Dawn Steimer is a dynamo as a small business owner, radio show host and mother. She is one of Knoxville’s few female Licensed General Contractors, as owner of Master Custom Home Remodeling, and hosts the radio show “Around the House” Saturday mornings on the News Talk 98.7.
Dawn hasn’t always been a contractor, though. She was an optician in Michigan when she volunteered to chaperone a youth mission trip in 1987. On this brief adventure, she supervised seven high school students doing home repairs for an elderly and impoverished couple on an Indian Reservation in Tohatchi, New Mexico. The home needed new stairs, paint, and other minor repairs.
That was the spark that started it all, as she saw how the work they did made a real difference for this couple — it improved their quality of life. Today, her career is focused on making the same type of quality of life enhancement for homeowners throughout the East Tennessee area. Twelve years ago, she moved to Knoxville to start Master Custom Home Remodeling with her father, who is now retired from the business. Under Dawn’s management and despite a challenging economy, Master Custom Home Remodeling has enjoyed remarkable growth.
Dawn has two grown children and one precious grandchild.