Meet Our Owners

Dave Payne & Dean Tompkins

Payne & Payne Renovations is a full-service design-build firm that can see your project from vision to fruition.

Our team is made up of the most innovative minds in the upscale custom renovation industry, and we’ve got the pedigree to back that up! We can do it all. Meet the custom remodeling team that is going to be handling your project!

Dave Payne


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University

Dave, a Cleveland native, has been working in the residential construction industry continuously since his college graduation. Dave continues to educate himself in a variety of industry and business continuing education, and is most proud of a set of coursework he completed in 2016 through a collaboration between Entrepreneurs Organization and MIT’s Sloan College of Business. Dave loves to work with clients and his outstanding team to assess our clients’ homes and goals and to be part of the team that creates and executes the vision we collaborate to produce.

Dave met Dean Tompkins while the two studied Mechanical Engineering at OSU in the nineties. Dean & Dave quickly learned that they had unique and differing skill sets which teamed them well through the grueling coursework and studies necessary to complete their education at a high level of success. After graduating, Dave joined his father, Mike, uncle, David, and brothers, Mike & Eric, at Payne & Payne Builders. Dean joined the company soon thereafter. They’ve worked together, in residential construction, for years and have built and renovated hundreds of homes and renovations projects.

Close Up: Dave can’t sit still and loves to be outside, whether its exercising, hiking, fishing or working on his property. Dave is blessed to have the greatest friend in the world in his wife, Sarah, and three wonderful daughters, whom Sarah and Dave drag all over the country with their strong affinity for travel. Dave is also committed to his involvement as Board Chair for the Make-A-Wish Organization and to be on the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame School system.

Dean Tompkins


  • 2019 President of the Greater Cleveland Home Builder’s Association
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University
  • HBA of Greater Cleveland 2017 Builder of the Year

Dean grew up in rural Bucyrus, OH before attending college where he met Dave Payne with whom he developed a lifelong friendship. After college, Dean started his career as a quality and process engineer for 4 years until Dave called to recruit Dean into his family homebuilding business. That was in 2002 and Dean has been building and renovating homes ever since. Dean often refers to it as the second best decision he ever made (first being to marry his wife, Lara). Renovating became a passion as it combines his love of architecture and proportion with the desire to constantly improve things. Since moving to Cleveland, Dean couldn’t even imagine any other city being home.

Dean is also very active within the industry. He was asked to join the HBA board of directors in 2015 and then was voted into the executive committee in 2017 of which he is currently president of.

Close Up: In his free time, Dean enjoys traveling to new places and spending time with his wife and three boys. He is an avid sports fan and can usually be found watching or playing football, basketball or baseball with the kids. When he isn’t on the go, he can be found at home creating new recipes in the kitchen or enjoying the outdoors.

Blaine McKelvey

Business Development and Marketing Manager

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management

Blaine was born and raised in the greater Chagrin Falls area and graduated from Kent State University. In high school and college, he worked in various capacities as a general laborer, installing hardwood floors and remodeling real estate offices. The exposure to real estate stuck and he earned his real estate license during college. After graduation, he worked for a local real estate company called Smythe Cramer. After working as a real estate agent, commissions department supervisor and branch manager, Blaine needed a change of scenery. Fascinated by how things work, he pursued a career in manufacturing where he spent the next 14 years managing different aspects of several manufacturing companies. With real estate and construction still in his blood, Blaine decided to seek a career in construction and renovation and is now affiliated with Payne & Payne Renovations, where he is happy to call home performing business development and marketing activities.

Close Up: Outside of work, Blaine enjoys feeding birds, gardening, and cooking meals for family and friends. While the results are limited, he also enjoys exercising and time spent outside.

Christy Duffus


  • AS Graphic Design from Westmoreland County Community College
  • Certificate in Business Management and Accounting

Christy grew up in the small town of Irwin, Pennsylvania where she attended College for Graphic Design and Business Management. After graduation, Christy established her own graphic design business focusing on album design and marketing material. Christy used her creativity and graphic design background to produce marketing material and custom photo albums for clients.

