Ranked by Inc. 500, Apex General Contracting is one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.A. and has no foreseeable future of slowing down. Family owned and operated, Apex believes in the strength of forming customer and team relationships as if each were a part of our own family.
We pride ourselves in offering an atmosphere where professional development is encouraged everyday. By providing in-house, customized training courses and external educational opportunities, Apex teams remain certified and highly skilled across the industry.
Jim Stringham, Owner
Jim Stringham has captured attention from the small business world in a very large way. Ever since he was young, Jim strived to stand out: “different from the rest” and “full speed ahead”. Those mottos have proved true even as a young entrepreneur, establishing his company, Apex Exteriors, as one of the Fastest Growing Companies by Inc. 500. In just over ten years, his company has done almost 60 million dollars of business. He has yet to slow down and has developed Apex into a company that continually exceeds expectations in the Exterior Restoration industry. Ranked Top 100 Roofing Companies in the U.S. by Roofing Contractor Magazine and most recently, being accepted into the Owens Corning Roofing Preferred Contractor program that only 1% of Roofers nationwide are qualified for, Jim strives to stay on top of advancing technology while building a brand on quality and service. In the industry for over 15 years, Jim has accumulated a number of designations and certifications ranging from being HAAG Engineering certified in Residential & Commercial properties to holding several public adjusting licenses. Also the owner of Berkland Development, Jim uses his applied building knowledge in real estate management and development to such projects as the Berkland Plaza in South Beloit, IL.
By being involved with and donating to community organizations such as youth baseball, Mud Volleyball for Epilepsy, Wimpy’s Fund, Community Foundation of Northern IL and Vets Roll, Jim is giving back to his hometown community. Bridget, his fiancé, and fellow entrepreneur owns BeBella Hair Salon and Simply Couture, an e-commerce site. Their lives revolve around their children Landen and Berkley. When not working they can be found attending their children’s various activities such as dance recitals, basketball, and baseball games. The couple finds keeping up with their active children while running their own companies proves challenging but immensely rewarding.
Brandon Rhymer, Director of Operations
For more than a decade, since 2007, Brandon Rhymer has been an essential part of the Apex team by consistently being a top performer year after year and accumulating a large following of happy customers. Brandon was a top salesman for many years and then took on an inside sales manager roll. As Sales Manager, Brandon ensures the builds run smoothly from start to finish and the customer receives what they are entitled. He’s helped hire and train many new assets for APEX. Brandon has moved up over the years taking on new responsibilities and adhering to the APEX way. Now as acting as our GM, Brandon works hand in hand with other APEX team members making sure business is being run smoothly, effectively and efficiently.
In his free time, he enjoys cheering on “Da Bears” and Cubs and entertaining friends and family over delicious meals hot off his grill. He loves to hunt and be outdoors. His most valued possession is his beautiful 6-year-old daughter Brynlee! He spends any and all time with his daughter, family, and friends.
Shane Berry, General Manager-Florida Operations
I am entering my 10th year with APEX. The majority of my career with APEX has been as Production Manager but most recently I have relocated to Florida where I have taken on the role of General Manager of our Florida Operations. I have been in the construction industry nearly all of my life and bring a lot of knowledge to the table. My organizational skills are one of my largest assets. In my free time, I enjoy bodybuilding, the beach, and spending time with my son Bentley.
Matt Kennington, Account Manager
In 2010 I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Sports Studies. I was a teaching major who had just finished student teaching, eager to start my new career. In the midst of the job search, I happened to hear that APEX was hiring. I started in 2012 and never looked back. I was able to roll my educational experiences into a different career path that has brought me much success. I started as a Field Supervisor and had the opportunity to travel and see a lot of new and exciting places. This company has helped me grow not only as a person but as a professional. I currently hold the position of Account Manager. I assist our Field Supervisors and homeowners throughout the insurance claims process. I am responsible for all supplements, invoicing and correspondence with the insurance companies.
Jennifer Byrnes, Office Manager
My name is Jennifer Byrnes. I live in Roscoe, IL with my husband and three wonderful kids. After working in an educational environment for several years I embarked on a new adventure working for Apex Exteriors.
I utilize my administrative and customer service experience to ensure all of our customers receive exceptional service.
Heather Rodriguez, Office Assistant
I am a mother of 3 handsome boys who keep me busy with sports games and laundry. Before starting Apex back in January I came from a long career in customer service and management.
I was very excited to start Apex and bring my knowledge on board to help in customer service and any jobs that help the office staff here at Apex.
Neal Kramer, Production Manager
Prior to my years in this industry, I worked many years in restaurant management until I realized it was time for a change. I haven’t regretted that decision once. I have been able to utilize the skills I obtained from managing bars and restaurants and apply them to my new role as Production Manager for Apex since 2018. Here I schedule and oversee all the builds the company does both locally and nationally.
I have two wonderful little boys and three pups that keep my hands full when I’m not in the office working. I needed to work for a company that I could see myself being there long term and Apex General Contracting is just that!