The StayDry Heroes
All About The Men and Women Who Make StayDry
The Best Basement Waterproofing Company in Michigan!
David and Yvonne began their business in their home basement in 2006. In the beginning it was just an office, an old 85′ Chevy pickup, a rusty trailer and a dream. David’s idea was to parlay a family construction background and several years as a representative for another waterproofing company into his own StayDry Waterproofing business. Simply put, David cares about people. His passion is infectious and he is a constant reminder to everyone at StayDry: “If we don’t take care of the customer, someone else will.”
Yvonne is an administrative detail genius. If David hadn’t married her, he’d have to find her. Yvonne is that quintessential behind the scenes force so critical to any business. She prefers to forgo the accolades others get for a job well done and focus on accounting, billing, cash flow, banking and all the contingent particulars that make everyone else’s work possible. StayDry is a true family business. Yvonne and David share the highlights and headaches of ownership, having created a rock solid partnership.
Sonny House – Perrinton, MI
With over 30 years business and financial experience; Sonny coordinates our “transition” financial details. He receives all the Project Managers customer quotes and breaks them down for each department at StayDry; material requirements, expenses, commissions and the like. Uniquely, Sonny is also involved in time-study data; helping to make sure StayDry can provide the highest quality service for the lowest possible price.
Marty Herman – Hartland, MI
Marty has been with StayDry since its incorporation and brought both previous construction, waterproofing and administrative experience with her. Marty sets the tone for our customer contact; she’s decisive, knowledgeable and totally focused on our customers. No surprise, Marty’s an animal lover and her bird station at the Lansing office is famous among all her winged friends.
Juanita – Mason, MI
Customer Service Representative
Juanita has the tools; 20 years of office management and data base expertise, which she utilizes with a gentle tone and tenure with our customers. You can hear it in her voice from your first introduction. Everyone enjoys working with Juanita because you can sense she enjoys working with you. It’s just the way she is.
Wayne Nichols – Montague, MI
Senior Foundation Consultant
Wayne has over 40 years invested in the foundation, crawlspace and water proofing profession. He is the most trusted man in this business. Wayne’s approach is exacting; no more or less than each customer’s situation requires. He loves helping people. Since 1973 Wayne has designed installed and perfected waterproofing in Michigan. Nobody does it better.
Robert Lahousse – Allen Park, MI
No one helps you understand the “how” and “why” of your specific needs better than Robert. He has been in home improvement and basement waterproofing for over 20 years, and been problem solving since birth. Robert’s philosophy is “once a problem is defined … the problem can be solved”. Detailed and focused, most visits also involve advice regarding collateral issues even if they don’t involve StayDry. Nothing goes unnoticed.
Perry Martin – St. Johns, MI
An over-achiever, Perry worked for GM for over 30 years while simultaneously building and remodeling homes. Perry is profoundly knowledgeable is all aspects of construction, big and small. He conducts most pre-project inspections and verifies our original consultant analysis … giving us confirmation on the solutions. Customers love the communication feedback when Perry’s on site.
Rion Bentley – Laingsburg, MI
Foreman / Crew Leader
Rion’s spent the last 15 years working with his brother in the construction/home building arena and joined StayDry a year after his brother in 2009. He’s honest, polite, easy going and customers love him. No surprise, he keeps the brotherly “tag-team” going by trying to spend as much of his spare time as possible in the great outdoors.
Jesse Grove – Laingsburg, MI
Assistant Foreman / Installer
Jesse’s been the first guy at the shop in the morning since 2009; he can’t be outworked and always seems to want the toughest job. Jesse’s a force on every project lucky enough to have him and apparently “relaxes” by chopping his own firewood. Go figure…
Keith Brown – Livonia, MI
Keith is our youngest salesman, but not the least experienced. He’s literally worked in all facets of waterproofing since high school; from installer to project manger. Here at StayDry his role is defined as helping homeowners as their trusted expert. He identifies potential issues and then solves them,,,period.
Brian Taylor – Foundation Consultant – Lansing, MI
Brian Taylor is special. He’s highly trained, not only in basement waterproofing but all home systems like ventilation, insulation and air quality. He’s BPI certified [Building Performance Institute] and has studied written reports on 1000’s of homes. Brian’s a good listener, highly qualified and exemplifies the StayDry philosophy of helping people feel more comfortable with the restoration of their home.
Ryan – Assistant Foreman
Ryan is yet another example of StayDry attracting team members with a brood and lengthy background in the building industry. He’s one of those guys who came in with a goal to grow with the company, has stuck to his plan. He’ll strike you immediately as someone whose figured out communication with the customer is paramount.
Travis- Assistant Foreman
Travis has unique specialty experience, like crawl space work and it’s a real plus in this business. Another recent addition, he’s a hard worker, takes pride in what he does and aims to please in any situation. Customer’s like Travis. We do too.
Bryan – Assistant Serviceman
Bryan has been part of our recent growth and came on board last year. He has quickly filled several critical rolls from a company perspective: for instance he’s great at service, is a marvelous trouble shooter and is excellent at finishing details on projects.
Bob – Assistant Foreman
Bob joined StayDry in 2007; a former Navy Airman, he has extensive training in mechanics. Bob’s a deliberate and accurate team member, as you would expect, and simply a great person in more ways than we can list.
Bryan – Senior Installer
Bryan has a varied construction background, what you’d call a “doer” who’s been with us since 2014. The first thing you notice is his great attitude. He doesn’t need to be told anything twice … he “gets it”.
Robbie – Assistant Foreman
Robbie joined us in 2014, a fabulous new addition, and we’re lucky to have him. Robbie’s experience as a home builder and owning his own business has quickly translated into happy homeowners. He can build a house from the ground up and has a really bright future with StayDry.
Eddie – Assistant Foreman
Eddie came on board in 2013 … his background includes building sky scrapers in N.Y. He has a calming affect on every project he’s a member of and a really neat way of winning a customer’s confidence.
Lauren – Office Assistant
Ask Lauren the best thing she likes about working for StayDry and she’ll immediately tell you it’s the first call; when our customer is nervous, concerned and possibly upset. Lauren is very good at turning that moment around. No problem to big … no detail too small. It’s rare to find young people who are committed to customer service, putting the customer first, and I’m sure you’ll agree we’re lucky to have Lauren as part of our team.
Jeff Locke – Foundation Consultant – Holt MI
Jeff doesn’t tell people what they need or tell them how to solve it. His approach is more like a narrative journey of discovery which his customers like very much. Detailed and friendly, Jeff’s customer’s confidently get to choose how they want there home issue solved. Years of experience, years of feedback tell us Jeff’s customers enjoy this safe, easy approach to problem solving.
Julius Maurer – Crack Injection Specialist – Grand Ledge, MI
Julius has a way of making the complex problem seem simple and then making the problem simply go away. He has a fierce loyalty for friends, family and customers alike. Julius has over 4 decades of problem solving experience in the construction business. He is mechanically inclined and BPI certified [Building Performance Institute]. No fluff, just real conversation from a genuinely nice guy … that’s going to be your experience.