MARTY MEADOW

  • Marty Meadow

  • Senior Vice President
  • Years of Experience: 35
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

With over thirty-five years of experience in design, construction and team building, Marty is the perfect person to head the Airoom design team and to manage both of our showrooms. Throughout his career, Marty has been involved in remodeling, new custom homes, commercial development, site selection and store development for a national chain.

Marty attended Northern Illinois University, where he discovered his love for architecture and design and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate Development. What he finds most gratifying is developing ways to improve his clients lives by designing and building the projects of their dreams. Marty’s work has earned such accolades as the 2011 Qualified Remodeler Magazine Gold Medal Award.

Featured Projects:

Arlington Heights Kitchen Remodel
Award Winning Deerfield Bathroom Remodel
Skokie Second Floor Addition

KEVIN HARDIN

  • Kevin Hardin

  • Senior Project Development Manager
  • Years of Experience: 20
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

After two decades of design-build experience, Kevin thrives on the rush of seeing two-dimensional sketches evolve into tangible form. He once considered a career in Aerospace Engineering, but home design captured the perfect balance of both his creative and mathematical talents, becoming his life’s passion. Today, he is not only responsible for transforming ordinary spaces into stunning designs, but also for mentoring designers to do the same.

Kevin earned his degree in Architectural Sciences from University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and has been dedicated to serving Airoom clients for the last decade. He takes great pride in his ability to bring a client’s creativity to life, and finds nothing more rewarding than seeing people light up when talking about their finished project. Several of Kevin’s projects have been featured in magazines such as Glancer and Western Suburban Living.

Featured Projects:

Naperville Kitchen Remodel
Naperville Bathroom
Palatine Kitchen Remodel

GINA BON

  • Gina Bon

  • Senior Project Development Manager
  • Years of Experience: 12
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

A Chicagoland native, Gina has been interested in art, architecture, and design since early childhood. Her passion for creating, coupled with her affinity for people led her to an interior design career that married the two perfectly. Her 11+ years in the residential remodeling industry has earned her accolades by such publications as Kitchen & Bath Design News and National Kitchen & Bath Association Magazine. Her numerous repeat clients are a testament to her dedication to customer satisfaction.

Featured Projects:

Award Winning Chicago Bathroom Remodel
Flossmoor Modern Kitchen Remodel
Evanston Home Addition and Kitchen Remodel

PAM MORRIS

  • Pam Morris

  • Kitchen & Bath Designer
  • Years of Experience: 20
  • Hometown: Half Day, IL

A life long artist, Pam’s first detailed home design was sketched in colored pencil at age eight. By twenty-four, she had put an addition on a townhouse. In between, she learned aspects of home design from laying tile to refinishing furniture.

Although her stunning designs have garnered such recognition as the Contractor of the Year (CoTY) award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), Pam values real world results over design competitions. She loves advising clients through the material selection process, drawing inspiration from their enthusiasm.

A member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Pam’s work has been featured in many local publications, as well as the Winnetka Garden Walk tour. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and her Master’s from University of Illinois, Chicago.

Featured Projects:

Winnetka Kitchen Remodel
Chicago Bungalow Award Winning Kitchen Remodel
Wheaton Lower Level Renovation

DUDLEY BANDY

  • Dudley Bandy

  • Senior Project Development Manager
  • Years of Experience: 38
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

The warmth that “Dud” Bandy brings to his client relationships is surpassed only by the breadth of his experience. Nearly four decades in the field of architecture and design have cultivated his holistic approach to problem-solving, honing in on the clients’ dreams and seeing them to fruition. His personal mission is to uncover the soul of each house and transform it into the clients’ ideal home. Despite his ever-present goal to make his clients the envy of their friends and neighbors, his work invariably maintains a comfortable livability.

Dudley’s work has earned such prestigious recognition as a Silver Award from Professional Remodeler Magazine. He holds a Bachelor’s of Economics from Dominican University and speaks five languages. He proudly works with and designs for the Fuller Center for Housing, a not-for-profit dedicated to redeveloping outdated homes for families in need.

