What’s the next step for the future of your people and your business?
When considering companies to partner with, BluSky looks first at company values and culture. It’s important that we partner with firms of integrity who take care of both their clients and their employees.
Why choose BluSky? Hear what previous owners who’ve merged with BluSky have to say. These owners not only merged their companies, but they are with us today in senior leadership roles.
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What Does the Ideal Partnership Look Like?
BluSky’s goal is to attract the top firms in our industry to partner with us. With that said, we strive to be the ideal company for any owner contemplating a merger by providing growth, stability, and long-term successful career paths for owners and their team members. BluSky is extremely proud of our firm commitment to integrity, culture, and the importance of our people.
We seek companies of great integrity whose owners:
- Operate with character and consistency
- Align with BluSky’s core values
- Have a reputation for substantially contributing to the betterment of the restoration industry
- Prioritize the well-being of their team when considering selling (It is very important to us to protect and retain all employees when we enter into a partnership)
- Want to see their company and people grow, thrive, and continue the legacy that has been built – but better.
When a company joins the BluSky team, you help write the next chapters of the BluSky story. Many of the faces you see on our Leadership Team have come from successfully merged firms over the past five years. Many of the new BluSky family members have great success and their career paths take off to a place they hadn’t dreamt of before. Tremendous growth, success, and culture of family are achievable when you partner with BluSky.
A completed merger is not the end of the story. Our goal is nothing short of setting the industry standard for company integration – we have a dedicated team that manages the entire process of becoming one cohesive company – One BluSky.
As BluSky Chief Executive Officer, Drew is responsible for sales, operations, mergers, and acquisitions. He is also a significant driver of employee culture and the BluSky customer experience.
Drew began his career in the construction industry more than 20 years ago with a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Wisconsin Stout. He joined BluSky in 2007 and has been leading the company’s operations since 2011. He managed the opening of all BluSky’s national locations and is currently heavily involved in the integration of acquisitions and new service offerings. Learn more about our BluSky Leadership Team!
Your Integration Team
We’d like to introduce you to some of the key integration contacts who will guide you through these processes.
Jim Rable, BluSky’s senior vice president of corporate development, leads the team that will integrate our two companies. Jim joined BluSky in 2019 as president of United Services and has been integral in the subsequent transactional growth of the company. He was instrumental in developing and building the formal corporate development team, and in turn improving the support and guidance for you, our new peers. Jim is well-known, and well-respected, in the industry and is involved heavily through to the date of merger.
Warner Cruz became a proud member of the BluSky family in December 2021 and is currently senior vice president of corporate development and a member of the executive leadership team. His passion is working with restoration owners interested in merging their organizations with BluSky and cultivating an atmosphere of valuable benefits, increased opportunities, winning spirit and culture.
Ryan Knickle, BluSky’s vice president of corporate development, leads the integration stage efforts. Ryan joined BluSky in 2017 as part of the Disaster One merger, BluSky’s first, initially as VP of finance. Ryan has been involved in all mergers since then and formally transitioned to VP of corporate development in 2021. Ryan is passionate about working with our new teams throughout the M&A process to ensure the experience is as transparent, positive and supported as possible.
Cory Frye is BluSky’s newest vice president of corporate development, and focuses on identifying and engaging with future BluSky partners as well as leading due diligence efforts. Cory joined BluSky in 2022, but he’s been actively involved in mergers and acquisitions for over 10 years. Cory really enjoys working closely with business owners and prides himself on being honest, straightforward and helpful throughout the process.
Kadie Shaffer is BluSky’s corporate development associate and leads our integration team meetings and supports new team members in their transition to BluSky. Kadie joined BluSky in 2009 as a contents restoration technician and has progressed through every aspect of the business to her current role, where she utilizes her passion for business strategy and growth.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does this merger affect my role in the company?
The first point is very important. Our two primary goals for this merger are don’t lose employees and don’t lose customers. BluSky sees employees as the most important part of your business, and retaining a great team is a number one priority for all of us. As a part of the two organizations coming together, some job titles and compensation plans may change.
Who pays me and what happens to my compensation?
With this transition, payroll will start to run through BluSky. In the short term your compensation will remain the same, and will transition with your role at a set date. Your new compensation program will be communicated to you directly by your supervisor. In general, we expect that compensation will stay the same or improve for most employees. Please see your team’s linked timeline for specific dates for payroll, position, compensation, paid time off, and benefits transition dates.
Do my years of service carry over?
Years of service will be honored for Paid Time Off. As we blend our companies and company policies, years of service may apply differently to different policies.
How will the change be communicated to outsiders (customers, referral partners, vendors, subcontractors, etc.)?
A press release announcing the merger will be distributed the week of announcement, followed by postings on social media over the next few weeks. The most significant and sensitive customers/partners/vendors will be contacted by their primary contacts from your company. An email announcement will also follow. Please wait to change any personal social media titles until we can fully transition to BluSky positions and titles.
Is there anything I need to consider when going about my daily tasks?
No, not right away. Please continue to operate in your role as you have been. As we proceed with the integration, we will be utilizing new contracts and subcontractor agreements. Your team leader will distribute and communicate when to begin using these revised contracts. Additionally, continue to use your current credit cards, fuel cards, vendor cards, business cards, etc., until you receive replacements. If anyone has any questions on these areas, please reach out to questions@goBluSky.com.
What if my question isn’t answered here?
Please don’t hesitate to send any further questions to questions@goBluSky.com.
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