In 2011, Christy relocated to Ohio with her husband who accepted a job transfer within his company. Since arriving in Ohio, Christy has held Office Management and Accountant positions. Christy has also served as president of Vikings Gymnastics, a non-profit organization for 6 years. Christy joined Payne & Payne Renovations and Design in 2018 to further pursue her business career.

Close Up: Outside of work, Christy enjoys being outdoors with her husband and daughter. In her free time, Christy can be found canoeing the Allegheny River, snowboarding, or following other outdoor pursuits.

Sarah Payne

Office Manager

  • BS in Psychology from The Ohio State University
  • Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Sarah joined the Renovations team after taking time out of the workforce to be home with her young children. She has worked in both residential and commercial real estate and loves the constant energy and creativity found in renovations. She and her husband, Dave, have built or renovated four homes since their marriage in 2000, and she takes pride in helping a home reach its fullest potential.

Close Up: Sarah enjoys time in the mountains or on the water, family adventures in their Airstream, skiing, hiking, and creating art (and also repurposing old things into new things that Dave actually appreciates having in the house!) but mostly time spent with Dave, her three daughters, two dogs, family and good friends.

Kurt Schneider

Project Developer

Kurt grew up in Lyndhurst, OH and was a graduate from Brush High School. Upon graduating from high school, Kurt entered the workforce and started his career in remodeling and renovations. Within his 16 years in construction remodeling and renovation work, he was able to establish himself by starting from the ground level and working his way up into project management. Kurt’s extensive remodeling background has given him the ability and understanding of how to renovate homes and buildings that were built in different eras. Kurt has a strong passion in remodeling and renovations which shows in his professionalism and interaction with homeowners. Kurt joined the Payne & Payne Renovations Team in May of 2017 and envisions himself as a cornerstone of what we do.

Kurt aspires to play a role through Payne & Payne Renovations to contribute to the rebuilding of the City of Cleveland, which he feels has endless potential. While Kurt’s career has taken many twists and turns, the exposure and training he has received has developed him into a well-respected and knowledgeable industry contributor.

Close Up: In his free time, Kurt enjoys spending time with his significant other, Sara, and his 7-year-old daughter, Olivia. When Kurt is not working, you will find him working on many projects on his 1910 home that he has been renovating for over a year. Kurt is an avid Cleveland sports fan.

DAVE Kintop

Project developer

Dave Kintop joined Payne and Payne Renovations and Design as a Project Development Coordinator in May of 2020. After graduating from Perry High School, he studied real estate finance at Cleveland State and spent time renovating and flipping houses with his father. An avid Cleveland sports fan, he particularly loves the Browns, and plays fantasy football as well as closely following the team.

Dave comes from a large family and has more than a dozen cousins, meaning holidays at home are big and festive, with plenty of food and fun. Working at Payne and Payne is a dream come true for him.

DANIEL Villani

 Project Development coordinator

  • BA in Construction Project Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • AA in Liberal Arts from University of Hawaii

Daniel is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and after graduating high school he moved to Maui, Hawaii. While there, he enjoyed all that the island has to offer while working in the hospitality industry and finishing his Associate Degree from the University of Hawaii. After spending 10 years in Hawaii and meeting his wife there, they decided they were ready for their next adventure and moved to Denver, Colorado where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Project Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver. While completing his degree, he worked for the City and County of Denver as a Construction Engineer Intern. Daniel returned to Ohio to join Payne & Payne Renovations and Design as a Project Development Coordinator and get the opportunity to continue pursuing his passion in project management and grow in his role while learning the ins and outs of residential renovations and remodels. His attention to detail and work ethic are unparalleled and he prides himself in going the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction.

Close Up: In his free time, Daniel loves to spend time hiking with his wife, Magali, and dog, Duncan as well as traveling to new places. They are expecting a new addition to the family with a baby boy on the way coming in March 2021 and are thrilled to embark on this new adventure!