Featured Projects:

Hawthorn Woods Home Addition
Chicago Kitchen Remodel
Barrington Home Addition

CALINA GOBIS

  • Calina Gobis

  • Director of Design Department
  • Years of Experience: 28
  • Hometown: Bucharest, Romania

Originally hailing from Bucharest, Romania, Calina’s passion for design first bloomed at age twelve. During college, she worked part time for several construction companies, inspiring her to open her own residential design firm just three years out of school.

Calina oversees the architects and designers who create initial concepts for Airoom’s home addition and renovation projects. Her guidance, leadership, and adherence to industry standards help the whole team develop innovative designs. She thrives on Airoom’s quick and creative environment, and gets the greatest gratification out of creating the best solutions to fit each client’s budget, range and lifestyle.

Calina has been with Airoom for 9 years and has over 28 years of industry experience. She is currently a member of NARI (National Association of Remodeling Industry) and NKBA with Airoom. Calina received her Bachelor degree in Construction Engineering from Purdue University, Hammond, IN.

Featured Projects:

Northbrook Home Addition
Hinsdale Home Addition
Arlington Heights Home Addition

DOUG KLEE

  • Doug Klee

  • Senior Architectural Designer
  • Years of Experience: 14
  • Hometown: Jackson, MI

Doug’s refreshing approach is a unique blend of artistic vision and practical operational understanding. While his portfolio demonstrates beautiful, no-holds-barred design, it is his grounded, budget-conscious approach that wins him the most fans. His greatest strength is the candid advice that pragmatically guides his clients to their dream homes. With projects that vary widely in both in scope and geography, Doug’s experience is vast. From elaborate custom homes in suburban neighborhoods to efficient contemporary makeovers in urban condos, he consistently exceeds client expectations.

Doug joined Airoom after graduating from Michigan State University in November of 2000. He has remained dedicated to his personal development by following through and obtaining his Master’s Degree. Over his tenure, he’s held several leadership positions within the Airoom organization, but none that he finds more rewarding than working directly with homeowners as a Senior Architectural Designer.

Featured Projects:

Glenview Home Addition
Evanston Home Addition
Chicago Lower Level

LINDA LARISCH

  • Linda Larisch

  • Project Development Manager
  • Years of Experience: 20
  • Hometown: Birmingham, MI

With over two decades of experience to her credit, it’s no surprise that Linda’s work has been recognized by such publications as Luxe, CS Interiors, Chicago Home and Garden, and Kitchen and Bath Design News. She is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer – the highest certification offered through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). She is also the Vice President of Professional Development for the NKBA’s Chicago Mid-West Chapter, mentoring aspiring designers to succeed in the field of kitchen design. Her work was voted Best of Show in the Chicago Midwest Chapter Design Vision Awards after winning the Large Kitchen, Other Rooms Award and placing 3rd in the Medium Kitchen category.

Linda is consistently touched by the uniquely personal stories that inspire her clients to remodel their homes. She feels most accomplished when her clients are both excited about and at peace with the projects she designs. Linda is also an avid, award-winning equestrian and competes in the International levels of Dressage.She loves to cook, entertain, and garden at her vintage village home.

Featured Projects:

Highland Park Custom Home
Glenview Kitchen Renovation
Wheaton Kitchen Renovation

BETSY BURTON

  • Project Development Manager
  • Years of Experience: 34
  • Hometown: Dayton, OH

Betsy has been involved in every aspect of residential and commercial architectural interiors throughout her career. With 34 years of experience to her credit, she’s developed instincts that turn preliminary concepts into beautifully livable designs. She prides herself on connecting quickly with clients, building trust, and creating lasting relationships. She considers it her mission to thoughtfully guide those she works with through the decision-making process, in order to achieve a successful outcome.

Betsy’s passion began in childhood, with the continual designing, rearranging, and repainting of her room. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Miami University, Oxford, she joined a prestigious architectural firm in Columbus, OH. There, she gained the experience that would eventually allow her to open her own design consulting firm. She’s very proud to have handled every facet of that business while raising two wonderful sons and maintaining strong client relationships.

JULIE ONDO, NCIDQ

  • Project Development Manager
  • Years of Experience: 10
  • Hometown: Barrington, IL

Julie began her career by following in her father’s footsteps – playing with his drafting tools and reading his college architecture books long before she could really understand them. His influence inspired her to become a proactive problem solver. While attending Illinois State University, she changed her major from Art to Interior Design in order to relate to people on a more personal level. By the time she earned her Bachelor’s Degree, she had developed a love for all styles of architecture, and an affinity for bringing her clients’ ideas to fruition.

