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October 12, 2016

About Us

Who are Rain Gutter Gurus?

Karen Coleman with Rain Gutter Gurus
Rain Gutter Gurus was founded by partners Karen Coleman (Left) and Suzette Lipscomb (Right), both of whom have been running businesses for three decades. They identified a need for a professional, reliable crew of Rain Gutter Gurus, as owners of properties themselves, who often had trouble finding responsible workers. When they found a great crew, they decided to employ them.

Both women give generously to their communities, both in time and financially. Coleman has been known to surprise friends and colleagues with “Fairy Godmother” type anonymous gifts. Lipscomb created a “One for One” program, inspired by Blake Mycoskie, where she donates a micro loan for every loan funded at her sister company, Loans by Suzette.

Karen Coleman with Rain Gutter GurusKaren Coleman – Chief Gutter Girl

Karen started her storied career as an esthetician, manager, then Corporate Director of Burke Williams Day Spas. She knows a thing or 500 about service, staffing, running a call center, training hundreds of employees annually, managing and marketing, having done just that for the last 25 years. Coleman is a creative entrepreneur, who is willing to jump into the fray in order to learn a trade, teach a skill, or motivate a team. She continues to start and grow a variety of service-based businesses, where she puts her talents to use consulting for others and her own companies. One of the many notable qualities about Coleman is the accolades she receives from her underlings.

In her years running the spa conglomerate, she designed and supervised the build-outs of multiple locations, the exterior and interior design, color selection, as well as developed a bespoke line of skin care that generated millions of dollars in sales.

Suzette Lipscomb with Rain Gutter GurusSuzette Lipscomb – Chief Gutter Guru

Suzette has real estate and construction in her blood. She is a third generation contractor, and has spent her entire career, post-graduation from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, in real estate finance and consulting. A mortgage finance expert, Lipscomb began her career in sales working for California Federal in the early 80s and continued to hone her business skills in executive management running sales, operations and secondary marketing for large successful mortgage firms. Later, she opened her own firm in 2000, and after learning the ropes from her contractor father, whose firm built many landmark properties in Los Angeles, flipped many properties of her own. More than any cologne, the smell of sawdust reminds Lipscomb of fond memories spent running around the spec homes her dad built in the 70s.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, she maintains a General Contractor’s License, a Real Estate Broker’s License and NMLS Licensing. In addition, Lipscomb is a consultant, an award winning writer, photographer, serial entrepreneur and lover of all things Italian, who also represents a well-known, gifted Florentine artist, Franco Degl’Innocenti, here in the US.

Omar Puga with Rain Gutter GurusWilliam “Willy” Wolf – Gutter Guru

William “Willy” Wolf is a sheet metal expert with an awesome work ethic and fantastic sense of humor. He grew up around rain gutters, working in the family business where his dad taught him early the value of showing up on time – he fired him for being late once as a teen! He took his experience elsewhere and learned the business from cleaning to fabrication. With 30+ years of experience in rain gutters, sheet metal and management, Willy epitomizes a Rain Gutter Guru. He is an expert in the fabrication of gutters in all materials; including standard aluminum, bonderized steel, custom copper, and all types of box, round and specialized products. He has a vast knowledge of how to extend the life of old systems when desired, install rain retention devices, and is extremely punctual and trustworthy. RGG values his service and contribution to the team.