The Strite Team

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Bob Mundy

Title: President

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 1992

“People feel really good about you feeling good about yourself, and about knowing that you’re doing what you love.”

Responsibilities

As president of Strite design + remodel, Bob Mundy has direct oversight of production, and involvement in every aspect of the business. He willingly shares his wealth of experience and talent as a carpenter and manager, along with his passion for contracting, with others on the Strite team. Bob calls it “bouncing around” — we call it mentoring. However you choose to think of it, what he does ensures that the legacy of our company will be carried into the next generation of ownership.

Background

Bob was born and raised in a place as about as far away from Boise, Idaho as you can get: Syracuse, New York. When he was eight years old, his father (a tool and die maker) decided to build a home. Bob spent every spare moment he could on what turned out to be a two-year project. “I knew then what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” he remembers. “I loved the smells, the parts and pieces, the mechanics, the tools, and the design. All of these got my artistic juices flowing at a young age.” Bob remembers a high school counselor encouraging him to “go where you are creative, and grab the education you need along the way.” It was great advice, and by the time Bob joined Strite after moving to Boise in 1991, he was a successful contractor and a journeyman in four trades — having worked three years for a master carpenter, managed multimillion-dollar country club projects, and founded his own company along the way.

When not working

Bob loves spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids. He has also been known to remodel his own properties when not working on client’s homes.

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Michael Snow

Title: Designer

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 1998

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“My role is to serve as a conduit between a client’s needs and their realization through the intermediary of design. At its heart, Strite is a construction company; but being able to develop a good idea without having to shop for a design makes the entire remodel process a more seamless one…and a more satisfying one for our clients. After many years of designing for the same types of lifestyle considerations, I’ve got a really good sense of what works and what doesn’t.”

Responsibilities

Michael is one of the first points of contact that clients have with Strite design + remodel. It’s his responsibility to meet with clients who are interested in a remodel project, assess the possibilities, present ideas, and then put together a “ballpark” budget for consideration. If the stars align, the next step is one where Michael truly excels: design.

Background

Michael brings a uniquely diverse range of personal and professional experiences to the Strite team and our clients, resulting in functional and inspiring architectural design. From the time he was a kid, Michael had a fascination with floor plans, and spent hours sketching his ideas. This fascination was reinforced when Michael’s family was stationed in Europe and he had the opportunity to marvel at the art and architecture that surrounded him. Motivated by the conviction that he wanted to pursue an artistic career, Michael earned a diploma in Architectural Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, followed by a Bachelors of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1996. He joined Strite just two years later.

When not working

Micheal loves skiing and camping with his family, enjoying music and supporting local business.

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Jon Mundy

Title: Project Manager

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2015

Some people in the remodeling business would tell you that working with clients is the toughest part of the job. I would never say that. Working with clients is actually the best part of the job.”

Responsibilities

In his role as a project manager, Jon brings to bear not only his background as a journeyman framer and finish carpenter, but also his organizational skills and a zest for collaboration — both with his construction team and with homeowners. Jon typically starts our remodel projects, oversees demolition, framing, and overall construction, and then hands them off to a finishing crew as completion draws near — then it’s on to the next remodel!

Background

You would figure that someone with the last name of Mundy would probably have a hammer in their hands at some point in life — but in addition to growing up in the construction and remodeling business, Jon has been also been a professional horse trainer, studied marketing in college, and currently coaches the Boise State University Men’s Lacrosse Team, which he once played for. Jon also managed his own remodeling business, Mundy Custom LLC, before joining STRITE full time. Coming up through the framing crew, Jon moved into a craftsman role and went on to become a fine finish carpenter before transitioning into the management side of remodeling.

Why My Job Matters

“Our office does such a great job with packaging our projects that much of what I do seems pretty straightforward to me. It puts me in a position to be able to offer our clients a level of service that I don’t believe other companies can provide. My job matters because I can offer our clients a sense of confidence at the front end of each job, and the relationships I establish with them often extend beyond the project itself, and makes them want to come back and do a another remodel with us. They know that they’ll come home each day to a clean job where they can see progress.”

When Not Working…

Jon loves spending time with his wife and two children as well as coaching lacrosse. He is rumored to be working on a concept for combining this athletic passion with horsemanship, but we’ve yet to hear any announcement from BSU regarding a Men’s Bareback Lacrosse Team.

