MEET OUR TEAM

What makes Custom Metals?

Yes, our products and services are of the highest quality, but the heart and soul of our company is our dedicated and creative team

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Tony Cole
Owner / President

Besides collaborating with architects, engineers and other project related specialists, Tony knows metal—from zinc and pewter to steel and aluminum.… all the necessary capabilities to bring beautiful custom metal work to life.

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Kristen Cole
Owner / Office Manager

Google states that a rockstar office manager should have the following qualities: stellar organization, solid communication, unreasonable optimism & magical creativity. Yep, Kristen nails it and keeps Custom Metals humming, or should we say hammering!

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Don Schmidt
Founder

Don has a rare background combining metal with art ... the results being unique and beautiful creations. Much of his work portrays nature in a glorious explosion of colors, textures, and designs. As an exceptional metal fabricator, artist and the founder of Custom Metals you can view his projects all over Madison, across Wisconsin and other locations in the U.S.

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Kate Garden
Designer

As a UW Madison Art & Metal graduate, CAD designer & MATC architecture graduate, it is an understatement to say Kate appreciates the beauty of metal art. Originally starting as a historic metal finisher she most enjoys “dabbling with proportion, color, texture, and function”.  

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Tyler Davies
Welder / Fabricator / Painter

Tyler is the third generation involved in the construction industry, which explains why he is so handy in the shop. Tyler specialized in Welding and Fabrication at Madison College and joined Custom Metals at a very young age. Tyler likes the endless possibilities of projects presented through Custom Metals.

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Carole Cole
Office Manager / Finisher

Custom Metals is Carole’s home away from home in more ways than one. Located in the middle of nature’s own art, a beautiful prairie preserved by Carole’s grandparents Don & Carole Schmidt, Carole has spent her life on the property personally and professionally. It is the ideal setting for this Environmental Education major and her leadership skills and love of nature make her a perfect fit in the variety of roles she performs. 

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Kendra Zimmerman
Finisher / Artist

This UW Milwaukee honors graduate in Metalsmithing loves working with paints, patinas and mirror finishes. Like her peers she prefers to work on “bespoke” vs. a production line, producing pieces of art that her customers love.

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Alec Bromley
Welder / Fabricator

A graduate of Blackhawk College for Welding & Fabrication Alec is the happiest while constructing railings. He also enjoys working with copper, which is why the copper bar top found at the Rockhound Brewery is one of his favorite projects.

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Tom Schroeder
Welder / Fabricator

Tom is our “let’s make this happen” man who loves problem-solving. He was a successful business owner for over 20 years but now enjoys working for a family company. He has an Associate degree in Industrial Welding Techniques. Tom has taught welding courses at Madison College in his spare time over the years.

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Mostafa Kachchaf
Welder / Fabricator / Artist

Mostafa has extensive experience as an artisan blacksmith & forger, design illustrator, sculptor, painter, … just to name a few. He is a graduate of the School of Art & Superior Design in Spain & studied at the University of Colorado. His work has been showcased in exhibitions & galleries in Massachusetts & Spain.

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Trevor Listol
Welder / Fabricator

Trevor, a Madison College Welding & Fabrication graduate, enjoys the freedom of his job, the small family shop atmosphere, and variety of work. He states, “I learn something new here every day”. Having completed Ironman in Madison, Trevor has the determination and strong work ethic.

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Joseph Paiz
Welder / Fabricator

What makes Custom Metals special is every job is unique. Which is exactly what drives Joe who states he has "yet to duplicate a build". Joe enjoys the variety of work, taking designs from paper to life.

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Jarod Miller
Welder / Fabricator

Jarod has over twenty years’ experience welding. Jarod is experienced in welding many types of metal and all types of welding styles. Jarod enjoys working in an environment that is close to home, (a dedicated father) but also a peaceful, natural setting.

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Elias Segura
Welder / Fabricator

A former US Navy Engineer who specializes in blacksmithing and forging. If you notice one commonality among the Custom Metal crew it is the love of history and creating art. As a welder and fabricator Elias is able to stay true to what he is passionate about.

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Bell
Chief Delivery Greeter

She may look rough and tough in this photo, but Bell, mother of 11 pups and “owner” of the Cole clan is as loving as they come, earning her the role of Custom Metals “Chief Delivery Greeter”. If you see her the only pay she will take is a pet and a hug if you are so inclined.

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Lia
Head of Security

Don’t let the title fool you. Lia, one of Bell’s brood and right-hand woman, err dog, is head of security … that is, she makes sure she knows exactly where her mother is at all times. Lia runs a tight ship and makes sure to bring smiles to all.

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