The word Axia is derived from the Greek word for worth, or value. At Axia Companies we believe that our knowledge and expertise adds value to our customer’s projects.

With offices in North Dakota and Texas, we not only understand how to build your project, we also understand that the purpose of the project is to build our customer’s net worth. Our experienced team will work collaboratively with you to fully understand your needs, and shape solutions to fit those needs in a fair and professional manner. Axia Companies is comprised of two distinct yet tightly integrated divisions: Axia Development and Axia Contracting.


To deliver to our customer the best possible product that can be produced at a fair and competitive price. We understand that our future success is based on our customer’s past experience with us.

– We strive to staff each project with highly experienced and knowledgeable people who possess the work ethics to meet the demands of each and every project.
– We understand that time is valuable and work diligently to achieve project schedule.
– We put our customers “best interest and satisfaction” above that of our own.


We are committed to continued growth through our strong, mutually respected and established relationships with our existing customers, as well as the nurturing and cultivation of new customers created through hard work, dedication and reputation.These relationships are built and maintained based on the virtues we practice each and every day.

– Excellence: choosing to go the extra mile to ensure our customers needs are met.
– Honesty: doing the right thing each and every time.
– Accountability: doing what we say by delivering projects on time and within budget.


Over the past twenty years our principals of Axia Companies have managed construction and development projects totaling in excess of $3.2 billion in 35 states throughout the United States.


Multi-Family: Over the past five years, our principals have completed more than 4,000 multi-family residential units for a combined construction value of approximately $400,000,000.

Student Housing: Since Axia’s formation in 2015, our principals have undertaken and completed more than 660 units of student housing projects for a combined construction value of approximately $65,000,000.

Hospitality: The principals at Axia have combined experience of more than 450 separate hospitality projects throughout the United States, totaling in excess of 28,000 keys and across 20 different franchise flags.

Office, Retail, Commercial and industrial: The combined experience of our principals consists of approximately 450,000 square feet of various commercial and industrial product types, across 7 states and with a cumulative construction value of $60,000,000.

Axia Development operates in several capacities. As a developer, advisor, sponsor and investor, we bring vast knowledge and experience to real estate and construction projects in North Dakota and throughout the United States.

As the Lead responsible for development projects ranging from $500,000 to $50 million, we understand how to manage projects of any size. From site selection to construction to sale, we understand the complexities and nuances of market dynamics.

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  • Investment

    Investing in projects for our own account throughout the US.
  • Sponsorship

    Aligning with joint venture partners—offering partners our experience and expertise.
  • Project Management

    Assisting clients with developing, managing, and overseeing remote projects.

Axia Contracting is our General Contracting division. Our staff has extensive experience managing and building multi-family and commercial projects in challenging environments. Our staff has extensive experience throughout the country in multi-family, hospitality and industrial projects.

Our customers have come to know, respect, and trust our team. As hands-on owners, we are committed to serving your immediate needs as well as earning your long-term business. Our expertise and experience provide our customers with the resources needed to complete a successful project.

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  • General Contracting

    We manage our customer's projects from concept through construction, and everything in between.
  • Construction Management

    Profesional assistance and oversight of existing projects.
  • Pre-construction

    Coordinating plan development with customers, architects and engineers, as well as estimating and value engineering services through final plan acceptance.

The Axia Team

Jeff Schaumann

President, Axia Development

Jeff oversees client services and contract administration for our 3rd Party projects. In addition, he serves as the project coordinator for all merchant builds and other Axia Development projects, with his duties including site selection and procurement, planning and entitlements, architecture and engineering coordination, contracting and construction oversight, leasing, and sales. Prior to joining the Axia team, Jeff was the Vice President of Arista Development/Bakken Contracting, Director of Development at Paragon Development, and the Planning and Zoning Director for the City of Moorhead, MN. He has a BS in Public Administration from the University of North Dakota and an MS in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.

