Team

The team at Payne & Payne Builders has worked together for many years making sure that each one of our projects is completed on time and to our high standards. We now have a staff of nearly 30 employees and each one of us has the same goal: to make sure that each one of our clients is completely satisfied during each step of the building process.

Leadership

Payne & Payne Builders has been a family owned and operated business since being founded by brothers Mike Payne Sr. and David Payne Sr. in 1993. We understand how the commitment and cohesiveness of a family can contribute to the home building experience. Spanning two generations, we take great pride in the quality of our work and, most importantly, the satisfaction of our clients. It’s this commitment that ensures we will go the extra mile for our clients, whether it’s searching for that unique custom product or just taking the time to see that every detail meets Payne & Payne’s strict quality guidelines.

David Payne Sr.

David Payne Sr.

davesr@payne-payne.com

Production Supervisor

Dave helped start the company with his brother Mike Payne Sr back in 1993. As a founding member of the company he has watched Payne and Payne evolve from doing small renovation projects to some of the most recognizable, complex, and memorable custom homes in Northeast Ohio. He continues to supervise projects in the field and has the title of having built the most homes of any employee at Payne and Payne.

Dave and his wife Mary reside in Cleveland Heights and enjoy being active and outside. Its not uncommon to see Dave on his bike getting a workout but making time to stop off for a beer to meet friends!

Eric Payne

Eric Payne

eric@payne-payne.com

President

Eric was the third person to join the Payne and Payne team full time in 1995! Prior to that, he worked in the trades doing hands on construction. As acting President, Eric has intimate knowledge of all aspects of building a custom home including experience in framing, siding, electrical, roofing, trim work, painting, sales, design, and project management. Eric enjoys continuing education in building science and always makes himself available to help on projects.

He lives in Chardon with his wife Lia, and daughters Sierra and Mikala.  In his free time, he can be found playing volleyball, skiing, hiking, hunting, traveling, and motorcycle riding.

“My favorite part of Payne and Payne is creating and working with the large and talented team of our hardworking employees, talented craftsmen, and knowledgeable suppliers to create a systemized approach to the orchestration of the custom home building process.  Sales, design & detailing, specifications, and ultimately, the best part, seeing everyone working together to create the home.”

Mike Payne

Mike Payne

mikejr@payne-payne.com

Vice President of Operations
Past President of Cleveland HBA

Mike started his first construction business at the age of 22 before joining the Payne and Payne team. Having physically worked in the field both as a trade and supervisor he has experience in every aspect of home building. Currently, as Vice President of Operations, Mike’s focus is on continuing education and improvement, company values, and teamwork.

Outside of the office, Mike enjoys outdoor activities with family and friends. “We have outdoor hobbies of all seasons, enabling us to truly experience the diverse Northeast Ohio weather.”

Architecture

Having an Architect on our team gives us the ability to create custom, site specific designs, of all styles. Mike’s experience and creativity allow us to be a true Design and Build firm which provides our clients with top notch design both in terms of style and functionality.

Mike Caito, AIA

Mike Caito, AIA

caito@payne-payne.com

Architect
BS in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati
Member of the American Institute of Architects

Since graduating the University of Cincinnati in 1994, Mike has established himself as one of the most prominent and respected architects in all of Northeast Ohio. Before coming to Payne & Payne, Mike was a partner at City Architecture where he worked on some of the most visible and complex new construction and remodeling projects both in residential and commercial construction. His strong ability to listen and connect with people coupled with his incredible skill and creativity provides our clients the best design and experience. His hand-sketched plans and elevations are truly works of art.

He currently resides in University Heights and is a member of their Architectural Review Board. He enjoys art, being active in the community and traveling.

Design

Utilizing our design studio for inspiration and demonstration, our Design Team works with clients to continue the award-winning design legacy that Payne & Payne Builders is known for.

Annie Payne

Annie Payne

anne@payne-payne.com

Designer/Decorator

Annie has worked for Payne and Payne since the company started in 1993! She brought with her nearly thirty years of experience in decorating, laying out furniture, and even installing wall coverings.

