Meet Our Furniture & Design Team
President of “whatever it takes” with a focus on driving strategy, structure, organizational development and culture. Life long learner who is naturally curious which creates a drive and focus on continuous improvement and learning & growth. Our most important asset is our team members and if we want to grow our company we need to grow our people through a strong foundation of culture. In the words of Peter Drucker “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”
Making A Difference Through SK Since::2008
Ryan is a partner and has been with the company since 2014. He previously led the SK Supplies Division as well as the company’s Performance Excellence strategy and now leads the operations groups across all divisions. Ryan jokes that since he is part of a family company there is no option to ever leave, but he can’t imagine working anywhere else and has always been amazed at how many long tenured employees the company has. There is no better proof for how great the SK team really is. Ryan spends countless hours in the outdoors and claims he once willingly went ice fishing in Canada when it was 70 degrees below freezing.
With extensive industry experience, Ryan provides a trusted partner in driving the ultimate customer experience by ensuring your vision comes to fruition and will be seamless from start to finish. Proficient in both large and complex projects, Ryan will work diligently with the entire Storey Kenworthy team to ensure we are on time and on budget. If he could, Ryan would be happy to eat pizza every day of the week and is a total Christmas enthusiast with 6 trees placed throughout the house and lights galore inside and out.
Lisa loves that each day presents new and unique challenges. Cultivating relationships with new and existing clients is so fulfilling. She feels very blessed to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people over the years. Lisa has learned something from each project and has put those nuggets into her proverbial ‘bag of tricks’. She can’t thank SK and her customers enough for all the opportunities to learn and grow and still have fun along the way! At age 3, Lisa was run over by a car—it explains a lot, doesn’t it!?
At SK you have the ability to make real and valuable contributions to the success of the organization, cultivating for today and for tomorrow. There is a beauty in carving out how you want to make an impact around the company you work for – something you spend the majority of your waking hours doing – and flexibility around how you grow and develop. And all of that adds up to the feeling of making a difference and making your mark in life. That you matter and your work matters.
Something people may not know about Christin (those close to her do, of course!) is that she has A LOT of passion for the game of golf. She’s been playing it most of her life and enjoys that the sport itself is a great analogy for life – there are good days and bad days, but within each, a reminder that mindset is a powerful thing.
Making A Difference Through SK Since::2004
Certifications:NCIDQ® Certification No. 24205
Brett came to SK from two fortune hundred companies to make a difference in the company and community he works and resides in. Brett is shockingly good at the arcade game, Big Buck Hunter.
Connor came to SK after being a practicing interior designer for multiple years. Along with being featured in national publications, his projects have been recognized for their strong design quality and sophistication. Connor prides himself on bringing a positive attitude, open mind and practical approach to all the projects he works on making them not only visually appealing but also functional. Connor values the relationships he builds with clients which often results in long term partnerships.
When not working Connor enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking and hanging out with his 100lb Rottweiler, Reece!
Making A Difference Through SK Since::2020
Dave loves that each day SK is a new adventure. His passion for the client and the team is what drives him to deliver the ultimate experience every day. His years of experience in the education and commercial markets makes him the perfect choice to collaborate with on your next project.
Bert is quick to tell a funny story or a more than corny Dad Joke just to put a smile on your face. When Dave is not spending time with his SK gang you can find him doing anything outdoors, at the lake, or spending time with his family.
Making A Difference Through SK Since::2005
Gina came to SK because it was a small big company. The family-owned business is heavily involved in the community and is committed to helping others which is what made SK so attractive to Gina. They really have a family atmosphere and are seriously devoted to making sure their customers have a great experience. Gina strives to build lasting relationships with her clients so that it’s more than a transactional sale. SK wants their clients to stay with them for years to come!
Gina loves the outdoors; hiking, running, skiing, lake time….especially with her 3 boys. Gina also loves to cook (not bake) which comes in handy when you have 3 young men in the house ☺
Heather gets to work (and have fun) with so many talented people at Storey Kenworthy. She loves that SK invests in its employees through learning & growth opportunities, technology investments, or even in helping achieve personal goals. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships & friendships with many clients. Each project brings its own set of challenges but seeing the end result is so rewarding.
A fun fact about Heather; she hates mint and coffee.
Dubbed the “furniture lady” (because Jennifer Linderblood with Storey Kenworthy Office Interiors is too long for anyone to remember), Jennifer loves problem solving for and with her clients. She relies on her wealth of experience, paired with her love of research and zest for learning to provide unique solutions to meet her client’s needs. She is passionate about and specializes in the K-12 and higher education markets. She loves transforming one classroom at a time across the state!
Something people may not know about Jennifer is that she first got a job interview at SK because of emails her sister Christin Murphy had sent to Dave Kenworthy! Christin believed her sister could be successful in this industry if only given the opportunity. Jennifer now manages some of our largest annuity clients, all over the US and into Canada and Mexico!
In her spare time, she gardens, sings, teaches makeup artistry, bakes, and loves playing golf with her sister.
Jenn feels blessed to do something she loves. When asked several years ago what she wanted to do her response was: make an impact and have fun while doing it. Each day she gets to partner with her clients on spaces that inspire, attract others to want to be there and perform well over time. She dreams BIG and then carries that down to the details that take an environment from good to great. She learns something everyday that she continues to apply to future projects providing solutions rooted in best practices. Her favorite thing on a project is to savor the completed space, high-five her team and see the smiles on her client’s faces; it is the satisfaction of a job well done.