Brett Rossell

President, Axia Contracting

Brett oversees all of the construction projects that Axia Contracting is involved in, concentrating on the supervision of estimating, purchasing, scheduling, sub-contract negotiations, and site management functions. He has over 20 years of expertise in the construction and development industry. Prior to joining Axia Contracting, Brett was the Vice President of Construction at Bakken Contracting, and has been involved in the hospitality industry, working on over 400 hotel and timeshare new build projects. He has BA degrees in both Business Administration and Organizational Communications from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.

Chad Westrick 

Operations Manager

Chad is responsible for analyzing bid proposals, establishing budgets, negotiating and awarding sub-contracts, working with scheduling, and coordinating with onsite supervisors on day-to-day construction activities.  Chad has over 20 years of experience in the residential, multi-family, and light commercial construction field.  Prior to joining the Axia team, he worked as Project Manager for Bakken Contracting and spent several years in the hospitality industry as Construction Project Manager for Tharaldson Development, and as Director of Construction with TMI Hospitality.

Bruce Towne 

Operations Manager—Texas

Bruce is responsible for reviewing bid proposals, negotiating subcontractor contracts, establishing project budgets and directing day-to-day construction activities in conjunction with on-site personnel. Bruce is also responsible for Client Relations, which includes working directly with our clients to insure their needs are being met and they are fully informed of construction progress.  Bruce has many years of experience in the residential, multi-family, retail and tenant finish areas of the construction industry. Bruce has worked as General Manager, Project Manager, Superintendent and Estimator for more than 20 years in the construction industry.

John Hilz 

Business Development and Marketing—Texas

John brings to the Axia family of companies more than 35 years of experience and knowledge of the construction, construction services, and business development industry. John is well versed in multifamily, student housing, senior housing and hospitality. John is responsible for the introduction of the Axia family of companies to the real estate and development communities in Texas. John is a native Texan and holds a BS degree in both Business Administration and Science from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He also holds a state of Texas Real Estate Broker’s License. John has been on both sides
as an owner and developer

Aaron Strandberg 

Project Manager—Fargo

Aaron Strandberg is a 22 year construction and project management professional with experience in both private and public sector work. Specializing in commercial, residential, and multi-family projects. Aaron is exceptionally versatile, having spent parts of his career as an owner, owner’s project manager, and constructor. Aaron has exceptional people and communication skills. This diverse skill set and experience has provided Aaron with the ability to anticipate issues before they occur and take proactive measures to manage them. Aaron is responsible for ensuring projects are completed within time and budgetary constraints. He assists in planning and coordinating all aspects of the construction process, including negotiating contracts for subcontractors, managing budgets and resources, collaborating with clients, and ensuring compliance of regulatory requirements. Aaron obtained a degree in Construction Science from NWT College.

Tim Doherty 

Project Manager—Fargo

Tim is responsible for managing all facets of construction, from bid proposals, negotiating, awarding subcontracts, scheduling, and working with onsite superintendents to monitor day-to-day activities. Tim has over 30 years of commercial construction experience, including 15 years in construction management. Tim understands and values developing and maintaining relationships to progress projects smoothly and efficiently. Prior to joining Axia Contracting, Tim oversaw construction on various commercial projects in Canada.

Ryan Jenson 

Project Manager—Fargo

Located in Axia’s Fargo office, Ryan is responsible for overseeing and directing construction projects from conception to completion. This includes estimating, developing project budgets and schedules, subcontractor negotiations and contracting, coordinating with on-site project superintendents, and ensuring the use of quality construction standards and proper techniques to complete projects on schedule, budget and with high quality. Ryan has experience working on multi-family and light commercial projects throughout North Dakota and Texas. He studied at North Dakota State University, where he acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration.


Jeff Schaumann

President, Axia Development
Office: 701.478.1500
Cell: 701.715.3565
email Jeff

Brett Rossell

President, Axia Contracting
Office: 701.478.1500
Cell: 701.371.9064
email Brett

Axia Companies

Fargo, North Dakota
51 Broadway, Suite 111
Fargo, ND 58102
Richardson, Texas
740 East Campbell Road, Suite 550
Richardson, TX 75081