Charlie Allen, CR, CLC, CAPS
Founder and CEO
Charlie completed his first renovation in 1971 and worked part-time in remodeling until 1978 when he founded Charlie Allen Renovations, Inc. Charlie's philosophy is that a great company will attract great employees, and he is dedicated to creating a positive and rewarding work environment in which his employees will thrive. This strong company foundation supports and fosters the goal of providing excellent customer service to all Charlie Allen Renovations customers. Charlie is well regarded by his peers, and in 2006, served as Chairman of the Board of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Eastern Massachusetts chapter. He was recently certified as an Aging in Place specialist by the National Association of Home Builders. He is also active with the Cambridge Historical Society, where he recently served as President. Charlie is originally from Washington State and has a bachelors degree from Harvard University. In his free time he plays basketball and enjoys watching 'world class soccer with his family.
Julie Palmer | President
Julie has been an integral member of Charlie Allen Renovations since 1999, and served as Office Manager and Director of Operations before being named President of the firm in 2013. Julie oversees every Charlie Allen Renovations project, and guides them through administratively from initial proposal through completion. Using her customer service, organizational, and development skills, she ensures that the company meets its financial and production goals. Julie has served on the board of the Builders Association of Greater Boston (BAGB), and was formerly the Chairperson for BAGB’s Custom Builders & Remodelers Council. She has a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with family.
Nortoh Alexander, CLC | Project Manager
Nortoh grew up on the small Caribbean island of Dominica. He moved to the United States in 2000, when he began working in residential construction. He particularly enjoys finish carpentry: measuring, building, and installing interior features like cabinetry, moldings, shelving, trim, and more. Nortoh lives in Dorchester and is the father of two children. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music and building his own custom speakers. He has worked with Charlie Allen Renovations since 2013.
Philip Bates | Sales Manager
Philip comes to Charlie Allen Renovations with decades of restoration and renovation experience. Philip started his career as a carpenter and worked in every stage of the business, absorbing considerable building knowledge along the way. He was co-owner of one the region’s leading custom residential building firms until its closing in 2011, and has also worked as a consultant/construction manager. Like Charlie, Philip is a former president of the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Philip grew up in Vermont as the son of an antiquarian horologist and brings a clockmaker’s eye for detail to quality craftsmanship and classic architectural styles. Philip holds a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont. In his free time, Philip enjoys hiking, reading and working on his family genealogy. Philip lives in Melrose, MA with his wife and two daughters.
Todd Duckworth, CLC | Project Manager
Todd has been working with his hands since 1990, when, after graduating from high school, he took a job with a high-end homebuilder in Connecticut, and later apprenticed with a roofing company in Hartford. An outdoor enthusiast, Todd studied outdoor recreation and business administration at Plymouth State College, and spent several years teaching rock climbing, mountaineering, windsurfing and skiing before turning his attention back to homebuilding and launching his own construction and roofing company, which he successfully operated for seven years in Connecticut and then another seven in Massachusetts. Todd has worked at Charlie Allen Renovations since 2009. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, fishing, and spending time with his children.
Ron Joseph | Bookkeeper
Ron began working with Charlie Allen Renovations in 2015, long after he’d first worked with the company as a client. He previously worked as Director of Rates & Budget for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), as Budget Director and then Assistant Commissioner for Management Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and as a Budget Consultant for Babson College. He and his wife live in West Newton in a mid-century modern house.
Trevor Nelson, CLC | Project Manager
Trevor got his start in residential remodeling 20 years ago on Long Island. He then made a career change to work on ships and spent several years working as a Captain, First Mate, Boatswain and Chef aboard mega yachts. He left life at sea to work for the Locke-Ober Company as an Executive Chef in Boston. After a few years he settled down in Hull, MA to raise a family and returned to the remodeling field so he would have more time to spend with his family. Trevor is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry Certified Lead Carpenter.
Mark Philben, CR, CLC, CAPS, CGR | Project Development
Mark has more than 20 years experience in home building and restoration. While in college getting his business degree, Mark began building and siding houses. After graduation, building was in his blood and he started his own company, Apple Tree Builders. After running his company for 10 years, he came to work for Charlie Allen Renovations in 1998, a company that shared his values, high standards and commitment to customer service. At Charlie Allen Renovations, Mark is responsible for project development and enjoys working with homeowners to create a project that fits their need and their budget. Mark received national Green Remodeler certification from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (where he has also received certification as a Lead Carpenter and as a Remodeler), and completed CAPS (Certified Aging in Place) training with the National Association of Home Builders. Mark has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. When not busy at work, you will find Mark hitting the ski slopes or golf courses and spending quality time with his family.
Alex Romanowicz | Staff Carpenter
Alex began working in the remodeling industry in 1998, and soon learned that he enjoyed nearly all aspects of home renovation and restoration work. His favorite projects are kitchens, where he can help clients achieve very personalized spaces that are both functional and enjoyable, and decks for gathering and entertaining. In his part-time, Alex loves to bass fish, and he and his wife also breed and show champion French mastiffs. He and his family live in Needham.
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