Making A Difference Through SK Since::1997
Lori continues to enjoy her role at SK because every day is different. Even though the process in how she does her job day-to-day is the same, every project has a unique dynamic. Over the past 26 years, Lori has been blessed to have the greatest clients, many of which she would call friends. Lori says she is lucky to work with an amazing team that thrives on giving its clients the ultimate customer experience.
A fun fact about Lori is she’s ambidextrous.
Making A Difference Through SK Since::1994
Sara loves working in such a diverse and inclusive company. We really are like family at Storey Kenworthy. Each and every day we work together to strive for the best for our clients. Being a part of a team here means everyone steps up on a daily basis to help each other grow. Being able to provide my clients with the latest and greatest in commercial furniture really makes every day different. Sara’s ability to juggle helps in more ways than one. She thrives while managing large and small projects to ensure each one succeeds.
Holly has fond memories of hand delivering her resume to SK fresh out of college. She dove into the commercial furniture world, and the rest is history. She feels very fortunate to have landed at such a forward-thinking organization. The core values of the company align well with her own. Holly thrives on the inclusive and creative culture that SK has fostered.
Holly’s fuel of choice is iced coffee. She drinks it all year round. You can catch her trudging through the Iowa snow with a freezing cold beverage in hand.
Making A Difference Through SK Since::2012
Certifications:NCIDQ® Certification No. 33640
Kaitlyn came to SK through conversations with a fellow designer. She loved the aspect of the small locally owned company and how important their core values were. She enjoys working at SK because most of her coworkers have become some of her best friends.
A fun fact about Kaitlyn is that she jumped out of a plane (skydiving) before ever actually flying in one.
Making A Difference Through SK Since::2019
Tiffany started at Storey Kenworthy through a recommendation by a fellow designer. She loved that SK was a locally owned company with good values. What Tiffany enjoys the most about being with SK is the close knit colleagues that feel like family even outside of work.
Tiffany loves any activity that’s full of adrenaline, roller coasters, skydiving, parasailing, you name it!
Making A Difference Through SK Since::2013
The Foundation For Success
Identify Definition of Success
For us, starting at the beginning means thinking about the results at the end. That’s why we begin by defining what success looks like for your project. Knowing the goal, we’re able to develop a comprehensive plan that will bring your vision to reality.
Project Goals & Expectations
This step aligns our team with yours as we dive into the nitty gritty details of your project. During this phase, we get the lay of the land and consider all project flexibilities and limitations. That way, the entirety of the project has some ground rules to follow, ensuring project success and high level transparency.
Our goal is to make your space as useful as possible. To do that, we have to examine the way you currently use the space. We examine what’s working as well as pinpoint inefficiencies or areas for improvement. An important part of this is understanding the activities that take place with your teams and individuals.
Planning for the future
Your tomorrow is our focus today. As your partner, we design spaces that can grow and evolve with your business. To do that, we help guide dialogue and shape design decisions that meet your needs today, but we take it a step further by ensuring our plans today can also shift and provide flexibility if your needs change in the future.
Sparking Brilliant Designs
First thing’s first, we have to plan out your space. During this phase, you will see your space begin to take shape as we plan out adjacencies with your different space types.
Cookie cutter solutions are not welcome here. We believe that every organization has a brand and culture that is unique, and that the space in which you work can reflect and even enhance that culture. We will work to create a workplace strategy that is as unique as your business.
Our project management process allows us to keep the pulse of your project through its entirety by seeking and leveraging feedback throughout the process. Your feedback allows us to pivot where necessary and ensure we are always heading down the right path.
We think there’s a better way to communicate instead of phone tag and loaded email inboxes. That’s why we walk through your design with you in real time so that changes can be made quickly. We find this process allows for conversations that quicken the decision-making process, a win-win for everyone.
Where Your Ideas Come to Life
Floor Plans/Color 3Ds: Our blueprints provide you an overall look at your space so that you can have a clear idea of how your space will flow overall.
Sometimes it’s difficult to visualize your space. That’s why we utilize a fully immersive virtual reality experience. It allows you to see visuals of your space, or be placed virtually into a space to understand exactly what your investment will look and feel like. This exciting process allows you to see your new space in a more tangible way.
Order, Project Management & Logistics
Throughout the entire process, wel make sure we get products to your site on time. To do this, we develop a project timeline to manage deadlines and keep you in-the-know with how we’re progressing. Also includes site visits, coordination with other project team members including architect, general contractor, broker, etc.
From Virtual to Reality
The moment we’ve been waiting for! This is the exciting time we see the vision truly come to life. Our installation crew will complete the project – manage deliveries, install the furniture, oversee trash haul-a-way, gather up any punch items, and leave the space wiped down and clean.
Day 2 Service
Our partnership doesn’t end after installation. We’re committed to you as you grow and evolve, and sometimes that means making tweaks in the future, and we’re always ready and willing to help.
A Seamless Process
No job is too big, too small or too complicated for our install team. Our team is the most experienced in the state of Iowa, and offers full lifecycle service for all of the products (and brands) we sell. That means not only do we install on day one, but we can clean, repair, reupholster, reconfigure or store your furniture in the future as well. With experience handling every leading brand, we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work.