Our Team

Pavel Abaev, Founder / CEO
Pavel Abaev, Founder / CEO

With 15 years of experience in the construction industry and 10 years overseeing basement projects exclusively, Pavel is your go-to expert for seamlessly coordinating basement finishing and remodeling projects of all sizes. As the founder of Basement Masters, Pavel is quite proud of the hard work that he and his dedicated team have put into perfecting hundreds upon hundreds of basements in the Maryland and Virginia areas since 2006 (with plans to expand in the near future). Though he finds himself constantly juggling multiple basement projects at once – as his services are high in demand – this fast-talking family man will make you feel as if you are his only client when it comes to handling every last detail of your basement project planning process with enthusiasm and vigor. Join him in his world of unparalleled basement mastery that is guaranteed to leave you satisfied with your downstairs area!

In what little spare time he has, Pavel enjoys traveling all over the globe and exploring new sights. Other than that, finishing and remodeling beautiful basements is his true sense of purpose and, coincidentally, his favorite occupational hobby!

Bernard Harris, Master Plumber / Plumbing Engineering
Bernard Harris, Master Plumber / Plumbing Engineering

We started collaborating with Bernard (or “Bernie”, as we call him) back in 2011, and it has blossomed into a longstanding professional relationship ever since. Bernie has 35 years of experience as a plumber, and knows plumbing inside out – in fact, he could probably plumb an entire house with his eyes closed. Although he still gets his hands dirty from time to time, Bernie primarily puts his expertise to good use by managing a team of dedicated employees and consulting with us for difficult engineering challenges. Bernie is one of the most trustworthy businessmen we have had the pleasure to work with.

When he’s not hitting the pipes, Bernie likes to be behind the wheel of Mustangs, Corvettes, and whatever other muscle cars he can get ahold of! He also loves outdoor camping in mountain locations, and watching all kinds of sports.

Ethan Greene, Master Electrician / Electrical Engineering
Ethan Greene, Master Electrician / Electrical Engineering

This dedicated and hardworking Master Electrician has a natural touch that must have been passed down from his father, who started a family business in the industry 33 years ago (back in 1983) and taught Ethan all he knows. He joined the team in 2015, and after observing his masterful talents on the field, we are confident that Ethan is going to remain with Basement Masters for a long, long time. In additional to his exceptional knowledge and 10 years of experience as an electrician, he is also an honest worker with great customer service skills.  

Ethan enjoys kayaking and helping his friends with their remodeling projects. As of now, Ethan enjoys fishing to take his mind off of stress, but soon, his favorite hobby will be taking care of his son! Congratulations, Ethan!

Wesley Foster, Master HVAC / Mechanical Engineering
Wesley Foster, Master HVAC / Mechanical Engineering

Wesley has 38 years of HVAC experience, and we have been lucky to have him for the past 5. When it comes to complex HVAC equipment, Wesley is here to make things perfect. His installation, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance skills are impeccable, as is his ability to prepare engineering documents and schematics, specifications, safety protocols, and accurate estimations down to a tee. This man knows everything about HVAC and is really proud to share it.

Wesley is an extremely hard worker who enjoys a wide variety of recreational activities. He is always reading up on the latest technical publications and working on something with his hands!

Eugene Chernousov, Head of Basement Masters Baltimore Division
Eugene Chernousov, Head of Basement Masters Baltimore Division

In 2017 we began providing our services to the Greater Baltimore area. Now we are able to remodel basements in t Baltimore, Carrol, Howard, Harford and Anne Arundel counties. Eugene is our trusted partner because he has consistently demonstrated a proficiency with basement projects, further evidenced by 10 years of experience in the remodeling industry and a solid reputation. We are proud to work with Eugene so that we can provide Baltimore with the same level of style and professionalism that has made Basement Masters so successful elsewhere in the past.

Johnnie Johnson, Fire Protection Specialist
Johnnie Johnson, Fire Protection Specialist

Active fire protection systems are required in any home with an existing fire sprinkler system, and Johnny is here to install these systems, along with a new sprinkler system if necessary, into your business or home. With 15 years of knowledge on how to fully protect your basement from any kind of fire hazard, Johnny has remained a valuable asset to the Basement Masters team for 3 years and running.

Johnny is quite sociable and enjoys spending the majority of his free time with friends. He is also an avid sports fan, attending as many of the Washington home games as he can.