Mike Caito, AIA, LEED AP


  • BS in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati
  • Member of the American Institute of Architects
  • Chairman, University Heights Architectural Review Board
  • Chairman, East Regional Design Review District and Opportunity Corridor, Cleveland
  • Architectural Consultant, City of Painesville Downtown Historic Review District

Since graduating from 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 Renovations, 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.

Close Up: 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. He is a Cleveland sports fan and finds himself spending a little too much free time at major sporting events throughout the year.

Jill Calo, NCIDQ

Senior Interior and Kitchen Designer

Jill takes the time to get to know her clients and their design aesthetic by asking the right questions. She believes the space needs to be functional first for the client based on their needs and wants, at the same time creating a beautiful space. From the initial meeting, Jill will draw the floor plans, render it in a 3D program, and select all materials for the space. Jill is not afraid to mix styles and loves to think outside the box and create unexpected spaces that you don’t see everyday.

Since joining Payne & Payne Renovations in 2015, there has never been a day that she wasn’t excited to go to work. Being able to translate her passion into creating beautiful, functional spaces and homes for her clients to spend their lives in is a process that is beyond rewarding for her and, sometimes, she has to pinch herself.

Close Up: Jill grew up in Chardon and now lives with her husband, Jim, and White Boxer, Jackson, in Willoughby, OH. They had their first child, a girl, in March 2018. When Jill is not designing, she enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with her two older sisters and parents who are still local, and talking to her identical twin sister, who lives in NC, three times a day. Jill also loves girls’ nights with friends and neighbors.


Leslie Reddy

Senior Designer

  • Past President NKBA, National Kitchen and Bath Association
  • Numerous Design Awards, 2003-2018
  • Numerous Cabinetry and Appliance Training Courses, 2009-2019
  • BA Communications from University of Pittsburgh

With more than twenty years of experience in the interior design and construction field, Leslie offers extensive knowledge in creating interior spaces that are timeless, well thought out and beautiful. She has won numerous design awards, sat on various industry-related boards and is the past president of the Ohio State NKBA—National Kitchen and Bath Association. Leslie’s unique design approach continually strives to create friendly and cohesive interior spaces that her clients invariably love. She has a special affinity for design and order, taking on the renovation process with the simple approach of “design can be like a puzzle, you start with one attribute you love, (i.e. backsplash, tile, piece of art) and build out from there.”

Priding herself on the connections and friendships created with her clients over a long career, Leslie’s greatest satisfaction comes from their happiness in their newly designed spaces.

Close up: Originally from Pittsburgh, Leslie often frequents home visiting her family and friends. On the weekends she enjoys dining at one of the many locally owned restaurants and wine bars with her husband Justin and friends. As for leisure, you can usually find Leslie curled up by the fire reading a good book or challenging herself on the Peleton bike—undoubtedly with either one of her dogs, Biggie or Finn, competing for the best spot to curl up next to her. Leslie also appreciates the time she can spend with her daughters either planning vacations on sunny beaches or perusing the summer markets of Cleveland Flea. Leslie is an avid board gamer and undisputed champion in Boggle and Scrabble.

Morgan Lepore

Interior Designer

  • BS in Interior Design, Kent State University

Morgan has always had a passion for architecture and design. Her grandmother and great grandmother have both inspired her. They were remarkable designers, and she feels honored to be able to follow in their footsteps. Morgan loves walking into a space and having a vision of the potential it could be. She believes there is quality in every detail. Morgan also believes if you are passionate about something and implement your ideas and values on a high level, your energy will be contagious. Design is personal; being able to listen to clients describe their vison and make their dreams become a reality is the most rewarding part of her job.

Close Up: Morgan is originally from New Castle, PA and moved to Cleveland in 2016 with her younger sister and two dogs. She comes from a large Italian family that values time and tradition. She loves spending time with her grandparents, allowing her to learn and experience traditional values. A Sunday cooking in the kitchen with family brings everyone closer together. Morgan also loves to travel as much as possible to experience different cultures and lifestyles. While she was in college, she had the opportunity to live overseas in Florence, Italy. This opened many doors, allowing her to travel to many different countries and see first-hand historical architecture.

