CKD, CBD, President
Since founding The Kitchen Master in 1977, Ted has fostered the growth and success of the Du Page County family-owned and operated company by remaining constant to his strong work ethic and philosophy of design. He believes in creating spaces that are extensions of each client’s own life and that the “kitchen gives us the arena for family growth, the hub of learning and loving, and the gathering place to share ours joys, sorrows, and dreams. In keeping with that understanding, Ted’s kitchen design work recognizes the importance of the intangible value of the space.
Ted has been a CKD and CBD since 1996. His work with the National Kitchen and Bath Association has included committee work in national certification test writing as well as work with the national Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the BKBG, the largest independent industry marketing and purchasing organization. Ted’s design work has been published in Better Homes and Gardens, Bath and Kitchen Design Ideas, other national periodicals and local newspapers. Ted relaxes by hiking, fishing, and reading.
A National Design Award Winner, Jennifer creates living spaces that combine the aesthetics of good design with the personal preferences and practical needs of each of her clients. Initially with her schooling in studio art and art history and later in Interior Architecture and Design, she brings a unique vision to her projects. She enjoys working with both historical motifs like Arts and Crafts but also loves to conceive designs that meld styles like Rustic and Contemporary into a cohesive but more eclectic composition. In reality, most homes are a blend of styles incorporated by its members sometimes over many years.
Jennifer understands the importance of listening to client’s needs and ideas but also prefers to embellish and present alternate concepts to ensure all options are considered when planning to makeover or building a new home.
When not focused on her client’s homes, Jennifer, because of her interest in history and recycling, enjoys refinishing or repurposing antique and vintage furniture. She is also very proud of her home and her garden where she enjoys entertaining her family and friends.
Working at The Kitchen Master since 1999 has allowed Joseph to acquire extensive knowledge of the remodeling industry throughout various levels of employment ranging from installation, fabrication, and design. The experience obtained as an installer and fabricator provided Joseph with invaluable knowledge. This experience coupled with his interior design education at College of DuPage creates the unique ability to design, innovate, and direct careful implementation of distinctive one of a kind kitchens, baths, and living spaces.
Joseph has earned his certification in both kitchen and bath design through the National Kitchen and Bath Association. He has become an award-winning designer in addition to having his designs published in various magazines and trade publications. Joseph continues to expand his knowledge and creative skills through continued education and training to provide his clients with the most current design trends, modern technologies, and installation procedures.
Joseph understands the importance of an organized and well-planned space that harmonizes with the client’s lifestyle. Each of his designs is a true reflection of his client’s personality and desires. Combining Joseph’s creativity and attention to detail with his experience and education gives him the capabilities to design functional and breathtaking kitchens, baths, and living spaces. While away from the office, Joseph enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, cooking, athletics, and live performances.
Immersed in the building and renovation industry his entire life, Adam hails from a family filled with designers and craftsman from across the US. Born and raised in Alaska, his background combines the classic elements of design with an innovative and diverse perspective. Before arriving in Illinois, Adam’s experience includes a progression through the ranks of his family’s design firm, perfecting all aspects of the remodeling process. This evolution from carpenter to designer has influenced his work to become both practical and visionary.
Adam joined the Design Staff at The Kitchen Master in 2004 and has since completed over 300 design and remodeling projects in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. His work has been recognized for its beauty and functionality by both clients and design organizations. Examples of this recognition include receiving the Best of Houzz award (2014 – 2017), earning Kitchen and Bathroom Certification from the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association (AKBD in 2005), numerous magazine article and photo credits, and dozens of 5 star reviews on Houzz, Guild Quality, Facebook, Angies List, and Yelp.
Beyond his professional skills, Adam has developed a cosmopolitan education; acquiring a bachelor of the arts degree in History with a concentration in Music from Lewis University in 2002. During his undergraduate years, he studied abroad on the prestigious Semester at Sea study abroad program in 1999, which allowed him to sail around the world and develop an international perspective for his future design career. Adam’s continued love for travel has taken him to 38 countries in his lifetime, enhancing his design palette to be assorted and multicultural. His talents outside the office include running, mountain climbing, and an avid passion for photography.
Anna Lehner is an experienced interior designer and project manager with an extensive background in residential and corporate design as well as museum exhibition design. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English with Honors in Art from Penn State University. Her varied experience includes working as a pastry chef and professional trainer in Chicago area restaurants and several years of costuming at the Goodman Theatre.
After asking herself “What do I do when I can do whatever I want?” and finding the answer was always, “Design!”, Anna decided to go back to school and obtained a degree in Interior Design from the Harrington College of Design in Chicago. While there, she won awards in the Oscar Isberian Rug Design competition and the national Architectural Digest and Starck Carpet rug design competition.
Going first into museum exhibit design and then project management, Anna eventually became second-in-command at a rapidly growing real estate company that acquired and rehabbed over one thousand single-family homes in Chicagoland. She started by setting up systems and hiring staff in the office, then walked hundreds of houses doing quality control, and then managed up to 35 full-house renovations at a time. This experience allowed her to launch her own business buying and remodeling homes. This finally led her to join the design team at The Kitchen Master in her native town of Naperville. After extensive training in kitchen and bath design, Anna earned her Associate Certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
Anna’s creative and practical solutions to design challenges grow out of her wide variety of cultural and work environment experiences. She loves getting to know people and what is important in their world. Her goal is to both simplify and enrich people’s lives through great design. She has a passion for beautiful materials and for pattern—from the tile designs on the floor of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, to Japanese screens, to American quilts. In addition to designing, Anna enjoys reading classic novels, taking her children on adventures, creating art, touring museums, cooking and eating wonderful food!
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Judy is one of the owners and our “chief cook and bottle washer”. Having worked in the business for almost as long as Ted, there isn’t much she can’t do and do well. While Judy’s primary responsibilities are accounting related, she also is the liaison and expeditor for all job order materials. Judy has been known to make even the most uncooperative delivery man tremble when she wants your order delivered on time.
Jean is our office manager. She makes things happen. Whether it is assembling a complex job folder, carefully guiding visitors to our showroom or making sure your cabinets are ordered on time, Jean is always on top of every detail. The only problem we have with Jean is trying to get her to leave the office at the end of her work day.
Claudia, our showroom manager and resident medical advisor and gardener, keeps everything in the showroom in perfect working order. Being Ted’s older sister, she also takes pride in keeping him in proper working order. As one of our showroom greeters and receptionists, Claudia does a great job of assisting our visitors and guiding them through our showroom.