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.
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.
BA Sociology Bowling Green State University
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 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.”
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.”
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
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.
Architect | BIM Coordinator
Bachelor of Architecture, Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Arriving in late 2021, Phil is excited to be helping the Payne & Payne team make reality of customers dreams. Having previously operated his own small architectural firm, Phil has prepared renovation and new home plan sets for family and friends in northeast Ohio. He has also prepared hundreds of house plan sets for both a national stock house plan designer, and a multi-state on your lot home builder (both located in the Atlanta metro area). A lifelong resident of Southington, Ohio, Phil is excited to be involved with projects much closer to home. He was attracted to Payne & Payne’s family atmosphere and the value they place on utilizing new technology and doing things right.
When not working, Phil cherishes spending time with his wife and two daughters. As a family, they enjoy camping, hiking, and traveling. They are on a quest to visit each of the fifty states together. He also enjoys the company of family and friends, as well as woodworking and real estate investing.
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 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!”
Lead Interior Designer
Associates Degree: Applied Business in Interior Design Virginia Marti College of Art and Design
NKBA Board Member
Jena has spent her entire career in residential design. She has worked on the both supplier side and the design side prior to joining our team at Payne and Payne. Her knowledge of color, materials, space planning, and ability to design in 3D technology have taken our ability to help clients to a new level!
In her spare time Jena enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking, traveling, working on/renovating her house, and spending time with her cat Gil!
Bachelor of Arts Interior Design University of Akron
Brittany has worked in all areas of design. Everything from residential remodeling, new construction, commercial office spaces, multi family, hospitality, retail and historical. Her work prevails through the use of 3D software where she is able to bring all spaces to life. This allows clients to visualize their dream spaces every step of the process. She is very detailed and always looking for new and innovative ways to add special touches into each and every project.
Brittany currently lives in Westlake with her Husband, Colton and dog, Lola. She enjoys being active, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling any chance she can get.
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.
BS in Marketing; University of Dayton
Graduate of Leadership Geauga
Make-A-Wish Northeast Leadership Council
Chairman City of Aurora Architectural Board of Review
Akron HBA Board of Trustees
Akron HBA Executive Board
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.
Business development custom and semi custom homes
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.
Business development custom and semi custom homes
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.
Business development custom and semi custom homes
AS in Hospitality Management: The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Michael was brought on to the Payne & Payne team in 2019 to assist with sales and business development for their neighborhood division. With him he brings previous high-level B2B industrial sales experience, and more recently years of semi-custom new construction sales experience in both the Minneapolis, MN and Cleveland, OH markets. He genuinely enjoys new home construction and design and helping his clients to bring their ideas to life.
Michael currently resides in Mentor with his wife Kayla, daughter Veda and son Ashton. In his spare time he enjoys traveling with his family, golfing with friends, and has a passion for cooking and food.
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.
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.
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.”
BS Engineering Technology, Kent State University
Associates Degree in Drafting and Design
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.
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.
BS Business Administration Malone University
Darrell has spent his entire career in the construction field. He spent his summers during college working as a laborer and carpenter. As a new graduate, Darrell began working as an estimator for a building supply company, and as a field supervisor for residential construction and remodeling.
At P&P he is one of our Project Managers. Darrell is tasked with being the link between the office and the field. He specifies our homes, estimates them, sets the preconstruction schedule, and works with the field supervisor to coordinate communication and changes during the build.
Darrell and his wife have 4 children who keep them busy most weekends attending their sporting events. Darrell's many interests include sports and woodworking. He says his favorite part of working at P&P is seeing a project develop from paper to a beautiful new home for his clients!
Bachelors Degree in Finance; University of Toledo
As a PM Nick is the central hub to our clients’ projects. His job is to manage the preconstruction schedule, communication, and financials for our clients.
He joined Payne and Payne after several years in the banking and healthcare industries. During his time at Key Bank and Cleveland Clinic he gained valuable financial analysis and project management skills. Those skill sets help him to keep a new home project on track both in schedule and budget with proper expecations.
Nick is an OSU and Cleveland sports fan who enjoys anything outdoors. He and his wife currently reside in Medina with their 3 children
Bachelors Fine Arts; Miami University
As a PM, Brian is integral to the success of our projects. He works with clients early in the process to ensure the home is properly specified, planned, and estimated before we break ground.
