Russell Meador More about Russell Meador In 2009, I was laid off from my 10 year position as a multi-family, and marina project manager. I had always done home improvements, and carpentry as a hobby, so I threw my tool belt in the back of the truck and started my own company, Beach & Barn. I have used social media, and highly focused branding to turn Beach & Barn into a lifestyle apparel brand with retailers from Delaware to Georgia. I still do custom carpentry, and professional remodel projects under the name, "The Preppy Carpenter".