Our Team

Gary FassbenderG&S Fassbender, LLC, aka Distinctive Renovations, is a local, family-owned design-remodel company formerly located in Appleton, Wisconsin, and now Rhode Island. Distinctive Renovations was founded in 2007 by Gary Fassbender, CAPS, and his wife Susan. 

Distinctive Renovations made remodeling dreams a reality for over ten years in the Fox River Valley, and is looking forward to doing the same in Rhode Island. Design has always been the focus, followed by exceptional attention to detail and project management once the job was begun – from demolition to the final polishing the floors. As we enter into the second decade of our business, we have shifted the focus to a more design service model. Many of our customers have an “Uncle George” who is a fantastic carpenter, and a nephew “Harry” who is an electrician, and they wish to have their family help them to complete the project, but they have no idea how to design the space to fit their needs. We now offer our award winning design service, tailored to just this specific need. 

Gary’s passion for the study of architecture leads him to think outside the box when presented with a client’s design idea. No two spaces are the same, as each is tailored specifically to the clients needs and/or wants. 


Susan Fassbender, UDCP, has over 25 years of experience in customer service and office management. She has a BA in Art and English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has served as the Chapter Executive for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), Fox Valley Chapter. As a Genealogist specializing in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, she assists clients in discovering the special life stories of their ancestors, and how they helped shape the community in which they lived. She loves nothing more than to have a client ask her to create a House History for their historic home. Every home has a fascinating history.

Kate Fassbender is the wheel behind the social media and marketing for Distinctive Renovations. While growing her own business Bonae Memoriae – see her blog here: https://bonaememoriae.blog, follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bonaememoriae/

She helps us with keeping current on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. She previously worked as our office manager, but we are thankful that she is still willing to be a part of the social media team.

It used to be that you might see one or both of our children assisting on the job site during the summer months, but they have both moved on to bigger and better things. Kate is living in New York City, and Bryan is working for Creative Conners in Warren, Rhode Island. A new member of our team joined us in 2016 – December 27th to be exact. Lizzy, aka Elisabeth Marie, is an 8 pound miniature Schnauzer, and charms everyone who meets her.