Our Team


G&S Fassbender, LLC, aka Distinctive Renovations, is a local, family-owned remodeling company located in Appleton, Wisconsin. Distinctive Renovations was founded in 2007 by Gary Fassbender, and his wife Susan.

Gary had spent most of his professional career in the dairy industry, working for a cheese and whey products manufacturing company by the name of White Clover Dairy which was founded by his grandfather in 1905. His responsibilities included branding White Clover Dairy, growing sales of existing products and services, and working cross functionally in the organization to develop new competencies and new products. The company was sold in 2006.

With the sale of White Clover Dairy came the time to turn a lifelong love of architecture, and home improvement, into a second career. The project management skills he developed at White Clover Dairy over the past 25 years, makes it possible for Gary to provide a professional level of service to his remodeling clients.

Susan 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 is currently serving as the Chapter Executive for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), Fox Valley Chapter, and enjoys educating the general public as to WHY they should hire a NARI Professional. 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.

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 in graduate school in New York City, and Bryan is working for Hall Associates Flying Effects in DeKalb, IL. The only member of our household who no longer works with us, is our beloved Schnauzer, Gretchen. She passed away at the age of 12, in August 2011. Gretchen was our “Office Dog” and she is still greatly missed.