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Rick Brown

Rick Brown

Hi, I’m Rick!

I grew up in Orlando, Florida but now live in wonderful town Winston-Salem, NC. Before joining this team, I gained over 15 years of experience in residential home construction, performing remodels and new builds. I also have a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. I started my career here as a Certified Field Inspector and thanks to a company that embraces meritocracy and drives growth, I was able to work my way up to Assistant Manager of Sales. I was drawn to Tar Heel because of a common goal: to improve customers homes and keep families safe.

 

When I’m not working closely with Certified Field Inspectors to find permanent solutions to all of your foundation and waterproofing needs, I love spending time with my wife of over 25 years, Sheila and our daughter, Lindsey. We love to spend time outdoors, travel, garden and attend sporting events together.

 

I look forward to working towards protecting your greatest asset: your home!

John Knight

John Knight

Hi, I’m John!

As an Alumni of Wake Forest University, I fell in love with the Winston-Salem area. Growing up in a construction family allowed me to gain the knowledge and experience to repair my own investment homes. I also enjoy giving back to the local community and have been an active volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity for the last 17 years. Looking for an opportunity to maximize my prior education, experience and community involvement in the home improvement industry, Tar Heel Basement Systems was the perfect fit!

When I am not inspecting crawl spaces or basements, you can find me enjoying the outdoors, fly fishing and boat building. When I’m unable to get outside, I am working away building new furniture pieces and ensuring my core foundation is stabilized doing yoga.

I can’t wait to meet you and find the perfect solution to ensure your home remains dry, healthy and stabilized!

Nate Zook

Hi, I’m Nate!

 

I came to Tar Heel with a background in consulting but I was ready for a different career path and I was drawn to the excellent reputation that this company is known for. I also bring with me a Bachelor of Science in General Studies with a concentration in Mass Communications as well as a CPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) certification.

 

My beautiful wife, Anna and I have a wonderful son as well as a houseful of dogs and chickens. When I’m not working towards providing a healthier home for my customers, I enjoy woodworking, fishing and playing golf.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Angel Hernandez

Hi, I’m Angel!

 

I spent 18 years as a residential and commercial plumber in New York, New Jersey, and North Carolina before deciding it was time for a change. I wanted to make a fresh start and Tar Heel Basement Systems seemed like a great company to help me do just that. I was recruited to the team by Garrett Atkinson who used to work here as the General Manager but has since moved to Colorado to work for our sister branch. I’m so excited for this opportunity to grow with this wonderful company and to help customers achieve a healthier home.

 

When I’m not inspecting crawlspaces or basements, I love staying active. I’m an avid outdoorsman and I love hiking and fishing. I am also a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and I actively compete.

 

I can’t wait to meet you and find the perfect solution to ensure your home remains dry, healthy and stabilized!

Bret Eldridge

Hi, I’m Bret!

 

I spent about 25 years working in the highway construction industry as a Manager as well as working for HMA Plants as a Sales Manager prior to that. I also have OSHA 30 training, safety training, and compliance training. I first wanted to join the Tar Heel team because I was ready to get back into sales and I wanted to do so with a highly praised and well-established company. However, after learning more about this company, what really attracted me to the job was the opportunity to grow and thrive, both professionally and personally, alongside some really amazing people.

 

When I’m not working towards making your home healthier and safer, I love spending time with my amazing son. We love traveling and playing golf together. He also participates in some of the races I enjoy doing including mud runs, Spartans, warrior dashes, and 5K races. In addition I enjoy spending my free time working out.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the perfect solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Brian Pirone

Hi, I’m Brian!

 

Prior to joining this team, I worked hard to build up a reputable background in sales, business management, and construction, as well as working as a firefighter and an EMT for a while. Additionally I received my Associate in Arts in General Education and attended Western Carolina University for Emergency and Disaster Management. I joined the Tar Heel family because my passion above all is helping others and I would love the opportunity to save your home from any current or future damage.

