Who we are

In 2005, Keith and Ross Johnson founded Innovative Egress Windows. Wanting to spend more time with their families and after being approached by Basement Systems Inc., their business turned into much more. Today, we are trusted contractors in basement waterproofingfoundation repaircrawlspace encapsulationconcrete liftinghome energy solutions and radon mitigation.

Through the work and dedication of this TEAM oriented company, we are proud to be:

  • A Better Business Bureau accredited company
  • A Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
  • Members of numerous homebuilders associations throughout MN & ND
  • Presented with multiple customer service awards throughout the years

Choosing the right company to work for goes far past what you’ll see on your pay stub every couple of weeks. Innovative is proud to be a company that offers much more. We’re a team. After serving our country, both Keithand Ross understand and value the true meaning of being a team. They understand that teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. 

As being part of Innovative’s team, you’ll never be a replaceable number. Innovative’s owners genuinely care for their employees and make a point to get to know them. Not many companies allow you the opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with the owners, let alone, a friendship.

One aspect that sets Innovative apart from many other contractors is that we are not a basement contractor. Yes, you read that right. What we mean is, we are not a basement contractor, but, we are a customer service contractor who works in basements! We pride ourselves on the level of genuine care we have for our customers and their homes. Through this, we have served over 10,000 customers, completed over 13,000 projects and have installed over 36 miles of our WaterGuard drainage system. That’s over 190,000 feet installed across North Dakota and Minnesota.  

“I like being a part of the Innovative TEAM because of the limitless amount of resources at our fingertips and being able to provide homeowners with permanent solutions to restore peace of mind back into their home” — Adam JohnsonSystem Design Specialist. Since 2005, Innovative has grown to over 100 employees between our two office locations in Fargo, ND and Rush City, MN. We hope to continue growing and stay true to our company’s mission, “To be Innovative in solving our customers' problems with solutions, products, and service that rate us #1 in the eyes of our customers and employees.”

Since 2005, Innovative has grown to over 100 employees between our Fargo, ND and Rush City, MN offices.

 If you are looking to make a difference in the lives of our customers each and every day, apply to join the Innovative TEAM today!

Our headquarters is located the heart of Fargo, ND

Keith Johnson- Keith founded Innovative Egress Windows in January 2005 with his father, Ross Johnson. Their initial goal was to help customers improve their homes with the addition of that full basement room. But in listening to the customers they learned of additional issues homeowners were faced with. Keith was approached by the Basement Systems network to become a dealer and add additional product lines to their growing company.

Ross Johnson- Ross founded Innovative Egress Windows in January 2005 with his son, Keith Johnson. Their initial goal was to help customers improve their homes with the addition of that full basement room, but in listening to the customers they learned of additional issues homeowners were faced with. Ross was approached by the Basement Systems network to become a dealer and add additional product lines to their growing company. With the Basement Systems organization they were able to also offer basement waterproofing and crawl space encapsulation to customers.

Aaron Rush- I enjoy doing activities with my wife, our three kiddos, and our dog, Bailey. We enjoy camping, hiking, board games, and most any outdoor activities. When I am not working or with the family, I invest time in several veteran networks that support veterans looking for work. 

Wes Sanda- Experience: With a Master's Degree in Organizational Behavior, Wes brings decades of experience to TEAM Innovative; including eight years in the Air Force as a Presidential Support Technician for Air Force One. Additionally, Wes spent close to 20 years in the airline industry. Interests: Wes is a volunteer chaplain for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a coach for college hockey, spends every spare minute with his wife and children an0d their hockey endeavors and is also an avid race fan. 

Doug Kurtz- Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, grilling, enjoying great wine and craft beer, golf, bowling and following NDSU football are just a few of Doug's hobbies. Experience: Doug graduated from NDSU with a degree in construction management and brings over 30 years of experience in the construction industry to Innovative.

Eric White- Eric attended Cambridge Community College PSEO while in high school. After graduation he started working for a small utility contractor where he was introduced to the very new technology of horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Eric quickly developed an aptitude for HDD and was recruited by Case Corporation to be a Product Specialist. As a product specialist Eric would travel to job sites and spend weeks training their crews how to operate and use Case drilling products. Eric has traveled the world and drilled in 48 states, and 39 countries on five continents including Russia, China, Brazil and Australia. During this time Eric went back to school at Augsburg College and was asked by Case to build a training program for dealer's service departments. This once again turned into international travel as he brought the training program to Case's hydraulic and electrical engineers of the Asia Pacific region and to South America.

  • Founder Ross Johnson
  • General Manager Eric White
  • General Manager Doug Kurtz
  • Director of Operations Wes Sanda
  • Chief Operating Officer Aaron Rush
  • Founder Keith Johnson

At Innovative Basement Systems, we are motivated to solve our customers' problems with solutions, products, and service that rate us #1 in the eyes of our customers and employees.

We offer a fun, challenging, friendly and family oriented work environment, excellent compensation and benefits package, and opportunities for advancement.

  • 2018 Pulse of the City Award Winner-For Excellence in Customer Satisfaction
  • 2018 Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Basement, Crawl Space, and Foundation Solutions since 2005

Employments benefits

  • Paid Medical for employees and their families
  • Paid Dental for employees and their families
  • Paid Vision for employees and their families


  • Paid Vacations
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • 401K Programs
  • Profit Sharing Programs