Meet Your Team

CIA Board of Advisors

Board Member: Lisa Carlquist

Position:  President

Company:  Artisan Custom Closets

Location: Marietta, Georgia


Years in Industry: 25

Number of Employees: 72

Phone #: 404-641-9898


""The Summit and CIA have given me the networking team I need to deal with any problem or issue. There is nothing more valuable than the people you will meet through this organization."

Board Member: Cheryl Mayer

Position:  President

Company:  Cardinal Closets

Location: Louisville, KY


Years in Industry: 33

Number of Employees: 6

Cell phone #: 502-439-3392


"Former CalClosets franchisee turned Independent with NO regrets."

Board Member: Diana Augspurger

Position:  CEO

Company:  Creative Storage

Location: Buffalo, NY


Years in Industry: 37

Number of Employees: 14

Phone #: 716-912-1851


"I love the sharing of information that the CIA, the Closet Summit and our industry is so known for."

Board Member: Kathy Morgan

Position:  President

Company: Buckeye Custom Cabinets & Closets

Location: Columbus, OH


Years in Industry: 21

Number of Employees: 6

Phone #: 614-754-8234


"A home with organization is a home with a sense of control, relaxed, and functional.  Children learn what they live.....give them the gift of organization early in life."

Vendor Board Member: Nelsy Leyba

Position: Specification Sales/Marketing Manager

Company:  DixiePly Orlando

Location: Orlando, FL


Years in Industry: 14

Number of Employees: 41

Phone #: 407-619-2323


"”Opening up your closet should be like arriving at a really good party where everyone you see is someone you like. Welcome to our closet industry family.”

Board Member: Christian Russell

Position: Co-Owner

Company:  Ruffino Closets

Location: Mandeville, LA


Years in Industry: 16

Number of Employees: 14

Phone #: 985-966-2366


"One of the things I love most about CIA is the interaction we have together.  We are from all over the country, and every community you could think of, but when we are together it's like we are family.  We support each other, cheer on each other, and are invested in each other's mutual success.  It's what America ought to look like, and we have it.  ””

Board Member: Brent Griffin

Position: Owner

Company:  Closet Store JAX

Location: Jacksonville, FL


Years in Industry: 15

Number of Employees: 11

Phone #: 904-662-5597


"Besides the obvious that the CIA helps your business and inspires you to do better, it's fun to meet with like minded people that you have so much in common with every year at the Face-to-face Summit."

Board Member: Brian Saddler

Position: Co-Owner

Company:  The Closet Butler

Location: Kaysville, UT


Years in Industry: 29

Number of Employees: 16

Phone #: 801-388-3043


"Being Part of the CIA and the closet Summitt has been one of the most influential part of our business growth. having the opportunities, to Learn from our peers.. PRICELESS." 

Vendor Board Member: Paul Gallant

Position: Regional Sales Manager

Company:  Brushy Creek Custom Doors

Location: Greenville, SC


Years in Industry: 11

Number of Employees: 30

Phone #:864-414-3465


""We have been a part of the Closet Summit and CIA since it’s inception, and look forward to our get togethers. It’s like a family reunion that you want to attend! " 

Board Member: Roger Deroiser

Position: Owner

Company: Experts Closets

Location: South yarmouth, MA


Years in Industry: 26

Number of Employees: 18

Phone #:508-726-8223


"Our CIA closet family builds stength! Don't be left behind." 

Board Member: Chris Newsome

Position: Senior Management

Company: Everything Closets

Location: Kingsport, TN


Years in Industry: 9

Number of Employees: 39

Phone #:423-390-8364


"The Summit and the CIA are a must for independent closet companies. It's the BEST place to network, learn from other companies and make lifelong friends!"" 

Board Member: Mike Hoffer

Position: President

Company Name: Carolina Closets Plus

Location: Chapel Hill, NC


Years in Industry: 30

Number of Employees: 8

Phone #:919-614-1926


"The CIA is the best thing to ever happen for independent closet companies.   Every year, we get the privilege of attending our exclusive non franchise networking event that guarantees to be the best $$ I spend all year.  The CIA Facebook page has already changed the way I do business every day because of the fantastic discussions." 

Board Member: Paul Lindemann

Position: Owner

Company: Cincinnati Closets

Location: Covington, KY


Years in Industry: 32

Number of Employees: 4

Phone #:513-631-7930


"As a small closet business owner (in charge of everything and answering to no one), I treat the Summit/CIA like an annual Board of Directors meeting. I get new ideas, find out things I might be doing wrong, gain valuable insight to the market as a whole, and meet great fellow members of the industry." 

Board Member: Kurt Trombetti

Position: Owner

Company: PNW Closets

Location: Vancouver, WA


Years in Industry: 2

Number of Employees: 3

Phone #: 702-234-3842


"The Summit/ CIA is a one stop shop for all things closets. Our company has benefited greatly from the Summit/ CIA in all areas: HR, operations, payroll, insurance , installation and designing just to name a few. The best business decision we have ever made is becoming a member." 

Board Member: Adam Sherry

Position: CEO

Company: Innovative Storage Systems

Location: Hamilton, NJ


Years in Industry: 20

Number of Employees: 6

Phone #: 908-492-5945

""The Closet Summit and the CIA are MANDATORY if you are an independent and serious about succeeding in this business! There is truly no greater RESOURCE for independent closet businesses!" 

Special Events Advisor: Jim Wulfekuhl

Position: CEO

Company: VJKR Events

Location: Atlanta, GA


Years in Industry: 30

Phone #: 770-310-3854


"The CIA and it's annual conference, the Summit, is the Boutique

trade group in the closet & storage industry. Their members are like 'Closet Evangelists, spreading the good news throughout the closet community" 

Founder: Jeff Klein

Position: Director of the CIA

Organization: Closet Institute & Closet Summit

Location: Savannah, GA


Years in Industry: 37

Phone #:912-313-9943

Experiences and accomplishments:

  • Part-time cabinet maker in high school & college, summers & weekends, for his father’s, Closets by Jay,  New York cabinet shop specializing in custom closets 1962 -1968

  • Graduated Northeastern Univ. in Boston with B.S. in Industrial Engineering. 1965 - 1970

  • Business owner and entrepreneur in St Maarten, West Indies 1972 – 1979

  • Residential custom home builder, Savannah & Hilton Head 1980 – 1994

  • CEO Closet Specialist, Savannah & Hilton Head, 1984 – 2011

  • Co-founder National Closet Group (NCG) 2000 - 2009

  • NCG Board of Directors 2000 – 2005

  • Co-founder Association of Closet & Storage Professionals (ACSP) 2005

  • ACSP Board of Directors 2005 – 2013

  • Chairman of ACSP Standards Committee 2006 – 2013

  • President of ACSP 2010 - 2012

  • Authored and published ACSP Standards Booklet for Architects & Builders 2007

  • V.P. of Sales, Design and Marketing CACE, Closet & Cabinet Experts LLC 2011 - 2019

  • Authored and published ACSP Planning Guide for Architects & Builders 2013

  • Received ACSP Pioneer Award 2013

  • Founder/Conference Director Closet & Storage Summit 2014 to present

  • Founder/ CIA Director, Closet Institute of America 2016 to present

  • Founder, CIA Private Facebook page 2020 to present

  • Founder, CIAMO – CIA Members-Only Group 2021

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