Meet the LandMark Team!
Seeing the lack of customer service and quality of companies in the industry, Paul O’Meara and John Long decided to start a company in 2004 that would stand out in terms of service, quality and overall reputation. Their vision was to provide customers with an all-around pleasant experience and provide them with quality products/service at reasonable prices. They offer a no-pressure sales appointment and make solid suggestions based on a customer’s needs and/or budget. John and Paul take pride in the way the LandMark team conducts business and continually strives to enhance their customers’ experiences.
John Long is co-owner and President of LandMark Exteriors. After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a business degree, he began his career as a manufacturer sales representative and eventually transitioned into the residential side of the business. He’s now been involved in the remodeling business for the past 29 years. He currently resides in Wauconda with his wife and 3 children. In his free time, he’s actively involved with his family and enjoys the rehab/remodel of homes.
Paul O’Meara is co-owner and Vice President of LandMark. In addition to being one of the company’s salesmen, Paul is also involved with many of the daily company management duties and operations. His background includes more than 30 years of experience in managing a business. Prior to starting LandMark, he owned and managed a painting company (which is still a part of his daily responsibilities). His educational background includes a BS in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. Originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, Paul now resides in Long Grove with his wife and 3 daughters. When he is not working, Paul enjoys listening to music, BBQing year-round, being outdoors, traveling and spending time with his family.
Theresa O’Meara is responsible for LandMark’s advertising and marketing initiatives. She’s been with LandMark since its inception in 2004. Her background includes more than 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising. Her educational background includes an MBA from North Park University, as well as a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington. She is married to the co-owner, Paul O’Meara, and has 2 children, as well as a stepdaughter in college. A fun fact about Theresa is that she has moved more than 20 times, lived in 7 states and in S. Korea twice (as well as being born there) – all thanks to a father who served in the Army for 25 years. She is grateful to have had the experience of living in new places and making new friends. In her free time, Theresa enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling and spending time with her family.
Kelly Hightower has been the Office Manager for LandMark since 2013. She came to LandMark with more than 14 years of experience in the window and door industry. Her responsibilities encompass many different aspects of our business: greeting customers who visit the showroom, setting appointments for our salesman, assisting wherever is needed and ensuring that the daily operations run smoothly. Kelly is married to her high school sweetheart and has lived in the Lake County area for the majority of her life. She and her husband also have a 21-year-old daughter who is enlisted in the USCG in California. In her free time, Kelly enjoys beach time, vacations, concerts and riding on the back of motorcycles. A fun fact about Kelly is that she is such a huge Dave Matthews fan that she has attended approximately 40 of the band’s concerts!
AnneMarie Fogo is our administrative assistant who greets our homeowners with a warm welcome over the telephone and in our showroom, provides administrative support to our sales team, processes permits, and schedules installs. AnneMarie came to LandMark with over 7 years of experience in office administration. She joined the team in January of 2016 after taking time to raise her 2 children. She is happily married to her husband for more than 20 years where they reside in McHenry. AnneMarie enjoys spending time with her family and is such a Disney fanatic that her wedding was held at the Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, Florida!
Bridget Couch is our Office Manager in the Barrington Showroom who greets our homeowners with a warm welcome over the telephone and in our showroom. Bridget also provides administrative support to our Libertyville office and sales team, as well as assists customers with appointments. Prior to coming to LandMark, she was very involved in her family business of 40 years in Barrington where she wore many hats. She comes to us with an extensive customer service background. Bridget is a long-time resident of the Barrington area, having grown up in Inverness and has lived in Deer Park with her husband for over 30 years. She holds a BS in Retail Marketing from the University of Illinois and when not helping customers at LandMark, she can be found in her garden, where she and her husband grow just about everything they can eat, preserve or share. They both have three grown children and they all love to travel. Between the 5 of them, they have visited 29 countries, 5 continents and have many more destinations on their bucket lists!
Sandy Wilgenbusch’s responsibilities include the in-house accounting for LandMark. She has been in the construction industry for more than 15 years, with 6 of those years being with LandMark - where she has enjoyed working with many wonderful and talented people. She is married and has 3 adult children who bring much humor and purpose to her life. Her personal interests include friend and family get togethers, taking long walks with their dog and watching a variety of movies and current events.
