Paul Lewis Partner at A Cut Above and founder of Lewis and Associates, Paul holds an MBA in Project Management and more than 15 years working in the construction industry, Paul has worked his way from laborer to Project Manager and now owner of Lewis and Associates Contracting.  He was first introduced to the construction industry as a young boy working for his father in his construction business in his native New Hampshire.  Paul moved to Maryland at age 20 and worked his way through school in the construction industry as he pursued his undergraduate and ultimately his MBA.  Paul’s passion for his work and his desire to provide a quality product is evident in every facet of his work and is reflected in the longevity and loyalty formed in his relationships with clients and colleagues alike.  Paul Looks forward to putting his skills and expertise to work for you. 

Jessica Lewis As partner of A Cut Above and Lewis and Associates Contracting, Jessica spearheads the business’s marketing, business development, and operations. She joined the business in 2016 with over a decade of experience in sales, client management, operations, and marketing for a leading educational technology company.With a unique combination of construction know-how and design expertise, Jessica works with clients to create beautiful spaces that truly function for their lifestyles. She puts her lifelong passion for design to use while managing projects and cultivating vendor partnerships, always with the goal of offering the very best value to her clients. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications, a master’s in central and eastern European studies and an interior design education from the renowned New York Institution of Art and Design (NYIAD). She enjoys putting both to use every day as she helps clients formulate their design vision and then bring it to life.

Chip Yawney

Chip Yawney founded A Cut Above, Inc in March of 2005, fulfilling a dream of creating a company where he could bring together his passion for custom woodworking, his uncompromising standards of quality in all aspects of what he does, and his interest in building beautiful, one-of-a-kind custom built-ins for customers who share his old-fashioned values of quality, honesty, and integrity.

Chip holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from The University at Albany in New York. He spent 28 years in a variety of sales and management positions at IBM, Stratus Computer, and Lucent Technologies. The management, planning, and operations skills he developed during this time have been a significant factor in the success of A Cut Above. He also brings to A Cut Above more than 40 years of experience working with wood, beginning in a high school shop class and continuing as an evening and weekend activity during his years in the information technology business.

Chip loves what he does and it shows in his work. Appreciating the beauty of natural wood, Chip is an expert in designing, building, and installing custom wood furnishings for the home using high quality raw materials. He has an eye for design: the custom cabinetry he creates will look just right in the room where it is installed. He sees to every detail, from ensuring the proportion and style are right to matching the existing color and profile of the room’s molding and trim.

Chip has a passion for customer service and has the flexibility with A Cut Above to meet the functional and esthetic needs of his clients. He enjoys every aspect of his small company and strives every day to find new ways to improve the quality of his product and the overall customer experience.

“I started this business from scratch – no clients, no shop, and no portfolio. Today, we have more than 125 clients who enjoy the results of our work every day and will remember us forever.” – Chip Yawney

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