Hello, I’m Chris Strand. In May 2011 I purchased Stan’s. My story closely parallels the history of Stan’s. We both started a business with nothing, but because of our commitment to customer service, we grew very successful businesses.
Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University, I came to Austin in 1978 in a rusted out Corolla with barely $1200 to my name. Having witnessed the oil embargoes and huge gas lines of the mid 70s, I decided that energy conservation should be my life’s work. Shortly thereafter, I founded Conservation Unlimited. It operated with a staff of one, and the office was my garage. My brother Tom, my mom Caroline, and my other brother John joined me in the early 1980s. We changed our name to Strand Brothers in 1992, because that is how everyone knew us.