Our goal is to inspire audiences with stories of adventure, travel, family, risk, and capitalism on a mission and use their success for effecting real change in the world.
Garry and I are seasoned speakers who have spoken all over the world, teaching on marriage and family, parenting and leadership, education and special needs resiliency, business, and non-profit success. We teach and preach unconventional and surprising lessons in how to change the world—one messy story at a time.
We don’t believe in the typical charity lingo of “get money, give money.” We believe it’s our job to get money and use it to create opportunities for others to heal, grow, learn, and succeed on their own.
True change comes only when we dive in full force, ready to get our hands dirty and figure out ways to truly serve others. Our goal is to get audiences ready to get money and use their success for effecting real change in the world.
Born in raised in South Florida, Dr. Jodi Vermaas was raised to work hard and do more. At 18, she relocated to New York City to attend Columbia University where she majored in English. While there, she also volunteered and later worked at a local church, earning ordination status in women’s ministry in 1995. During the first twelve years of ministry, she counseled and taught thousands of women and children in New York and Florida, as well as in Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, and Europe. During the numerous unexpected journeys that blossomed from that faithful commitment to full-time service, she met and married fellow Columbia graduate, Dr. Garry Vermaas.
Her experiences with diverse and hurting people alerted her to the need for trained mental health clinicians. She went on to earn her MA/Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Psychology, and later, her MS/Ph.D. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education and Supervision. She pursued counseling while growing her family, which was frequently relocating and visiting various parts of the world. In Qatar, India, Haiti, and China, she counseled and served women and children in crisis. She adopted four of her children from orphanages in these locations and founded the non-profit organization, Priority One Worldwide, to meet the needs of missionaries, orphans, and widows.
Over the past four years, Dr. Jodi Vermaas has joined her husband to provide executive coaching and leadership development in his rapidly expanding and global firm, BASE4. In that capacity, she has transformed the leadership structure of the organization using a servant leadership model and promoting the values-based skills of the firm. In 2018, Garry and Jodi traveled to the Philippines and brought home six children, aged 5-12. With this growing family of 14, she and Garry settled in Franklin, Tennessee, where they are building a 22-acre farm (The Farm at Stonepile Manor) to provide a therapeutic respite for family and friends alike- while striving to do good.
Dr. Garry Vermaas is the founder and CEO of BASE4 and Stonepile College. With more than twenty-five years of experience in structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering design and construction, he focuses his extensive knowledge and influence on the global leadership and industry. He earned his Ph.D. and Master’s in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University, Master’s and BS degree in Structural Engineering from Lehigh University, and is licensed as a Professional Engineer in 48 states in the U.S. He has authored numerous publications, provided expert testimony in his field, and currently leads three international Arch/Eng firms, BASE4 (Hospitality), Modz4 (Modular), and Vida4 (ALF) as Chief Executive Officer.
Bourne out of Dr. Garry Vermaas’ vision, BASE4 harnesses the innovation of technological advances to speed production amid the somewhat archaic brick-and-mortar A/E industry. Offering full A/E design, BASE4 provide all architectural and engineering services in-house, using 3D BIM (Revit) and well-coordinated final outputs. Currently, his culturally- and technologically-diverse team of over 270 employees continues to develop technology-driven organizational and A/E data-sharing systems to communicate with fellow A/E team members in real-time. The global office allows the BASE4 to have a 24-hour workday and pass quality products, time-efficient client services, and significant cost-savings to their strategic partners and clients. In fact, many clients boast how this front-line firm cuts many A/E competitors’ design schedules in half.
Dr. Garry Vermaas decidedly built BASE4 on four main values. The 4 in BASE4, Modz4, and Vida4 represents the four values of the company, namely honesty, humility, respect, and fun. By offering executive coaching and leadership development to team members, BASE4 remains committed to the servant leadership model of leadership and fluid organizational structure. All team members have opportunities to partake in leadership and values coaching, enjoying full contact with all partners and team members. Furthermore, BASE4 expects team members to hold to the values of the company and insist these values create a positive, growth-oriented tone among all the offices. Even clients become educated in BASE4 values.
Due to efficiency and quality of their global products, BASE4 has cornered the market on hotel design in the United States and were recognized as one of Inc 5000’s fastest-growing companies in the United States in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Both Hotel Business Magazine and Hotel Management Magazine named BASE4 as a Top Hotel Architecture & Design Firm of 2017/2018. As a result, BASE4 has produced hundreds of hotel designs. BASE4 also focuses on modular, industrialized construction, and DfMA processes, technologies that are revolutionizing how the world builds multi-family, hotels, high-rises, and residential communities.
Dr. Garry Vermaas now resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife of 22 years, Dr. Jodi Vermaas, and their 12 children (10 adopted from China, India, and the Philippines).