Matt Merrifield
Owner

Matt M.

As founder and CEO, Matt is responsible for “just about everything” at Lakeside Renovation & Design, including production, HR, staff, projects, etc. Matt founded the company after having served in the Unites States Marine Corp.

Dan Merrifield
Owner

Dan M.

Owner, Sales Director since 1999. Dan is responsible for the sales staff.

Kyle Guemmer
General Manager

Kyle

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Length at Lakeside:
2.5 years

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
Work

Tell me about your Family.
Jess and I have been married for 10 years and have two kiddos who are 4 (Easton) and 1 (Remi)

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
It’s the opportunity to use my skills, abilities, and passions for the good of other people. Working to create an experience for our customer where they feel valued and heard, and protecting/improving their greatest asset. As well as being able to create a culture here internally where our employees feel like they have purpose and are growing professionally and personally.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Hang with the family!

What is your greatest hope?
Impact people

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
Redeem the overall construction industry to the marketplace. This industry is broken and untrustworthy to both consumers and employees. I want to create a place where we can be the trusted resource and provider of all construction needs to the marketplace, and an employer where people feel valued and have opportunity.

Matthew Jennings
VP of Operations

Matt

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Length at Lakeside:
2 years 7 months

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
I love the people! I am surrounded by the best team of people I have ever experienced in the workspace.

Tell me about your Family.
I have an amazing wife Lisa, we have been married for almost 7 years. Together we have 3 children. Lydia who is 5, Adeline who is 3, and Elijah who is a little over a year and a half. They have profoundly changed our lives in the most amazing and exhausting ways!

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
I go back to the amazing people. I have been pushed to learn and grow as a person so much over the last couple of years. I have seen grace and care at this company that I would never expect to see in a workplace. As well, I am challenged everyday by the talented smart people that I work alongside.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to cook. On the grill or in the kitchen testing my ability to cook amazing food at an elevated level.

What is your greatest hope?
My hope is that my impact on this world is marked not by what I did for myself but what I did for my savior!

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
I want to continue to build a healthy culture in a very broken construction industry. This culture will impact lives, helping people find health, purpose, and a craft to be proud of. All of this is to then impact our customers; a healthy caring workforce creates a renovation experience that is well communicated and executed to perfection.

Candice Davis
Director of Marketing

Candice

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Vishal Dosanjh
VP of Sales & Design

Vishal

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Cory Heeley
Director of Safety & Compliance

Cory

Length at Lakeside:
1 year & 2 months

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
I love how the company cares for its employees, with high support and high challenge. Building people both professionally and personally

Tell me about your Family.
I am married to Heather Heeley for 10 years, we have 3 girls, 7 and twin 2 year olds

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
Working in this industry, I have met life long friends/co workers whose help/guidance helped me become more organized, see the whole picture, how to treat people and care for them.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spending time with my family, I also enjoy lifting weights, playing hockey and doing obstacle course races.

What is your greatest hope?
That my kids will know Jesus and follow him.

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
I want to help the company carry out its mission and redeem this industry. Construction companies have a stigma in our market that we are greedy, short cut and take advantage of the customer and that simply isn’t the case at Lakeside. We care for your home like its our own

Sam VerMeer
Director of HR / Finance

Sam

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Length at Lakeside:
4 years

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
Culture

Tell me about your Family.
Grew up in STL, and have a 3 year old son

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
I’ve learned about and grown in leadership both personally and professionally.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with family, friends, bonfires, soccer, laughing, and reading.

What is your greatest hope?
Jesus.

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
Healthy impact on culture (individuals and as a whole company).

Hannah Lowe VerMeer
Client Service Coordinator

Hannah V.

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Julie Wilburn
Production Administrator

Julia

Length at Lakeside:
16 yrs 1 month

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
Never a dull moment, fast paced and the people are fun.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
Always learning new things and keeping me on my toes.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Camping

What is your greatest hope?
That the Covid-19 nightmare pandemic will soon be over!!

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
Respect & integrity

Joey Schellhase
Office Administrator

Joey S.

Length at Lakeside:
1 ½ Months

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
The office culture and environment.

Tell me about your Family.
I am the oldest of 4, born and raised in St. Louis.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
I have learned and am learning new information about the home renovation industry.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Cook, Fish, Golf, Hike, Read

What is your greatest hope?
To have a large family

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
To help grow and maintain the highest standard of excellence at Lakeside.

Tiffany Molitor
Interior Designer

Tiffany

Length at Lakeside:
1.5 years

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
Having the flexibility to work from home as needed while still staying on task and accomplishing our clients needs is a major win. We also have multiple vendors who are extremely knowledgeable and great to work with!

