Andy and Phoebe Martin started Martin Construction in 2007 and joined the Greater Iowa City Area HBA in 2008. As remodelers, they became active on the Remodeler’s Council and quickly found a great group of business partners, advisors, and friends. Andy first served as Director in 2011, President in 2017, and Phoebe has served for several years as Co-Chair of the Women’s Council. Andy is a University of Iowa alumni, Phoebe is a local realtor, and he and Phoebe have two young boys who are on course to be fourth-generation Iowa City High graduates.
Martin Construction is the recipient of several annual awards, including 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 "Overall Excellence” in the NAHBR Remodelers / HBA “Remodelers Parade”. In 2012, Martin Construction received the “Remodeler of the Year” award presented by the HBA. The company also received the 2017 and 2018 Locals Love Us award.
The Martin Construction “Mission Statement” is as follows: Here to improve your home and lifestyle, incorporating the best design, products, workmanship, service and trade partners, and with the lowest impact on your personal and global environment
Suzanne Bradley began working with Martin Construction home remodeling in late 2014. Susan received her MFA in 3D Design from the University of Iowa in 2012. Since then, she has participated in multiple industry shows for furniture design. Most notably, she was selected by Interior Design Magazine as one of the Top 50 Picks from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) held in New York City, the leading design show in North America. The furniture she designed was also chosen to be used for the NBC show, American Dream Builders, with Nate Berkus. Her tables were used in the two finale home renovations. Currently she teaches 3D Design at the University of Iowa and designs for Martin Construction in Iowa City.
Suzanne founded her Iowa-based contemporary design studio, Winning Ticket, in 2013. The company goal is to create objects that add to the beauty and comfort of the space they occupy. Much of the work centers around natural traditional materials but she has recently become very interested in mixing in modern materials and methods. Her focus on beauty as well as fun is blended with simple modern form using materials with integrity.
The objects of Winning Ticket are made by the absolute best local craft and tradespeople whenever possible. Lighting and bowls are made by Suzanne Bradley herself. Materials are considered for their sustainability, transportation impact, and quality.
The name Winning Ticket comes from years ago when one of her daughters, Violet, came home from school ecstatic from receiving a 'ticket' for a job well done. She smiled widely and said “Mama, you can have my winning ticket!” A gesture so generous and full of pride should be remembered, so it became the founding ideal of the design studio: Joy, Pride, and a Job Well Done.