Our Staff

Steve Ragsdale

Founder 

Steve RagsdaleDecorative painter, furniture/instrument maker, designer, musician, gardener, writer, actor and entrepreneur, Steve is a multi-faceted artist who epitomizes the term “renaissance man”. Steve’s formal training was in acting, which is an interest that he has pursued on a non-professional basis throughout his adult life. An early interest in woodworking and furniture making laid the foundation for Steve‚Äôs work as a craftsman.  His enthusiasm for building and finishing coupled with his artistic nature helped him develop the extraordinary skills that he has passed onto his many gifted employees. Steve has lived in Lake Bluff with his wife Sandy since 1979, where they raised their three adult children.  Steve has been involved in numerous local civic organizations in which he has held leadership roles.  Steve is a passionate mandolin player and  has spent many years enjoying his place in the choir of The Union Church of Lake Bluff.

 

Grace Ragsdale Janda

President

Grace Ragsdale

Grace graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lake Forest College with her degree in Philosophy and Classical Studies. Her educational focus on both the ancient Greek world and modern aesthetic thought served as a springboard for her interest in the family business. Grace oversees administration of the business as a whole and serves as lead project designer. She maintains certification as an Interior Decorator, as a REGREEN trained professional, and is an Industry Partner of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers).  Grace’s interests include exploring the outdoors, gardening, traveling anywhere and everywhere, snowboarding and yoga, meditation and spiritual exploration, and most importantly, spending quality time with her family and friends. Grace lives in Lake Bluff with her husband, Rob and step-daughter, Ava.

 

Robert Janda

Superintendent

Rob’s superior work ethic has allowed him to excel in various aspects of the painting industry for nearly two decades. With an early career in apartment painting, in which he quickly rose to a supervisory role, Rob next transitioned into a commercial setting. Running crews and manning large equipment, he developed an outstanding methodology for efficiency in the execution of his work. Soon after meeting Grace, Rob decided to venture into the residential world and join forces with the Ragsdale team. Rob’s detailed eye, creative thinking and enthusiasm for the trade make him the perfect fit for training and overseeing the crews. Rob has two children, Ava and Anthony. His hobbies include gardening, snowboarding, rock climbing, playing pool, and riding his motorcycle.

 

Ragsdale Craftsmen

These skilled workers have been hand picked and personally trained by Steve Ragsdale and Robert Janda. Each artisan flourishes in a vast array of skilled finishes. With strong work ethics and a clear understanding of preparation, these craftsmen finish your job on time and on budget.