BEYREP was born from a frustrating home renovation project. Based on referrals, my husband and I hired a seemingly competent contractor to renovate a bathroom. We soon found that the contractor was very disorganized. Halfway through the project, the quality was not up to par, and he was already demanding final payment. We managed to steer the project back on course and eventually finished.
With my experience as a professional architect, I know how to manage contractors, and was surprised and ashamed that I didn’t handle my own home renovation better. We struggled to communicate, dealt with clumsy paper documentation, and clearly had mis-matched expectations. I thought there had to be a better way. I searched extensively and was surprised that there was no comprehensive solution out in the market to help homeowners to manage their home improvement projects and prevent the nightmare I experienced.
Why we do what we do is simple, we believe that no one should have to experience frustration and shame while improve their home. We want to:
- Help Homeowners to have peace of mind and confidence as they achieve Home Improvement project success.
- Help Home Improvement Professionals to be more effective in managing and growing their business.
- Help to improve the industry productivity level.
So, we took it upon ourselves to develop a matchmaking algorithm, a project management tool, and a secure payment system that didn't previously exist in the home improvement industry. And just like that, BEYREP was born.
The name BEYREP has deep and personal meaning for me. During the summer of my Junior year in college, I volunteered to help build a school in the small village of Foussana in the middle of Tunisia. Evidently, I was the first Asian to visit that remote village. The villagers, especially the women and children, were very curious about me. They watched me building concrete forms and mixing concrete with a shovel. They didn’t know my name, so they called me Bey. Later, I learned from a local elderly person that Bey means someone doing noble deeds without an agenda. I was quite delighted to learn the meaning, and proud of how they viewed me.
Later, I worked at UC Berkeley representing the University as an Owner’s Rep. I coordinated with the department heads to understand their needs and wants. I gathered proposals and reviewed plans with a detailed cost and schedule estimates. I contracted with design and building professionals to achieve the project objectives and managed the projects from start to finish. Working for a public institution, it was critical to complete each project on time and on budget, because with state funding, failure was not an option. I developed a management system and utilized it successfully on numerous projects.
When it came time to name the company, I joined these two important concepts in my life: Bey, one who performs noble deeds, and Rep, helping and representing others, to form the name BEYREP.
We embody BEYREP’s spirit to help those in need through our philanthropic work for Habitat for Humanity, the Midnight Mission Homeless Shelter, and the Glendale YWCA, where we helped raise funds for their Women’s Shelter. A shelter to call home is a basic human need. Improving one's home will improve one's life.
Grace Tsao Mase
Founder + CEO
Grace has over 20 years of experience in technology, user experience design, product development and marketing for B2B and B2C software applications. After her renovation experience, she found her mission in helping homeowners and Pros to achieve a better life through a better home, and get the most from their emotional and financial investment. Prior to BEYREP, she held senior executive positions at YP.com, Beachbody, United Online, and Yahoo!. In her early career, she consulted many high-profile clients such as Virgin, Hard Rock, MGM Mirage, Sky UK, HP, AT&T, and Sun Microsystem. Grace was named to the 2018 Power Players List by the Modern Luxury Angeleno Magazine. She started her career as a campus architect for UC Berkeley. Grace earned her M.Arch from Yale University and B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley.
Robert is a rocket scientist. He is a NASA Project Manager with more than 26 years of experience working with cross-functional teams to build and operate spacecraft to explore our solar system. Effective collaboration and project management is in Bob’s DNA. As a trained engineer, he believes in a structured, systematic process and proper documentation. As a manager, he recognizes the value of relationships and collaboration to help everyone on the team to excel. Robert earned his M.S. and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University.
Brenda K. Radmacher
Brenda is an attorney with over 20 years of practice, and specializes in construction, real estate, and employment litigation, regularly counseling general contractors, construction managers, design professionals, contractors, and owners on contract negotiations, risk management and disputes. Her practice emphasizes resolving complex construction disputes through negotiation, mediation, and, when necessary, arbitration and litigation, on projects in California, nationwide, and internationally. Brenda is a partner at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani. She was named to the Top 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers List by the Los Angeles Business Journal. She was selected as the CLM Outside Counsel Professional of the Year, named to Pasadena's Top Attorney list (four consecutive years 2013-17) and selected for inclusion in Martindale-Hubbell, Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
Dave served as the head of the Technology Department for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works of 38 years. He was responsible for the design, development, implementation and operation of information system related to Inventory Management, Maintenance Management and Building Permitting and Inspection. These municipal systems processed multi-million building permits for 88 cities with over 3 billion housing units. He was a registered Professional Civil Engineer License. He worked on the Space Shuttle Program for 4 years.
Allyson is the Director of Business Development at WEBCOR Builders. With over fifteen years in business development and marketing. Allyson's expertise lies in construction industry business development and marketing. Webcor Builders has been named as a Top Green Builder and Top Contractors.