Co-Owner Aaron Cole was raised in Minnesota Lake, Minnesota. As a young adult he found an opportunity in the construction industry, initially working on a multitude of commercial projects in the hospitality industry. He learned how the values of an organized, clean and safe job site contribute to a successful project also the importance of communication with fellow workers, supervisors and Owners during the construction process. He learned about the importance of honest, timely responses to customer needs and questions. In 2001 he relocated to the Twin Cities and began working in the stucco industry from the ground up: erecting scaffolding, mixing Portland cement, tending plasterers and providing daily support of jobsite requirements. His organizational skills led to managing carpentry repairs, coordinating subcontractors and scheduling and closing jobs. Aaron has substantial experience working on hundreds of homes with moisture intrusion issues. Performing and supervising selective demolition and discovery of both stucco cladding and structural components, remediation of damaged material, substantial structural repairs, refitting or replacement of windows and scheduling and working with inspectors down the path to final inspection. With untold experience in dealing with unusual or difficult situations, Aaron’s substantial skills and enthusiasm for his work contribute mightily to his desire to deliver a project on time and in a professional manner.
Co-Owner and Master Plaster License holder, Lance Smith was born and raised in the East Suburbs of the Twin Cities. While still in High School he took advantage of an opportunity to learn the stucco trade. Starting as a stucco tender, he fell in love with the art of the work and soon became a plasterer. For the past 25 years Lance has practiced his passion for the art of creating and matching colors and textures. Working with a varied selection of Architectural Stone, Portland cement and Acrylic finishes, he has worked on significant residential, commercial and historic projects. Lance has a wide range of knowledge when it comes to moisture intrusion projects when contributing to proper stucco installations and the integrity of the weather-resistant barriers and flashing details. Lance has counseled and assisted countless homeowners in making their color and texture choices while providing collaborative customer service. Hundreds of residences bear the marks of his talented trowel and Owners are thrilled with his results. Customers regularly praise him for his “eye” for stucco and stone details. Lance is typically your first contact at Smith Cole. For Lance, the fun is taking a raw project on a creative path to a satisfying result. A knowledgeable plasterer, stone setter and consultant who can answer your questions and recommend solutions as needed. You will regularly find him on jobsites making sure that the work meets his exemplary standards. Master Plaster License # 20160000087