The Strite Team
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.”
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.
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.
Joined STRITE design + remodel: 1998
Shown with wife Amy and daughters Sylvie and Luci
“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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.