 

When I’m not working towards improving your home from the ground up, I love spending time with my wife and our son, and our friends. I also enjoy reading, working out and taking trips to the Outer Banks and other beaches.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Brian Reich

Hi, I’m Brian!

 

Prior to joining this team, I worked in construction for most of my life and worked in electrical for over a decade, providing exceptional customer service for over 15 years. I am a licensed electrician and I received my Bachelor in Science from NC State. What attracted me most to Tar Heel Basement Systems was the opportunity to help people as part of a fantastic, steadily growing team.

 

Ever since growing up on my grandpa’s farm I have loved the outdoors. When I’m not looking for a permanent solution to all of your foundation and waterproofing needs, you can find me going on adventures with my wife and daughter. I am obsessed with the water and being at the beach, lake, or even on the river where I like to paddleboard.

 

I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a healthier home!

Chad Hensley

Hi, I’m Chad!

 

I’ve worked in the construction industry since 1995. I was a carpenter for many years and eventually became an estimator and project manager in commercial construction. I came to Tar Heel Basement Systems because, though I wanted an opportunity to stay within my field, I also wanted to learn something new by working with a different form of construction. I was also fortunate enough to have a friend who already worked for the company and had nothing but great things to say about it.

 

When I’m not looking for permanent solutions to all of your waterproofing and foundation needs, I love spending time with my beautiful wife, our sons and our aggravating yet lovable cat. My wife and I enjoy going to outdoor music festivals and I also enjoy hiking, camping, fly fishing and scuba diving.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Colin Brown

Hi, I’m Colin!

Before joining the Tar Heel team I worked a variety of jobs. I was in law enforcement for a while as well as working as an insurance adjuster and a roofing inspector. I love learning new skills and see it as an opportunity to better myself both professionally and personally. When a friend of mine told me all about his experience working for Tar Heel Basement Systems I decided that this would be a great fit for me.

When I’m not diagnosing your home’s concerns, I love spending time with my beautiful wife of over 20 years, our 2 wonderful children, and our dog. I also love the outdoors and pretty much all outdoor activities including hiking and camping.

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Craig Waller Jr.

Hi, I’m Craig!

 

Prior to joining Tar Heel Basement Systems I spent many years working in the health and fitness industry. I have worked as a General Manager for several franchised gyms, as the Vice President of Sales at Sportscenter Athletic Club, and as the owner and General Manager of Transform Fitness Center. Now, with waterproofing and foundation knowledge I have gained, I can not only help people achieve a healthier lifestyle, but also a healthier home. My biggest motivation for joining the Tar Heel family was the instantly recognizable positive culture and strong leadership. From the top down, this company motivates you to constantly grow, both professionally and personally.

 

I spend most of my free time with my amazing little boy. Watching him grow up is the greatest joy in my life. I also enjoy riding my Harley and being on the water. One of my greatest passions is helping and motivating others to live out their purpose.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Dave Brereton

Hi, I’m Dave!

I grew up in Rockland County, New York and, at that time, most of my background was in food service and management in the deli business, at which time I was nicknamed ‘Deli Dave.’ I realized early on that I have a passion for taking care of customers. After deciding on a career change, I moved to the south and became ‘southernized,’ which I love! My dedication to customer service and working with people eventually landed me in sales with Coca-Cola. My position at Coca-Cola is where I developed my naturally genuine selling skills.

I came to work as a Certified Field Inspector for Tarheel Basement Systems because of the amazing culture, team-building and family atmosphere. I am proud to work for the #1 company in North Carolina specializing in dry basement and crawlspace technology. And while I am helping you with your home, I can whip you up a mean deli sandwich!

When I’m not helping nice folks protect their greatest asset – their home – you’ll find me enjoying anything outdoors with my wife, Shannon. Together we love fruit, vegetable and pollinator flower gardening. We love hiking our trails and walking the ‘3 Amigos’ (Polly, Speck and Mia), our Chihuahuas.

I look forward to meeting you!

Gennaro Amato

Hi, my name is Gennaro!

