s Largest Residential Local Building Company. He prides himself on being Open, Honest and as Informative as possible along the way with the aim of providing you with a Quality Dream Home you will tell your Friends and Family about. Jesse has surrounded himself with the best Staff, Suppliers, and Sub-Contractors in the business to ensure you our Valued Client experience a stress free build working closely with our experienced Team of Professionals.

Jesse was awarded the ‘Rising Star Award’ in the 2016 Master Builders Regional Awards which is awarded to a candidate who shows quality workmanship, is involved in the community, shows leadership, is a team player and knowledgeable in the building industry.

Mel Zielke

Business Accounts and Human Resources
B. Acct. Acct Dip. F/S

JRZ Homes is in good hands with Mel supervising the ever growing business. Mel is University trained and qualified to ensure all is running smoothly behind the scenes in the Accounts Department and within the Human Resources Department. Mel also ensures that she works closely with each client along the way to guide them in their selection processes to ensure a seamless build as well as works closely with our employees and contractors to ensure our WHS policies procedures are adhered.

Mel was awarded the “Women in Building Award” in the 2016 Master Builders Regional Awards, which is awarded to a candidate who shows leadership, is a team player, excels in project documentation and customer service and is knowledgeable in the building industry, a very worthy winner.

Mel aims to ensure you finish up with a home you will treasure and tell your friends and family about.

David Cohen

Sales Manager/Building Consultant
Licensed Real Estate Agent

David Cohen is our very experienced Sales Manager / Building Consultant. David has had over 19 years of House Sales / Building Consultant experience in both Brisbane and Bundaberg boasting over $200,000,000 in Home Sales. David has enjoyed his move here from Brisbane over 14 years ago and continues to excel in making our Clients Dreams into Reality. Building your Dream Home is an exciting time. David truly is a market leader and prides himself on assisting you achieve “Value For Money, a “Building Experience To Remember”, and you finish up with a “Home You Will Treasure” for many years to come.

Bill Andrews

Building Consultant

If you’ve had a look through our display home, you’ve probably had the pleasure of chatting to our Building Consultant, Bill. With over 14 years of building industry and sales experience, Bill has a world of knowledge when it comes to choosing your plans and making sure your ideas come to life when deciding on a forever home. Bill can help you create the perfect home for your block of land or he can help you choose the ideal block of land to suit your lifestyle and your brand new home. Bill is available for in person or over the phone appointments to discuss building with us here at JRZ Homes, just get in touch!

Jason Glanville

Project Manager – Bundaberg & Surrounds

Jason began his trade as a carpenter back in 2004, working alongside with Jesse from the beginning, in their apprenticeships. He first joined the team as our Estimator and assisted with JRZ Sales Team to ensure our clients’ needs were met in a timely manner, delivering quotes to clients. Jason has now evolved in the business and has gone from being Jesse’s left arm to his right. He has now taken on the role of Project Manager. His versatile experience and extensive knowledge of the business as a whole, has helped him fulfil his role. He brings all those years of hands on experience on the tools at job sites.

Colby Zahn

Project Manager – Bargara & Surrounds

 Born and bred in Bundaberg, Colby started his carpentry apprenticeship in 2006. Completing his apprenticeship in 2010, he became a licenced supervisor by 2016 and has supervised numerous commercial and large residential builds. Colby is a hard working all-rounder here in the office assisting our Project Manager, estimating and even helping out on the tools from time to time. He is passionate about his work and always strives to achieve the best result.

Chris McKenzie

Estimator

Chris McKenzie has worked within the JRZ Homes team in various roles. From labouring, to completing his carpentry apprenticeship, his hard work has seen him now fulfilling the role of Estimator. Chris enjoys the challenge of learning all there is to know in the construction industry, outside the role of a carpenter and excels while doing so. Chris brings a great outlook to the team and is very clever when it comes to calculating mathematical equations, given his previous roles in accounting and administration experience.

