Our Team

Our Mission is to establish Standard Insulating Co. as the premier provider of insulation systems custom designed to solve comfort and energy loss problems in retrofit and new construction throughout the Northeast. The following four guiding principles will help us measure the appropriateness of our decisions.

  • Provide a great work environment and treat each other with respect and dignity.
  • Embrace diversity as an essential component in the way we do business.
  • Apply the highest standards of excellence to the delivery and installation of any system we install.
  • Develop enthusiastically satisfied customers all the time and treat each customer with equal respect.

Jennifer Keida – CEO

Jennifer Keida Utica NYAs the second generation of Standard Insulating Co., Jennifer runs the day to day operations. She started in the Connecticut branch in 2000, after graduating from Alfred University with a BFA, other experiences and adventures.  Jennifer is BA1 and Shell certified, which initiated the Home Performance program within the company.

Jennifer’s contributions and support of her community are evident in the many organizations she has been involved in over her years with Standard Insulating Co. She currently holds a board position on the national organization that supports the energy efficiency industry, BPI (Building Performance Institute). She has held board positions on GLDC (Griffiss Local Development Corporation), The Boys and Girls Club and the HBRMV (Home Builders and Remodelers of the Mohawk Valley). She served as a board of director for the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce from 2005 until 2013, where she chaired the organization in 2009.  In 2009, she was invited to sit on the advisory council for NYSERDA’s Green Jobs/ Green NY programs.  The American Heart Association and its mission are also very important to her. She supports the Go Red for Women mission and has been a passion speaker for their events.

Email Jennifer: jkeida@standardinsulatingco.com

Richard Waite – COO

Rich Waite utica nyRich started with Standard Insulating in September 1991 as an installer. He quickly moved to sales and has been consulting and specifying insulation for homeowners and commercial projects ever since. Rich is responsible for scheduling all work and supporting all of our foam / cellulose crews. He served as a Navy Seabee with the U.S. Naval Construction Force from September 1984 through September 2005. Rich was then activated in the Naval Reserves during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002. Rich was the varsity football coach for Mount Markham High School and is also active with the Optimist Club, VFW and American Legion. Rich resides in West Winfield with his wife, Jill and their three daughters Deanna, Jenna, and Nadine.

Email Richard: rwaite@standardinsulatingco.com

Shannon Wheet – Office Manager

Shannon Wheet standard insulating coIn 2011, Shannon joined the Standard Insulating Co team as the Office Manager. Shannon has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. Shannon assists customers in processing paperwork for a variety of programs on top of her many other duties as Office Manager. Shannon is the youngest of six children. She grew up on Long Island and lived in Florida for several years. Shannon relocated to Central NY shortly after her first child was born. Shannon currently resides in Ilion with her two children, Emma and Cole. Shannon enjoys outdoor activities with her children and is an avid runner.

Email Shannon: swheet@standardinsulatingco.com

Ken Gates – Estimator / Commercial Project Manager

Ken Gates standard insulating coKen started in 2006. His years and experience with Standard Insulating Co. along with his many certifications assist our customers in choosing the best applications for their projects. Ken estimates and prepares bids for commercial projects. His building science background (BPI- BA1, Shell, Heating and HERS Rating) gives him the unique perspective and ability to determine the right product for the job, big or small. Away from work, Ken keeps busy racing a dirt Pro Stock car at Fonda Speedway- a six-time track champion. His wife Cathy and daughters, Alexandra and Kate cheer him on.

Email Ken: kgates@standardinsulatingco.com

Jason Porter – Energy Program Manager

Jason porter standard insulatingJason had 10 years of experience in the construction field prior to him joining our team in 2007. Jason started out as an installer and after only a few month of training, became a crew foreman. He spent over 4 years learning all the products and services that Standard Insulating Co. offers. Jason moved into the Energy Department, as a BPI Certified Energy Auditor. Jason leads the company in navigating the complexity of the many Energy Efficiency programs available to our customers He currently resides in Sauquoit with his wife, Ashley, and their daughters. In Jason’s spare time, he enjoys working on racecars, spending time at the race track or fishing in the great lakes tributaries.

Email Jason: jporter@standardinsulatingco.com

Jeff Reese – Whole House Consultant

Jeff Reese standard insulatingJeff started in the construction industry in the early 1980’s. He started as a laborer, worked as a carpenter, cabinet maker, and when he left construction in the late 1990’s he was running commercial construction projects. Jeff then spent 10 years in the Insurance business starting in sales and spending the last 6 of those years in sales management. Jeff was not looking for a career change when he found Standard Insulating Co. but in Jeff’s words “Construction is where my heart is, and this company is trying to do the right things for the right reasons.” Jeff believes education about home energy use is the key to comfort and energy conservation. Jeff and his wife have 3 children, Nick, Bill, and Jessica and are enjoying their “grandparent” times. Jeff and Michelle enjoy mountain biking, hiking and “now that the kids are on their own, we’re trying to remember if we have any hobbies.”

Email Jeff: jreese@standardinsulatingco.com

Fred DiMaggio – Whole House Consultant

Fred DiMaggio standard insulating coFred joined our team in 2015 as Project Manager after over 25 years in the Auto Industry. His experience managing fixed operations and customer satisfaction helped with the transition into his new role. Fred has excelled quickly within the company learning all the products and services that Standard Insulating Co. has to offer as well as becoming a BPI Certified Energy Auditor. His experience and knowledge will continue to help bring trust, comfort and energy solutions to customers all over Central NY. He resides in Whitesboro with his two daughters, Caleigh and Gwen. Fred enjoys being outdoors, biking, hiking, skiing, working on classic cars and spending time with his family.

