On the outside, Jason Cameron looks like a TV star. But on the inside, he’s all handyman and all business. Watch him work and it quickly becomes apparent this licensed contractor really knows his stuff, especially when it comes to his own personal passions: home improvement and landscaping. Jason says he recently even gutted his own home and completely revamped the backyard. Now he’s putting his extensive hands-on expertise to work for DIY Network building, landscaping, hardscaping and more.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Jason worked his way through Northern Michigan University as a carpenter, and then moved to the Northern Jersey/New York City area where he continued his carpentry and general contracting business. Catch Jason putting all his tools to work on DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves and Sledgehammer.
Kevin O'Connor is the host of the Emmy Award-winning series, This Old House and Ask This Old House. He has appeared on the two shows since 2003 and serves on the editorial board of This Old House magazine. Kevin is also the host of This New House airing on the DIY Network and host of History Through Your House airing on the History Channel’s H2 network.
Kevin, along with his four brothers and two sisters, grew up on various job sites led by his father, a civil engineer. Years later he remains an avid home enthusiast. When Kevin, a lifelong fan of This Old House, and his wife, Kathleen, were renovating their 1892 Queen Anne Victorian they sent an e-mail seeking advice from the Ask This Old House experts. To their surprise and delight, the house call served as Kevin's first screen test to serve as the new host (the third host in the history of the pioneer home improvement series).
Kevin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross in 1990 and a Master's of Business Administration degree from Boston University in 1999. Most recently Kevin worked for Bank of America as a Senior Vice President in the Commercial Real Estate Group and before that in the Sports Finance Group at Fleet Bank. Originally from New Jersey Kevin lives with his wife and three children in a home north of Boston.
Michelle Schneider - Color & Design Consultant, PPG Paints
Michelle Schneider is an accomplished designer specializing in residential color design with 18 years of experience behind her in New Home Construction, Staging, specifying color, product selection, space planning, and design project management. Her eye for color is second to none, leading her to Color Consulting over a decade ago. Her passion is COLOR! Michelle is the Color & Design Consultant for PPG Paints, where she provides Color & Trend Presentations, Color Consulting Services, and Color Training. Her joy comes from working with a client to find a color scheme that matches their personality, selecting and specifying the best color palette for a project, and taking the fear out of choosing color. Michelle’s experience in numerous projects including residential and personal living spaces, multifamily, senior living, churches, hotels, retail, and various commercial properties has made her one of the most sought after color consultants in Kansas City.
Donna Sagen, owner of Container Creations
With a background in design and horticulture, Donna Sagen was always intrigued by the endless possibilities inherent in container gardening. Inspired by the Master Gardener and TV host Jim Wilson, Donna founded Container Creations in 2005 to beautify Kansas City-area homes with custom seasonal planters.
With her talented staff, Donna now supervises the year-round planting and maintenance of some 800 custom pots, and her company also offers such services as special events and gift baskets. She regularly teaches classes and has written two books on seasonal container gardening, sharing her passion for custom planters with people all over the world
MITCH BENJAMIN, DOCTORS LAWN AND LANDSCAPE
Mitch Benjamin is a Landscape Designer at Doctor’s Lawn & Landscape in Overland Park, KS. Mitch is a degreed and certified designer with more than 19 years of experience in the green industry. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University in Horticulture with emphasis on Landscape Design. This enables Mitch to execute creative and unique designs with the knowledge to incorporate the best plant material for the Midwest. He has worked in all areas of the landscape design/build industry – from a laborer, to crew leader and foreman; to design and sales, estimation and project management. Mitch has been certified by the National Concrete and Masonry Association and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.
Mitch was born and raised in rural Iowa, which has instilled a work ethic and a desire for great customer service and relationship building with all his clients. Mitch lives in Blue Springs with his wife, and four boys. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and spending time outdoors, watching football and college basketball, cheering for the Royals and Chiefs, and has a special interest in collectible cars.