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Who We Are

Our people and our philosophy

Woodland Deck Company is a full-service deck builder serving the greater Cleveland and Akron area. We are a devoted deck builder with a holistic approach to the designing/building of decks and backyard structures.

Born out of a passion for life outdoors, Woodland was founded in 2000 to create decks and outdoor spaces to be enjoyed for generations. Guided by a deep belief of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Woodland strives to carry this out in every aspect of the work we do. As a deck-building company, we are always looking for ways to better our products, services, and ourselves. We are passionate about life outside and believe that enjoying God’s creation is a rich gift to us.

At Woodland we understand that there is more to building a deck than just deck boards, screws and deck railings. We understand that it’s about the fun and time spent outdoors, about evenings with family and weekends with friends. We have built our company around making this whole deck building experience fun and easy. From design and construction to final clean-up, we make this process hassle-free for you so that the journey is as joyous as the end result.

We know that we cannot possibly build every deck, but our goal is that the ones we build are solid, long-lasting, and special to you and us.

Meet our Team

The Woodland team is a collection of members from varying backgrounds but with a common vision. Our team gives you access to the depth and experience required for the most challenging deck-building projects. Our team of craftsmen share the goal of building decks to last for years to come, so when the project demands quality, insist on the Woodland team.

Steve Stelkic

Owner / Sales

My love for building and creating and taking on challenges began early in life. Wanting to learn more in this area, I attended the University of Akron by working as a carpenter to pay for my tuition. Shortly after graduation, I landed my “dream office job.” Months into my new job, I realized that working outdoors with my hands was what I really enjoyed doing. I remember being envious of the landscapers working outside of my window. I decided to take a courageous step: leave the office behind, and venture out into the world of beginning a small business doing something I was passionate about - building decks. So, in 2000, the Woodland Deck Company was birthed out of a humble beginning and one pick-up truck. Today we have grown to a full-service deck company with multiple crews and many satisfied customers. We have a great team of passionate workers in the office, in management, and in the field.

Aside from enjoying learning and doing all the different aspects that come from running a small business, I love free time spent doing anything outdoors; hiking, yard work, and cleaning my garage. I love to spend time with my wife and eight children. There is never a dull moment and there is always reason to laugh at all the entertainment the kids provide.

David Pfeiffer

Project Developer

Hello! I’m David, one of the project developers here at Woodland Deck Company. I was introduced to construction at a young age working alongside my Dad. With love for the outdoors, I decided to pursue a degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University. After college I was fortunate to gain experience working in the landscape industry which eventually led me to Woodland Deck Company.

The thing I like most about Woodland Deck is the great group of people I get to work with daily! If I could describe the culture in one word, it would have to be “family.” One thing I enjoy the most is our Monday morning huddles. Everyone gets to share their “highs” and “lows” of the week. It’s a great time to get to know and encourage one another.

I am blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart and to raise our beautiful daughter together. On weekends we enjoy spending time outdoors or with our extended families. Some of our best memories have been vacationing in Hilton Head and Florida.

When I find free time, I enjoy a round of golf with friends or fishing in my pond. A few passions of mine are gardening, woodworking, and playing the drums.

I look forward to help create your outdoor place of enjoyment!

Steve Keiper

Production Manager

I have known I wanted to be a carpenter ever since I could lift a hammer. Following my dad and grandpa around on job sites created a love for woodworking that includes everything from logging and milling, to finish carpentry. When I was 12 years old I had a summer job as a laborer on a house framing crew and have never known anything else. I just love seeing a pile of raw materials turn into a finished product like a home, barn, or deck. I started helping Steve out one job at a time in 2013, and I’ve been installing decks for Woodland ever since.

My wife Nancy and I have a home in Medina, and when I’m not building decks, we make ourselves busy there. I love to be outside whether cutting firewood, fixing the tractor, tinkering in the barn, or finding other building projects, while Nancy hopes to someday finish the renovations we started on the house. We enjoy working together on projects as well as finding time to relax with family and friends.