Email Fred: fdimaggio@standardinsulatingco.com

Kevin Homer – Operations Manager

Kevin Homer standard insulating coKevin had years of carpentry experience when he joined our team as an Installer in 2008. Kevin quickly became a Foreman for our Insulation crews and was promoted to Operations Manager. Kevin manages all of the inventory necessary to complete a variety of projects we complete throughout the year. He ensures all of our trucks are up to date on maintenance and are reliable to get to those projects as well. Kevin maintains quality control, safety and many other tasks that ensure the installers are prepared and safe when entering a customer’s home and/or building. He currently resides in West Winfield with his son, Cody and daughter, McKenzie. Kevin enjoys hunting and snowmobiling.

Email Kevin: khomer@standardinsulatingco.com

Jack Caraher – Estimator / Project Manager

jack caraher standard insulatingJack assists in the scheduling of work as well as utilizing his BPI Certification to assist in testing homes. Jack graduated from SUNYIT in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology with over two years’ experience in residential and commercial estimating and project management. Jack started with Standard in 2016. He currently resides in Chadwicks NY and in his spare time enjoys outdoor activities as well as playing in numerous sport activities.

Email Jack: jcaraher@standardinsulatingco.com

Amy Gallagher – Customer Service Manager

Amy Gallagher standard insulating coAmy rejoined the team at Standard Insulating Co in 2017 after living in Tennessee for 8 years. Amy is the company’s Customer Service Manager as well as a BPI Certified Building Analyst and advocate for the EmPower NY Program. Amy can help assist you through the EmPower Program application process as well as address any questions or concerns our customers or potential customers may have.

Email Amy: agallagher@standardinsulatingco.com

David Goodfriend – HVAC Supervisor

david goodfriend of standard insulating co.David Goodfriend joined Standard Insulation in 2017 with over 18 years experience with Heating, and Air Conditioning. He joined as the HVAC technician and became the HVAC specialist managing the Heating and Air Conditioning Dept providing the highest quality of work in people’s homes with the customer’s satisfaction as his number one priority. Originally Dave is from Clinton NY, and resides there now with his wife and two children. When Dave is not at work he enjoys spending time with his family as well as fishing.

Email David: dgoodfriend@standardinsulatingco.com

Kathy Martin – Accounts Receivable Specialist

Kathy Martin standard insulating coKathy joined Standard Insulating in 2016 as an accounts receivable specialist. Kathy has over 30 years of A/R experience, owning her own collections agency for 17 year. She retired in 2015 and realized she was not made for retirement and has brought her vast knowledge to Standard Insulating. She resides in Whitesboro with her husband Gary and enjoys spending time with her children, Todd and Mandy. She adores her 3 grandchildren Zack, Lexie and Timmy and is an integral part of their lives. Kathy enjoys cooking, volunteering, traveling, and family time. She may live in Whitesboro, but her heart is in the Caribbean and she loves spending a month there every winter.

Bob Wetherbee – Energy Auditor

bob wetherbee standard insulating coBob joined Standard Insulating in 2013 as an Installer. In 2014, he became an Insulation Foreman. In 2018, Bob transitioned into the Energy Department. Bob lives in Westmoreland where he resides with his wife Carolyn. In his spare time, Bob enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandson. He also enjoys golfing and fishing.

John Faruggia – EmPower Auditor

john faruggia from standard insulating coStarted in 2018, BPI certified, graduated in 2016 from Wells College with Environmental Science BA, EmPower Auditor, resides in Clayville with wife and three dogs.

Email John: jfaruggia@standardinsulatingco.com

Sara Cloe

Standard Insulating Employee Sara CloeSara came to Standard Insulating in early 2019 with over 12 years of customer service experience. As an Empower Advocate, Sara can help assist you through the EmPower application process and answer any questions you have about the program. Sara has moved to various cities and out of state but has planted roots in Holland Patent to be closer to family. When not at work, Sara enjoys spending time with family, including her 2-year-old son, Eli. Some of her favorite activities include fishing, kayaking and going to Utica hockey games.

Email Sara: scloe@standardinsulatingco.com

Nicole Longo – Receptionist

nicole longo from standard insulating coNicole started at Standard Insulating in 2018 as a Customer Service Representative. She grew up in Syracuse but currently resides in Whitesboro. Nicole enjoys music and spending time with her family; especially her niece, Ellie and her nephew, Hunter.

Email Nicole: nlongo@standardinsulatingco.com

Nicole Redner – EmPower Advocate

nicole redner from standard insulating coNicole joined the team in the summer of 2018 as a canvasser for Standard Insulating Co. where she would promote and advocate the EmPower NY Program. By the end of the summer she was brought on full time to be an EmPower Advocate here in the office. Nicole was born and raised in the town of Utica, NY. She loves to help others and enjoys being a part of this company. Considering herself a student and a sponge wanting to learn and absorb as much knowledge as she can. Her goal in her community is to bring awareness to the program as well as motivating people of all ages to believe in themselves and their potential. Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

Email Nicole: nredner@standardinsulatingco.com

Mike DelMedico, Jr. – Demand Logistics/Inventory Controller

Mike DelMedico, Jr. from standard insulating co.Mike started his career in HVAC as an industrial engineer, and then went on to become a field service technician. He completed his HVAC education both in Chicago and at Carrier University in Syracuse, N.Y. He holds certifications in multiple areas of service, and has background experience with hydroponics, Generac generators, plumbing, robotics, electronics, programming and logic controls. Mike enjoys learning new things and trying new techniques. Mike and his family reside in Sauquoit, N.Y. Outside of work, he enjoys automotive work and spending time at his camp in the North Country.