He has grown up in the construction business. Working his way up from a teenager cleaning up job sites, to drywalling homes in college, and then his time in Aspen, Colorado where he was in charge of residential estate management focused on high end operations and personal services.
Brian loves spending time with wife Sarah and toddler son Jude. He enjoys being outdoors- mountain biking, hiking, climbing peaks, skiing. He can also play guitar, mandolin, and dobro!
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design Technology; Purchase College, NY
Joseph comes to the Payne and Payne team from New York City where he spent over 10 years as a Production Manager within the Broadway / Commercial Theatre Industry leading large-scale design and renovations. During this time, Joseph developed valuable project management skills including budgeting, estimating, scheduling and design: all of which are key aspects to successfully assisting our clients in their home building experience. His attention to detail and positive attitude are a great addition to the Payne and Payne team.
Joseph’s favorite part of the process is the collaboration between the homeowners, design team, trades, vendors and everyone else involved in the process that lead to a beautifully finished home for the client.
Joseph and his wife live in Aurora and are expecting their first child in February. When Joseph isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with family, trying out new restaurants, and watching sports.
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Univ of Akron
Born and raised here in Cleveland, Dan brings a diverse background to P&P. He has owned and operated his own custom home building company and even owned a sausage shop. His strong building background, attention to detail and the understanding of customer needs make him a welcome addition to the P&P homebuilding family. His favorite part of construction is framing and once the interior trim is installed. He says “there is just something magical at those two points in construction – it’s when the project starts taking shape and the homeowner can take vision of what was started on paper.”
When asked what he likes most about working at P&P, he says “the coworkers, everyone gets along so well. It’s truly a family atmosphere, we are all here to make the best experience possible for everyone with the focus on the homeowner.”
When Dan’s not building homes, he enjoys cooking, ask him about charcuterie or making pizza in a brick oven. We just promise, he will go on forever. He currently resides in Richfield, is married to his high school sweetheart, has 2 kids and obviously loves cooking, wine and all Cleveland sports teams.
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 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 - 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 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.
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 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 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.”
Ray, along with his 6 siblings, grew up in Hudson and has been in construction management in Northeast Ohio since 1992. In addition to building homes, Ray also spent some time facilities managing in the grocery business. His vast experience enables him to think outside of the box for his clients and bring excellent problem solving skills to any project.
Ray lives in Burton with his wife and 2 kids. He enjoys spending time camping, fishing, and attending his kids activities which include volleyball, competitive shooting, and showing cattle. Ray's great passion in life is flying helicopters. He has been a pilot since 2008. Ray joined the Payne & Payne team in 2020.
"Payne & Payne is a company that treats everyone like family and they genuinely care."
Warranty & Quality Control Manager
BS Construction Engineering The University of Akron
Jason has worked in new construction and the renovation industry since 1997, starting when he was just 16 years old. Upon graduating from The University of Akron in 2006, he started his own business, working in almost every trade in residential and commercial construction, as well as supervising many projects small and large. Prior to joining Payne and Payne, Jason worked with the company as a subcontractor.
Jason appreciates the opportunity to work with such a talented team and great customers. He also enjoys the challenges and problem solving in the construction world.
In his free time, Jason loves spending time with his wife, three children and extended family and friends, being outdoors, rock climbing, mountain biking, traveling, and cooking.
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.
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.
Thomas is a great asset to our accounting department. He is responsible for the weekly accounts payable transactions and provides essential support in many other accounting functions. Thomas has been with the company since 2013 and is a critical part of this team.
He has three sisters and lives in Highland Heights. Thomas enjoys travelling with his family and speaks Spanish fluently. He is the “king of one-liners” which keeps us all laughing and hosts “Thomas’ Corner” at our monthly company meeting.
Chief Financial Officer
Kent State University
Linda is responsible for all financial and tax aspects of our business. She was a partner with the accounting firm of Friel & Associates and worked in public accounting for 35 years. Having spent most of her career working with closely held family businesses (including Payne & Payne Builders), joining this team was natural transition for her. Being in the private sector has presented new challenges which she enjoys along with being an integral part of the team.
She has two daughters Rachael & Alissa and lives in Newbury with her dog Sophia. She enjoys sports, gardening, cooking, travelling, and “babysitting” her grandson Santino. In her free time, she can be found almost anywhere outside or in the kitchen.
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