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Our Team

Our Team

Upstate Spray Foam Insulation, LLC has been in business since 2004. Located in West Winfield, NY, just 15 miles south of Utica, we specialize in all types of insulation for your home or business. Our jobs range from the smallest crawlspace in your home to large scale projects at America’s oldest Military Academy, West Point.

As a small business located in a small village, we pride ourselves on high quality work at an honest price. We make it a point to return every phone call, as well as cater to our customers’ every need. Literally, no job is too big or too small.

In the residential market, we take every opportunity to keep up with the latest innovations in the building industry. Our company is an accredited contractor with the Building Performance Institute (BPI), an organization that sets strict guidelines for insulating your home. Any “contractor” can come in and insulate your home, but you cannot ensure that it is done right unless a BPI Contractor is on the job!

The same can be said for commercial contracting. Our firm is an accredited contractor with several organizations, including the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA), and Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA). Each of these organizations has been established for the betterment of the industry. Being an integral part of these programs is important in maintaining high quality workmanship among our staff, and keeping up with the latest news and products.

Don’t hesitate to view our long list of references and testimonials. We take special pride in the number of testimonials, as it is a true testament to our work ethic, the products we install, and the service we provide. Visit our testimonials page to check them out.

Our coverage map ranges as far south as Northern Pennsylvania, and as far north as the Thousand Islands. Our trucks run the New York State Thruway from Buffalo to Massachusetts. If you aren’t in the area, give us a call! Chances are we can make a special trip.

If you have any questions for our staff, please feel free to drop an email to the appropriate party listed below.

Jamie Christian – Owner

Jamie founded Upstate Spray Foam Insulation, LLC in 2004. He currently oversees the daily company operations and, with his mechanical ability, keeps our equipment and trucks up and running. Like most entrepreneurs, Jamie didn’t succeed in the business without challenges. He started as the salesman/installer/secretary for a few years before the company was able to develop revenue to hire and fill these positions. Memories of those times keep Jamie passionate about the success of the business. Outside of his time at Upstate, Jamie enjoys spending time with his significant other, Carol, and their dogs Cocoa, Cash and Allie at their lakeside camp, and managing his other local businesses.

Accreditations Currently Held:

  • BPI Building Analyst Certification
  • BPI Envelope Certification
  • ABAA Certified Installer in Spray Polyurethane Foam, Sheet Membrane, and Fluid Applied
  • Membranes
  • Certified Installer of most Major Spray Polyurethane Foams
  • Successfully completed SPFA Courses in Spray Foam Roofing, and Spray Polyurethane Foam
  • OSHA 10-Hour Certified

Billy Gibson – Commercial/Residential Estimating

Billy joined the team in 2008 and served as the company’s first hired estimator. As the current estimating team lead, Billy is responsible for all of the Commercial Estimating and Commercial Project Management, as well as any specialty projects, such as Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing, Metal Roof Restoration, and all types of Air Barriers. Billy has successfully managed the bulk of our commercial projects spanning New York State and into Pennsylvania. In addition to his role at here; Billy co-owns another sub-contracting business; Applied Coatings, LLC which he along with Jamie started in 2014. When not at work, Billy enjoys spending time at home with his wife; Samantha, daughter; Sophia and son; Aiden. They often vacation together in Block Island, Rhode Island.

Accreditations Currently Held:

  • ABAA Certified Installer in Spray Polyurethane Foam, Sheet Membranes, and Fluid Applied Membranes
  • BPI Building Analyst
  • BPI Envelope
  • Passed National HERS Rater Exam
  • Certified Installer of ICYNENE, Demilec, CertainTeed, DOW, and Johns-Manville products 
  • Successfully completed SPFA Courses in Spray Foam Roofing and Spray Polyurethane Foam 
  • OSHA 10-Hour Certified

Jeff Maine – Estimating

Jeff, more affectionately known as “Mainer”, is responsible for the bulk of the residential estimating. Jeff joined Upstate in 2009. Having worked in the manufactured housing field for several years, Jeff was able to adapt quickly to the concepts and challenges in the insulation industry. Keeping up with the latest certifications in the industry, Jeff is the most decorated BPI Certified employee on our staff. He currently holds four certifications from the Building Performance Institute. In addition to residential estimating, Jeff handles our Safety Program and directs our safety meetings. When not guiding a homeowner in improving their home’s efficiency, Jeff enjoys hunting and golfing. He and his wife Chris also enjoy cheering on their sons Collin and Ethan in many, many sporting events.

