Our Team

Stephen Sheets, Owner

Steve was born and raised in the heart of rural Hunterdon County, a place where his family has very deep roots. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2005 with a degree in Strategic Communications. After graduating he decided to form Brilliant Improvements in order to better apply his skills and knowledge. In addition to providing outstanding service to his customers, Steve enjoys being outdoors, fishing, wrestling with his three boys, serving in his church and reading as much as he can. 

Ryan Smerillo, Project Manager

Ryan graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1996 and continued his education at the New England School of Architectural Woodworking. He has 20 years of industry experience with specialties including custom-cabinetry, trimwork and finishes. Ryan is on every job site ensuring that every piece comes together perfectly. He's an experienced expert that you can fully trust with your project. Some of Ryan's personal interests include outdoor activities, making music and playing the bass. 

Michelle Sheets, Office Administrator

Michelle graduated from The Ohio State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, which she later added to with a Master of Science degree in nursing at The College of New Jersey in 2008. After working at Hunterdon Medical Center for six years as a nurse, Michelle applied her talents and customer service skills to Brilliant Improvements. Michelle loves being a mom to her and Steve's three boys and enjoys gardening and being outdoors.

Sarah Montanye, Office Assistant

Sarah attended Cedarville University in Ohio and afterwards worked as an office administrator for the Township of Princeton. She brings invaluable experience from this role. Permits get approved quickly and without drama. We can't imagine how we'd get by without her! She is a wife and mother of 3 children and enjoys traveling, visiting family and friends, crafting and baking.


Many projects require a trade specialist such as a plumber or an electrician. We only work with specialists who have outstanding reputations, provide excellent quality workmanship, and who meet our demanding standards. These men and women are simply an extension of Brilliant Improvements and the way in which they work reflects that. We know these people, we love these people, and we know you will too.

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