About Thayer's

Improving homes, building relationships

Gary Thayer - Founder

Gary is a native of Lafayette. Raised in the Romney area, he graduated from Southwestern High School in 1967. He then went to Purdue University where he graduated from the Krannert School of Management in 1971. Before starting Thayer’s Painting & Wallcovering in 1976, Gary owned Mini Pets, worked in the insurance area with USF&G, and National Homes Acceptance Corporation. Gary likes golfing, spending time with his grandchildren, and volunteering with Juanita in the MarriageRestored Ministry.

Juanita Thayer - Administrative Assistant/Office Manager

Juanita also is a Lafayette native. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1970. After graduation from high school, she immediately went to work in the secretarial/bookkeeping field. She has helped with the business from the beginning, as well as holding other positions. When Juanita is not working with Thayer’s Painting & Wallcovering, she is volunteering her time with the MarriageRestored ministry. She also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, family, and friends.

Jason Thayer - Part Owner

Jason, the oldest son of Gary and Juanita, is a 1991 graduate of Jefferson High School. After high school, Jason attended Purdue University for a year in the field of Construction Technology. Jason worked in some different construction/maintenance positions before joining the family business in 1994. In 2012, Jason took on the position of managing Thayer’s Exteriors. Jason and his wife, Tammi, have two daughters. Jason enjoys running, participating in several different sports, and spending time with his family.

Jon Thayer - Part Owner

Jon, the middle son, is a 1995 graduate of Jefferson High School. After high school, Jon attended Taylor University for a year and Purdue University for his second year of college. Jon joined the family business in 1997. Jon and his wife, Jennifer, have a son and two daughters. Jon enjoys playing basketball, participating in several different sports, and spending time with his family. 

Josh Thayer - Part Owner

Josh, the youngest son, is a 1997 graduate of Jefferson High School. After high school, Josh attended Ivy Tech State College in the Business Management field. Josh joined the family business in 1999. Josh and his wife, Jessie, have twin daughters. Josh enjoys playing golf in his spare time, as well as spending time with his family and friends.

Benji Blankenship - Project Manager

Ben has been employed by Thayer’s since December of 2001. He is married to Cassy and they have four daughters. Benji’s hobbies are fishing, camping, yard work and spending time with his family.


Levi Kinzie - Project Manager

Levi began working for Thayer’s as a Subcontractor in 2015 and joined the Thayer’s team as a Project Manager in 2019. He enjoys being with his wife, Kendra, and their four children, as well as caring for the spot of creation God has given him.

Jonathan Bohl - Outside Sales

Jonathan is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a major in Organizational Leadership. Jonathan joined Thayer’s in 2020 and took on the position of Outside Sales. Jonathan and his wife, Erica, have three kids and enjoy working in the yard, family time, and traveling to any coastal waters. 

Jake Armes - Outside Sales

Jake is from Battle Ground and graduated in 2017 from William Henry Harrison High School. Jake has always been in some sort of construction occupation and loves what he does. Jake joined the Thayer team in January of 2022. When Jake is not working, he’s riding his motorcycle and listening to live music. He also enjoys being outdoors and helping others.   



Cassidy Thayer - Assistant Office Manager

Cassidy, Jason’s oldest daughter, joined the Thayer team full-time in May 2022. Cassidy graduated from Purdue University in 2022 with a degree in Hospitality Tourism Management. She enjoys waitressing, photography, longboarding, and spending time with her friends and family.