From the moment our phone rings or you cross a threshold of one of our beautiful showrooms, you will immediately understand our attention to detail. Being in Chicago for over 30 years and working with over 40,000 clients we are proud to say that we continue to be the custom closet company of choice. We look forward to working with you on your next storage project.
-Walt Burrell and Charles Alstrin, Owners
Len Coppedge here. I’ve worked for Cal Closets 7.5 years. I come from the tech industry where my expertise was in PC management, Telecommunications, and customer service. This career was short lived after the 90’s tech bubble popped. I found myself with the opportunity to make a career change into the realm of automated production with Cal closets and here I’ve been.
Hi, I'm Michele, and I've been with California Closets Chicago for 6 years. I came to California Closets because I wanted to use my natural gifts of space planning and organizing -- it is unlike any other position I have held and I love it!
My name is Vicki Gianacakos. I have worked as a designer for California Closets for over 2 ½ years. I love working for California Closets because every day is a new challenge. You get to meet new people, go into their homes and help them organize and design their spaces. I love my customers because they come from all different backgrounds. I enjoy getting to know them on a personal level as well as a professional level.
Hi, I'm Caroline. I began my journey with California Closets over seven years ago when a new showroom opened up in a location near my home. I loved the product and the interaction not only with the clients, but the designers as well. I knew after a short period of time that I would truly love to learn the design element involved in the business.
My name is Nikki Liska and I have been a member of the design staff at California Closets for over five years. I love that I wake up each day to meet new clients consulting, organizing, and designing their unique spaces. I never see the same space two days in a row. I also enjoy receiving phone call from clients as they “jump for joy” as they see our ideas on paper come to life with the installation of their California Closets product.
Hi, I am Kim Maffia and I have worked for California Closets Chicago for 16 years. Before coming to California Closets Chicago, I worked for a large bank in St. Louis and was a facility planner for all their buildings. I knew when I moved to Chicago that California Closets would be the perfect fit for me. I love to space plan and I love to be organized, the two seemed to be a perfect combination!The best part of my job is meeting new people and helping them get organized. Everyone’s life is so much easier when everything has a place.
My name is Maureen McManamen and I started with California Closets in 1997 after spotting a "Help Wanted" sign while driving by a new showroom in downtown Naperville. I had always loved organization, found the product appealing and thought, "Why not?" I pulled over to fill out an application and that day changed my career path.It proved to be a good fit because I quickly went from working in the showroom to working as a designer and was even able to put my teaching background to work training some of the new designers over the years.
As a design consultant, I enjoy being able to put my creative mind to work helping my clients solve their most challenging storage dilemmas. I love seeing the finished product of course, but nothing is more rewarding than seeing the happy faces of my clients when they see it! I began working at California Closets Chicago in 2005 shortly after college graduation. I attended North Central College, where I earned a degree in studio art.
I love people. I am fortunate and have been to many places in the world. I have met so many people of varying cultures and I have so thoroughly enjoyed those experiences. I have marveled at our differences as well as those things that make us very much the same. As a designer, I meet new and different people every day. This keeps my job forever changing. I like that very much.
I began my career as a designer with California Closets Chicago in 1995, after purchasing closet systems for my own home. I enjoy thrilling my clients with designs made just for them and their needs.I listen well to my clients and take care with small details so they can be assured their closet will function as they need. My designs focus on making small closets feel more spacious and finding just the right place for everything.
10 years ago, I joined California Closets because I love organization. I not only help people organize their closets, I help them organize their lives -- showing them how being organized can save them time and money, and reduce stress, too. I am inspired by the challenge of maximizing space. I like to give my clients more useable space in their closets, or office, or whatever area I am organizing.
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Karen has been with California Closets – Lombard for 9 years. She started as a customer liaison coming to California Closets as a temp employee; she was hired full time as office manager and has since brought in several applications we use for attendance control, tracking vacation time and a computerized time clock. She is now in charge of our HR administration including negotiating health insurance rates and other benefits for our employees. Karen has an extensive background in HR, accounting and software systems.