 

Before coming aboard the Tar Heel team I worked in construction management and mold remediation. Due to my background, I’ve seen firsthand the damage that can occur due to water intrusion and structural issues. I came to Tar Heel in the hopes of helping homeowners understand that as well and helping them to prevent these issues from greatly affecting their homes. I’ve since loved working for this company thanks to the high energy of a supportive and team-oriented environment.

 

When I’m not diagnosing your home’s concerns I love spending time with my wife and our pets. My wife and I have 2 grown children as well as a dog and 2 cats. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, speaking and counseling. I am also a green thumb and nutrition enthusiast.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Graham Moore

Hi, I’m Graham Moore!

 

I have an extensive background working with homes, first as a Real Estate Broker and then for over 5 years in the foundation, crawlspace, and basement repair industry. I  was attracted to Tar Heel because it has the culture, successful business history, and reputation I was looking for. I also appreciated that, even though Tar Heel has the benefits of a bigger company, it still has a hometown connection and strong roots in the community.

 

When I’m not looking for a permanent solution to all of your waterproofing and foundation needs, I love spending time with my beautiful wife of over 5 years and our 5 cats. I also love being outdoors and enjoy hiking, hunting, and fishing, as well as golf and clay shooting.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Ivey Shankle

Hi, I’m Ivey!

 

Before joining this team, I provided exceptional customer service as a Sales Representative at Tri-Steel, Shred It, and Go Forth Pest Control. I have always loved meeting new people and building those relationships. Tar Heel Basement Systems allows me to continue doing what I love while also giving me the opportunity to learn new skills and help provide a healthier home for my customers.

 

When I’m not looking for a permanent solution to all of your waterproofing and foundation needs, I love spending time with my son Gage and our dog Daisy Mae. I also enjoy painting, and going to the beach or lake. Someone unique about me is that I can read and write backwards.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

James Hayes

Hi, I’m James!

 

I was born and raised in Angier, NC where I still reside today. Before joining this team I worked in pest control and HVAC sales. I came to Tar Heel because I was ready for a different career path and I was drawn to the excellent reputation that this company is known for.

 

I have 2 daughters living in Asheville and a son. When I’m not working, I love making improvements to my home.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Jim Varner

Hi, I’m James!

 

After working in sales for years I have developed a love for working one-on-one with people. My experience has provided me with exemplary customer service skills as well as communication skills which is why I know exactly how important it is to stay connected with my customers so they are well-informed throughout every step of the process. These skills as well as my shared values for providing customers with a WOW experience are exactly what made me the perfect fit for the Tar Heel Basement Systems team.

 

Before my wife’s passing we were married for 25 wonderful years. She gave me 3 amazing sons who then gave me 3 amazing grandchildren. I love spending time with my family whenever I can. I also enjoy spending my spare time playing guitar, kayaking, dancing and working out.

 

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Jed Hannigan

Hi, I’m Jed!

I consider myself a bit of a jack of all trades. In the past I have worked in general construction, roofing, foundation pouring and repair, sales, and pest contro. I am also certified in CPR,  as a CNA and as a barber. I found myself attracted to Tar Heel Basement Systems because a friend of mine is an employee here and he told me how great and honest of a company it is. I’m excited to be working for a company that I am proud and believe in.

When I’m not working I love spending time with my amazing family and friends. I have a beautiful fiance named April, a son named Jayce and a daughter named Mary. We also have 2 cats, 3 dogs, and 4 chickens. My main hobby is fishing but I also enjoy hanging out at the beach.

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Josiah Long

Hi, I’m Josiah!

 

I have a lot of experience in the labor and construction fields from my work as a Representative for industrial supplies at Fastenal, a Field Engineer at Inland Pipe Rehabilitation, and an Assistant Project Manager for Bartron Builders. I was first drawn to Tar Heel Basement Systems because they are a very reputable business and I knew they offer top quality service to their customers. Their attention to customer service as well as their reputation for caring for their employees and dedication to helping them to grow made me confident that Tar Heel would be a great fit for me.

 

When I’m not looking for permanent solutions to all of your waterproofing and foundation needs, I love hunting and playing with my dog Zig.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Ken Houston

Hi, I’m Ken!