Tell me about your Family.
I have two adorable nieces and a nephew from my brothers and sisters. My dad has been in the construction industry for 30+ years and I have always been fascinated with building things which eventually led to interiors and completing my bachelors degree from Maryville University of St Louis.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
I love traveling so I think experiencing different cultures has helped open my eyes to other areas of design while also adding value to my life. Studying abroad in Europe was one of the greatest experiences I had during my educational career. Also, visiting areas like Haiti, Alaska and Budapest to name a few, are places that I believe have impacted how I view design. Through these opportunities, I have grown to appreciate design even more.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy being around my family and also playing sand volleyball with friends as often as possible.

What is your greatest hope?
To help people to see that design is everywhere.

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
Design spaces around our clients’ lifestyle while creating both a functional and aesthetically pleasing environment.

Makiea Montgomery
Interior Designer

Makiea

Length at Lakeside:
3 months

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
The work culture is really laid back, but everyone is always hard at work to give our best to our clients.

Tell me about your Family.
I have an 11 year old daughter, 20 year old bonus daughter heading into her senior year at Mizzou, and a 1-year-old Chihuahua and maltese mix.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
I’m doing something I love so that means my workdays don’t feel so work(y). I realize how blessed I am to find something I truly enjoy doing so I don’t take that for granted.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
My love and I enjoy early morning drives, but currently looking for a house during this crazy time is taking up most of our free time!

What is your greatest hope?
That we must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through!

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
I hope to help build a solid Interior Design department and continue to grow in creativity and provide the best design experience to our clients!

Dave Williams
CAD / Architectural Design

Dave

Length at Lakeside:
2 years 6 months

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
Besides my job. I really like the people here, they keep the days exciting.

Tell me about your Family.
Our family enjoys the outdoors, boating & just about all water sports. We are a football family. We enjoy spending time with friends and family.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
Not sure what type of value I get from my career other than my, “honey-do list” is never-ending.

What is your greatest hope?
Being able to help the company grow with respect to production and revenue.

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
I want to continue to help with the growth of our design-build team. Keeping the companies goals and direction moving towards continued success.

Andy Young
Design Specialist

Andy

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Length at Lakeside:
15 years

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
I really appreciate the opportunity to get to know all the great homeowners I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years and helping them make their home remodeling dreams a reality. It’s been an honor to work on such a great team here at Lakeside for the past 15 years.

Tell me about your Family.
I have been blessed to be married for 25 years to my wonderful wife. We have three awesome children.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
It’s been a tremendous privilege and pleasure to have worked with so many great individuals here at Lakeside over the years. I have learned so much from them as well as all the great customers I’ve had the opportunity to interact with and do business with.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with family. Go on hikes and play sand volleyball.

Billy Ovchinikov
Design Specialist

Billy

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Length at Lakeside:
17 years – since Sept. 2003

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
Freedom to manage my own schedule and do my work.

Tell me about your Family.
Married and have 2 awesome kids

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
I get to meet new and interesting people every day.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Cook, spend time with family and watch football

What is your greatest hope?
Just keep doing what I am doing as long as possible

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
I think that I have already accomplished a great deal since starting here in production and getting to where I am at now while being happy. I have an exciting job with lots of freedom and I earn a very good income. What more could anyone want?

Brent Riggins
Design Specialist

Brent

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Length at Lakeside:
4 Years

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
I love meeting with clients to discuss their vision for their home, and making their vision a reality

Tell me about your Family.
I have been married to my beautiful wife for 13 years, and we have 3 children

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
I have met many awesome people while working at Lakeside, who have transformed into lifelong friends.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my family, boating, and working out.

What is your greatest hope?
I hope to raise 3 healthy and happy children, who love deeply and know Christ

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
Continue to grow as a design consultant

Gary Seabaugh
Design Specialist

Gary

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Length at Lakeside:
Been installing siding for Lakeside since the year 2000. Been in sales since 2017

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
Helping homeowners transform their homes into works of art

Tell me about your Family.
Married, 4 kids, 1 grandchild

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
Having been in the installation side of things, I have hands-on experience, knowledge of what can or can not be done, and have been involved in hundreds of different home design experiences. The satisfaction of being able to help people conquer their dreams is very rewarding.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Family is number one.

What is your greatest hope?
To be the best Father, Grandfather, Husband, and Friend, that I can be.

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
To gain a great customer base, be the one people want to go to, and to have all the knowledge to do so.

Stephen Chismarich
Design Specialist

Stephen

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Length at Lakeside:
Almost 3 years

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
Lakeside is a family-owned business with a strong family culture.

Tell me about your Family.
Wife: Mary Beth – we grew up together in Bowling Green, Mo and I’ve known her since first grade.