“I have truly enjoyed living in Geauga County nearly all my life. Family is very important to me so it makes me happy to have most of our children and grandchildren nearby in the "spaghetti circle"! I enjoy spending time with friends, gardening, traveling, drawing, hiking, biking and singing at St. Mary’s.

“My greatest satisfaction is experiencing the excitement and anticipation of each new project alongside the customer, many of whom become friends for life! It is truly gratifying to work with our entire staff of professionals and trade partners!”

Dan Posar

Dan Posar

dan@payne-payne.com

Residential Designer
Associates degree in Drafting; Lakeland

Dan has been specializing in the design and drafting of new homes and additions since 1994. He got his start in his family’s business Plan Works. Working alongside his father they created hundreds of house plans all over Northeast Ohio. His attention to detail, knowledge of structure, and passion for getting things right has been a huge addition to our team.

Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and their identical twin daughters. Dan is a self-proclaimed gadget nerd, loves to watch movies and is a Cincinnati Bengals fan.

Anthony Rock

Anthony Rock

anthony@payne-payne.com

Jena Walker

Jena Walker

jena@payne-payne.com

Sales & New Projects

Our Sales & New Projects Team are the first people you meet with to begin your new home or renovation project. Their role is to learn more about your goals and vision through conversation and create an organized and customized plan to make them a reality.

Craig Gates

Craig Gates

craig@payne-payne.com

Sales: Kirtland Tudor, Gates Landing, and Hidden Glen

B.S. in Business Administration from Ohio State University
President of APICS student branch 
Pace Setter award winner Fischer College of Business.
 
Craig got his start in the homebuilding industry in 1993 as a Senior Production Supervisor for a large builder in Washington DC. He later transitioned into sales when he came to the Cleveland market and has helped families build new homes all over northeast Ohio. Since joining Payne and Payne in 2013 he has a big impact and become a very important part of our team!

Craig has had a lifelong passion for rowing and was on the crew team while attending The Ohio State University.  Most early mornings he can still be spotted plying the waters of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga river.  In addition, Craig volunteers as a coach for the St. Ignatius high school rowing team.  He lives in Ohio City with his wife Gloria, They enjoy going to sporting events, and patronizing  fine restaurants and the great craft beer breweries that Cleveland has to offer.

Jason Baylor

Jason Baylor

jason@payne-payne.com

Sales: Custom Homes, Semi-Custom Homes, and Renovations

B.S. Engineering, Ohio State University
Graduate Leadership Geauga

Jason started at Payne and Payne in 2009 doing both estimating and sales. In his time here he has learned a ton about specifying homes, problem solving, and design. His high energy, experience, and positive attitude have made him an important piece of our team.

In his personal time Jason enjoys being active. He has done Iron Man competitions, Warrior Dashes, and a number of other competitive races. He currently resides in Hudson with his wife and 3 daughters.

Mark Verdova

Mark Verdova

mark@payne-payne.com

Sales: Custom Homes, Semi-Custom Homes, Renovations

BS in Marketing; University of Dayton
Graduate of Leadership Geauga
Make-A-Wish Northeast Leadership Council
City of Aurora Architectural Board of Review
Akron HBA Board of Trustees

Since graduating from the University of Dayton in 2003, Mark has helped hundreds of families achieve their goal of building a new home in both the Ohio and Virginia markets. His years of experience coupled with his knowledge of land, design, financing and construction allow him to effectively manage the process, the team around him and to set proper expectations for the project, enabling us to deliver a first class experience for our homeowners.

Mark, his wife, and 2 daughters recently built their second own Payne & Payne home in Aurora. When he isn’t working, Mark enjoys playing golf with his family and trying new and different restaurants.

Dave Hesse

Dave Hesse

dhesse@payne-payne.com

BS in Communications: Ohio University

An Ohio native, Dave has helped to develop hundreds of successful new home projects in both the Ohio and Florida markets in his professional career. His knowledge, energetic personality, and passion to deliver a great experience for his clients is what makes him such a good fit here at Payne and Payne.

