(605) 996-8999
2541 W. Havens St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

Meet The Team

“Individuals can and do make a difference, but it takes a team
to really mess things up.”

Steve Otterby, President/co-owner

Steve Otterby


Steve graduated from South Dakota State University in 1972 with a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering. Gaining a background for the construction industry both commercial buildings and farm buildings, Steve’s responsibilities included Ag engineering and sales. In 1979 he moved to Mitchell, SD and founded Palace Builders, Inc. with partner Larry Titze. When not at the office Steve and his wife Kathy like to go support SDSU athletics and spending time on the lake.

Larry, Co-Owner/Semi-retired



Larry graduated from Mitchell High School and attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. After graduating from college he farmed in the Mitchell area and worked for Hormel Meat Packers. In 1979 Steve and Larry founded Palace Builders Inc.

Larry enjoys spending time outdoors especially down at the Mitchell area TRAP club. When he’s not shooting, he is spending time with wife Cheryl and three grand children that keep him busy.

Ben Endorf, Owner / Sales and Team Management

Ben Endorf

Owner / Sales and Team Management

Ben has been with Palace Builders since 2002. He started as the construction/project manager and now has been moved into sales and construction team management. As of 2008 he became a minority partner in the company. Ben’s family consists of his wife Kelli and daughters Erica and Brooke, and sons Drew and Luke. At home he likes spending time with his family and enjoys farming.

Jill Hohn, Accounting

Jill Hohn


Jill has been actively involved in overseeing the daily accounting process of Palace Builders since joining the company in 1995. Her responsibilities include office administration, reception, and customer support. Jill and her husband Doug farm near Dimock, they enjoy spending time with their 5 children & grandbabies.

Shawn Lachnit, Specialist

Shawn Lachnit


Shawn has been an asset to Palace Builders since joining the team in May of 2013. He has taken on the responsibility of serving over 250 Palace Builders drying customers. Shawn is a 2008 graduate of Mitchell Technical Institute with an Associate Degree in Electrical Construction and Maintenance. When not chasing down dryers Shawn enjoys spending time with his wife Caitlyn and children Jaycee and Tayton.

Hillary Hauser, HR/ Accounting

Hillary Hauser

HR/ Accounting

With her diverse knowledge of the HR/Payroll department, Hillary has been an asset to Palace Builders and its fellow employees. Hillary believes in the hands on approach and works closely with the office staff and construction crews. Hillary and her husband Steve farm near Dimock, spending free time with family and friends.

Matthew Hupf, Engineer

Matthew Hupf


Mathew graduated from South Dakota State University in 2014 with a BS in Agricultural Engineering and joined Palace Builders that summer. He has taken on the responsibilities of engineering, drafting, and sales. In his free time Mathew enjoys spending time with his family and farming. He and his wife, Kayla, are expecting their first child.