About Us

A Real Estate Focused Development Company with Real History

Our roots can be traced back to the 1970’s as a home builder. As the need for new lots to build homes on increased, ownership started venturing into the land development business. Quickly realizing we weren’t the only builder in the Minneapolis market that needed access to more developed land. We also learned we had a knack for picking prime locations and the ability to develop high quality neighborhoods.

As the land development business became the primary business model for Summergate, the realization that diversification was needed to truly grow and create value for investors wasn’t far off.

Summergate was formed soon after with the goal of expanding the Land Development and Home Building business to include Real Estate Investment for ourselves and our Investors.

Real Values and Real People

Our business model at Summergate is based around three core values that have helped us build a diverse network of investors and create strong communities in multiple US markets.

  • We believe in treating everyone with respect
  • We grow through creativity, invention, and innovation
  • We integrate honest, integrity, and business ethics into all aspects of our business.

Our leadership team has a diverse background in the real estate industry with more than 100+ years of combined experience.

Carl Tollefson


40+ years experience in buying/building homes, commercial buildings, apartments, and land development.

Jason Skurkay

VP of New Home Construction

20+ years experience as a licensed home builder in the Minneapolis Market.

Casey Wollschlager

Chief Operating Officer

17+ years experience in leading various land development and apartment acquisition teams.

Jim Tollefson

VP of Apartment Acquisitions/Investment

20+ years experience in land and apartment acquisitions.

The Summergate Triad

We have three main divisions at Summergate that support the overall goals of our company.  

Upscale Neighborhood

Land Development

With over 40 years of experience purchasing land, managing, and building projects throughout the U.S. we have a solid reputation for turning land into communities. Each project is unique, but you can be sure when you work with us you will benefit from working with a leader in the industry.

Tan Colonial House

New Homes

Our owner have decades of experience in the building industry -backed by the many builders we work closely with you will be in good hands when you purchase a Summergate home.

Red Brick Apartment Building

& Commercial Properties

After more than 40 years developing residential lots and commercial buildings, the success outcomes in many markets have led the way for us to become a leader in the multi-family, commercial real estate market.