(5) Kids: Gabby 32 married to Woody they both work at Whole Foods; Brigid 21 living at home working/Meramec Community College/studying education; Maggie 20 Mizzou Sinclair school of nursing; Caitie 18 Illinois Institute of Technology biomedical engineering/soccer; Liam 13 Crestview middle school/rock climbing

(4) Grandkids: Gus, Julia, Rosa, Evie

We have lived in West St. Louis County for over 20 years. Moved here to be closer to family after Mary Beth finished her pediatric residency. She worked at Mercy hospital for 20 years as a Pediatric Hospitalist and Director of Complex Care.
Before this I was in the Navy submariner/diver; Project manager industrial power projects: VP of a start-up company; Commercial offshore diver—underwater ironworker; residential mortgage and home financing

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
Working at Lakeside gives me an opportunity to meet the people of our community and spend time with them in their homes.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Who has spare time? I’m also a City Councilman in Ellisville; Rotary Club of West Co Board Member; Progress 64 West member; Municipal League of Missouri; Metro League of St. Louis. Volunteer and raise money for charities. Spend time with my kids and grandkids, trail running, whatever project my wife wants me to do, read before bedtime, watch Liverpool FC play soccer, watch my kids participate in their activities, home improvement projects on a limited basis.

What is your greatest hope?
Win the lottery? I don’t really hope…I’m kind of a realist who just works hard, tries to be a good person and let the chips fall where they may.

You get what you give in life…hope is kind of a lazy way of dreaming. Maybe my great hope is that my children will be more successful and impactful with their lives than their old man.

I hope coronavirus doesn’t negatively impact my family vacation this year…how’s that?;)

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
Continue to increase sales and add to the long list of satisfied Lakeside clients.
Help clients enjoy their homes by creating inspiring new designs and providing unparalleled remodeling services.

Tim Paglusch
Design Specialist

Tim

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Length at Lakeside:
10 years this October

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
I love helping clients transform their homes.

Tell me about your Family.
I have been happily married for 6 years and we have an incredible son that just turned 5.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
I have met some incredible people at LS that will be friends for life.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Take long walks on the beach! lol Seriously, I love spending time with my family, golfing, and playing poker.

What is your greatest hope?
To continuously have a prosperous career at LS

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
Make as many happy customers as possible.

Eric Lambert
Interior Design Specialist

Eric

Length at Lakeside:
1 Year

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
Working with like-minded people who all want to go the same direction.

Tell me about your Family.
I am married with 1 child.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
It has given me areas to grow personally and professionally.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Playing golf and hanging out with my son.

What is your greatest hope?
World Peace

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
Expand my construction knowledge and grow both personally and professionally.

Elijah McCormick
Interior Design Specialist

Elijah M.

Length at Lakeside:
1 month +

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
I love working with an excellent company that provides top notch products and services and I love working with good people who conduct business with integrity. Working in an atmosphere where people care more about others and the quality of our work than about money is a breath of fresh air.

Tell me about your Family.
I am married to my wife, Shelby, of just over a year and a half. I am the oldest of 4 kids, two boys and two girls. One of my sisters lives in St. Louis, my other sister lives in Chattanooga, TN and my brother lives in Pinedale, WY. My parents live in Southern Illinois where I grew up. Shelby has one older brother; he and his wife live down the road from us with their two young children. Shelby’s parents live outside of Hannibal. From where we live we’re able to see each side of our family frequently which is a huge blessing.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
To this point my career has challenged me to persevere in pushing through stressful seasons and made me tougher. It’s helped reinforce a love of learning. It has given me an outlet to exercise creativity and combines a number of past work experiences and areas of interest in a way that gives me a lot of enjoyment in the work I do.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
My wife and I enjoy riding bikes together, hiking and generally most things outdoors. We love eating good food and trying new restaurants. On week nights we like to watch home improvement shows like Fixer Upper or Hometown and we usually have a sitcom we’re working through. My very favorite thing to do is snow skiing, but I also enjoy white water kayaking and rock climbing. I’ve recently started bow-hunting and made my first bow kill earlier this fall.

What is your greatest hope?
My greatest hope is to steward well the blessings and resources God has given me, whether relationships, time or material things. I hope to live with an attitude of gratefulness and in a way that displays God as most valuable to me.

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
I want to continue learning about my field and the construction trades and become a true professional in my role. I want to deliver excellent service to my customers and add value to the company through the customers I bring on board.

Garrett Carlson
Interior Design Specialist

Garrett C.

Length at Lakeside:
<less than 1 year

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
I love the Lakeside team. The people I work with already feel like more than co-workers. There is true care and servant leadership within the organization.

