In 2001, founder John Goecke was a Vice President at FXWB Reprographics in Vernon Hills, IL, which offers printing, scanning, and copying services for large format documents (such as construction drawings). John and his partners realized that there was an increasing need for technology to manage an elecronic planroom in addition to the traditional printed form. In order to be part of this industry transformation, they began development of a software product to manage digital construction documents. That software product would eventually become the same PlansandSpecs in the StratusVue portfolio today.
With significant input from customers, PlansandSpecs was enhanced and refined to meet the needs of the commercial construction environment. Realizing that software was going to be driving the future of the industry rather than printing, in 2007 John took the software product independent, and PlansandSpecs became its own company under his leadership. For the next several years the company grew while the product continued to become more robust and was enhanced with more powerful functionality.
After several years of solid performance, in 2011 John felt the urge to accelerate growth and recruited Stan Pepper to be the company’s CEO for that purpose. Under Stan and John’s joint leadership PlansandSpecs increased its sales, improved operations and heightened the company’s profile. When the innovative BIMfx solution was developed in 2012-13, it became clear that the company had grown into something more than the original PlansandSpecs. With guidance from CRO Matt Schaefer, the company was rebranded and relaunched as StratusVue in July of 2013.