Jeff Clark joined LandMark in 2008 and works in inside and outside sales. Jeff has more than 26 years of experience in the windows business. He graduated from Northern Illinois University and has been a lifelong Lake County resident. He enjoys riding his Harley and traveling all over the United States. He has been to 49 states and only one more to go!
Drew Malcolm joined LandMark in 2017 as the Warehouse Manager. He is responsible for all incoming and outgoing deliveries made to the warehouse. Prior to this position, Drew worked at a tile and marble company as a fabricator/installer and as a delivery person. In his spare time, Drew enjoys the outdoors and working out. A fun fact about Drew is that John Long (co-owner of LandMark) was one of his first football coaches, who led the team 1-7 that season.
Mike Kerr has been with LandMark Exteriors since 2015 and brings more than 25 years of new construction and home remodeling experience to the team. His many years of installation experience as a carpenter mean he’s not just a salesman – he searches for the right solution for your project, knows how to install it correctly and cares that you get the best options to choose from that fit in your budget. Originally from Michigan City, Indiana, Mike spent his summers near the beach and attended college in Colorado. After living in Colorado for several years and enjoying snowboarding and hiking, he moved back to Illinois where he currently lives in Crystal Lake with his wife and three boys. Mike and his sons like to spend their weekends riding their dirt bikes at the track and playing paintball.
Ken Frye has been a salesman with LandMark since 2009 and has enjoyed watching and helping the company grow. Prior to coming to LandMark, Ken was involved in the building material supply business for about 40 years. Originally from Washington DC, Ken moved to and grew up in Barrington. He currently resides in Libertyville with his wife and has 6 children. His interests include skiing, fishing, hunting, tennis, golf and building things. A fun fact about Ken is that he has many stories of when he went bear hunting in Canada with a bow and arrow!
Joe Kelly is responsible for deliveries and warehouse inventory for LandMark. His past experience includes construction/renovation. Joe grew up in Mundelein and his hobbies are cars and fishing.
Selena Silos is an administrative assistant for LandMark. Her responsibilities include supporting the sales team and the warehouse personnel. She is currently attending college to obtain her business administration degree. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors - fishing, frolf (frisbee golf), marathons, camping festivals and attending concerts of all genres. A fun fact is that she has moved more than 20 times in her life - all throughout lake and cook county.
Tom Haubold has more than 30 plus years of new home and home remodeling experience. The son of a journeyman carpenter, Tom was trained by his dad with the approach of, “there is only one way to install this – the right way the first time.” Tom will look at your home as if it’s his own and ask questions to find the best products that will work for your home. One of Tom’s accomplishments is that he general contracted a new home for his family back in 1993 from start to finish in 100 days. Tom grew up in McHenry County and currently lives in Woodstock with his wife (Karin) and has 2 adult children and a daughter-in-law. In his spare time, he enjoys bicycling, playing with their dog, Addison and watching sports – NASCAR, the Cubs, the Bears and the Blackhawks.
Sam Cole is a native of St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and a recent Mundelein High School graduate. He is part of the warehouse team at LandMark Exteriors and is responsible for unloading and assembling truck orders, making deliveries and general maintenance around the shop. Some previous jobs include working as a carpenter’s apprentice and manager of a food establishment. In his free time, he likes to watch NBA games and UFC fights with friends. He also enjoys going to concerts and basketball games.
Tom Gembra is a 30-year Libertyville native and also part of the LandMark warehouse team, helping manage the physical logistics of your project, from our loading dock to your finished remodel. Tom is also a soldier in the US Army, having served twice overseas in Iraq, first as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and more recently, with the Army Reserves. Tom also works nights for the Amazon distribution center in Mundelein, so when he does have spare time, he spends it with his wife and daughters.
Scott La Van
Scott La Van joins the teams as part of LandMark’s warehouse support staff. In the last 10 years, he’s been in hardware retail and also brings 5 years of management experience. He’s married with 3 kids and enjoys watching all the sporting events his kids participate in, as well as traveling with his family. Fun fact: His mother braved a long, first trip with Scott to Japan when he was just 8 months old.