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Cia Board Of Advisors

CIA Board of Advisors

Meet Your Team

Board Member contact information is available to CIAMO beyond the Member Portal

Cheryl Meyer

Board Member

Louisville, KY

Position: President

Number of Employees: 6

Cardinal Closets

Cheryl Meyer

Years in Industry: 33

"As a former California Closets franchisee who turned Independent with NO regrets., I value the resources, the problem-solving and networking support we experience at the Summit and CIA."

Kathy Morgan

Board Member

Columbus, OH

Position: President

Number of Employees: 6

Buckeye Custom Cabinets & Closets

Kathy Morgan

Years in Industry: 21

"The CIA and Summit is invaluable for anyone regardless if you are new, or have been doing it for years. At my first Summit I had no idea what to expect but 5 minutes into "happy hour" Lisa came up and welcomed us as if we were old friends.  You will never find a place like the CIA that will share information that will help you with your business and keep you from making mistakes."

Nelsy Leyba

Vendor Board Member

Orlando, FL

Position: Specification Sales/Marketing Manager

Number of Employees: 300

DIXIEPLY Orlando

Nelsy Leyba

Years in Industry: 20

”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.”

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Board Member

Mandeville, LA

Position: Co-Owner

Number of Employees: 14

Inspired Closets by Maxwell 

Craig Maxwell

Years in Industry: 26

"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.”

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Board Member

Kaysville, UT

Position: Co-Owner

Number of Employees: 16

We Do Closets

Dave Skinner

Years in Industry: 29

"If you think you cannot afford the time and expense to attend the Closet Summit Conference, you need to attend so you find out how to afford the time and expense of the Summit."

Roger Deroiser

Board Member

South Yarmouth, MA

Position: Owner

Number of Employees: 18

Expert Closets

Roger Deroiser

Years in Industry: 26

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

Paul Gallant

Vendor Board Member

Greenville, SC

Position: Regional Sales Manger

Number of Employees: 30

Brushy Creek Custom Doors

Paul Gallant

Years in Industry: 11

"We have been 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! " 

Chris Newsome

Board Member

Kingsport, TN

Position: Senior Management

Number of Employees: 39

Everything Closets

Chris Newsome

Years in Industry: 9

"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!"

Mike Hoffer

Board Member

Chapel Hill, NC

Position: President

Number of Employees: 8

Carolina Closets Plus

Mike Hoffer

Years in Industry: 30

"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." 

Paul Lindemann

Board Member

Covington, KY

Position: Owner

Number of Employees: 4

Cincinnati Closets

Paul Lindemann

Years in Industry: 32

"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." 

Adam Sherry 

Board Member

Hamilton, NJ

Position: CEO

Number of Employees: 6

Innovative Storage Systems

Adam Sherry 

Years in Industry: 20

"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!"" 

Lauren Schwartz

Board Member

Indianapolis, IN

Position: President

Number of Employees: 6

Meridian Closets

Lauren Schwartz

Years in Industry: 7

“There’s always something to learn at the summit, as you actively engage with others who are experiencing your same challenges, growing pains and successes. The Facebook account and online member portal are like continuing education for your business available all throughout the year. If you’re an independent closet owner/operator joining this group is a must.”

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Board Member

Boston, MA

Position: CSE/PM

Number of Employees: 8

Let's Market Your Business

Ryan Rhodes

Years in Industry: 9

“The people of this industry are amazing, gracious, hardworking people that don't take themselves too seriously. The Closet Summit was a wonderful opportunity for me to meet a lot of independent closet company owners and understand how their industry works from the inside."

Jeff Klein

Founder/Director

Jeff Klein

Years in Industry: 37

Closet Institute &

Closet Summit

Savannah, GA

Position: Director of the CIA

Experiences, credentials 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 - CIAMOCIA Members-Only Group 2021

  • Founder/Dean of Closet University 2021

  • Founder/CEO - ICOG, Independent Closet Owners Group 2021

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