- Dan Straw, Founder & Owner:
Dan Straw is the father of 2 very quickly growing boys and an attentive husband to his wife and partner in business, Suze. Dan has worked in the waterproofing and foundation repair industry for over 14 years and has worked one on one with home owners in residential construction for over 30 years. He earned the reputation of taking on the projects other contractors felt “too tough” and exceeding expectations in the final outcome. This is but one of the reasons most of his business comes in the way of previous customer referrals. He also has extensive knowledge in commercial construction. He was known as the “go to guy” when others had a problem they couldn’t resolve. This allows for a well rounded expertise that only a very few in the industry can claim! Over the years, Dan strives for and has gained a reputation for fairness, and is well known for his “driving personality” that never fails to get the job done.
Dan is a 2x cancer survivor. His first fight was in 2004 and the next was in 2010. After surviving his first 2 battles, Dan and Suze continued talking about the concept of Better Basements and how this company would benefit it’s future customers, it’s employees and Dan and his family. Better Basements was built with the primary goal of “Giving home owners back a dry, usable basement and respecting their right to receive quality customer service and value for the money spent.” Dan does have a noticeable battle scar and he now speaks with a strong whisper. We refer to him as: The Basement Whisperer.
* In May of 2015 Dan lost his very long fight with cancer. Better Basements is Dan’s legacy and this Iowa Family Owned Business will continue to give homeowners back their basement as Dan and Suze intended when the company began. The company carries on with Suze at the helm! Iowa’s only female owned waterproofing company!
- Suzette Straw, Founder & Owner:
Suzette met Dan Straw one day during her 12 year career in marketing and advertising. A few years later Suze & Dan married, had 2 sons & started Better Basements. When the boys were young Suze worked at home raising the boys, & also worked with Dan to help Better Basements grow into the company it is today. When the boys were old enough, Suze then started working at the office full time carrying on the responsibilities of a business owner. During this time she organized a busy office, implemented an advertising & marketing campaign, set up a HR division & basically did whatever necessary to help Dan keep their company growing & moving forward.
- Dan Fogarty, Production Foreman:
Congratulations Dan to being promoted to Production Foreman!
Dan has over 18 years’ experience in the basement waterproofing & foundation repair industry. Dan has done just about everything from laying drain pipe, installing sump pumps, raising foundations to dealing with every type of foundation wall known. (Stone, block, brick, clay …).
- Reo Straw, Foundation Expert:
Reo has over 27 years experience in the construction industry and working with homeowners. He is a very comfortable person to work with & has a personality that immediately puts people at ease. He looks forward to getting down in the basement, finding the best solution to permanently solve the home owner’s issue(s). Reo enjoys people & takes personal pride in customizing a solution that will give the home owner back their basement. Reo has been through training in all aspects of waterproofing & foundation repair & continues to “stay on top of things” with ongoing training & research in the industry.
Reo is originally from Cedar Rapids, IA, grew up working the family farm in Marengo, IA, then moved to Mississippi where he was blessed with 2 beautiful daughters.