Meghan Bergstedt


  • BS in Fashion and Interiors Retail Merchandising and Design from Bluffton University
  • Minor in Business Administration from Bluffton University

Meghan has 6 years of design experience including both residential and commercial. Her aesthetic design style would be best described as Transitional. She loves blending contemporary finishes, materials, and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless look for her clients. Her favorite part about being a designer is forming relationships with her clients and being able to connect with them on a personal level. She takes pride in her communication skills and wants them to feel involved throughout the entire design process. Meghan is also engaged in finding creative ways to help budget-conscious clients design their dream space. Meghan is currently working on getting accredited for the National Council for Interior Designers Qualification.

Close Up: Her first experience with residential design started in 2012 in Morehead City, NC for a small design firm. She worked as a full-time designer for four years before she and her husband Greg returned home to the Buckeye state. Meghan also played volleyball at Bluffton University and serves as the Junior Varsity coach for Lake Catholic High School in Mentor and a Coach at Eastside Volleyball Club. She, Greg, and her two dogs, Ginger and Newton, currently reside in Painesville.

Don Phillips

Project Manager

Since 2007, Don has been a valued Payne & Payne Renovations team member. When he joined the team, he brought over 3 decades of diverse experience and background in residential construction. Don has done everything from concrete work to trim carpentry to supervising multimillion-dollar projects and everything in between.

Don’s building philosophy is: “People put a lot of thought and passion into improving their home and I think it’s important not only to give them the result that they envisioned but allow them to enjoy the road getting there.” Don uses his many years of experience and wide range of skills to reduce the stress on the homeowner so they can enjoy the process.

Close Up: Don and his wife, Debbie, grew up and created their life together in Northeast Ohio. They raised two wonderful daughters and are now first-time grandparents. Don enjoys many hobbies including woodworking, welding, and photography, but his favorite pastime is enjoying summer days on his patio with his family and friends.


Project Manager

Dave grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio where he met his high school sweetheart, Megan. After high school, Megan went to Ohio State University and Dave went to Wittenberg University to play basketball. Dave ended up transferring from Wittenberg to Ohio State to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Construction Systems Management. Dave and Megan continued their relationship in college and got married in August of 2014. They now have two children, Emma and Ethan.

Dave joined Payne & Payne Renovations & Design in April of 2019. He brings a diverse experience in the residential construction industry, including new home building as well as home renovating. Dave treats every home as if it was his own and strives to provide an outstanding customer experience.

Close Up: In his free time, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and being outdoors as much as possible. He can’t wait to play sports with his kids and is always looking for an opportunity to play basketball. Dave’s passion for woodworking and home renovations results in him constantly working on projects in his own home. If there is any remaining free time, Dave loves listening to music and playing the drums.

Jeff head

Project Manager

  • BS in Civil Engineering from The University of Cincinnati

Jeff started with Payne & Payne in September 2020 as a Project Manager after spending his first four
years out of college working as an engineer in the energy industry. He grew up in Perry, Ohio and
attended Perry High School, afterwards obtaining his civil engineering degree from the University of
Cincinnati. Jeff performed several diverse internships while at college, which gained him valuable work
experience and also enabled him to learn the German language and work abroad in Germany for 8
months. Growing up, Jeff spent most of his time outside school working alongside his father for their
family residential plumbing company plumbing new construction homes. This is what sparked his
interest in residential construction, and ever since he was young that has been Jeff’s absolute passion.
Since high school, Jeff has completed five home builds and renovations personally, but it wasn’t until he
joined Payne & Payne that he decided to work in the construction field full-time. Outside of work, Jeff
enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Ragan, traveling, working on construction projects with
friends and family, and looking for opportunities to one day start flying again with his private pilot’s
license. He is very excited to be a part of the Payne & Payne team, and looks forward to seeing how far the company can grow with the great team we have in place.