Jeremy Martin

Project Developer

My name is Jeremy and I’m one of the project developers here at the Woodland Deck Company. My background is in construction, project management, and even running my own small business.

The thing I love most about working here are the people. Our team is unified and our culture of helping each other makes for a great environment that I happen to call “work.” I feel very blessed to work with a team that cares about each other, their work, and the customer!

When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my beautiful wife and enjoying the journey of life together! We are blessed with 2 little kids that keep us busy at the park or running around the house!

Enjoying life is important to me and I try to keep it simple. I enjoy a great cup of coffee, a homemade baked good, and having a good conversation with my wife!

At heart, I am an adventurer and a free spirit, so I find myself experiencing as much of life as possible! I love finding quaint coffee shops, eating at hole-in-the-wall restaurants, spending time in the woods, and spending time with people! A few of my passions in life are learning, reading, listening to music, baking, enjoying a bonfire, investing God’s word through the children’s ministry at our church, hiking, sports, exercise/nutrition, working on house projects, hunting, drinking coffee, and many other things!

I look forward to meeting you and working alongside of you on your project!

Matt Vargo

Marketing Director & Production Coordinator

My name is Matt Vargo, I am the Marketing Director & Production Coordinator here at Woodland Deck Company. My background is in Marketing, Project Management, Account & Customer Service. I am honored to be the husband and father to Kristin and Theo. Kristin and I enjoy playing cards while talking and running around the house playing peek-a-boo with our son. Theo brings energy and smiles to every room he wanders into. I’m excited to sit around a fire with him to make our first s’mores together. There are two ways I enjoy the outdoors. One would be through sports whether that is playing a round of golf with friends, playing basketball, or enjoying either a football game or a Surgerdale Hotdog and lemonade at an Indian’s or RubberDuck's game. The second way would be grilling or smoking good food for my family and friends while enjoying a fire deep into the evening. Either way, it always involves loved ones.

In addition to family, friends & sports, I enjoy to sit down with a good book. While reading, it offers a chance to slow down life and learn something new at the same time seeing life through another perspective. I prefer to read about other people's lives, experiences, & stories. One of my goals is to read a book every other week.

Gideon Zakich

Lead Carpenter

Hello, my name is Gideon. I am one of the foremen at Woodland Deck Co. I started working at Woodland at a young age. As I learned and grew in the company, I found a true enjoyment for carpentry and building. I always love seeing the finished project and it gives me great satisfaction each and every day. Outside of work, I am pursuing my degree in Marketing from Kent State University. For fun, apart from work, I’ve always enjoyed sports because that’s how my brothers, father, and I spent time together and bonded. I also enjoy action sports, such as BMX in the summer, and when the winter months come along, I like to snowboard. The best thing about Woodland is definitely the family-oriented atmosphere. Because I grew up so close to my family, it’s a blessing to work at a company that shares those same values.

Alex Silva

Lead Carpenter

Alex Silva is a foreman carpenter at Woodland Deck Co. He enjoys working with the crew and likes to have fun on his projects. Details are his main focus, and keeping the customer satisfied with the final result is main priority for Alex. He likes to go the “extra mile” for the team and also encourage other teammates to keep improving themselves to achieve bigger challenges in life. Prior to joining Woodland Deck team, he worked as finish carpenter on high-end new residential developments in the Northeast Ohio for over 4 years. Received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Autonomous University of Baja California in 2008 and bilingual in Spanish.

He loves spending time with his family on the weekends and traveling to new places; he also likes to collect guitars and play rock all day. Sometimes a little bit of classic as well. He also loves pizza and steak. Favorite bible verse Joshua 1:9.

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We start with a phone or email consultation to gather preliminary info that will help us in providing effective deck construction solutions. We are interested in learning as much as possible about the specifics of the project. Not sure what the scope is? We can help!

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