Bakersfield - Our Team
The DreamMaker Bakersfield Team
With a dedication to superior craftsmanship and ethical excellence, our team of specialists deliver a design that meets your specific needs, while communicating consistently throughout the entire remodeling process. You can feel secure that your project will be completed in the most efficient manner possible with minimal disruption to your life. Plus, our foundation in honest, ethical business practices makes us the professionals you can trust to give you the home you've always wanted.
Keep scrolling to meet the team.
Everett, an accomplished carpenter and contractor, has been in the business of residential remodeling and construction since 1972 and has four years of architectural drawing to enhance his training. When the opportunity of establishing a kitchen and bath design/build company in Bakersfield came along, he was thrilled to take his company to the next level and focus on the two most challenging rooms of the home. His 40 years of experience in construction, understanding of architectural drawing, and creative eye for design has been the foundation of DreamMaker. His clients, fellow team members, and trade partners enjoy Everett’s wit and personal touch as he interacts with them throughout the process.
Everett, a native of Virginia, and Patty, a native of Kern County, have been married since 1975 and raised three sons. Everett’s greatest joy came from raising his sons, coaching all three in Little League, and taking them on many camping, fishing, and water skiing trips. He now enjoys making many more memories with his grandchildren.
“Being able to visualize a project from its inception and turn an ugly duckling project and into a beautiful swan is what I love the most. We have been very fortunate to work with some of Kern County’s very best homeowner’s who appreciate the talent and value that DreamMaker has to offer.”
When I am not working at DMBK, I like to:
When not working, Everett loves to travel, enjoys his children and grandchildren and like Patty loves the great outdoors. From playing a round of golf with his three sons and grandson to growing tomatoes in his back yard, to fishing on a beautiful mountain stream, he’s happy to be outdoors and away from the computer screen. His bucket list includes taking a 3 month RV trip to see this great country of ours and traveling to Israel.
Patty’s heart was to be a mom since she was a small child. That dream came true in 1976 when their first son was born, and then again when two more sons followed behind him. She worked hard at managing her home and her 3 sons, eventually homeschooling the younger two, while managing the bookkeeping and payroll for Everett Gray & Sons Construction, Inc. She never dreamed that she would be the managing officer of a small business until 2003 when she was called upon to take off her domestic hat of 28 years and jump in with both feet to manage their DreamMaker franchise. It was evident early on that her administration skills that she had honed as a homemaker, her leadership skills that she had developed since childhood, and her love for people and hospitality would be just what she needed to lead a local and national award winning franchise company.
“At first it was difficult to change roles, but once I understood my purpose as a businesswoman, I found “home” once again. DreamMaker has been an open door to new relationships and opportunities beyond what I could have hoped for. I love interacting with our customers, hearing what their dream is and seeing that dream become reality. I am grateful that God has positioned me as a businesswoman in Kern County to enhance lives and improve homes.”
When I am not working at DMBK, I like to:
Patty’s “free” time is mainly taken up with family and grandchildren but at the same time she still finds time for friends. With grandchildren she loves to RV travel to the mountains and at the beach. Her most memorable trip with her 2 oldest grandchildren was to Jackson Hole Wyoming and Yellowstone where they camped, hiked, canoed, rafted down the Snake River and went horseback riding and fishing. With friends she also enjoys RV travel, wine tasting trips, and entertaining in their own home. Patty also enjoys serving on the Board of Directors for Youth for Christ and participating in women’s Bible studies. “God has been so very good to us. I am blessed to have a loving family, good friends, and wonderful clients to work with every day. To me, life is all about building strong relationships.” One day she hopes to visit Alaska, take a hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley, take piano lessons again, and spend more time volunteering in the community.
Darren brings a new perspective and talent to the DreamMaker team all the way from Australia. The relationship between the Grays and Darren is literally a match made in heaven! Since 1991, he has been actively involved in the kitchen/bath design business including owning his own cabinet shop and remodeling business in Kingaroy, Queensland. Darren’s training started in his teens working alongside of his father who owned a cabinet shop/remodeling company. He taught his son to set the standards high. Outside of Darren’s vocation, the Farmilo family loves racing. Darren was accepted to be a weekend chaplain for Racer’s For Christ here in the states. He is also a devoted husband and father to his 4 children and enjoys off-roading and four wheel drive touring with his family.
Jieun Bae adds another dimension to the DreamMaker team and would be considered a rising star in the kitchen/bath design build industry. Her story starts out in her birthplace of Anseong, Korea. As a daughter of a painter and then later farmers, she learned hard work from a very young age by working alongside of her parents. Her parents also made sure that Jieun was well educated by sending her to private school to ensure that she was ready for a university education. At Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea she majored in Japanese education and earned her 4-year degree. She then left her country to become an exchange student in Japan to further study Japanese literature at Toyo University in Tokyo. It was there that she learned English and decided to work towards being a translator and interpreter of three languages, Korean, Japanese, and English. This brought her to the USA to improve her English but immediately she found herself working in the home improvement industry where she instantly fell in love as she was submerged into residential construction and design specializing in kitchen and bath. She found that her God-given personality and creativity fit like a glove with the remodeling industry and she was hooked!