Project Manager

  • BS in Construction Systems Management from The Ohio State University
  • 30 Hour OSHA Safety
  • LEED Green Associate

Lou was born and raised in Chardon where he began working in the construction industry throughout high school. Upon his graduation from Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Lou studied at The Ohio State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Systems Management. Lou joined Payne and Payne Renovations and Design as a Project Manager in October of 2020. He brings a deep passion for the residential building industry and strives to pour every ounce of this passion into making each customer experience special. Lou takes great pride in being able to work with the most skilled men and women in the area!

Close Up: Lou comes from a strong Italian heritage that values family time and traditions. He enjoys carrying on the traditions and values instilled in him by previous generations.  In his free time, Lou enjoys spending time outdoors and is a fan of anything OSU Buckeyes and Cleveland Sports.

Tom Korth


Tom was raised in Madison, Ohio and graduated from Madison High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Melissa. They have one son, Joshua. Prior to working at Payne & Payne Renovations, Tom worked at a hotel, starting out cashiering in the dining room, Night Audit at the front desk, then to accounting in various positions, eventually becoming controller.

Tom enjoys working at Payne & Payne Renovations as the bookkeeper, using the various skills he has learned over the years, but with a new twist in a new field. It’s exciting working with a lively group of professionals that are dedicated to doing a great job and have fun in the process.

Close Up: Tom’s family are all involved in music, each playing saxophone in the local community band, Madison Jazz Project. They also enjoy being part of a horn line that plays, when space allows, with a local rock band. Tom and Melissa are active in their church and are also part of the church Handbell Choir.

Mark Byler

Director of Production Resources

Mark has been involved in construction since the age of 13 and he feels very blessed to be on such a great team. Mark’s goal is to ensure that our trade base is one of the best anywhere in the renovation business and that our clients will have a wonderful experience as we renovate their home.

Close Up: Mark enjoys living life to fullest with his wife and two sons. Mark is the owner of over thirty horses and enjoys rehabbing horses with pulled tendons, broken bones, etc. He has manufactured equine treadmills for horses and loves inventing things in the equine world.

AJ Kimes

Business Development and Marketing Coordinator

  • BS in Finance & Entrepreneurship from The University of Dayton

AJ is a lifelong native of Aurora, Ohio before he attended College at The University of Dayton. While attending the university, AJ participated in a variety of organizations spanning from Sigma Nu Fraternity to the Dayton Baseball Team. During the summers, he would come back to Cleveland working in Landscaping and coaching his younger brothers Baseball team. After graduation, AJ took a job in pricing before finding a home with Payne & Payne.

Close Up: Outside of his career, AJ is a Pitching Coach for the University School Baseball team, an aspiring Home Chef, and frequents the blacktop where he plays basketball. With 3 siblings, AJ spends most of his free time at family functions usually a step or two away from the Cornhole boards.

Rachel Patterson

Junior Interior Designer

  • BS in Interior Design from The Ohio State University
  • CLIPP, Certified Living in Place Professional

While attending The Ohio State University, Rachel completed a two-year design internship with Payne & Payne Renovations and Design where her passion for renovations and residential design were confirmed. After graduating, Rachel eagerly accepted a full-time position with the company. Rachel loves the challenge of renovations and finding the balance of blending the ‘old’ with the ‘new’. She appreciates original details of the home and strives to maintain their authenticity while seamlessly incorporating new design elements.

Close up: Rachel grew up in Mentor, Ohio and is the youngest of three sisters. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time outside, visiting restaurants and wineries with her friends and family, and trying out new recipes in her crock pot.

kyle krebs



Kyle grew up in Chesterland, Ohio and graduated from West Geauga High School in 2016. He has been in the construction business ever since he could remember, tagging along with his dads painting company. Kyle is one of six, with four older sisters and one younger brother. He was proud to once be a part of a team that prepared a meal for the Madam President of Croatia. When he is not working, Kyle has a strong ambition for working out. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, and he loves anything and everything Cleveland sports. 

