Manager of Kitchen and Bath Design, Chelsea
Bart Bauer worked part-time for Chelsea Lumber in the early 1980s, then operated his own commercial art company for two years. Since joining us full-time in 1987, Bart has excelled in our home design and construction finance departments, and now oversees our kitchen and bath design team. He also spearheads our “Go Green” initiatives. Bart, who has degrees in theater and arts management, remains active in stage work: In his free time, he design sets for Chelsea’s Purple Rose Theatre Company. Bart lives in Chelsea with his wonderful wife and three children.
“When customers come to us for kitchen and bath work, they become part of the family. We strive to treat our customers as fairly as we would treat members of our own families. This extends to our fees. We aim to give our customers the best possible pricing.”
Sales Counter and Floor Manager, Chelsea
Doug Beaumont began working part-time as a runner and driver for Chelsea Lumber in 1977, while he was a student at Eastern Michigan University. Since joining us full-time, he has worked in almost every department of the company – from pole barns to construction financing. Today he runs our sales counter, oversees our showroom area, handles bill payments, and performs many other managerial tasks. Doug is a Chelsea native.
“At the sales counter and out on the showroom floor, I’m interacting with people I see practically every day. I thoroughly enjoy my relationships with our customers and fellow staff members. I grew up with many of them. The best thing about this is that, from day to day to day, I’m working with friends.”
Hardware (Buyer and Sales), Chelsea
John Houle is responsible for maintaining our extensive inventory of professional-level tools. John’s primary customers are contractors. His goal is to immediately meet at least 90% of these customers’ hardware needs – and what we don’t have, he obtains through special order within a couple of days. John also maintains our showroom displays (decks, creek, gazebo, etc.). A Chelsea Lumber employee since 1981, John was born and raised in Chelsea. He lives just west of Chelsea, in Grass Lake.
“When customers comes in, looking for something in particular – maybe even frustrated because they couldn’t find it elsewhere – I’m determined to get that tool for them, even if it takes a special order. Customers leave here smiling, and I’m smiling too, because I know they’ll be coming back.”
Case McCalla got his first taste of working for Chelsea Lumber in 1990, while on summer break from Chelsea High School. He continued to work summers for us through his years of study at Hope College. Throughout his work at Chelsea Lumber, Case has gained knowledge in different building materials, which has aided in his ability to educate our customers and staff in those building materials.
“Customers will often come in with questions of what products should I use or how do I do something, and our ultimate goal is to educate our customer. We know we're doing our job when customers leave with smiles on their faces and there questions answered”
Windows and Doors (Buyer and Sales), Chelsea
Born in Ohio but raised here in Chelsea, Dave Morris joined Chelsea Lumber in May 1984. He worked for 15 years estimating costs for construction financing, then became our in-house specialist on windows. Dave is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
“It’s rewarding to connect customers to the right windows. I focus on finding out a customer’s needs and matching them up with the right product – and maybe even saving the customer some money in the process.”
Commercial Sales Manager, Chelsea
Shawn Stevens leads our outside sales and service force to commercial building contractors. Shawn joined us in September 2007 after working nearly 18 years for Stock Building Supply in Lansing, Michigan. He is a native and current resident of De Witt, just north of Lansing. Some years back, Shawn purchased his parents’ long-time home, enabling him to raise his own family in the same home where he grew up.
“Chelsea Lumber has been in business for over 100 years, and has built an excellent reputation. It’s our role to continue building on that excellent reputation through the commercial sales department.”
Pole Barns and Garages (Buyer and Sales), Chelsea
Chelsea Lumber sells 250+ pole barns and garages per year, and erects 100 to 125 of them. Darrell Williams is responsible for this aspect of our business. Given the high volume of activity, it’s no small task. Darrell has been with us since the early 1980s. He began working here at the sales counter, then worked as a manager at a major retailer for 10 years before returning to Chelsea Lumber in 1996. Darrell lives in Stockbridge, a few miles northwest of Chelsea.
“We have a lot of competition – our customers have many alternatives. So we need to take extra-special care of each and every person who walks in our door. What I aim to do is put myself in the customer’s shoes, to truly understand what they need and what their plans are. I try to take care of their building budget like it was my own.”
Window and Door Sales, Inventory Management
Dan came to us in May 2002 as a loader in the yard at our Saline store. Later he became a driver and worked on our carpentry crew. Danís well-rounded experience served him well when he moved inside the store to consult with customers on window and door sales. Dan was born and raised in Saline. He is a graduate of Saline High School, and he holds a business degree in supply chain management from Eastern Michigan University. Dan and his wife now live just outside of Saline.
