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Meet The Improovy Team

Improovy is a team of painting industry experts passionate about leveraging data and technology to reinvent how contractors and homeowners do business. With over a century of shared expertise in the trades, we believe the future of the construction industry is built by putting contractors first. Learn more about the team behind one of the nation’s fastest-growing prop-tech startups below.

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Andre Kazimierski

Andre Kazimierski

Founder & CEO

I have been building and scaling successful home service businesses for the past 15 years. Growing up in Chicago, I saw the struggles of contractors and small business owners first-hand. The majority of my family were first-generation immigrants from Poland that started home service and construction businesses when they came to the US. Working hundred-hour weeks and making barely enough to cover the bills was the status quo for them.

Having spent my entire life in the trades, I found there is a better way for the industry to operate. Starting with residential painting, Improovy was created to make the lives of contractors better. In turn, we empower tradespeople to provide the best service of their careers for homeowners.

Favorite Paint Color: Origami White By Sherwin Williams (SW 7636)

Carr Lanphier

Carr Lanphier

COO

I am a Chicagoland native and have spent the last decade growing small-to-midsized businesses. I believe that Improovy can transform the broken and fragmented painting industry, resulting in a better life for contractors and homeowners alike!  Outside of work, I spend my free time doting on my favorite pup, Darla.

Favorite Paint Color: Swiss Coffee (OC-45) By Benjamin Moore

Nick Palazzolo

Nick Palazzolo

Head of Sales

I am from the Detroit area and have spent the last 20 years working primarily with residential painting contractors.  It has been an incredible experience to develop the craftmanship, business growth, and customer service processes of each company that I have worked with. I’ve been able to see firsthand the true value of great painters and how important that is to so many people. 

Favorite Paint Color: Iron Ore (Sherwin-Williams 7069)

Alexis Venter

Alexis Venter

Project Manager & Sales Consultant

I grew up right outside the wonderful city of Chicago and moved to Madison, WI for college (go Badgers!). It was there that I discovered my entrepreneurial spirit and love for the home improvement industry. I went on to run a painting business for 4 years, become a property manager, and a real estate agent all with the hopes of learning the industry on all sides.

I continue to see, first-hand, how difficult working with contractors can be so when Improovy called me to join the team and I saw their reviews, I knew that this was something special. Fast forward 5 months and now I’m certain that I was right.

Favorite Paint Color: Olympus White SW 6235

Cole Spitler

Cole Spitler

Sales Manager

I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Business School in 2021. I got started in the painting industry while in school, where I launched my own business. During which I managed over one million dollars of painting projects across three years.

Excited by their customer-driven focus, industry-leading tech, and rapid growth, I got started with Improovy a few months after graduation. When I’m not sending out estimates, you can find me serving my Church or watching my beloved Wisconsin sports teams.

Favorite Paint Color: SW 6789 Blue-Mosque

Dane Mauland

Dane Mauland

Software Engineer

I put myself through college at UW-Madison, where I graduated with a double major in Finance and Real Estate, before starting my career on Wall Street. After deciding finance wasn’t for me, I transitioned my career into software engineering. While I am a competent full-stack engineer, my main technical strengths revolve around using serverless solutions to be able to quickly build, deploy, and scale products. This approach drastically reduces the upfront costs of software development which allows us to test the efficacy of many more products and features than we would otherwise be able to, and ultimately leads to a better quality product for the end user.

Favorite Paint Color: Software SW 7074 

Dominique Yates

Dominique Yates

Project Manager

As a seasoned professional painter, I am obsessed with everything painting. The start of my entrepreneurial journey began in 2016 when I saw the impact that a simple change of color has on the aesthetic of a home or business. I am passionate about using my skills to contribute to the exciting and innovative changes in the painting industry. When I am not working, I enjoy arts and crafts with my kiddos as well as outdoor activities.

Favorite Paint Color: Halcyon Green By Sherwin Williams

Nia Pham

Nia Pham

Design, Social Media Manager

I am currently a senior in college at Northwestern University majoring in Economics. I’ve been with Improovy since the beginning; running their social media as well as assisting in the creation of our pitch deck slides. Apart from work, I love to play tennis and kayak!

Favorite Paint Color: Farrow & Ball: Borrowed Light 235

Mike Kremsreiter

Mike Kremsreiter

Head Of Production

I am a native of Chicagoland where I grew up in the far northwest suburbs but now live in Colorado south of Denver. I started painting in college and could never get past the feeling of gratification a few coats of paint can bring to a space and the positive impact it brought to a customer’s home. After nearly 25 years in the painting and home improvement industry, I still get the same feeling whenever I am involved with a project! Providing great craftsmanship, outstanding customer service, and educating homeowners before, during, and after their projects are the most rewarding parts of sharing my years of experience.

When not in the office, you can find me outside with my family enjoying all that Colorado has to offer, whether it be skiing in winter or mountain biking, hiking, and stand-up paddling in the spring, summer, and fall.

Favorite Paint Color: Kensington Blue (Benjamin Moore 840)

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