Michael Cerimele

Assistant Project Manager

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati DAAP

Upon graduation from UC, Michael completed an apprenticeship with a 5th generation Danish furniture and cabinet master in Cincinnati.  He then took his skills into the corporate world to a company focused on innovating hospital room furniture where he received multiple US and Global patents. Michael and his wife Daria, both from Youngstown, decided to move back to Northeast Ohio from Indianapolis after having their first child to be closer to family.  While living in Chardon, Michael began engineering ultra high-end millwork for a company focused on custom mega-yachts, vacation mansions, and ultra-luxury penthouses and apartments.  After several years, he decided to focus his creativity in a new direction, working at a small town nano brewery where he started as an Assistant Brewer and worked his way up to Head Brewer where he oversaw all brewing activities and a staff of brewers.  At the brewery, he most enjoyed discovering new ingredients and developing new recipes to fulfill his love for creativity. That continued desire to create led Michael to his next position working for a small renovation company to build clients’ dreams into reality. Having fallen in love with that experience, Michael joins the talented team of Payne and Payne looking forward each day to assisting his colleagues and positively affecting the tangible creation of each clients dream space. 

Close up: Michael loves spending time with his family, especially his amazing wife Daria, their two wonderful kids, and three silly dogs.  As a family, they love visiting places they can explore or playing and relaxing in the sun and surf.  Michael also enjoys designing and building furniture and other small scale woodworking projects as well as hiking, kayaking, skiing, and playing around on the water. Michael is also a dedicated Cleveland sports enthusiast.

Morgan phillips

People & Culture Manager

  • BS in Psychology from Ashland University

When Morgan was a child, she moved with her older sister and parents to Bainbridge where they renovated their entire house. Her parents did all the work, after both working full time jobs. She remembers following her dad around with her own tool belt and hammer ready to help, filling nail holes and picking up loose screws. After graduating from Kenston, Morgan studied Psychology at Ashland University. She worked in corporate HR before transitioning into the construction industry.

Mark collis

Project Developer Coordinator

Mark Collis joined Payne & Payne Renovations and Design as a Project Development Coordinator in October of 2021. After graduating from Solon High School, he studied Environmental Science at Cleveland State University and through Tri-C’s Corporate College, is an Autodesk Certified Professional in AutoCAD for Design and Drafting.  He worked at a technical manufacturing firm in Bedford, OH as a CAD Designer and ISO Coordinator for 31 years and upon the sites closure, he decided to pursue his passion for woodworking and challenge himself with a new career path in the renovation industry.  His goal is to learn the ins and outs of the renovation business and is very excited to be a part of the Payne & Payne team.

Close Up: In his free time Mark enjoys traveling, boating and spending time with his wife Jennifer and daughter Summer.  He also runs a girls fastpitch softball organization in Aurora where he currently coaches a 14U team as his way of giving back to the community.  As a huge sports fan, Mark enjoys cheering on the local sports teams in Cleveland.

Benjamin Knight

Project Developer

  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

Benjamin is an Ohio native who grew up in the historic district of Madison, OH. He spent his youth working with his parents renovating their 220-year-old century home. Benjamin joined the United States Army at the age of eighteen, where he spent six years serving in the 338th Army Band. Benjamin’s first career was in music; he won numerous awards and was selected to perform in over two dozen masterclasses with internationally acclaimed artists.

Once Benjamin met his future wife, his life goals shifted to providing stability and to spending time with Kimberly. It was this life change that led Benjamin to launch his own small renovations business and return to university, earning a degree in construction management. After earning his second degree, Benjamin decided to close his own business and join the team at Payne and Payne. Benjamin is a meticulous and driven individual that loves providing quality results to the client. 

Close Up: Benjamin spends his weekends outdoors with his wife, Kimberly, and providing music for a local church congregation. Benjamin is also an avid furniture builder and reader.