The Strite Team

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.

Brad Millspaugh

Title: General Manager

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.”

Michael Snow

Title: Designer

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.”

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.

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.

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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Stephanie Kesner

Title: Administrative Assistant

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2017

“I like the people we work for…and the people I work with. It’s amazing what they can do with their hands!”

Responsibilities

Stephanie’s initial contact with our clients provides our design team with insight into their desires. Most of all, she functions as a conduit for the information necessary to “package” a job as it goes into production. Her gifts for coordination and logistics extend to scheduling…right down to ensuring that the porta-potties make it to the right job site.

Background

Stephanie was born in the picturesque town of Ojai, California, and her childhood memories are filled with Spanish-style buildings, the scent of orange blossoms, and nearby Pacific Ocean beaches. She lived for a time in Corvallis, Oregon, and moved with her family from there to Boise at age 14. She graduated from Timberline High School, and admits that southeast Boise still holds a special place in her heart. Having worked as a waitress since age 18, Stephanie was ready for a “day job” when a STRITE employee who frequented the restaurant she worked at encouraged her to act on her long time interest in the remodeling business and apply for a position with the company.

Why My Job Matters

“I’m generally the first person our clients talk to when they’re considering a remodel, and it’s my job to be sure that everything is in order. I’m responsible for seeing that our projects come together…and I love that part of the job. Being a waitress for so many years, I understand the importance of communicating what people want to those who have to create it, and keeping our customers happy in the process.”

When Not Working…

As you might expect from someone who has lived in some very beautiful places (and who has been a fitness trainer), Stephanie loves to be outside — hiking, camping…and just enjoying the great outdoors with her husband and daughter.

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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.

Jaman Nelson

Title: Project Manager

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2017

“There’s a lot to be said for not getting frazzled when you encounter difficulties…because inevitably you will.”

Responsibilities

As a project manager, Jaman is responsible for nothing less than ensuring that the projects he oversees “build to schedule”. Once a designer hands the project package to him, Jaman meets with the clients and takes over the responsibility for the daily execution of the remodel process. He is directly involved in demolition and framing phases, and then schedules everything else — including the mechanical “rough ins” — to achieve a finished product. During the scope of the remodel, Jaman functions as liaison between the client, the STRITE office, and all participating trades.

Background

Jaman grew up in Nampa (“My mom is from Portland and my dad is from Kuna, so I have a little bit of country and a little bit of city — but I’ll never leave the country,” he says). He came to the remodel industry in a unique way, having graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in English education. Jaman spent the next seven years teaching advanced language arts to middle school students. “I finally realized that I couldn’t teach another year…let alone another 20,” he says. Jaman had personal experience with remodeling, having made a number of renovations to the home that he owned while teaching, and through a family connection (his brother is a professional tile setter), he went to work for a local remodeler. He started out doing general labor, but his forte over time became excavation. Four years later, at the recommendation of a friend who had previously worked for STRITE, Jaman found himself interviewing for a project manager position…and was hired.

Why My Job Matters

“I pride myself on keeping everyone abreast of what is coming down the pipeline. I don’t like to be surprised or caught off guard, and I project that on to other people as well. At the end of the day we’re all on the same team going toward the same end goal. My job is to help our clients understand what’s going on and to keep them happy and on board with the process.”

When Not Working…

“My wife and I have two little babies and a new house we’re building on 1.5 acres — and we’re living in it as we build. I love food, guns, music and dancing. My idea of a good time is a movie in bed with a burrito and my wife. Most of all, I love working on my place and making things beautiful.”

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Josh Human

Title: Project Manager

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2018

“I love taking something outdated or trashed and bringing it back to life so people can make their own memories with it.”

Responsibilities

Josh’s role as a STRITE project manager encompasses scheduling, customer service, trouble shooting…and even strapping on a tool bag on occasion and taking care of “button up” work or helping out other team members if his crew is short handed. In particular, Josh enjoys taking on the structural challenges of that come with remodel projects, such as tearing out walls and putting in weight bearing beams. Josh’s unique skill set also lends itself to custom touches that include the use of reclaimed wood.