Dave, his wife, 3 children, and 2 labs currently live in Aurora. In his spare time he enjoys working on house projects, skiing, and coaching basketball.

Project Management

Payne & Payne’s Project Managers act as the “nucleus” of each project, managing the pre-construction activities, project estimates and costs and the selections process. They are the “concierge” for the client throughout the building process and go to great lengths to ensure the project stays on schedule and on budget.

Brett Dawson

Brett Dawson

brett@payne-payne.com

Project Manager
BS Business from the University of Dayton

Brett has spent his entire professional career in residential and commercial construction working on very diverse projects in multiple markets. His experience both in the field and in the office give him a unique skill set to manage projects.

The most rewarding part of his job is creating a tangible product that people will enjoy with their family and friends. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, his 3 kids, going outdoors, hiking, fishing, and backpacking.

Will Payne

Will Payne

will@payne-payne.com

Project Manager
BS Communications; Ohio University

Will got his start with Payne and Payne in 2005 as an intern and then later moved into a Project Management position where he helps our clients pull everything together from timelines, to budgets, and design details. In his free time Will enjoys photography and filmmaking along with working on cars.

“I love the close-knit group we enjoy as a team. My co-workers are friends and family and that empathetic attitude helps us work through challenges more effectively and accurately.”

Justen Musick

Justen Musick

justen@payne-payne.com

Project Manager

BS Engineering Technology, Kent State University
Associates Degree in Drafting and Design
LEED AP
OSHA 30

Justen joined the Payne and Payne team in 2016 after working for a large construction company where he specialized in historical rehabs and repurposing of historically significant buildings. Justen also has experience in civil design; including grading, site balances, utility planning, environmental compliance, storm water management, 3D modeling sites and custom management structures and roadway design. He has worked on geotechnical crews taking soil/rock borings, ran the Trimble robotic total station for field surveys, ran ground penetrating equipment, and performed environmental testing for groundwater monitoring.

Justen and his wife are both from Burton, OH. They enjoy gardening and being outside. They are working on turning their small farm into a small orchard. The thing that attracted Justen to Payne and Payne is the team atmosphere. “Everyone brings different perspectives to each project. I like to see peoples’ individual ideas combine to become something truly unique.”

"Everyone involved from ownership, design, management and trades are part of a team; when that team functions as one unit the result is success.”

Outside of work, Justen enjoys doing anything outdoors, especially gardening/farming, hunting, fishing, kayaking and hiking.

Jeff Drebus

Jeff Drebus

jeff@payne-payne.com

Project Manager

B.S. in Natural Resources Management, Ohio State University

Jeff joined Payne and Payne in 2016 after working in the building materials supply industry as a sales rep for 25 years. He got his start in Columbus with a wholesale lumber company where he traveled the state supplying specialty wood products and framing materials to builders. During his time he has gained a wealth product knowledge in windows, doors, siding and decking, in addition to framing packages.

Jeff’s greatest joy is spending time with his family, and watching his boys’ soccer and wrestling teams. They also enjoy biking, golf, cooking, and travel. Their most memorable trip was a week backpacking on Manitou Island in Lake Michigan.

Darrell Hershey

Darrell Hershey

darrell@payne-payne.com

Construction

Quality construction and exceptional service are what make Payne & Payne successful. Our Construction Team is trained in the latest building science, quality-control and construction-management systems to deliver the best built homes in the industry. They collaborate with the area’s best craftsmen to create great homes and experiences for our clients.

Bob Miozzi

Bob Miozzi

bob@payne-payne.com

Bob comes from a construction family and has been a field supervisor since 1989. In his time he’s built homes of all different styles, sizes, and on properties all throughout northeast Ohio. He’s also one of the most entertaining supervisors we have on our team!

Bob enjoys making his homemade pasta and spending time with his son and daughter.

Gary Dysert

Gary Dysert

gary@payne-payne.com

Gary - aka "The Mayor" (because he is so well known and regarded in our community!) - is Payne & Payne’s Warranty Manager. He has 28 years’ experience in customer service and management. Clients especially enjoy his friendly and easy-going personality, but it his commitment to the prompt resolution of warranty and service repairs that ensures every Payne & Payne’s client’s warranty experience leaves a great final impression.

