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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 pups, Darla and Alpha.

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

Dominique Yates

Dominique Yates

Digital Media Manager & Trade Partner Sourcing

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

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

Nick Salisbury

Nick Salisbury

Sales Consultant

I am a St. Claire County, MI native through and through, and have been painting professionally for 8 years, six of which were running my own company. I joined Improovy in 2022 (immediately winning Improovy’s Best Beard Award by unanimous consent) to use my painting knowledge and devilish charm to help more homeowners have an incredible painting experience and grow a company that loves painters for being great painters.

When not talking paint or fishing, I’m spending time with my wife of 9 years or hanging out with our four dogs, three cats, or the baby deer we adopted/best-friended for about 30 minutes before taking to an animal sanctuary.

Favorite Paint Color: Swimming by Sherwin Williams (SW 6764)

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

Chip Nill

Chip Nill

Sales Consultant

I grew up in New York and, after school, spent the last fifteen years in various cities in the trades, managing construction projects, and leading nonprofits. I am excited to watch improvement projects come to life, and be a part of others improving their homes and their lives. As a father of four, there is no greater thing I teach by example than being a helper to people in whatever capacity I can be, and I’m glad to be a part of a company that does just that.
 My favorite customer experience was working with a customer flustered with fire damage and insurance difficulties. We were able to come in, get them a color specialist, and take the final project off their plate through the completion of a beautiful project. Knowing how much stress was relieved and happiness was created to see their new home was really special.

Favorite Paint Color: Tricorn Black Sherwin Williams (SW 6258)

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)

Roland Stout

Roland Stout

Production Coordinator

While I was born in Yuba City California, I grew up in the Ocean – the US Navy – where I spent six years before moving to Seattle, WA. My parents say I was a finger-painting savant, so I’ve either been painting for three decades or one decade, depending upon how you count it.

Before joining Improovy, I worked at Benjamin Moore for three years and spent nine years bringing operational discipline and painting skills to painting companies across the Seattle area.

While I’m regularly recruited for television voiceover roles, Improovy didn’t only recruit me to record their phone messages – my painting expertise, humor, and attention to detail make me a production manager that homeowners love working with. When not working, I can be found spending time with my wife, four kids, and our dog.

Favorite Paint Color: Jamestown Blue by Benjamin Moore (HC-148)

Autumn Ramsey

Autumn Ramsey

Production Coordinator

I am a Chicagoland native and grew my passion for painting at a young age while helping my grandfather paint auto body in his garage. After graduating Aurora University, I pursued a career in painting were I enjoyed making my clients home uniquely theirs. When I am not at my desk you can find me at the beach enjoying the water and time with my family.

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

Eddie Alvarado

Eddie Alvarado

Production Coordinator

I grew up in Ukiah a small town in Northern California. I discovered my passion for painting after graduating from Azusa Pacific University  in 2019, from there I helped scale and produce a painting business, which gave me the experience and confidence to manage homeowners vision of creating a home that they want. When I am not working I like to play soccer and travel.

Favorite Paint Color: Black Magic by Sherwin Williams (SW 6991)

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 

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

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