After a decade of designing and engineering, Julie has come to believe that keeping her clients involved and informed is the greatest service she provides. Her reputation since joining Airoom is one of strong relationships and impeccable aesthetics. Among her passions are kitchen and cabinetry design, and she volunteers her spare time to such charitable organizations as Designs for Dignity.

MELISSA FRIEL

  • Project Development Manager
  • Years of Experience: 10
  • Hometown: DeKalb, IL

Less interested in Barbie than in her Dream House, Melissa knew she wanted to build beautiful things during her early days of playing in her grandfather’s wood shop. She’s created everything from secondary schools to quaint bungalow remodels to brand new custom homes. She has a passion for sustainable, eco-friendly design.

Melissa’s vision stems from many styles of architecture, including Craftsman, Traditional and Mid-century Modern. She loves the process of collaborating with her clients to resolve their unique challenges, and her proudest moments revolve around happy homeowners claiming “that’s exactly what I never knew I always wanted!” Melissa graduated the Illinois Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, and is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

OLA PACYNA

  • Project Development Manager
  • Years of Experience: 18
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

Influenced by her European upbringing, Ola’s exposure to period architecture and art greatly affected her decision to pursue interior design. For over 18 years, she has been transforming her clients’ residences into one of a kind environments. The impact of her designs on her client’s daily lives is the most rewarding part of her job, and she treasures the many projects and wonderful relationships she’s built over time.

Ola is a member of several architectural and design groups in Chicago, Barcelona, Rome, Brussels and London. She draws inspiration from the genius of Santiago Calatrava, Zaha Hadid & enviro-futuristic Vincent Callebaut.

In her free time, Ola plays beach volleyball and tennis, continues to engage in art and architectural events, and volunteers for Shriners Children’s Hospital. She is also a certified Hatha yoga teacher and avid practitioner. Ola calls Chicago her hometown and her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design comes from Chicago’s IAMD.

RICHARD PAUNER

  • Project Development Manager
  • Years of Experience: 19
  • Hometown: Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia

With 19 years of industry-wide experience, Richard has held positions as an architect, interior designer, and construction project manager before joining the Airoom team. Inspired by the work ethic of his parents and by styles of architecture from around the world, Richard loves the challenge of marrying his clients’ renovation dreams with their practical needs.

Focused on the future of design as it relates to conservation, Richard is a LEED accredited professional, demonstrating an understanding of green building principles and concepts. He is particularly proud of designing the world’s first green McDonald’s restaurant. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

WALT BRUCKNER

  • Project Development Manager
  • Years of Experience: 19
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

Borrowing inspiration from a fellow bearer of his name, Walt loves the idea of turning his client’s home into their “happiest place on Earth.” Among his accolades are Chicago Home Magazine’s recognition in their Elements of Surprise challenge. Despite a personal fondness for classical design, he appreciates all forms of architecture, stating that design affords him “the opportunity to elevate an environment to its highest level of functionality, inspiration, and enjoyment.”

In addition to his architectural experience, Walt specializes in managing projects and leading teams, and he seeks to build bridges. Over 18 years in the field has taught him to gather input and listen carefully. He earned his BFA in Interior Design, from Harrington College of Design with a focus in spatial planning. He is also a member of the International Interior Design Association.

KATHRYN DEMAIRE

  • Project Development Manager
  • Years of Experience: 10
  • Hometown: Hinsdale, IL

Kathryn has grown up in the world of remodeling. Her childhood home was always under construction and her uncle is a builder. Her early experiences became a catalyst for her passion and career.

Kathryn’s accomplishments are numerous. Since earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design from the Illinois Institute of Art, she’s had a hand in such projects as a living room in Merchandise Mart’s Dream Home and Hanamint furniture showroom.

In her spare time, she has designed five custom homes. Despite constantly evolving with architectural trends, Kathryn has a special affinity for modern design tempered with 17th century flair. While she’s always happy to see the results of her efforts being built, nothing thrills her quite like the look on a client’s face when the goal is achieved and they find themselves living in the home they imagined.