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Erin Austin

Title: Designer + Production Assistant

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2016

“So much goes into each remodel: design decisions, time frames, budgets, and major behind the scenes coordination. It’s my privilege to be a line of continuity throughout the project, and it is my goal to bring craft and care to each detail and decision, as if it were in my own home. My goal is to minimize the disruption of a remodel and to help make the clients as comfortable and secure as possible during the process.”

Responsibilities

As part of the STRITE design team, Erin is responsible for providing design and architectural services to include layout drawings, sketches, structural coordination, and plan-set development, to help our clients visualize their project. Once we move into production, Erin assists STRITE’s field teams to bring in the trades as needed, and to ensure the project remains on schedule, as well as keeping clients informed of the progress and what to expect. Erin also assists in STRITE’s marketing materials and web presence.

Background

Erin grew up south of Twin Falls, Idaho on a progressive family farm, now growing exclusively Organic crops. She discovered her interest in architectural design while in high school, and earned her undergraduate and masters degrees in Architecture from the University of Idaho, graduating in 2007. For the next eight years she worked on commercial design projects including convention centers, embassies, and Science & Technology buildings, while working in Seattle, Baltimore, and Portland, before returning home to the Gem State. Erin enjoys the opportunities of a highly professional residential remodeling firm, encouraging the opportunities to work directly with clients, and as a team, STRITE transforms clients’ houses, into homes.

Why My Job Matters

“The nature a remodel is that a house gets ripped open and demolished, so I want to reduce the inherent stress. By listening carefully to our clients up front, I strive to keep the surprises at a minimum and to try to find answers before we start a project… Bringing organization to the project brings me joy.”

When Not Working

Erin, her husband, and their dog Auzzie enjoy all the activities that make Idaho the place they choose to lay down roots: hiking, backpacking, river rafting, mountain biking, and snow skiing. In addition, Erin builds her own furniture, which she credits in making her more detail oriented when it comes to clients’ remodel projects.

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Smokey Ensey

Title: Project Manager

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2015

You get what you pay for, and I’m very quality oriented. I don’t think I’m anal, but something is either right or it’s wrong. There is a line you cross between expediency and quality…and I refuse to cross the line on quality.”

Responsibilities

Smokey established his reputation in the remodeling industry as a tile setter, and in that capacity he worked with STRITE as a tradesperson for over two decades before joining the team as an employee. His primary duties involve closing out jobs as a “punch list” manager, but he is transitioning as well into a broader project management role, where his attention to detail and communications skills make him a great fit with our clients.

Background

Considering Smokey’s obsession with detail, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he was once employed by a company that built digital scales. An economic downturn forced him to consider another career path, and he was introduced to the craft of tile setting through a family acquaintance. It fit his meticulous nature, and Smokey became STRITE’s “go to” tile guy for over a quarter century. Smokey joined STRITE out of his preference for working in the remodel industry rather than new construction, and his overall skills as a craftsperson have made him an asset in closing out remodel projects, as well as assuming project management duties.

Why My Job Matters

“I do everything from demolition to finish work to building cabinets, but I’m primarily a punch list guy. I go in at the end of a job and make sure everything is detailed, and I work with the client on their accessories. It’s right up my alley…it’s the quality end of the job. When I leave, I want the client’s house to be exactly what they imagined it would be.”

When Not Working…

Smokey and his family share a love of the outdoors, and virtually everything connected with it. He and his wife also share a love of good food and cooking, and it seems like more than just coincidence, given his name, that some of Smokey’s best moments not connected with his trade involve a smoker. Smokey is also a music lover, and insists that in music, so as in food, variety is truly the spice of life.

Brad Millspaugh

Title: Vice President

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 1991

“In residential remodeling, the relationship with the client is the key to success. Everything I do is, in one way or another, geared toward enhancing that relationship.”

Responsibilities

As you might expect from a person with an accounting degree, Brad is able to summarize his responsibilities at Strite with precision. In fact, he only needs three words: overall performance auditing. Behind those words, however, are systems Brad utilizes to make sure the company is doing what it is supposed to, both on a project basis as well as on a more macro level. The fact that Strite has a person with Brad’s background and experience developing and monitoring “The Big Plan” is no small reason that the company has successfully weathered nearly 40 years of business in a volatile industry.

Background

Born in Portland, Oregon, Brad spent much of his youth on a farm in northeastern Montana. Along with farming and ranching, his parents toured towns in the Northwest as part of a country music ensemble. Rather than pursue music, however, Brad decided on accounting as his career path. After graduating from the University of Montana, he expected to land a corporate accounting job, and instead discovered a small remodeling firm in Boise. Brad recalls that during the interview process, owner Jim Strite presented him with a job description that encompassed nearly six pages. Although he had entertained no aspirations to work in the construction industry, the challenge Strite presented was too intriguing for Brad to refuse…and he’s never looked back.

