Hello, I’m Chris Strand. In May 2011 I purchased Stan’s, which I now own and operate. Stan Sr. and my stories closely parallel, we both started businesses with nothing, but because of our commitment to customer service, we grew very successful companies.
Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University, I came to Austin in 1978 in a rusted-out Corolla with barely $1200 to my name. I saw the oil embargoes and huge gas lines of the mid-70s and decided that energy conservation should be my life’s work. With that aim, I founded Conservation Unlimited. We started with a staff of one and the office was my garage. My brothers Tom and John and our mother Caroline joined me in the early 1980s. We changed our name to Strand Brothers in 1992 because that is how everyone knew us.