 

Prior to joining this team, I provided exceptional customer service for years at a roofing company. I also bring with me a Bachelor’s in Business Management and Organizational Leadership and a minor in Entrepreneurship. I joined the Tar Heel family because I feel that this company, much like myself, is solution-focused and cares deeply about each and every customer.

 

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for more than 10 years and we have 2 wonderful boys. When I’m not looking for a permanent solution to all of your waterproofing and foundation needs, I love playing with my kids, golfing, and working on projects around our house.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Kent Dunn

Kent Dunn

Hi, my name is Kent Dunn. I’m proud to be a Systems Design Specialist with Tar Heel Basement Systems. Coupled with a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I bring twenty-five years of design and build experience, with projects that range from high-rise hotels in Indonesia, construction documents for the now famous San Antonio River Walk, to waterfront restaurants and brew pubs in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and scores of residential projects, designed and built.

Born and raised in Winston-Salem, I’ve been forever drawn to the tranquil and creative energy in and around the Triad. In my “spare” time, I enjoy great food, architecture, fine art, music, golf, bowling, and, well, many, many other activities.

“I consider the world to be cleaner, healthier, safer, and simply better off, with our company, than without it, it’s just that simple.”

Kyle Ward

Hi, I’m Kyle!

 

Prior to joining the Tar Heel Basement Systems team I worked in a number of fields. Some of my past work included my job in the pharmacy at Walgreens as well as work in security, Cytogenetics and even some work in art as a painter. To add to my diverse background I also have a Bachelor of Science in Biology. However, I was looking for a change and what attracted me to Tar Heel was the high-energy and family-like work environment as well as the respect and due praise that each and every employee receives as made evident by one of our core values: “Everyone puts their boots on the same way!”

 

When I’m not working towards finding a permanent solution for all of your waterproofing, foundation, and concrete-lifting needs I love spending some quality time with my dog Athena. I also enjoy competitive gaming, going to the gym, cooking, and introducing myself to new foods.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution tot protect your greatest asset: your home!

Marvin Phoenix

Hi, I’m Marvin!

 

Before joining this team, I provided exceptional customer service for over 15 years and I have always loved meeting new people and building those relationships. I also bring with me a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. I found myself most attracted to Tar Heel because it is a modern-day company with old-fashioned values.

 

When I’m not looking for a permanent solution to all of your waterproofing and foundation needs, I love spending time with my family! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have 2 wonderful boys. Outside of that, I enjoy playing and watching sports as well as going to the gym and running.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the best solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

Matt Aho

Hi, I’m Matt!

 

I graduated from Warren Wilson College with a history/ political science degree. Having more than 13 years of experience as a Project Manager with Jade Mountain Builders as well as experience in high-end cabinetry sales, I know just how important your home is to you and it is my top goal to make sure you feel like it is as healthy and sturdy as possible. In fact, I joined the Tar Heel team out of a deep desire to help people and I am excited to be a part of a company with such a wonderful culture and support system.

 

I was born and raised in Asheville where I still currently reside today with my lovely wife of over 10 years, Marcia and our 2 amazing daughters, Lily and Sophie. When I’m not working you can usually find me in the great outdoors. I love camping, hiking and mountain biking.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the perfect solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!

 

Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones

Hey, I’m Matt!

 

Having served as a manager for a memorial garden for a number of years, I have an extensive background in customer service.  Looking for a new career, I desired a company that had a strong culture, reputation and truly cared for their customers so Tar Heel Basement Systems became my perfect match! Every day at Tar Heel is a new challenge of helping our customers solve their home’s basement, foundation, or crawl space problems but luckily, my time in the Marines taught me to overcome obstacles while still getting the task completed.

 

I live in Winston-Salem, NC with my beautiful wife Melissa, our five wonderful children, and our dogs. When I am not working or spending time with family, you can find me on the paintball course.

 

I look forward to meeting you and finding the perfect solution to protect your greatest asset: your home!