When Jieun moved to Bakersfield, she was drawn to DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen after going through their website and reading The Code of Values. The minute she stepped into the design center and met the team for the first time, she knew she belonged at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. Everett and Patty would agree! “Jieun is passionate about her work, extremely sharp and quick to learn, creative, organized, and enjoys meeting new people. She makes our client’s feel at home and is very interested in them as individuals. It is our absolute pleasure to include her as part of our team!” says Patty.
When Jieun is not working, she loves spending time with her animals, a German Shephard dog and a cat that you can sometimes find being walked on a leash! She is also attends a gym nightly, lifting as much weight as she possibly can with her lean frame. Jieun is a huge baseball fan and loves attending games during the season and as far as American football, she knows more about NFL players than even the DMBK owners! She also loves any outdoor activities that she can participate in.
“I love God, I love it here at DreamMaker, and I love our team. I love working with my customers and making sure that what is done is done right for them.”.
Michelle enjoys working for a growing and dynamic company such as DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. She has worked with Everett and Patty for many years in an administrative position while utilizing her Associates Degree in Office Procedures. Her responsibilities include accounts receivable and accounts payable, payroll, human resources, and purchasing.
Michelle is referred to as a “cup bearer” by the owner, Patty and is appreciated by her entire team for being approachable and extremely helpful to each one of them. She enjoys being a team player and always makes herself available to whatever need they may have. Michelle Sweaney loves “having fun in the process” and believes in “counting her blessings every day and in every way”.
When Michelle is not working she loves spending time with her family and friends. Shopping with her girlfriends, going out to dinner or to a movie,and participating in women’s Bible studies are a great encouragement to her but her real joy comes from spending time at Pismo Beach with her four grandchildren.
Tommy Moody has been a loyal employee with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen since 2004 utilizing his strengths in production management, electrical, plumbing, and carpentry – both finish and rough. Prior to his position with DreamMaker, he was an Operations Director for a local school district managing all maintenance.
Every day for Tommy is a good day no matter what circumstances come his way. His teammates describe Tommy as humble and both his teammates and his clients respect him for his consistent calm demeanor.
“The project manager, Tommy was conscientious, hard-working, thoughtful, and had a great personality for the duties required for this particular type of job. He has great public relationship skills and was able to get things done in a professional and timely fashion.” Juliet Turner
“Thank you Tommy you are a first-class craftsman/gentleman for taking me on the new bathroom journey.” Elaine McClenney
When I am not working at DMBK, I like to:
Tommy, being a national award winning Production Manager is not all about work. In his spare time he loves to hunt, fish, and go camping with his family. Riding his Ranger and setting up camp in the desert is another recreational passion. When home, perfecting his barbecued ribs with family and friends or playing a competitive game of golf with his son fills his weekends. Tommy is the happiest when he is simply spending time with his family and friends.
Harold Workman, “Mr. Magic”, has been utilizing his talents in the remodeling industry for 40+ years. His experience includes building new homes as a licensed general contractor, a cabinet builder, painter, plumber, electrician, framer, and a fine finish carpenter, none better that Kern County has to offer. He is admired by his team mates and by his clientele for his years of experience, cool demeanor, patience, work ethic, and meticulous craftsmanship.
“Hal and his construction crew were very professional. They went to great length to protect our rugs, walls and staircase from construction mess or damage.” Bill and Pam Huffstutter
“Hal seemed to be able to pull magic out of his hat…..” Jack and Lana Scott
Sharlene Souers, Interior Designer, refers to her role at DreamMaker as her “Dream” job. She has been given the privilege to help each client coordinate their design selections from cabinets, countertops and backsplashes to flooring and paint.
In college, she began pursuing her aspiration to be an Interior Designer but after marriage and three children, she chose to be a full time mom. Her love for interior and exterior design never dimmed as she continually found a way to use her creativity in every aspect of her life – whether it be in her own home and garden or sharing her talent with those would come to her for creative design help.
Now working with DreamMaker, Sharlene is able to fulfill her undying passion to utilize the creativity that burns in her in a professional setting. Working with her client’s individual tastes, her desire is to help each family see the kitchen or bath of their dreams come to life. “When the project is done and my clients are happy with the end result, I feel rewarded. Our tagline, “Enhacing Lives. Improving Homes.” energizes me because I believe it is true when I hear the comments of what a difference the remodel made for their family and friendship gatherings. Our client’s are enjoying their homes again.”
In her free time you will find Sharlene enjoying her husband, Kenny, and family, (which now includes 9 grandchildren), serving in her local church, gardening, and baking. She is extremely thankful for all of the blessings she has been given including her position at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen.