The Strite Team

Sara Moroney, Team Bio

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 4 year old daughter, Holland. Lately she has enjoyed taking Holland to all the different parks in Boise, the Zoo, and to swim lessons.

Michael Snow, Team Bio

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.

Samantha Bilimoria, Designer at Strite Design + Remodel in Boise, Idaho

Samantha Bilimoria

Title: Design Assistant

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2019

“Everyone is unique in the remodel challenges they face. What I try to focus on is how a person feels within a space.”

Responsibilities

As a self-described “design team resource,” Samantha is responsible for gathering the initial input that initiates the STRITE design process. This includes taking measurements and notes on the space to be remodeled, listening to the concerns and objectives of homeowners, and providing initial drafting for the design team.

Background

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Samantha liked to read about architecture, spatial design, and the challenges of adapting spaces to people. She remembers her very first design being a fort she wanted her parents to build for her. By the time she was 12, she was drawing pictures of apartment complexes. Her creative instincts led to a degree in interior design from San Jose State University. Samantha put her design career on hold while raising a family, and focused on education as a volunteer for public school art programs. Joining STRITE in July 2019 has enabled her to rekindle her earlier passion for design.

Why My Job Matters

“Having remodeled my own home, I know that everyone faces unique challenges within their own design and remodel process. As a resource to our design team, I keep careful account of site-specific information that helps the design process go from inception to the full realization of our clients designs. I find what I do to be captivating and fun…and it’s great to work for a company where everyone is happy to show up on a Monday morning.”

Brad Millspaugh, Team Bio

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.”

Bob Mundy, Strite Design + Remodel

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.

Matt Mundy and Family

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.

Jaman Nelson, Project Manager at Strite Design + Remodel in Boise, Idaho

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.”

Eric Kester, Carpenter at Strite Design + Remodel in Boise, Idaho

Eric Kester

Title: Craftsperson

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2019

“I’m not going to leave a customer wishing they’d hired someone else — if I wouldn’t accept something for my house, I won’t accept it for our customer.“

Responsibilities

At STRITE, a craftsperson is truly a “jack-of-all-trades” — a construction problem solver with a broad range of skills to draw on when it comes to the daily challenges of executing a remodel plan. As such, Eric doesn’t have what one might call a “typical” day. He could be repairing a chimney, hanging sheetrock in a laundry room, moving a wall out to accommodate larger than anticipated pipes, or framing a new door. And Eric wouldn’t have it any other way.

Background

Raised in San Diego, Eric’s family ran a heating & air conditioning business. Through this business Eric was first exposed to remodeling and general construction. Following high school he was hired by a manufacturing company specializing in tubing for nuclear and medical applications. He eventually served as a tool & die machinist (developing a new process for grinding carbide dies). His career path eventually led to five years working as a civilian contractor for the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program, during which time he constructed floating walkways, repaired docks, created pens for marine animals and facilities for veterinarians. After his marriage in 2008, Eric turned his attention to church ministry — where he served alongside a ministry in the treasure valley. Although the position did not materialize, Eric and his family remained in Idaho rather than return to California. He was introduced to STRITE by a former employee who attended his church, and after taking Matt Mundy up on a “ride along” invitation, he was quickly offered a job.

Why my job matters

“I think STRITE hired me because they saw my potential for growth — and STRITE is an organization that likes to grow people. STRITE is such a solid company, and I love what I do. I think it shows in our desire to hold ourselves to a high standard that benefits the customer through the quality of the work we deliver.”

When not working

As the father of three daughters, Eric doesn’t have a problem staying busy outside of his job. He and his family love exploring their new home state and engaging in church activities. And if all that wasn’t enough, Eric is in the midst of his own home remodel — giving a new meaning to the phase, “bringing your work home with you.”

Kesner family Strite Design + Remodel in Boise, Idaho

Kohl Kesner

Title: Craftsperson

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2019

“Working for STRITE I have been exposed to many different skills, and experience hands on education from a lot of very knowledgeable people.”

Responsibilities

Kohl’s title may read “carpenter,” but he thinks of what he does at STRITE in a far broader sense. Like most of our in-house production team, his functional duties vary by the project, and often by the day. Included in his expanding skill set is framing, construction of residential additions, demolition, and increasing amounts of finish carpentry work. It’s the kind of mixed bag that is unique to the remodeling business.

Background

While Kohl is new to construction, he’s hardly a stranger to challenges — nor is he a stranger to the lure of the great outdoors. Born and raised in Boise, at a young age he found his love for snowboarding and baseball, the combination of outdoor recreation and athleticism was a perfect match. He played various sports throughout his youth and went on to play varsity baseball for Borah High School before graduating in 2002, After a brief stint at Central Oregon Community College, he returned to Boise, where he eventually devoted himself to yet another outdoor activity: firefighting. He spent three years battling blazes, and in 2014 found himself and his crew being helicoptered into a wildfire that became known as the Bull Creek Fire. Although he loved having the forest as his office, the time away from his family was too hard. It just so happened that Kohl’s wife had been working for STRITE as an administrative assistant, and it didn’t take much for her to convince her husband that a career in remodeling could combine his love of being outside with his love of physical challenge.

Why my job matters

“We fix existing problems with homes, using quality products that fit our clients’ needs, while providing safer more efficient living spaces.”

When not working

Given his background, it should come as no surprise that the Kesner family’s favorite pastimes involve the outdoors.  Kohl, his wife, and daughter Mya enjoy camping, hiking, and road trips to the beach.

Josh Human, Team Bio

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.”

Gajge Porter, Team Bio

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.”

Jon Sallee

Title: Craftsman

Joined STRITE design + remodel: 2019

“I just like building things. “

Responsibilities

As a framer, Jon is part of a dedicated construction team at STRITE that enhances our control over essential construction services. Jon’s role is especially key in projects that involve the building of new additions or heavy structural remodeling.

Background

As a local boy who attended Eagle High School, Jon was presented with an opportunity in the framing business in 2006. He took a short break in 2008 to earn an associate degree in automotive technology, but ultimately, Jon returned to framing, drawn by his passion for construction. To quote Jon, “I got into it…and I just liked it.” After four years of work in residential new construction, Jon joined the STRITE team and the world of residential remodeling.

Why My Job Matters

“My job is to make what our customers envision come to life.”

When Not Working

As a single dad with three kids ranging from 10 to 13, Jon doesn’t have to worry about how to occupy his time when not at STRITE. He and his kids play basketball, go camping, and spend time with family. He does, however, look forward to pursuing his automotive interests as a hobby rather than a profession.

Ed Lee

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.”

Casee Miller, Team Bio for Strite Design + Remodel in Boise, ID.

Casee Miller

Title: Accountant

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.”

Stephanie Kesner, Team Bio

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.