When not working

“I’d be back on the farm in Montana. I’ve found after I left that way of life that it continues to draw me back whenever I return for a visit. I’ve been surprised by that.”

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Matt Mundy

Title: Production Coordinator

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 1992

“I love the constraints that remodeling imposes, compared to new construction — I love boundaries, and the challenges they present.”

Responsibilities

As a project manager, Matt serves as a liaison between the customer, the designer, and the trades. And while the role of “honest broker” suits his outgoing personality, his focus is always on the customer experience and their level of satisfaction with not only the completed project, but with the process that realized it. Matt also enjoys the opportunity to apply his finish carpentry skills to the finer details of a remodel.

Background

Matt grew up in a small desert town in California, two hours from San Diego and Palm Springs. It was a place he remembers as having had “2,500 people and seven golf courses.” It was also where Matt’s father (and Strite president) Bob Mundy made his living as a general contractor. Not surprisingly, Matt remembers his earliest toys as 2×4 blocks. Following a vacation to Idaho, his parents decided to move to Boise, not only for its proverbial “quality of life,” but also for the opportunities they believed it would provide for their children. For Matt, those opportunities consisted largely of rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking…and working at Strite during summers. Following his initial stint with Strite, Matt started his own tile and remodeling company, and eventually rejoined Strite for the challenge that larger remodel projects offered.

When not working

Matt loves to spend time with his wife Laura and their two kids. They enjoy raising chickens, biking and living in Idaho.

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Sara Moroney

Title: Designer

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2015

“Good communication is key to not only keeping a project on track and on budget, but keeping my clients and co-workers happy with both the results and the experience.”

Responsibilities

Although her job title says “designer,” Sara’s duties at STRITE involve equal parts “production facilitator.” She is involved in all aspects of plan drawing, including computer aided design (AutoCAD) and 3D rendering. Because her responsibilities form a bridge between concept and execution, our production team relies on her to make sure that they have what they need, when they need it, at every stage of the remodel process.

Background

Sara has been interested in houses since she was very young. She used to read remodel magazines and clip out the floor plans, which she would paste into a book and add her own. As a senior at Boise High School, she enrolled in a CAD (computer aided design) class and aced it. With her parents’ encouragement, she graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in commercial architecture. After a number of years in architectural design, during which she focused primarily on the health care market, she decided to switch to residential remodeling in order to get closer to the people she worked for and with — and STRITE design + remodel has provided her with just that opportunity.

Why My Job Matters

“I’m a designer first and foremost, but I also have a hand in production. I don’t swing a hammer, but I coordinate all the materials that our production teams need to achieve the outcome that the plans I draw envision. Communication is a critical part of my job, and our clients trust me not only make sure their ideas are reflected in the designs I create, but in their execution as well.”

When not working

Sara likes to spend time outdoors, eat at local restaurants, or go to concerts. She loves spending time with her husband, Jason, and their 9 month old daughter, Holland. Lately she has enjoyed taking Holland to all the different parks in Boise, the Zoo, and to swim lessons.

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Ed Lee

Title: Project Manager

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 1997

I like the freedom of being accountable for your own job, your own schedule, and the schedules of the trades you work with. I couldnt imagine spending my life in a cubicle.

Responsibilities

Long before he picked up a hammer as a Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC), Ed already had two experiences that shaped his future with Strite: those of college decathlete and defense contractor. The first taught him the value of time management; the second the value of scheduling and planning. As a Project Manager, both these disciplines — as well as construction skills — are essential to overseeing our residential remodeling projects.

Background

Raised in Benson, Arizona, not far from the legendary Western town of Tombstone, Ed played football and ran track at Phoenix College, where his event of choice was the decathlon. Moving to Boise in 1985, he ran track for Boise State University and worked part time at Micron Technology. He later returned to Arizona and then Southern California as a defense industry worker. Returning to Boise a decade later, Ed came to Strite’s attention through a concrete subcontractor he was working for at the time. Within six years of joining Strite, Ed had become a project manager. Along the way, he earned the Certified Lead Carpenter (CLC) designation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Why my job matters

“First and foremost, my job is making our clients happy — and the best way to accomplish this is by keeping a project on schedule and stress free. The hard decisions should all have been made up front, so the actual process of building should be fun for our clients.”

When not working

“I’d still be doing this kind of work, even as a handy man. I just like building stuff — we’re all kids at heart in that respect.”