Emre Kucur founded Plum construction in 2008, then known as Bosphorus Construction. He enjoys being actively involved in every aspect of the business—especially working directly with clients to ensure the highest quality of each job.
Growing up in Istanbul, Turkey, Emre learned at an early age to build, re-build and repair things. His formal construction career began in 1996 in the Adirondacks of New York State managing the grounds and development for a KOA Campground, Emre had found his niche and passion. This early work gave Emre a diverse start in facility operations and maintenance, site development and building construction in both new construction and remodels. In 2008, Emre began Bosphorus Construction to help people achieve their home project goals and turn their house into the home they have always wanted. Today his company, now known as Plum Construction, focuses on residential and small business remodeling and repairs. As many older homes in Seattle provide unique challenges, Emre and his team take a creative approach to deliver unique solutions at a reasonable price. Emre and his team particularly enjoy the seeing a client’s happy reaction by making sure that there are excellent result from start to finish.
Emre attended La Sorbonne University in Paris and speaks three languages. Emre is a member of the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Association and is studying for his LEED Associate in green building. When Emre’s not working, he enjoys cooking, being outdoors, biking, skiing and spending time with his family.
Josh Van Natta
Josh, our project superintendent and lead carpenter, has worked with Emre for nearly a decade. With a diverse background in marine and residential carpentry, Josh brings superior wood working and carpentry expertise to the team. Prior to joining Plum Construction, Josh was a master boat builder and foreman working for Nexus Marine Corporation. Josh has been told that his “biggest asset is that people like having me around and trust me to take good care of their project”. Josh graduated from Auburn high school attended class at University of Washington, and then shifted his education to Seattle Central Community College’s marine carpentry program. In his free time, Josh enjoys pulling his daughter around in her bike trailer, cooking up vegetarian meals, sailing, and playing his trombone in the Sammish Island Marching Band.
Kristie, our Operations and Project Manager, supports our general operations including project schedule management, coordination of suppliers, and client support during the construction process, as well as coordinates Plum’s safety program, marketing and accounting. Kristie has over 17 years of construction and development experience. She has worked in store development for national retailers such as, Starbucks Coffee Company, Recreational Equipment (REI) and Blockbuster Video. During her 13 years with these national retailers, Kristie actively managed hundreds of small and large box new stores, remodels and relocations. Kristie’s core competency is in vigilant project management integrating timeline management, budget and cost controls with an attentive focus on quality. Prior to her retail career, Kristie helped small businesses with their expansion and development plans including a KOA Campground and a Seattle- based franchisee, Trient Partners.
Kristie holds a Master of Business with a concentration in Project Management from Seattle University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Boston College. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a LEED Green Associate accredited by the US Green Building Council. Kristie is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and was on the Board of Advisors for Chain Store Age’s SPECS conference until 2011.
When not supporting her clients, Kristie loves to enjoy the Pacific Northwest with her family, hiking, skiing, coaching youth soccer and going to hot yoga.
“Drew Mixter, originally from Michigan, has been living in the Pacific Northwest for the past three years. His interest in science and the environment lead him to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Oberlin College. Driven to explore more about sustainable design in construction, prior to joining Plum Construction; Drew served two AmeriCorps terms as a Construction Site Lead for Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. During his free time, Drew enjoys exploring the great outdoors by hiking, running, riding his long board and traveling. An avid sports fan, he is always up for catching a game with family and friends. Drew loves trying new things and is always up for experiencing something new.”