Company Profile

 Since 1988, Nawkaw has developed, manufactured, and expertly applied the world’s finest stains and color solutions for concrete and masonry.

Partnering with architects, contractors, and property owners, Nawkaw offers the highest quality service and the best warranties in the industry. From fifty story precast skyscrapers to Main Street restoration projects and private residences, Nawkaw transforms brick, block, stone, concrete, or other masonry surfaces with amazing color that won’t chip, peel, or fade.

Nawkaw’s proprietary products and innovative techniques are in use around the globe. Headquartered in Athens, Georgia, USA, Nawkaw has offices and certified color technicians across the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Our Vision

“Nawkaw is determined to bring more happiness into your life by adding color and unique features to the buildings you work, live, and breathe in every day.”

Our Mission

“As pioneers of the concrete & masonry staining industry, Nawkaw manufactures innovative products and invents techniques to deliver award-winning elegance and architectural beauty to buildings. As an ambassador for the environment, we make every effort possible to produce sustainable products that cause zero harm to nature. Nawkaw is a place where employees are recognized for their daily contributions—and where integrity and collaboration are the cornerstones of our long-term success.”

Our Values


Integrity reflects on the credibility of individuals and companies. At Nawkaw, we value honesty and take responsibility for our actions. Not only do we expect integrity from all our employees and hold ourselves as a company accountable for our everyday operations, we expect just as much from our business partners, suppliers, and clients.


Fairness serves as the foundation for equality. We have a very high ethical standard that we follow when making decisions. If we treat people the way we want to be treated, fairness and respect are established right from the start. It’s a simple rule to live by and is being enforced without exceptions.


Excellence in all we do: production, operation, and communication. Nawkaw’s standards exceed the industry’s by a long shot. Every day we strive to do better than the day before. We take action on what we say and are determined to deliver outstanding results and to create an experience that will bring you joy when thinking back on it.


Innovation has always played a big role in our industry. Nawkaw’s scientists and employees are always looking to improve our products and services by finding solutions for the issues our clients are facing. Our way of working is collaborative and engaging. Through different views on subjects and everyone’s input, new ideas, and innovations are encouraged.


Sustainability is the core of all the products and services we offer. Nawkaw wants to contribute to a better quality of life and environment. For Nawkaw, sustainability does not only mean to produce goods that don’t harm the environment. Supporting social development by funding educational programs and investing in people and science to find solutions that decrease environmental damage within the construction industry are how we enforce sustainability.


Nawkaw was founded in Toronto, Canada, by Russell Gray.

Nawkaw expands all over North America, including Canada and parts of the American East Coast. 

The Master Franchise in Australia is established. This is the start of Nawkaw’s international expansion.

Nawkaw continues expanding through regions of New Zealand, Norway, and the United States. 

2020: What’s next?
Nawkaw continues to expand globally. Nawkaw products are sold across fifty different countries.

The beginnings of Nawkaw came about when the founder and CEO, Russell Gray, started working with brick staining in Ontario, Canada, in the 1970s. He soon found a passion and talent for solving color-related problems. In the 1980s, he became more popular with brick manufacturers in the Greater Toronto Area. Gray decided his ideas could be channeled into his very own business.  

In 1984, Gray started his first business, the predecessor for Nawkaw. About thirty years ago, in 1988, Nawkaw incorporated and opened for business for residential projects. As it started growing, the company became a mix of residential and commercial services. Its international headquarters were initially in Mississauga, Canada, but currently reside in Athens, Georgia.

Today, outside of the seven offices in the US, Nawkaw has a home in Montreal, Vancouver, five Australian cities, New Zealand, Tasmania, and Norway. Nawkaw offers residential and commercial work, with an even split between the two main areas of services. This also includes historical renovation that Nawkaw takes part in!

Nawkaw’s namesake comes from the sound a Canadian goose makes when it is migrating south.  

As Nawkaw continues to grow globally, we are proud to be selling products in about 50 countries! Check out the map above to see our progression throughout the years. 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Nawkaw is an ambassador for the environment. As such, we strive to improve our products, backed by scientific research, and optimize our services to make them as efficient and effective as possible, while minimizing environmental impact. 

Products & Corporate Social Responsibility

All Nawkaw products are environmentally-friendly and contain little to no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). Our scientific research and product development go back over a decade. Ongoing efforts to improve our products, testing under standard norms, and our products’ longevity is what makes us as a company proud. We are convinced that your projects will benefit from our custom stains. Nawkaw products qualify for LEED credits!

Services & Corporate Social Responsibility

Nawkaw is proud to recognize its corporate responsibility for the environment through our services. Our trained applicators and operators are spread out all over the US, working as efficiently and safely as possible. When completing a job, the job-site is left clean – we make sure to keep no trace behind and take all waste with us. All applicator crews are OSHA certified and use the newest field equipment, while complying with health and safety guidelines.

Our Team

Team Photo 1

The Leadership Team

Russell Gray Nawkaw Owner
Russell Gray
Kasia Purzycka - President Nawkaw
Kasia Purzycka
Emmet Croke
Vice President of Operations
Dave Ellis, Sales Manager Nawkaw
Dave Ellis
Sales Manager
Mike Honeyman Operations Manager
Mike Honeyman
Operations Manager
Toni Floyd
Human Resources Manager
Dan McBride GM Nawkaw
Dan McBride
Sales Training Manager
Shwana Pruitt_Nawkaw Controller
Shawna Pruitt
Cole Gray
Production Manager

Meet The Office Staff!

Michael Ruiz
Digital Communications Strategist
Chelsea English
Executive Assistant to the President
Maureen McKercher Operations Assistant Nawkaw
Maureen McKercher
Operations Assistant
Briggitte Emmons Nawkaw R&D Specialist
Briggitte Emmons-Vega
Research & Development Specialist
Angela Rodriguez
Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Operations
Natalie Brooker
Office Assistant/Bookkeeper
Wade McGlamery
Marketing Assistant
Sara Guyton
Sierra Peek
Executive Assistant to the Sales Manager
Kamryn Corbin
Human Resources Assistant
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