“I like helping customers from the planning stages of a project to the finished product. Getting the customerís needs taken care of is what itís all about.”
Windows and Doors…Plus a Whole Lot More
It’s hard – make that impossible – to summarize Mike Kempf’s roles and responsibilities at our Saline store in just a few words of a formal title. Mike manages windows and doors, installed sales, contractor sales, and rentals. He’s also our Andersen Window DSN representative, and he handles deck designs, locks, estimating, millwork, and tile and hardware buying. In the past, Mike has managed kitchen and bath designs, advertising and promotions, inventory and computer data entry, and garage and pole barn estimating. He has also worked in the lumberyard and made deliveries. Whew! This is all from a lad who worked here in summers while in school, and became a full-time member of our team in 1986 after graduating from Michigan State University. Mike lives in Saline.
“Providing customers with great products and a high level of service at competitive prices – that’s what’s best about my job. It’s great to be able to find products and parts for customers who had trouble getting them elsewhere.”
Lance Luckhardt has been part of our team since 1986. His educational background in architectural design and construction management help him guide customers expertly as they make buying decisions for their homes. Lance was born and raised in Bridgewater, Michigan, and continues to reside there today.
“I love meeting people and helping them find solutions for their homes. Sometimes customers are frustrated by a problem or don’t quite know what they need. Making them happy can be a challenge, but it’s a challenge I welcome. When we can delight customers like this, they spread the word that we’re good people for getting things done.”
Kitchen and Bath Department Manager
In February 2007, Jennifer Budd transferred to our Saline location after having worked at Chelsea Lumber since June 2002. She has supplemented her kitchen and bath design experience with interior design courses and Woodharbor and Merillat cabinetry training. Jennifer was raised in Manchester, Michigan, not far from Bridgewater, Chelsea, and Saline.
“Whether it’s simply changing knobs on a customer’s kitchen cabinetry or helping them remodel their entire kitchen, I enjoy working with customers to get the most out of their homes.”
Hardware and Commodities Purchaser; Advertising
Tracy VanSchoick joined Bridgewater Lumber in 1987. She handles purchasing of hardware and commodities for our Saline store, and is in charge of the store’s showroom. Raised in Chelsea, Michigan, Tracy now lives in nearby Manchester. She graduated from Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan.
“I enjoy the challenge of helping customers find exactly what they’re looking for. This includes everything from hard-to-find items to sharing my experience to help them complete their projects.”
Office Manager / Accounts Payable and Receivable
Susie Bauer started out with Bridgewater Lumber rather modestly, in a cleaning job in 1984. But since then she has steadily increased her responsibilities, now managing our Bridgewater store’s office and accounts. Susie is a Saline native, and she continues to live in Saline.
“What’s most rewarding about my job? When I’ve made a customer happy. It could be re-keying a customer’s locks when they have to buy new ones. Or matching their paint color close enough so they don’t have to repaint the whole room. Or finding the perfect bolt for the task. Every day it’s a new challenge.”
Robert joined Bridgewater Lumber nearly 35 years ago. For 14 of those years, he was in installed sales, traveling to customer sites. But now he is back in the store where he started with us, serving customers as they shop for equipment and materials. An Ann Arbor native, Robert continues to live about seven miles from our Bridgewater store.
“In my years here, I’ve done a little bit of everything for customers. That’s what gives me greatest pleasure – visiting with customers and helping them meet their needs.”
Mike is a true veteran of the building industry. Before joining us in our Saline location in 2009, he was a builder and worked for other lumberyards for over 30 years. In 2010 Mike moved to our Bridgewater store, where he now handles both inside and outside sales. Mike was born and raised in Chelsea, Michigan. He now lives in Pinckney.
“There’s nothing better than satisfied customers. I find delight in working with them and seeing their dreams become reality.”
We’re fortunate to have someone as passionate about horse nutrition and health care as Cheryl Steiner serving our horse-owning customers in our Bridgewater store. Cheryl has been involved in the horse world – in 4-H, on equestrian teams, and more – for practically her entire life. A Michigan native and current Manchester resident, Cheryl joined our Bridgewater Lumber team in 2002.
“I love working with horse people and solving horse-related problems. It’s always a challenge, always a new learning experience. Each horse is an individual and needs a different kind of care.”