Juan Teban, Framing Specialist
Juan Teban, Framing Specialist

Quality framework is at the very foundation of any given basement finishing or remodeling project, and we are happy to have Juan in charge of this area. Juan has a background working with large local home builders like Ashley Homes. He is all about lumber and nails, quite capable of framing entire houses. His effectiveness and speed, in conjunction with the exceptional quality of his framing, makes him an important part of the Basement Masters team. 

Juan is all about his family and son. He likes to barbeque with them and have other outdoor activities. Carpentry has been his passion since a young age; he can often be found helping his friends and family build and remodel their homes.

 

Dave Hillary, Insulation Specialist
Dave Hillary, Insulation Specialist

Proper insulation is extremely important for any basement finishing or remodeling project, and Dave has been dutifully providing us with quality insulation services since 2011. Dave has 10 years of experience in the insulation industry, and is a key player in Devere Insulation Inc. His knowledge on the different types of insulation and their installation techniques is endless. He also has the ultimate insulation team working with him. From high-performance closed cell, to “green” cut-on insulation, and anything between, Devere Insulation can handle all of your basement project needs.

In his spare time, Dave enjoys making new friends and seeing new sights. When it comes to personal hobbies and enjoying life to the fullest, let's just say he is “well-insulated”.

Francisco Sifuentes, Drywall Hanging Specialist
Francisco Sifuentes, Drywall Hanging Specialist

If you think you know what hard work is, then come down to your basement when Francisco and his crew are hanging drywall. It is hard to believe that a two-to-three-man-crew can hang 100 sheets of drywall in a single day, but Francisco has done it for the past 25 years, and has shown no signs of slowing down! When it comes to drywall, Francisco has the most efficient strategies we have ever seen. Let’s put it this way: he and his crew have been with us for 9 years. In that time, over 41 thousand boards have been installed, and over 1 million screws were rammed into the basement framing. Here’s to a million more, Francisco!

As the father of two beautiful daughters, Francisco devotes most of his time towards tending to his loving family. He especially enjoys watching soccer and taking his youngest daughter to the park to teach her how to play.

Andrey Eliseev, Painting Specialist, Quality Control Officer
Andrey Eliseev, Painting Specialist, Quality Control Officer

Andrey has stuck with Basement Masters since the business began in 2006, and we couldn’t be happier to have him with us. During this time, Andrey has consistently proven himself to be one of the most valuable members of our team. In addition to being the head of his own team, he has also taken on the role of quality control officer within the Basement Masters enterprise. Andrey, a true perfectionist, is one of the best painters we have ever seen, capable of doing the most custom and complex painting projects, including layered textures, venetian plasters, and everything else . . . flawlessly and with ease! His knack for small details makes him one of the most important links in the finishing and remodeling process. Simply put, Andrey sees an unfurnished basement space as a blank canvas waiting to be transformed into a complete portrait, and he “paints” it with architectural details of the highest standards and form. We put his 10 years of painting expertise to good use!

In his private life, Andrey loves fishing and traveling. He is fascinated by New Zealand's scenery and plans to visit one day. In addition to his litany of professional trade skills, Andrey is also an engaging conversationalist. He always seems to have a well-informed opinion on everything, from presidential elections to the baffling complexity of Middle Eastern relationships.

German Vega Rosas, Drywall Finishing Specialist
German Vega Rosas, Drywall Finishing Specialist

Ever since 2014, German dutifully performs the first step in the finishing part of your Basement project – turning that rough drywall surface that is full of screws into a perfectly smooth surface, ready for Andrey’s team to paint. If you have ever tried to tape and finish drywall on your own, then you have probably learned that sheetrock finishing is a true skill that is not easily acquired. If you haven’t tried it, however, then you’ll have to just take our word that 8 years of professional sheetrock finishing experience has made German one of the region’s leading experts. His commendable work history, professionalism, punctuality and honest loyalty have made German the best fit for the position of Basement Masters’ one and only go-to drywall finishing specialist.  

German loves his family, and is the father of 4-year-old boy named Brandon and a 2-year-old (as of May, 2016) girl named Brianna. His wife, Brenda, helps him to run his successful business. He likes watching soccer, and his favorite team is FC Barcelona from Spain.

Eloi Araujo, Solid Surface Flooring  Specialist
Eloi Araujo, Solid Surface Flooring Specialist

Eloy joined the Basement Masters’ team in late 2012 as a flooring Crew Foreman, though he has 13 years of experience within the industry, making him a skilled master. When it comes to getting those LVT planks installed, Eloy and his team will remove any doubts as to if your design choices were the right decision or not. Though Eloy's team will only spend one day on the project you will be delighted by their efficency, profesionalist and attention to detail. His renowned work ethic and commitment to customer satisfaction ensures a job well done, each and every time.

