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Groundworks Welcomes Charlie Knutson as Driven, Growth-Focused General Manager

August 7, 2019

Complacency and stagnation are foreign concepts to Charlie Knutson. Knutson, who recently joined Groundworks as a general manager, always is looking to continue growing to his fullest potential.

“I’m working on a larger team with great people and a greater purpose,” he said. “I see the opportunity in growing my skills and the capacity to lead at higher levels. I like the idea of being on a winning and growing team.”

Knutson has 15 years in the construction field under his belt, and he spent six years as a general manager focusing on growth and culture at a major basement waterproofing and foundation repair company in Colorado.

While he cherishes his past experience, Knutson was eager to take a different path in his professional life. He was drawn to Groundworks because of the company’s values and existing team.

“The great leaders on the executive team captivated my attention,” he said. “It was (CEO) Matt Malone’s vision and (President) Mike Irby’s energy. They can take us where we need to go. The business is moving in a direction that everyone can see. It’s positive change.”

Knutson also is a perfect fit for the Groundworks leadership team because he recognizes the challenge of connecting the industry’s technical side with delivering a superb customer experience and going beyond customer expectations.

“The result is a type of environment that cultivates great leaders and management who do not waver in the face of struggles,” Knutson said. “This is a team of hard-working grinders focused on results.”

Knutson is passionate about being a teacher and mentor. He looks forward to helping develop people within the Groundworks companies and giving them the tools they need to perfect their craft.

He also wants his fellow teammates to challenge themselves and be the force of change.

“There’s such a growth potential for Groundworks and for people to do more, be more, and contribute more,” he said. “This industry can change their lives and their futures will be better. The opportunity is limitless for the organization and our people. Our only limitation is ourselves. The culture at Groundworks is about self-development and self-progress. You have to have the discipline to challenge and grow yourself. That’s what gives you freedom.”


About Groundworks

Groundworks is the nation’s largest privately held foundation services company. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, the company provides foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting. Groundworks is comprised of Complete Basement Systems, Florida Foundation Authority, Foundation Recovery Systems, Indiana Foundation Service, JES Foundation Repair, Mount Valley Foundation Services, Ohio Basement Authority, Tar Heel Basement Systems, Independence Materials Group, and Bizwiz Software. Since 1986, the combined companies have helped over 150,000 homeowners repair, protect and improve their most valuable asset, their home. Groundworks operates out of eighteen offices that serve Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. The company has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work. For more information about Groundworks, please visit:

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