Background

Josh was born and raised in Nampa and has lived in the Treasure Valley virtually his whole life. Following a stint in road construction, and the pursuit of an art degree at Boise State University, he was introduced to the craft of custom faux painting. For a time he and a friend operated a high end painting business until the economic downturn in 2008 necessitated branching out into other types of services, such as fences, decks, and remodel projects — which eventually led him to STRITE.

Why My Job Matters

 “I’m really good with people and empathetic about their needs. I have the ability to meet folks on their level and find common ground — consequently, I’ve had really good clients and really good reviews. I love taking something outdated or trashed and bringing it back to life so people can make their own memories with it.

When Not Working 

“I’ve always been interested in music. I play the drums, and I play guitar in a country band that I’ve been in for 10 years. We call ourselves The Sons of Country, and we mostly play old school covers: Waylon, Willie, and Merle…along with some of our own songs. We don’t tour, but play local bars and breweries. I also have a wood working business and make custom furniture, and I like restoring classic trucks. A buddy and I are currently building a ’49 Ford, but my dream restoration would be a ‘60s Dodge swept line crew cab. They only made about 3,000 of them a year for the Forest Service and railroad.”

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Casee Miller

Title: “Wearer of Many Hats”

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2015

“A lot of money is involved in what I do, and that’s very important in keeping our vendors focused and dedicated to our customers’ projects.”

Responsibilities

Although Casee’s job description says “administrative,” it encompasses accounting and IT as well. She has some big shoes to fill, since she is essentially taking over for an employee who has managed payroll, accounts payable, and receptionist duties for years. That employee also happens to be Casee’s mom.

Background

Casee comes from the Northern California town of Cool, just east of Sacramento in the Foothills of the Gold Country. She and her family relocated to Boise following the buy out of the framing company she had been working for in Rocklin, California, and the subsequent opportunity to take a position at the new owner’s corporate office. Casee’s knowledge of STRITE came from an ideal source: her mother — and when the company she had joined in Boise was itself purchased, she began helping with administrative tasks at STRITE on a part time basis. She eventually took over accounts payable and reception duties before adding IT functions to her job description.

Why My Job Matters

“I make sure that our jobs are profitable, that our vendors get paid, and that their insurance certificates are up to date…and I deposit money. A lot of money is involved in what I do, and that’s very important to making sure our vendors stay focused and dedicated to our customers’ projects.”

When Not Working

“I read a lot of books, and with a son in college and a daughter in high school, my husband and I are thinking more about what to do with our time. We recently did some remodeling on our home in Kuna. It was fun, and it really gave me an appreciation for what our customers experience with a whole home remodel. My latest hobby is a kitten we adopted from the Humane Society: a Siamese named Milo who is a talker and a trouble maker.”

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Gajge Porter

Title: Craftsman

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2019

“To be a good craftsman takes attention to detail — to learning the process of each task, and then repeating that process.”

Responsibilities

Gajge typically handles finish work and drywall installation on STRITE remodel projects — duties that make good use of his background as a handyman. As part of a dedicated in-house team of craftsmen, his skills provide a level of consistency and quality that has come to define the STRITE remodel experience.

Background

 Gajge has lived in Boise since he was in sixth grade. A graduate of Borah High School, his work as a handyman gradually exposed him to remodel situations — and when a friend told him about an opening at STRITE, he saw it as an opportunity to delve more deeply into the trade. While his current focus is drywall and finish work, his goal is to expand his skill set to include finish carpentry, framing, and even working with reclaimed wood for more customized design touches.

Why My Job Matters

“What it takes to be a good craftsman is attention to detail — to learning the process of each task, and then repeating that process. When you can stand back and see what you’ve accomplished at the end of the day, there’s a feeling of satisfaction in the progress you’ve made…and in knowing that you’ll probably be doing something else tomorrow. What I like about STRITE is the variety that goes with each project.”

When Not Working 

“My wife and I are basically homebodies, but that’s because we have a two and a half year old daughter…and we’re in the middle of potty training.”