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Chris

Outside Sales

Specialty: 
Acquisition and retention of contract clients; design for multifamily and commercial projects.

Design Education:
A.A.S. Cabinetmaking and Woodworking Technology, Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park, MN

B.A., Marketing, University of Northwestern, Saint Paul, MN

Years In Design: 6

Awards: Branch Sales Leader, 2015-2017

My Story: 
My journey to the design world started when I was 18. I had a friend whose father was really into woodworking, so they gave me a tour of their expansive shop space. I have always loved working with my hands, and woodworking was the perfect outlet. Occasionally I would work in their shop, while saving up money for my own tools. Eventually I went to work for a woodworking supply company, where I was able to purchase a shop full of equipment. After several years, I decided I wanted to have formal training for cabinet and furniture making. So I enrolled at Hennepin Tech's cabinetmaking program. From the beginning of this course, my plan was to learn as much as I could about the design and construction of cabinets and furniture, and then parlay that into a sales career in the kitchen and bath field. This would combine my passion for wood with my passion for sales and for people. After finishing this course, I went to work with a local cabinet shop, where I designed and sold kitchens using Cabinet vision and CAD. After several years, I came to Gerhard’s, where I have been fortunate to work with and for a Company that fosters my growth and challenges me!

My Favorite Part of My Job: 
I most enjoy the daily occurrences of creative problem solving and communicating directly with our customers!

What Set's Me Apart: 
I am energetic and eager to serve and satisfy the customer. Every single day, they will know that I care more than the next person or company!

My Passions/Hobbies:
I LOVE my basketball- Timberwolves, Lynx, the 50+ Rec league at the Y- I am in.

I enjoy woodworking, specifically woodturning.

I spend a ton of time with my nieces and nephew and volunteer occasionally at their school.

I am about to be a newlywed, and it has been the thrill of a lifetime going through life with my fiancee. We are constantly working on our home and dreaming of the projects to come!