Marc Bagala, Owner & President – Marc started his preservation journey twenty-four years ago, learning to make windows and doors energy efficient with Accurate Metal Interlocking Weatherstrip. Expanding on this nearly-lost trade, he picked the brains of every preservationist he could find, to learn everything he could about architectural preservation and historic windows and doors. Now, Marc likes to say, “I’ve never met a window I couldn’t restore”, and he feels very fortunate that so many people over the years have allowed him to restore their original windows. Marc realizes he cannot save all the windows in the world that need saving, so now he teaches others what he knows, vicariously preserving windows through them.
When not working in the shop, he loves fishing, and learning about and trying to understand the physical world around us. He enjoys spending time with Ann and their two grown sons, and he’s planning a trans-continental rail trip in the near future.
Carl Bagala, Project Supervisor – Carl has worked with us over the past 20 years while running his own business manufacturing lead bullets. In 2016, he joined the team full-time as a Project Supervisor. Carl enjoys sharing his knowledge of window restoration with customers while working on site. In his free time (when he’s not busy running CB Bullets), Carl enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and two daughters in Gorham.
Stephanie Brown, Window Technician – Steph joined us in 2016 as a skilled painter. A native Mainer, she gained much of her experience while living in Asheville, North Carolina, where she participated in a large-scale surface restoration project at the historic Biltmore estate. In her free time, Steph puts her steady hand and attention to detail to use as an artist, playing the drums and practicing oil painting. She lives in Standish with her partner, Frank, and a cat named Cat. Steph looks forward to learning more about the business of window preservation and expanding her carpentry and glazing skills.
Chris Collins, Window Technician – Chris first worked with BWW in the summer of 2014 between semesters at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. After earning his degree in Marine Science with a minor in Coastal Management, Chris returned to the BWW crew in 2016. He recalls his first fall in Maine after four years away as “breathtaking.” He can often be seen on site with Project Supervisor Carl, but in addition to that, Chris says he “wants to be as good at glazing as Kyle someday!” (Meanwhile, Kyle wants to paint like Chris.) Chris lives in Freeport with his family and a cat, Nigel.
Barry Cousins, Carpenter & Project Supervisor – Barry has managed our millwork and fabrication since he joined the team in 2010. Barry worked as a building contractor for 10 years before honing his skills at a small woodworking shop specializing in architectural building components, reproduction homes, and custom furniture. He grew up in nearby Buxton and graduated from Bonny Eagle High School. Barry now lives in Gorham with his wife Christy on a gentleman’s farm, where he enjoys the life of a small farmer, caring for two horses (Stetson and Duchess), a dog (Boomer), and three cats (Rigley, Fenway and Camden). He is proud to have four grown children, all living locally, and six grandchildren.
Kate Dermody, Project Supervisor – When Kate moved to Maine in 2013, BWW was the first place she called to cultivate her growing passion for window restoration. After earning a degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Alfred University, Kate learned the window restoration trade at a shop in Boston. She has always loved historic buildings and feels lucky to be able to help preserve them. When Kate is not at the shop she enjoys exploring the mountains of Maine, playing board games with friends, and dreaming of someday restoring a house of her own.
Marrion Ladd, Window Technician – Marrion first joined the BWW team as a painter with the 2015 summer crew. After finishing her Biotechnology degree at Southern Maine Community College, she happily returned to windows in November 2016. She loves scraping paint in the containment room while catching up on podcasts. When she’s not working in the shop with glass, wood and paint, she makes art with fabric, ink, and discarded bits (some of them from old windows!). Marrion grew up with four siblings in a traditional Maine farmhouse built in the 1850’s, where there was always something in need of repair, leading to the name ‘Hole in the Bucket Farm’ after the old folk song. She now lives in South Portland with her dog and hiking buddy, Lizzi.
Anthony Clay Steele, Window Technician & Safety Officer – Clay is originally from Pensacola, Florida. He relocated to Maine from Atlanta, Georgia in 2013 with his family of four. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has spent most of his career in the corrugated paper industry as a machine operator and supervisor. When not at the shop, he enjoys spending time with his family, biking, kayaking, and hiking. The great family environment and working with people who take so much pride in what they do is what he really likes about working at BWW.
Jill Piekut, Administrative Coordinator – Jill joined the team in 2015 as part of Maine Preservation’s Summer Fellowship program. After working with us as an intern, she stayed on as a Window Technician and later took on the role of Administrative Coordinator. Jill has a degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and a passion for the cultural landscape of Maine and New England. She lives with her partner Chris in Brunswick.
Justin Smith, Production Manager – Justin brings 25 years of experience in the manufacture of traditional wooden windows to BWW and is the owner of SRS Window Hardware. In 2013 he and his wife Melanie pulled up stakes to spend 2-1/2 years over-landing through the Americas and Europe in their trusty Mercedes Westphalia camper, creatively named “Westy”. Upon returning, Melanie and Justin settled in Portland with their rambunctious lab, Peggy. Justin joined the BWW team in 2016 in the capacity of Production Manager and is delighted to be working with such a dedicated, talented and conscientious crew.
Kyle Jones, Window Technician – Kyle is known around the shop for his talent for glazing and his keen eye for problem solving. He joined the team in 2014 after 15 years in the machine industry and 17 years as a glazier. Kyle appreciates both the level of skill and the variety of experience that his coworkers bring to the table. He is originally from Maine and lives in Westbrook.