I have spent 26 years in the lumber and building materials industry working as a yardman, delivery driver, counter sales, and then progressing into management positions, culminating in managing two locations for Wickes Lumber from 1997-2002. For the last 13 years, I have worked in outside millwork sales, first for Preston Feather, and for the last year and half, Thomas and Milliken.
Although this is what I would call an accidental career, having received a degree in education from Central Michigan University in 1989, it has been one that is rewarding and fulfilling. I enjoy working with builders, remodelers, homeowners, architects, and designers, helping them to achieve their desired outcomes with the broad array of products and services that Thomas and Milliken offers.
I have been married for 23 years to Becki, a registered nurse. We make our home in Vanderbilt and enjoy reading, gardening, canoeing, walking, and cross country skiing.
In 1999 I started out in this business as sales support, coordinator for service & warranty as well as Andersen Window direct van orders. I didn’t even know what a sash was, let alone how many other parts made up a window. It was an interesting learning experience to say the least, considering my background was in the food service industry. With the help of a few key people, I quickly learned what I needed to become successful. I took every opportunity to listen and learn as much as possible from the sales staff, and eventually moved into sales about 4 years ago.
In the midst of learning about windows and doors, I also decided it was time to further my education, hopefully open a few more doors for myself and teach my kids that you’re never too old to go back to school. I graduated from Davenport University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I love being able to not only help our sales staff and customers, but keep our showroom running smoothly.
I’ve been married to my husband Albert for 21 years. We have three wonderful children and when we are not playing taxi cab for them, we love spending time biking and traveling as often as possible to car shows.