Chris Hume

Inhouse Draftsman

Chris is our very experienced in house Draftsman. He began his career in W.A. back in 2007 before relocating to Bundaberg to be closer to family in 2014. Chris works closely with David our Building Consultant to ensure your plans are drafted without delay. Modifying one of our plans, reproducing your plan, or coming up with a new original design all just happens here with Chris working in the business at your service.

Jual Ciccone

Scheduler

Jual comes to JRZ Homes with an extensive 10+ years background in the industry through commercial administration and project management. Her duties include but are not limited to scheduling works, ordering products, overseeing trades. She enjoys having a part in all the aspects of a job and seeing the final product come together to the high standard you can expect from JRZ homes and Liveable Home Builders. She is a hard worker and takes pride in a job well done.

Katy Walk

Client Liaison

Meet our Client Liaison extraordinaire, Katy. Katy’s role is to aid our clients from contract signing onwards, ensuring all important documents are submitted and signed. Katy is a highly organised individual with good attention to detail there to help guide you through all of your new home selections, grant information and any other general questions you have surrounding your new home build. 

Melissa Steele

Business Development Manager

Melissa has worked in the building industry for over 28 years, has her Real Estate Sales Licence and has won several awards such as the 2011 Master Builders Wide Bay – Women in Building Award, 2017 Master Builders Wide Bay – Institute of Building Consultants Award and was a Top 3 Finalist for the NAWIC Award for Construction Female of the Year. Melissa shows great attention to detail in all of her work and her willingness to help others around the office doesn’t go unnoticed.

John Cullen

Architectural Technician

After a short career as a commercial photographer, John has switched his life path to passionately follow a career in Architecture. Having graduated with a Master of Architecture degree at QUT in 2021, John is determined to develop his craft towards improving the efficiency and reputation of architectural design though developing design strategies which consider client, builder and project budget requirements. John’s primary design interests focus upon lighting, accessibility-design and processes of BIM (Building Information Modelling). 

Bree Heidke

Marketing

Bree joined the JRZ team in late 2020 and comes from a background of 10+ years of mixed administrative and design experience. Qualified in Business Administration, she recently took a change in career paths over to social media and digital marketing. Additionally Bree assists the team with a variety of administrative tasks and supports Jesse with JRZ Homes and Liveable Homes Australia endeavours. Bree leads all marketing and is your go-to person if you want to secure any sponsorship or advertising opportunities.

Gracie Darnell

Reception & Administration

Originally hailing from Hervey Bay, Gracie has recently joined our team with over 5 years experience in the building industry.
Gracie is the smiling face you will see when first walking into our head office. She manages all of our accounts; from sending out invoices to receiving invoices from our subcontractors, suppliers and clients. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her big fluffy white fur babies.

Ross Zielke

Building Assistant

From helping our onsite staff get materials on time, to following up on any client maintenance jobs, Ross is our office allrounder. You may see him on the job site putting in the hard yards to get smaller odd jobs completed, as well as any last minute fixtures or outside cleaning done before our clients have their home handed over.

Chuck

Office Supervisor

Chuck spends most of his time in the office keeping a watchful eye on all of the staff and any left over lunch they may have. Chuck’s main role is to snore and make funny noises whilst sleeping all day long, of which he seems to handle quite well. When awake he is quite demanding in wanting attention via the way of patting and sitting underneath your feet. Ultimately though, Chuck is the fun loving dog that just about everyone comes to love!

Our Carpenters

Jesse has handpicked some of the best carpenters that Bundaberg has to offer, we now have employed a mix of 22 Carpenters, Apprentice Carpenters, Machinery Operators and Tradespeople, all of whom are on the tools day in day out. By having our very own employed carpenters it helps maintain the high quality that you should come to expect when building a new home. Our carpenters aim to set the standards for the rest of the contractors who follow. By paying the carpenters a wage, they aren’t in a rush to get in and get out, they are all about the quality of the build. JRZ Homes are very proud of the fact that we employee so many high calibre locals.