Executive Team

Quality service starts with quality people.

Jack McDade

Owner and President

Jack began his career at the company in 1993. His day-to-day responsibilities include strategic decision-making, operational oversight, as well as customer relations and development. He assumed the role of President in 1999, following the retirement of his father, Roger, who founded J.R. McDade Company in 1959.

Jack is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. He, his wife and family live in Phoenix.


Russell H. (Rusty) Helwig

Production & Operations Manager, Residential Builder Division

Russ begun his tenure with J.R. McDade Company in 1986. Originally hired as a Field Supervisor, he has occupied several positions within the company, leading him to his current leadership role as Division Manager.

His comprehensive experience with us enables Russ to bring invaluable insight into top-to bottom operations. His professional motto is the same the company has maintained for years: Service. Service. Service.

Along with managing and leading his McDade team, Russ and his wife enjoyed raising their three great kids.


Garry Schmidt

General Manager, Multihousing/Commercial Division

Garry has been the leader of J.R. McDade’s Multihousing Division since 1997. He received his initial training in the flooring industry working as a Territory Manager for Shaw Industries. Garry now oversees the rehab and the new construction sides of Multihousing. Garry holds a Business Administration Degree from the University of Kansas. He and his wife Pam have two children, Taylor and Tyson.


Lisa Cunningham

Showroom Manager, Scottsdale Builder Division

A native of Arizona, Lisa’s extensive experience began in 1977 with a semi-custom homebuilder where she was involved in all phases of the building process, including, design inception, client consultations, and construction. In 1980, she began her career in Construction/Purchasing with the largest builders in Phoenix. In 1987 she managed builder sales in flooring and associated finishes.

Lisa holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from ASU, and has done Post Graduate work in construction. Married since 1979, Lisa has one daughter and in her spare time volunteers with Rapport Leadership International and is the family genealogist.


Susan Knowles

Sales Manager, Multihousing Division

Susan began her career in the apartment industry in 1989 working for the Arizona Multihousing Association. She left the AMA in 1994, accepting a position with Globe Furniture Rentals as an Account Manager. In 1997 she joined the J.R. McDade Multihousing team and was promoted to Sales Manager 5 years later. Susan is married, has a son; Matt, a step-daughter; Kayla and as many pets as her husband will allow.


Jan Hahn

Marble & Granite Slab Division Manager

In 1987, Jan began his career working side by side with his father in the family’s custom woodworking/cabinetry business, which his father started in 1984. Soon after joining his father, the company expanded into different aspects of fabricating solid surfaces (Corian, Avonite, Surrell, etc.) and Natural Stone (Granite, Marble, Travertines and Limestones).

Jan has over 20 years experience in fabrication and installation of solid surfaces and natural stone with over 10 years experience in sales, management and day to day business operations. He joined our team in early 2012.

Scott Martinez

Director of New Home Sales

Scott began his career in the flooring industry in 1990 as a carpet installer’s helper. He continued to learn the trade and tested to become a C15 Licensed Contractor in the state of California at which time he started his own flooring business. He brings a wide range of experience from installation, sales & management to the J.R. McDade team.

Married since 1995, he and his wife have 2 daughters Camryn & Jourdan.

Sean Jacobs

Commercial Division Manager

Sean began his career in the Multihousing industry in 2002. He has worked in many different positions ranging from warehouse, estimating, field supervisor to project manager. His competitive nature has lead to many successful new construction projects over the years and his experience in all facets of flooring has allowed him to work side by side with customers from the beginning to the end of the projects.

Sean and his wife Lisa live in the east valley and have two boys, Jackson and Landon.

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