Eloy is a bit of a “motor head”. In fact, his very first motorcycle was a 1985 copper Harley Davidson with a brushed nickel top and a leather bench seat. Very nice! Since then motorcycles is his passion and hobby.

Josimar Werneck, Custom Tile Work Specialist
Josimar Werneck, Custom Tile Work Specialist

Josimar is yet another perfectionist on Basement Masters team, which is exactly who you want when you are installing, for example, $50-per-square-foot tile in the custom-built tiled shower! Clients always notice the exceptional quality of Josimar’s fine work, as noted by their heaps of praise in reviews. In additional to being capable of doing the most complex and detailed tile projects Josimar has an easygoing personality that nicely counterbalances his ruthless work ethic. He has been with us since 2012, and has 7 years of experience in professional tile installation.

In the rare moments when he is not on a job site, Josimar has an active home life. He likes to play football, watch movies, play video games, go fishing and take long walks in the park. Josimar is a big fan of Brazilian National Soccer Team, so be sure to ask!

Koray Illeez, Countertop Specialist
Koray Illeez, Countertop Specialist

Koray is a hard worker who appreciates the beauty and satisfaction that comes with a clean, modern, and low-maintenance kitchen countertop. Countertops can make all the difference in a room’s interior, but only if they are done right! From measurement and design to actual installation, his multiple talents have expertly produced dream countertops for nearly 10 years straight.

Koray is originally from Turkey, and he visits his native country regularly with his mother and two children, who are 5 and 7-years-old.

Rob Smith, Carpet Sales and Installation
Rob Smith, Carpet Sales and Installation

When it comes to your basement finishing or remodelong project, Rob is at one with the carpet, and the carpet is at one with Rob. With 24 years of experience in the flooring industry, nobody knows carpets as good as Rob, which is why we are proud to have him working with us since 2009. If you are looking for that rare hand-scrapped and hand-finished Brazilian Ipe hardwood that is only sold in South America for $25-per-square-foot, rest assured that Rob can get it for you – in Maryland – for $5 less a foot. He’s that good! He’s also one of the many reasons why we offer the most competitive prices for carpeting and LVT plank produces. If you have any questions about the floors we offer, Rob will always be there to assist you with an abundance of knowledge and helpful advice

In his personal life, Rob loves to throw enormous swimming pool parties for his family and friends at his gorgeous home on holidays and random summer weekends. Rob also loves outdoor activities such hunting, fishing, and riding 4-wheelers through the Pennsylvanian hills and forests.

John Strajevschi, Lead Quality Control Officer
John Strajevschi, Lead Quality Control Officer

John is the ultimate professional: he started working in the construction industry over 10 years ago as a supervisor and has moved up the ranks ever since. His impressive range of knowledge spans from a deep understanding of specific basement plumbing details to fine carpentry and woodworking skills. His perfectionism makes him a great fit as our Head of Production. He and his crew are always the last to leave a project, making sure that all details and perfectly executed. 

As the father of two wonderful kids, John likes to go fishing on early Sunday mornings. He is a natural-born leader with many friends, but spends time with his family the most.

George Caminschi, Quality Control Officer
George Caminschi, Quality Control Officer

George is one of the first points of contact you with have with the Basement Masters team. From the beginning, you will quickly see how he and his crew set a very high work standard. George is responsible for all things basement framing and ductwork-related. He is also the one who will sign off on these two stages by submitting a 125-point itemized report to your project coordinator for approval.

George is a great father to his son, Nicholas, who just turned 1-year-old as of May. Other than spending time with his family, George enjoys fishing, playing sports and paintballing.

Igor Samoiliuk, Carpenter
Igor Samoiliuk, Carpenter

After joining Basement Masters in 2015, Igor immediately demonstrated his 19 years of experience in the construction industry and quickly became an important part of our production department. His prudence and attention to detail, combined with his outstanding carpentry skills, makes him a perfect fit for the completion stage of any basement project. 

Igor is the father of a beautiful 12-year-old daughter. When he is not busy working with the Basement Masters squad, he can be found creating a beautiful custom addition to his home or else working on a carpentry project in his workshop shed.