Gary has lived in Chardon for 42 years and has served on the Geauga County Maple Festival board for 30 years. In his spare time you will find him on 2 wheels- with a motor or without, on or off road. When not on a bike, you will likely find him in the back yard spending time with his grandchildren!

John Inghram

John Inghram

jinghram@payne-payne.com

Project Supervisor

John has been in residential home building since 1999. His stand-out work ethic and dedication earned him the 2015 Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland’s Superintendent of the year award!

Outside of work, John enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends and doing things outdoors.

Nick Mueller

Nick Mueller

nick@payne-payne.com

Project Supervisor
OSHA Safety Certification

Nick joined the Payne and Payne team in 2002. He has worked in the construction industry since he was 14 years old, gaining experience in nearly every aspect of the business from physically building to supervising.

Nick enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys. He has helped coach each of their soccer, football, and baseball teams. He also enjoys playing volleyball with his family and friends and completing projects around the house on his ‘honey do list’. In the summer, you can find Nick and his wife out for a ride on their motorcycle, enjoying the countryside.

Nick Darone

Nick Darone

ndarone@payne-payne.com

Project Supervisor

Nick has spent his entire life in the homebuilding industry. As soon as he could walk, he started pushing a broom for his father’s home building company. As he got older he worked for as many trades as possible, learning as much as he could, including excavating, masonry, framing, roofing, siding, electrical, drywall, and finish carpentry. Eventually Nick went to work as a carpenter and project manager for two high end residential construction companies before joining the Payne and Payne team in 2016.

Nick lives in Chardon with his wife, daughter, and 5 boys! With an active family, Nick’s free time is spent enjoying the activities the kids are involved in: volleyball, football, soccer, baseball, basketball, and ATV motocross. Nick also enjoys the people he works with. “The selfless drive for improvement and success (at Payne and Payne) is contagious. I have never experienced anything like it.”

Bob Williams

Bob Williams

bwilliams@payne-payne.com

Production Supervisor

Bob was born and raised in Geauga County and is a Chardon Hilltopper Alumni. In addition to managing homes in the field he also spent some time in the industrial world, ran his own business, and went to flight school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In his spare time he and his wife attend their kids' events which include football, baseball, gymnastics, and cheerleading! Also, Bob actually built a home with Payne and Payne back in 2002!

“Working at Payne & Payne, I have experienced what makes this such a successful company: Teamwork, kindness, organization and plenty of help and support. I’m honored to be a part of building such beautiful homes that our customers will enjoy for a very long time.”

Matt Bulla

Matt Bulla

Administration

Our Administration team supports our entire team and help us provide a warm, inviting atmosphere for our clients to enjoy. They are experts at managing business operations and ensure that Payne & Payne operates as a first-class organization for our clients and associates.

Shelli Kocis

Shelli Kocis

shelli@payne-payne.com

Assistant Project Manager

I joined the Payne & Payne team in 2014 after spending 18 years out of the work force while raising my son, Dale. I love my job as office manager because every day is different. I am able to interact with our clients, trade and supplier partners and teammates at Payne & Payne. I truly enjoy seeing the process of building a home – taking ideas and dreams, transforming something abstract into plans and drawings and then from those plans constructing something tangible that will house a family for many years to come.

In my free time, my husband Dave and I love to try different restaurants and enjoy any kind of live music – especially at an outdoor venue. We also love to travel whenever possible with Key West, Florida being one of our absolute favorite places.

My family recently purchased a home in Willoughby and enlisted the expertise of my teammates, trade and supplier partners to help us completely remodel.

Thomas Times

Thomas Times

thomas@payne-payne.com

Accounting Assistant

Susan Warner

Susan Warner

susan@payne-payne.com

Linda Friel

Linda Friel

Renovations

The Renovations Team are not just designers; they’re storytellers. They harmonize your vision for your space with our creative expertise, shattering the status quo. The result is truly extraordinary: Inspired, meaningful living spaces that enhance your lifestyle.

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