David Barefoot - President
David Barefoot, President and Owner of Barefoot & Company, began his career as an installer. He brings a wealth of knowledge and has a unique feel for the building industry, having held every position within the company at one point or another since its inception in 1971. David strongly believes “if you treat your employees better than your best customer you will not have to worry about your best customer.” The heartbeat of the company, David and his team's purpose is to provide a culture and a company rooted in the highest of morals, honesty, integrity and accountability.
Lynn Najaka - Vice President
Lynn Najaka is Vice President and Co-Owner of Barefoot & Company. She graduated from Wingate University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and a minor in Psychology. Lynn is the Director of Human Resources
Starting with the company in 1971, Lynn played a strategic role in growing the business. Over the years, she has been active in all departments of the office. Lynn is proud the company culture is sensitive to the needs of the employees, who she maintains are an integral part to the success of the company. “Value your employees and they will value themselves and the company.”
When not working, Lynn loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoys family genealogy, including her father’s service during WWII as a Marine sharpshooter in the South Pacific Theater and is a member of several USMC organizations.
Lynn is an active member of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, a Sustaining Member of the Frederic William Marshall Society at Old Salem, the Schiele Museum. She supports the Sierra Leone Mission organization, Wingate University’s College of Health Sciences and NC-LEAP (North Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program).
Tom Schellin - General Manager
Tom Schellin started with Barefoot & Company in 1986 and has been the company's General Manager since 2000. He served in the Armed Forces during Vietnam, came out as a Sergeant and received training as a jet engine technician. Additionally, he graduated from Berkeley College of Music with a BA in Music. Having held several management positions within the company, Tom brings exceptional people skills to his role. As the General Manager he oversees all departments and is responsible for sales. He is a member of several local Home Builders Association and has completed numerous management training classes including "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." He is firmly rooted in the company’s core values and believes honesty and integrity yield longevity.
Bill Green - Director of Operations
As the Director of Operations, Bill Green has maintained the position for over 10 years. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BA in Business Management and he brings a wealth of knowledge to the company. He began his career with the company in 1996 and has held several management positions since. Bill has a unique ability to create innovative solutions, just one of the many traits that make him an invaluable asset to the company. In his current role, he oversees the day to day business relationships between the company and its customers and works with accounts to faciliate smooth processes and procedures.
Bill has often been called the “Face of Barefoot” and he is proud to say this about himself, "I love what I do and I want people to know it!" His professional affiliations include NARI Charlotte and NAHB and he holds the following credentials:
- Cabarrus County Building Industry Association Board of Directors
- NARI past Comittee Membership Chair
- Certified Facilitator for the "7 Habits of Hightly Effective People"
- Andersen Windows and Doors Certified Specialist
- Andersen Signature Sales Training
- True North Quality Essentials I and II training
- Shea Homes Trade Council Board Memeber
- NARI 2012 Volenteer of the Year Award
He believes it is the employees and the company's commitment to do what is right that makes Barefoot & Company what it is. And, ultimately, understanding and realizing this is what sets the company apart from everyone.
Mandy Braswell - Office Manager
Mandy Braswell has been with Barefoot & Company since 1999 and has been the Office Manager for over 10 years. She manages the Customer Service department and is responsible for Accounts Receivable, inventory and ordering office supplies. Mandy brings a strong work ethic to the company and has extensive product knowledge. Her affiliations and certifications include: Board Member - Union County Home Builders Association
- Board Member - Union County Home Builders Association
- Notary Public
- "7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
- Elite Contractor
Mandy believes strongly in the values the company was founded upon: honesty, integrity and accountability. Her favorite quote is from Stephen R. Covey, "See every problem as an opportunity to exercise creative energy."
Mark Tyson - Custom Area Manager
Mark Tyson has been an employee of the company since 1984. His current role is that of Custom Area Manager, a position he has held for over 15 years. Measuring and scheduling custom installs and meeting with custom builders and homeowners are some of his key duties. His wealth of product knowledge in custom home trends is a unique skill set that he brings to the company. A member of the Union County Home Builders Association, he believes that providing value and exercising integrity will earn a fair profit.
Linda Barefoot - Accounts Payable
As Barefoot & Company's Accounts Payable Director, Linda oversees the organization's financials. A graduate of Wingate University, Linda first began working part-time for the company in 1976. She has maintained the position of Accounts Payable Director since 1998. Ever inquisitive Linda believes that team work is the key to the success of the company.
When Linda is not at work, she loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoys running, and has successfully completed dozens of Marathons and Half Marathons.