Juan Carlos Santos Reyes, Carpenter
Juan Carlos Santos Reyes, Carpenter

Starting at a young age, Juan has worked as a laborer for many different companies, finding us just last year in 2015. Though the work is often strenuous, he enjoys the reward of building something tangible with his hands. Working under his father as a child, Juan developed a strong work ethic and technical knowledge that has made him into the hard worker who he is today. Juan is always up for a physical challenge. He is also a perfectionist when it comes to difficult jobs such as framing. With just 4 years of experience in the construction industry, Juan is a real master at a relatively young age.

Off the clock, he is a family man whose 4 wonderful children keep him busy at all times. He could not be happier with his large family, and may even have more soon! He enjoys sports and movies of all varieties.

Mateo Vasquez, Jorneyman Plumber
Mateo Vasquez, Jorneyman Plumber

After joining the team in 2014, Mateo quickly learned the complicacies of basement-specific work while under the supervision of Bernie, our Master Plumber. Mateo is the one you will see on the job site jackhammering the floor and laying down all of the pipes. In addition to his 6 years of experience in the construction industry, Mateo truly loves what he is doing, and desires to become a Master Plumber himself one day. Based on his excellent basement project work history, we all believe he can become one!

When Mateo is not swinging a hammer and installing pipes, he can usually be found hanging out with his family and friends. They all love the outdoors – regardless of the season – and especially like hiking, fishing, and camping in general.

Kenneth Jones, Dumpsters Delivery and Service
Kenneth Jones, Dumpsters Delivery and Service

When you choose Kenneth’s dumpster deliver services, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that he won’t leave a single dent or speck of dirt behind. When we say “clean job site and full-service junk removal company”, what we really mean is “call Kenneth”. With 19 years of experience in the cleanup and removal industry, Kenneth will have your area looking immaculate and tidy in no time – as if no one was there in the first place.

When he isn’t hauling away broken bits and pieces of debris from our basement projects, Kenneth enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities like fishing, camping and hunting. He does not mind watching sports and television shows from time to time. 

Elena Moiseenko, Project Manager
Elena Moiseenko, Project Manager

Ever since joining the team in 2014, Elena has been one of our most dedicated workers. Her professionalism and expert knowledge of the many processes involved with basement finishing and remodeling cannot be beat. It’s hard to find someone with a personality that is better-suited for customer service then Elena, and her 5 years of industry experience certainly does not hurt, either. She personally cares about each and every of our clients and is always there to help. Elena has an amazing mix of professional skills, along with kind and sensitive personality that makes her the best match for our Customer Service and Project Management position.

Elena likes going to the gym, and her favorite class is kickboxing. She loves hiking -- the longest path she has ever taken was an 8-hour hike on the Appalachian Trail in New Hampshire. She likes rafting in West Virginia and not scared to take on class "V" difficulty.

Elena Abaeva, Accounting and Taxes
Elena Abaeva, Accounting and Taxes

Academic afterschool activities sparked a passion in math and science at a young age, ultimately leading to the decision for Elena to pursue a career in accounting and finance. As such, Elena always has numbers on her mind, which is why she has been responsible for all finances at Basement Masters since 2009. Although she has 6 years of experience as a bookkeeper and an accountant with the company, she is now persuing her bachelor's degree in finance at the University of Maryland.

When Elena is not accounting and processing data, she can be found spending time with her husband - Pavel - exploring the city and the great outdoors. Elena has been to more than 30 states and has traveled internationally to Mexico, Russia, Thailand and Europe. The next places on her travel list are in Southeast Asia.

Ellen  Lupan, Assistant Manager
Ellen Lupan, Assistant Manager

Ellen is the first person you will talk to once you’ve decided to give us a call and get an idea about finishing your basement with Basement Masters. She joined in 2015, and Ellen's extreme multitasking talents have made her an invaluable internal asset for the company ever since. She assists other team members with everything from paperwork to professional advice, and has 3 years of experience as an office administrator.

Best part of Ellen's life is her son, Nicholas, and her husband George. Ellen likes to discover new places and would love to visit Madrid, Spain one day to see the exotic sights.

Iliya Khudyakov, 3D Renderings and Design Specialist
Iliya Khudyakov, 3D Renderings and Design Specialist

Ilya is the head of our 3D Renderings Team. What does this mean? With a highly technical background in construction and design, he and his team are able to deliver lifelike renderings while keeping technical limitations and other structural or mechanical obstacles in mind. Ilya is Pavel's friend from elementary school, and he joined Basement Masters team years ago when it was just a vision waiting to be realized. 

Ilya enjoys his woodworking shop immensely, and creates custom -made pieces of furniture when he has time off from his primary job as an architect. 

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