A Step in Time was founded by Ray Gessner, who is a licensed professional engineer. He graduated from Virginia Tech – 1991 in civil engineering with a focus on structural engineering. Later, he worked at various structural and geotechnical (soils) engineering firms. In 1998, he received his masters degree in civil engineering from Old Dominion University with a geotechnical and structural emphasis. Later that year, he successfully sat for and passed the Virginia professional engineering exam and is a Virginia licensed professional engineer. Ray has also sat for and passed the Class A contractor’s license exam. Everyday, A Step in Time chimney sweep technicians visit homes and encounter a wide range of problems. All homes are built on soil and experience a variety of settlement issues which include: leaning chimneys, damaged foundations, termite infestation, and water deterioration. Ray’s dual major with geotechnical (soils) and structural engineering is a perfect fit to offer advice to everyday homeowners. Call A Step in Time for your structural engineering needs.
Ray Gessner, P.E. is the founder and C.E.O. of A Step in Time. He is a licensed professional engineer with master’s degree in civil engineering.
Rufus Jones is the Northern Virginia future franchisee. Rufus has been working at A Step in Time for over 10 years and is a wonderful person.
Frances Verhofstadt is the corporate office manager and has wored in customer service her entire life. She has a wonderful personality and is Ray’s mother in law.
Jeff Hughes has known Ray for over 15 years. Jeff is currently in charge of the corporate expansion of the Greater Richmond area. Jeff is definitely an intelligent and great chimney technician.