Chet and Marlene started ODP in 1972 while Chet was a plasterer and Marlene was starting the office. The magic all started in their home which later turned into an office at the Santa Clara Valley Builders Exchange, which led to their current location that they have been at for 35 years. In the beginning of ODP they were awarded two large projects (Ohlone College and Kaiser Marin Hospital) that scared them but they
were able to finish them with success. Chet would also work on the vehicles, mixers, pumps and all the equipment to keep everything running, and you would always find him here on the weekends prepping for the next week of work. They are truly the "hands on" owners and enjoy being involved. Of course there were many pitfalls and challenges along the way, but after bringing together a dynamic team, they have been able to continue ODP into the 2nd and 3rd generation now leading its way.
Chet would love to plaster the world if he could and believes that no job is too small. You can find them both in the office to this day as they take great pride in seeing what ODP is doing and continues to be involved as much as they can. They have built many friendships along the way and treasure the long lasting professional and personal relationships they have with their business partners.
Shawna was born into the construction industry! She grew up listening to her parents talk about work often, and enjoyed going to the yard to play in the sand and dirt piles while her Dad worked the trucks and such. She joined the ODP team in 1995, after working for a large owner/developer as well as a GC. She handles a wide variety of tasks which includes: project Admin, Safety, A/P and A/R, contracts, insurance, and anything else that needs to be taken care of for ODP. Shawna is second generation, and now training third generations her daughter and son for the family business.
Her biggest strength is leadership in which she brings to the ODP team by leading meetings, keeping things moving forward with teamwork along with constant communication. She is usually available 24/7 for our team and looks forward to moving ODP into its future.
She has been actively involved in the industry for over 25 years and truly enjoys making a difference. She serves on the WACA board, been a member of NAWIC since 1996, Trustee for numerous union groups, as well as a board member for ASPE
Kayla joined O'Donnell Plastering Inc. full time in 2018, after working at ODP on and off since 2014 while finishing school. She is third generation to this company as she is the daughter of Shawna Alvarado and Granddaughter to Chet & Marlene O'Donnell. Kayla handles all aspects of the payroll department, safety coordinator, as well as being a general admin for the ODP team. Her goal is to follow into her grandparents and mother's foot steps and continue to help O'Donnell Plastering Inc. rise to the top.
She has been actively involved in NAWIC since 2018. She is inspired and continues to surround herself around powerful and hard working women in the construction industry who she can learn from to continue her success.
Kayla is a licensed cosmetologist by trade and keeps busy in her spare time doing beautiful hair color and cuts. We look forward to seeing her grow in this company and being apart of the evolutionary changes ODP is bringing to the Lath and Plaster Industry.
Rob Fischer got an early start in the plastering business, working summers during high school at his family’s company. In 1988 he joined the Drywall-Lathing Union 144-L as an apprentice lather, and soon rose the ranks to Journeyman, Foreman and Superintendent, gaining valuable experience along the way.
Eventually transitioning into the office, he began estimating projects in the mid 90’s. Rob joined O’Donnell Plastering in 2010 as Sr. Estimator / Project Manager, now overseeing the estimating department. Duties include bid preparation and submission, preparing submittals, material pricing and procurement, managing change orders and coordination of projects between the office and field.
Previously he has served as Trustee for the Drywall-Lathing Apprenticeship, Plasterer’s Pension Trust
and Hod Carrier’s Pension Trust
Mike Rodas joined the Plasterers Union Local 224 in June of 1978. His girlfriend’s (now his wife) father was a Plastering contractor. He started working for R.A. Olivier Plastering as an apprentice, became journeyman then foreman. R.A. Olivier Plastering closed in early 1981, due to health issues. He worked for a couple of different Contractors until he went to work for Pennell Plastering in 1981. He became a Foreman and Superintendent for them, until July of 1984. He then went to work for Lane Plastering and became Foreman and Superintendent until December of 1989. He started Mike Rodas Plastering December of 1989 – 2015. This was a Union Residential Plastering Co., mainly Custom homes and remodels. He has also served as Trustee on the Plasterer’s Pension Trust.
In August of 2016 he came to ODP to work as an Estimator/ Project Manager. He has been affiliated with the Plasterers Union over 40 years, either as a member or Contractor.
Plastering Superintendent/ Officer
Jeff O'Donnell started working for the family business as soon as he started to push a broom, and help around the yard. Summers in high school were spent helping load trucks, filling gas cans and helping clean up around job sites or whatever he was asked to help with. He always enjoyed being in the construction industry and getting his hands dirty. He joined the Plasterers union and became a plasterer working on numerous job sites along with supervising large crews and working as a foreman as he climbed his way up.
As his dad, Chet, started to take a step back in dispatching and going to job sites, Jeff soon took over the role as Plastering Superintendent, and overseeing the plastering crews. It's been a job he enjoys and interacting with the General Contractors superintendents as well. Jeff is very social and enjoys being around others and making sure all projects are successful with the right crews completing them.
In his spare time he enjoys golfing, hunting, camping, boating, fishing, wine tasting and spending with his family.
Jose Lopez joined the Local Union Drywall Lather Brotherhood in 2007. He started his journey with WPI in July 2007 from the bottom as an apprentice doing framing, then moved on to join the ODP Team in December 2007 and have been with them ever since.
He graduated/completed the apprenticeship as a drywall/lather in 2011, training to become a foreman starting a few years later at the UC Santa Cruz job working with Jeff Kelly.
Thanks to the ODP team/family and Dave Jarland, he's learned the skills to enjoy what he does and set a high standard to make sure the jobs is done right.
Safety/ Marketing Coordinator
Kira joined O'Donnell Plastering Inc. in 2022, straight out of high school. Ever since she was a little girl her plan was to join the family business. In high school she was given the opportunity to take two types of construction classes, which only made her love of construction grow.
We can't wait to see what Kira does here at ODP!