Laura Barefoot - Quality Assurance and Marketing Manager
As the Director of Marketing and Quality Assurance since 2007, Laura oversees and manages all aspects of the company's quality assurance system as a NHQ Certified contractor for Quality Assurance. Furthermore, she designs and manages custom closets and is the New Construction Builder Design Center Liaison. Laura brings exceptional marketing expertise to the company and lives the company’s mission statement. She holds a BS in Marketing from Clemson University and an MBA in Sports Business Management from San Diego State University. Laura's professional affiliations include NARI Charlotte and NAHB and her professional affiliations and industry training include:
- Inbound Marketing Certified Professional - Honors Distinction
- 2012 NARI Charlotte Public Relations Committe Chair and Board Member
- Andersen Marketing Excellence Training
- Andersen Sales Essential Training
- ClosetMaid MasterSuite Training Program
- True North Quality Essentials I and II Training
Tommy Morrison - Production Manager
A valued team member since 2005, Tommy has worn many hats at Barefoot & Company where he currently serves as Production Manager extraordinaire. Previous to this position, he worked as Window Quality Inspector, Window Area Manager, Window Department Manager and Scheduling Manager. Tommy puts his multitasking skills to work overseeing all day-to-day production tasks for all departments with the end goal of utmost efficiency and client satisfaction.
He is an associate of the Union County Home Builders Association and puts the principles of the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" course he took into action – to the great benefit of Barefoot & Company.
Committed to instilling the rewards of organized athletics in school-aged children, Tommy is the Founder and President of the Union Athletic Association of Monroe and can be found on a wide variety of sports fields in his spare time.
Michael Najaka - Area Manager
Michael Najaka currently holds the position of Area Manager and is a certified window and door installer and trouble shooter. Michael is responsible for completing the NHQ monthly Independent Jobsite Audit and he attends the monthly Building Codes and Standards meeting. This detail-oriented, organized and forward thinking individual earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Winthrop University. Michael is an active member of the Lake Norman HBA and he holds the following credentials:
- Certified Andersen Window and Door Specialist
- Andersen Signature Sales Training
- LEED Certified
Michael maintains superior customer service skills and believes in doing the job right the first time.
Chad Hughes - South Window Area Manager
Favorite Quote: “We Can Do It!”
Chad Hughes has been an employee with the company since 1995 and brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to the role of Window Area Manager, a position he has held for the last 9 years. He is a certified Andersen DSN Service Technician, a Certified Therma-Tru Door Technician and is responsible for overseeing all of the activities in regard to window installations. He is also a storm door installation expert, a replacement window and door technician and specializes in custom window glass replacements. What Chad enjoys most about his job is the daily challenges to meet customer and company needs.
In his spare time Chad loves to fish, swim and hike.
Chris Childers - South Area Manager
Favorite Quote: “The price of greatness is responsibility”-Winston Churchill
Chris Childers began his career as Area Manager when he joined the company in 2002. His role as Area Manager encompasses measuring homes for the company’s specialty products, meeting with superintendents and homeowners for sales and customer service and ensuring correct products are installed per specification. Reviewing paper work for correct billing, prepping crews and coordinating install dates and times with builders and homeowners are other tasks that Chris manages. However, what he likes most about his job is the ability to plan his own day and the opportunity to be a hero for the customer.
When Chris is not exercising his expertise he performs vocals and guitar in two rock bands.
David Piddock - North Window Area Manager
Favorite Quote: “TGIF”
David Piddock has been employed by Barefoot & Company since 2006 in the position of Window Area Manager. As a Window Area Manager he is responsible for quality control of window installs which includes ensuring openings are sized correctly, roofs are completed and house wrap is installed prior to window installation. David also trouble shoots and repairs warranty and billable issues that are called in for service. To ensure the lines of communication are kept open, David consistently interacts with job site superintendents on each project. Besides working outside and interacting with people, what David enjoys most about his job is the challenge of running into the unknown on a job site and thinking outside the box to come up with a resolution. He holds the following credentials:
- Andersen Factor Traning
- Certified Therma-Tru Door Technician
- Hurd Window Service Training
When David is not working he enjoys camping, hunting, fishing and tinkering with his old jeep. His other hobbies include coaching his son’s sports teams and leading Cub Scouts.
Derrick Manning - Blinds, Shades & Shutters Area Manager
Favorite Quote: “A customer is the most important person ever in this office-in person or by mail. A customer is not dependent on us, we are dependent on them. A customer is not an interruption to our work; they are the purpose of it. We are not doing a favor by serving them; they are doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so…”
Derrick Manning began working with the company in 2007 as the Area Manager of the Blind, Shade and Shutter Division and he is now a Hunter Douglas Window Treatment expert as well. He is primarily responsible for meeting with customers to discuss the best blind, shade and shutter to fit their needs. Additionally, he orders and tracks products, schedules installation dates and, if applicable, makes service calls after installation. What Derrick favors most about his job is seeing a homeowner pleased with the outcome of their window treatment.
On his off days, Derrick loves spending time with his only daughter Peyton, playing volleyball and corn hole.