Tell me about your Family.
I have been married to my lovely wife, Ally, for almost 8 years, we have an amazing little girl who is a little over 1 year old, and two crazy dogs that we have had almost the entire time we have been married.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
I value relationships very much. This career allows me to form relationships with clients, and then care for them through the process of improving their home. Whether we are pursuing functionality, aesthetics, or both, I enjoy helping my clients bring their specific dream to life.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
My wife and I invest a lot of our energy in being contributing members and leaders in our church. In addition to that, I enjoy basketball & football (MIZ), and spending time with friends and family.

What is your greatest hope?
My greatest hope is to live and work in a way that honors God.

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
At the end of the day, I want my clients and coworkers to know that I give my all. I feel if I do that, the end results and personal goals I set out for myself will be accomplished.

Dan Kary
Architectural Design

Dan Kary

Guy Albrecht
Architectural Design and Visualization

Guy

Length at Lakeside:
3.5 Years

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
Lakeside is more of a people-centered company than I have worked for in the past, both toward customers and employees. I have had the opportunity to grow in a lot of ways since starting this job and am grateful for the future opportunities I have now because of it.

Tell me about your Family.
I am married to a wonderful wife and have 2 boys, 4 years old and 2 months old.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
4 years ago, I would not have guessed where my life would be right now. I was out of full-time work and had a new baby. This position opened up and I had an opportunity to help grow this department and a new skill set. Since that time, I’ve gotten to improve myself and take some big steps for future opportunities that I wouldn’t have imagined. Even with how unusual things have been during this year for a lot of people, this position has been both stable and able to adapt to these unprecedented times. Right now, I am enjoying the flexibility to work remotely because it allows me to use the time I have more efficiently not only for work but mostly my family. That would simply not be possible in many other types of career paths.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
About a year and a half ago my wife and I bought an older fixer-upper and started restoring it. It has been a big project but we are turning it into a new start for our family’s future, so a lot of my spare time right now is going toward that. Once we get finished with the house, I look forward to the new opportunities and freedom that we will have from it.

What is your greatest hope?
To develop my skills as a designer and grow my abilities in the Architectural Visualization industry. To leave a stable foundation and example for my family to build off of long after I am gone.

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
I want to make the most of the time I have to hone my craft and always find a way to improve. Comparing myself 4 years ago to where I am now, I can see how much has changed… I look forward to seeing what changes the next few years will have in store.

Charles Nigh
Architect

Charles

Length at Lakeside:
4 months

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
I love being an architect, helping people to stay where they are and make the home of their dreams.

Tell me about your Family.
My wife Janice and I have been married for 38 years, raising three boys to manhood in the same Kirkwood home. Matt and Mary have an 8 year old boy, a 6 year old girl, and a baby due in January. Carl and Tammy have a boy, 16 month old Liam, and my son Andrew is a certified arborist / tree climber, and we all live and work in St. Louis.

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
Value of continually gaining knowledge of the approval process, building codes and construction methods.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Working outside, creating a well groomed lawn and garden, BBQing on the patio, exploring historic places and buildings, and chasing the awesome sunset.

What is your greatest hope?
Good health to be able to support my family’s lives, and to do the things I like to do in my spare time.

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
Produce drawings which are excellently received by the client, approved by the municipalities, and built by Lakeside.

Brandon Reed
Project Manager (JH Siding)

Brandon

Length at Lakeside:
<Since April 2012

What do you love about working with Lakeside?
I love the opportunity to support people in bettering their craft, as well as their lives.

Tell me about your Family.
Have a 14 year old girl cheerleader, and dancer. An 11 year old boy, basketball player. Then a 3 year old boy monster lol. All held together by faith and my amazing wife. A Dental Assistant @ Osage Dental for the same amount of time. Best friends since 12/15/1999!

In addition to being paid, how else has your career created value in your life?
My career has paid value in my life by supporting my lovely family with a childhood hobby. I’ve always loved to build things. This company has allowed me to build a foundation for my family by doing what I love. By doing that I haven’t WORKED a day in my life. Just enjoyed every minute of the ride. Ups and downs!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
My spare time is filled with dance recitals, basketball practices & tournaments. Honey-Do & In-Laws lists! Squeezing in all the time it takes to be a Realtor!

What is your greatest hope?
My greatest hope is to always grow and learn.

What do you want to accomplish while working here?
I hope to accomplish blending my two hobbies of construction and real estate together. Allowing us to create a market to find and create, dream homes in dream locations for our clients!

Jeremy Monroe
Design – Build Project Manager

Jeremy

Chris Yates
Design - Build Project Manager

Chris Yates

Daniel Beckmann
Project Manager - Service Department

Daniel B.

Gerald Declue
Design-Build Crew Leader

Gerald

Kennedy Lowe
Siding Crew Leader

Kennedy

Wil Baker
Siding Crew Leader

Wil

Jerry Rieken
Siding Crew Leader

Jerry Rieken

John Femmer
Lead Painter

John