Accreditations currently held:

  • BPI Building Analyst
  • BPI Envelope
  • BPI Heating Specialist
  • BPI Manufactured Housing Specialist
  • Certified Installer of ICYNENE, DEMILEC, CertainTeed, and Johns-Manville products
  • OSHA 10-Hour Certified

Jeremy Slosek – Home Energy Auditor

Jeremy has experience in many different aspects of the insulation industry. He started out with us as a laborer, and worked his way up to Spray Foam Installer for a short period of time, before redirecting his focus to the retail side of Spray Foam and other insulations. Since then, Jeremy has undergone the necessary training to become one of our in-house Home Energy Auditors, and works directly with our customers to qualify them for any incentives they might receive from the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. In his free time, Jeremy races go-karts professionally throughout New York and Pennsylvania.

Accreditations Currently Held:

  • BPI Building Analyst
  • BPI Envelope
  • Certified Installer of Johns-Manville products
  • American Chemistry Council (ACC) Certified

Carol Slosek – Office Manager/Accounts Payable/Receivable

Carol, Jamie’s “better half,” came to work full-time at Upstate Spray Foam in 2008. Prior to this, she had served the company on a part-time basis, overseeing the business financials and billings. With her uncanny attention to detail, it is easy to say that Carol is a valued member of the team. She currently serves as office manager, and continues to handle both Accounts Payable and Receivable. When not at work, Carol enjoys time at Scenic View Campground and Canadarago Lake with Jamie, their chocolate Lab Coco, and  two black labs Cash and Alli. She has 3 sons: Jeremy, and 2 stepsons, Jeremey and Jesse Christian. She also supports her son Jeremy in his go-kart racing endeavors.

Aaron Ryberg – Energy Program Director

Aaron started with our team in 2016. Prior to joining our team Aaron had spent 12 years in the home performance industry. His experience during this time allowed him to quickly fill the position of Energy Program Director with our team. Aaron is responsible for enrolling and processing our customers through the energy saving programs available through NYSERDA; both the Empower NY and Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR programs. In addition to helping customers gain incentives, subsidies, and in some cases financing for their projects, Aaron also is called upon for Residential Estimating and Project Management.

Also, a former student of SUNY Oneonta, Aaron, along with his wife Lynne reside in South New Berlin. They have four children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, carpentry & spending time with his family.

Accreditations Currently Held:

  • BPI Building Analyst
  • BPI Envelope Professional
  • EPA Lead Renovator Certificate
  • OSHA 10-Hour Certified

Beau Wheelock – Commercial/Residential Estimating

Beau grew up locally here in West Winfield. He later graduated from SUNY Cobleskill. In 2014 he became a seasonal laborer for us working primarily on a Spray Polyurethane Foam crew, a position he also held in 2015. After following his career path of landscape management; Beau had a calling back to our business as a seasonal laborer. During his return, an opportunity was presented and we offered him an estimating position. He accepted the offer and now is part of our estimating team. In his short time here Beau has estimated and managed several high profile projects including but not limited to: New Paltz CSD, Westhill CSD, SUNY Potsdam, dozens of Aldi Stores, SUNY Albany, and the list continues to grow. He also assists with residential estimating and project management.

Beau currently resides in West Winfield along with his wife Michelle. He enjoys riding motocross, hunting/fishing and visiting the Adirondacks. 

Lisa Nicholas – Receptionist

Our team welcomed Lisa aboard in 2017. Her experience with previous clerical positions and her pleasant personality made her a perfect fit at our front desk. Lisa welcomes any visitors into our facility and also is the main receptionist when calling our office. Lisa also assists in many tasks including scheduling jobs for our many crews, filling the schedules of our estimating team and also assisting with project work orders.

She along with her companion Dale reside in Bridgewater. They enjoy spending time with their five grandkids and relaxing at home with their Chihuahua Rescue Dogs; Tucker and Freckles. They also at any given time are longing for a trip to Galveston, TX to spend time with family!

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