OakWood: Fourth Generation Family Run Business
OakWood: Fourth Generation Run Business
OakWood has over half a century of renovation experience.
Born in 1897, John Liptak grew up in another age where life was much more self-dependent and well-rounded skillsets ensured your family survived. Back then if you were good at your craft you could live another day but if you were truly great at your craft you could excel and allow you and your family to live a good life. German innovation and attention to detail gave the German people the reputation for high quality and craftsmanship which is still true today. John Liptak honed his skills in building and furniture making and passed them on through the next generation.
John Liptak Sr.
In 1954 John Liptak Sr. came to Canada from Germany bringing strong work ethics and trained in the art of building and furniture making. In 1956 he used his woodworking talents and expanded into home renovations to meet the growing demand for skilled labour. He started a fledgling company establishing the foundation for OakWood, now the largest and most established renovation company in the region.
John Liptak Jr. President
Son John Liptak is now the President and CEO of OakWood. Under the watchful eye of his father, John learned the building business from the ground up and started by cleaning jobsites at the age of 11! This early experience instilled a keen respect for traditional building practices while exposing him to all facets of the renovation and construction business. He graduated with honours and highest marks with both Ontario and Inter-provincial Carpenters License in 1978. An early adopter of technology, John has melded computer and information technology with construction processes to create one of the most efficient, quality driven renovation companies in Ottawa. State-of-the art CRM and information technology is a key plank in the OakWood strategy for delivering quality renovation services with its cornerstone always being done right and on-budget. A respected and active member of the local construction industry, John is also a tireless champion of quality standards that consumers can use to objectively evaluate and engage reliable, trustworthy contractors. Under his direction, OakWood has published many guidelines, articles, special free reports with detailed checklists and educational videos that homeowners can use to make the best decision possible when choosing a renovator. Under John’s leadership, OakWood has become an Ottawa industry leading award winning Renovation company Today, John works alongside the next generation of Liptak’s to take OakWood to new heights of excellence.
Having grown up around construction and the family business, Patricia learned early on about the value of hard work. Working for OakWood during the summer and holidays she quickly gained real-world business experience. After completing a BA in Law and a minor in Business, she has come back to OakWood full time to contribute to the success of the family business. With her background in construction and impressive academic credentials, Patricia is fine-tuning OakWood’s many processes while taking an increasing leadership role in the day-to-day management of the company. Under her stewardship Patricia has helped transform OakWood into a truly customer driven company with customer service practices that are the envy of our industry. Since joining the company full time, OakWood has been awarded some of the industry’s most coveted awards including:
– Consumer Choice Award for Ottawa’s Best Renovator and Home Designer seven years in a row
– One of the only Renovators ever to have won the BBB Torch Award forMarketplace Trust
– Winner of the Greater Ottawa Home Builder’s Association (GOHBA)Safety Awards for Builder & Renovator
Having won numerous awards at the GOGBA, BBB Torch award, Chamber of Commerce award and many Consumer Choice awards. OakWood is one of the few firms in the construction industry that enjoys a flawless record with the Ottawa Better Business Bureau – placing OakWood on the Honour Roll
Just like her sister Angela grew up around construction and the family business, where she too learned early on about the value of hard work. Also working for OakWood during the summer and holidays she gained valuable insight to the day to day goings-on of a construction Renovation company. Unlike her sister who excelled in business and law, Angela’s passion is in numbers. After graduating university with highest honours as a CMA, Angela moved to Calgary to allow her husband to finish his doctorate in Paleontology. During that time she gathered valuable experience working for a large commercial builder. After coming back to OakWood she immediately took over the financial operations of OakWood and is streamlining systems and developing processes in our software system. Alongside Patricia, Angela is at the forefront of the next generation to lead OakWood through the next level.
Debbie brings an invaluable background in accounting to the building industry and is responsible for the financial success that OakWood enjoys today. Being with John for over 30 years has its benefits and drawbacks. Since John is always working, Debbie has received extensive on-site building experience and training! Fortunately John’s passion for the industry quickly rubbed off and she is an equally engaged team player. Over the years the Liptak family has diversified and Debbie oversees the financial security of all of these companies, all of which are successful. Debbie leverages her financial expertise to constantly develop and fine-tune the administrative and financial systems that ensure a well-run company and ultimately complete customer satisfaction.
The OakWood Office and Field Team
When you hire OakWood you get a solid, family run business that has grown to become Ottawa’s largest and most established Renovator. Our track record for providing success has been possible in no small way to the efforts of a very talented and dedicated team that shares a common commitment to excellence. The TV series Rona Dream Home Contest used OakWood in a 2 year 20 part home renovation series and named OakWood employees as the “Dream Team”. That talented “Dream Team” is waiting to make your renovation vision a reality. Qualified Office Support Staff OakWood has an in-house team of highly specialized and trained professionals to support every step in your renovation project. Our talented “dream team” includes certified and licensed renovation experts in the following disciplines: qualified Project Consultants, Architectural Technologists, Interior Designers, Material Selection Coordinators, Quantity Surveyors, Resource Schedulers and in office Project Managers. Our people are rigorously trained and qualified to help you throughout the complete design and build process. Field Support – Project Managers OakWood’s field expertise sets the bar for the renovation industry. Once your project is commissioned, a pre-construction meeting will introduce you to the OakWood Team. All of our contact information is available to you including direct phone lines and access to your site Project Manager so that you will always have someone to speak with. Our Field services system has central coordination of all aspects of the build. We call this the “war room”: every project has a schedule consisting of a project critical path that is updated live every day. Project Managers use iPad’s to update our Cloud based software. They inspect sites to ensure that all trades work safely and meet OakWood’s quality standards as well as your project’s progress schedule.
Our team also consists of over 1,260 construction service providers and Trade Partners. OakWood has the luxury of working with the best Trade Partners in Ottawa and beyond, because of our expert project management, fast and reliable payment, accurate scheduling, and strong leadership. OakWood provides a professional work-site for every project and having no debt, also affords prompt payment to all of its Trade Partners. This means that the most professional and qualified people want to work for OakWood. This all benefits you by ultimately ensuring reliable, professional work and a great atmosphere for your project. Please ask us for details on our team and in-house expertise. Or call or email us to schedule a free in-home consultation to discuss your renovation project.