President & Owner
48 Years of Experience
Robert Criner, president of Criner Remodeling, founded the company in 1977 and has led the company to grow into a successful and profitable business for over 40 years. Criner began working for a remodeling contractor in the summer of 1972, when he started his own one-man operation. Today the company has a team of over a dozen professionals in the remodeling industry. Criner is constantly free grammar checker involved in both the remodeling industry and the community and has given back in numerous ways both locally and nationally.
He has served in the following organizations:
- 1983 – Present Remodelers Council of the Coastal Virginia Building Industry Association. (Chairman 2020, 2016, 1999, 1986, and 1985)
- 2002 – Present Peninsula Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board
- 2006 – Present York County Board of Zoning Appeals
Estimator and Selections Manager
23 Years of Experience
Michael Guinn is a native to the Hampton Roads area and adds more than 20 years of construction experience to the Criner Remodeling team. He began working at the company in 2006 and has performed exceptionally ever since. After his years working in the field, he now enjoys being part of the planning and management team. Michael states, “Criner Remodeling has given me a stable, family-oriented and enjoyable work environment. I take pride in working for a company whose first priority is focused on providing quality products to happy customers.”
Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife, three children and granddaughter. In his spare time he enjoys coaching his daughter’s softball team, reading, camping, and fishing.
Design & Sales
18 Years of Experience
Ben is a native of Yorktown and a graduate of Tabb High School. He began college at Virginia Tech in the College of Architecture, and finished with a Bachelor of Arts from The College of William and Mary. He also has a Master of Divinity from Duke University. He loves building and design and he loves working with people. His responsibilities at Criner allow him to combine those passions by guiding clients through the process of remodeling their homes. He enjoys balancing the aesthetic concerns of design with the technical aspects of building construction. He is married and has two sons. When he is not at work, he is usually at home enjoying time with his family.
Design & Sales
12 Years of Experience
CGR and CAPS certifiied
Having grown up in Yorktown, VA, Paul Criner began his construction career at Criner Remodeling. Working at the company has affected his life in many positive ways. Paul says, “I have learned many positive practices that I now use in my everyday life. Every day I learn something new.”
Paul’s favorite part of the job is putting up interior trim. In his free time, Paul enjoys reading, kayaking, and hiking.
Michelle Nickerson grew up in South Central Pennsylvania near the capital of the state. Along with her family, she moved to Williamsburg in May of 2020. Michelle’s background in finance includes ophthalmic device sales and trucking. She has worked primarily with small businesses and loves the family atmosphere at Criner Remodeling.
Michelle lives with her husband Matt, father Earle and, 3 children Makenzie (16), Arianna (14), and Shayne (13). She has a love of animals and enjoys volunteering at the local humane society. Her family enjoys spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and going to the beach.
19 years of experience
Rich Padilla was born and raised in Kingston NY and started learning construction at the age of 14 working summers at his grandfather’s remodeling /construction business.
Rich enjoys overseeing a job from start to finish and strives to give perfect customer service, an experience that is unforgettable and high-quality craftsmanship.
Rich loves spending time with his wife and 3 children. Rich’s hobbies are riding ATV, soccer, cooking and woodworking.
29 Years of Experience
Born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, Tony Domingos started collecting his construction skills as a young boy whose father was a carpenter. He moved to Virginia in 1992 and has been working for Criner Remodeling since 2000. Over the years, Tony has gathered a lot of experience, especially when it comes to interior work and cabinet fabrication.
Besides interests within the industry, such as woodworking, Tony enjoys NASCAR, drag racing, reading, walking, playing the guitar, and spending time with his lovely Claire.
47 Years of Experience
Doug Grzeskowiak started learning construction at the age of 14 and grew up in Buffalo, NY. He has over 35 years of experience both in construction and in remodeling. Doug started working at Criner Remodeling in 2009.
His favorite part of his job is watching a job go from rough to finish. Doug’s hobbies include woodworking, fishing, golfing, playing poker, spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren grow up.
Sarah was born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia.
As an interior designer, she enjoys creating functional and aesthetic designs, unique to each client’s wants and needs. She enjoys being able to collaborate with other talented people to help bring designs to life.
Outside of work Sarah enjoys going to the beach, and drawing, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Brian grew up in Portsmouth,
Brian’s favorite part of the job is working with his hands and learning new skills.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, playing ultimate frisbee, and hiking,
14 Years of Experience
Alex Hill was born in in the small town of Mt. Crawford, VA.
He started his career in 2006, building custom homes, and has transitioned to the remodeling industry.
Recently, he moved to the Williamsburg area with his young family. He and his wife, Claudia, have a boy, Noah 3 years old, and a girl, Gabriela 7 months. When he’s not busy changing diapers or working for Criner Remodeling he enjoys working in his shop building custom furniture.
What he likes most about working at Criner Remodeling is that he gets to do something different every day, and there is always a new and unique project.
14 Years of Experience
Nick Shockley was born and raised in Manassas, VA.
He started his career in construction in 2006, right out of high school. He recently moved to the Yorktown area with his young family. He and his better half, Nicole, have a boy, Riley 3 years old and a girl, Renly who just turned 1.
When he’s not busy working for Criner Remodeling Nick enjoys building and flying drones, fly fishing, and spending time with his family.
What he likes most about working at Criner Remodeling is custom fabrication and tackling new challenges every day
45 Years of Experience
Richard has been in the Hampton Roads area since 1968.
He’s been involved in every level of the residential construction industry, but enjoys trim work the most.
He and his wife, Patricia, have two sons, Andrew and William, both grown and living on their own.
Most of Richard’s free time is spent at his vacation home in the Outer Banks. There’s nothing he enjoys more than his beach time!
8 years of experience
Chris was born and raised in Remingtown, Virginia and recently relocated to Newport News.
Chris started his career in the construction industry 8 years ago and has been focusing specifically on remodeling in the past 4 years. He truly enjoys seeing the job come together and being a part of the client’s journey throughout the process.
In his spare time, Christ enjoys completing obstacle runs with his wife Sonya. He also loves hunting, lifting, and furniture woodworking. His goal is to someday build his own boat.