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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

Cardinal Closets

Cheryl Meyer

Louisville, KY

Years in Industry: 33

Position: President

Number of Employees: 6

"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."

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Vendor Board Member

DIXIEPLY Charlotte

Ronnie O'Leary

Charlotte, NC

Years in Industry: 20

National Sales Manager

Number of Employees: 300

”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

Inspired Closets by Maxwell 

Craig Maxwell

Mandeville, LA

Years in Industry: 26

Position: Co-Owner

Number of Employees: 14

Quote coming soon.

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Board Member

We Do Closets

Dave Skinner

Ottawa, Canada

Years in Industry: 29

Owner

Number of Employees: 4

"If you think you can't afford the time and expense to attend the Closet Summit . . . come the Summit so you can find out how to afford the time and expense. to attend the Summit"

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Board Member

Artistic Closets

Denise Cintron

Stuart, FL

Years in Industry: 32

Position: Owner

Number of Employees: 20

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

Paul Gallant

Vendor Board Member

Brushy Creek Custom Doors

Paul Gallant

Greenville, SC

Years in Industry: 11

Position: Regional Sales Manger

Number of Employees: 30

"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

Everything Closets

Chris Newsome

Kingsport, TN

Years in Industry: 9

Position: Senior Management

Number of Employees: 39

"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!"

Paul Lindemann

Board Member

Cincinnati Closets

Paul Lindemann

Covington, KY

Years in Industry: 32

Position: Owner

Number of Employees: 4

"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

Innovative Storage Systems

Adam Sherry 

Hamilton, NJ

Years in Industry: 20

Position: CEO

Number of Employees: 6

"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

Meridian Closets

Lauren Schwartz

Indianapolis, IN

Years in Industry: 7

Position: President

Number of Employees: 6

“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.”

Dave Place

Board Member

Let's Market Your Business

Dave Place

Boston, MA

Years in Industry: 9

Position: CSE/PM

Number of Employees: 8

“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."

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Board Member

Let's Design Your Site

Robert Buck

Boston, MA

Years in Industry: 9

Position: Business Analyst/PC

Number of Employees: 8

Being a business analyst brings joy through solving complex problems, driving organizational success, and fostering collaboration. The role offers continuous learning and the satisfaction of transforming data into actionable insights. Helping businesses improve processes and achieve goals creates a fulfilling and dynamic career filled with impactful contributions.

Jeff Klein

Founder/Director

Jeff Klein

Years in Industry: 40

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 Summit Conference & Expo 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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